London Villages

London Villages

The aim of this group is to explore either some of the individual villages that became swallowed up in the metropolis (e.g. Highgate, Dulwich, Walthamstow), or to follow themes (e.g. the John Nash Route, Legal London, the East End).  The format is a walk punctuated with stops where the leader will talk about the salient features of the area, such as its history, architecture, connections etc.  All members of LALG are welcome on our walks, but as we are limited by the logistics of a large group using public transport, applications are taken on a strictly “first come” basis.

Our walks are no longer than 5 miles, and include a break for coffee, with toilet facilities, and options for lunch – sometimes the whole group may eat together but more often members are free to choose their own venue, though the leader will offer suggestions.  Members may bring a packed lunch if they prefer. 

We do not require members to stay with the group throughout the duration of the trip, as some may prefer a shorter walk than that offered, and others may wish to stay on in London afterwards.  If leaving early, please ensure you inform the leader of your intentions.

We use public transport, and usually aim to complete the walk within the “off-peak” period, so members can take advantage of Off-Peak Travelcards.  For the times we travel, Senior Railcards may be used but Network cards are invalid.  For those without an appropriate railcard, a “group” fare, giving equivalent discounts, is available for 3 or more travelling together. This must include the return journey.

When booking please confirm LALG membership, your email address and, ideally, a mobile contact number.

Clerkenwell - June and into July   Leader: Keith Montague
The sites of three dissolved religious houses; an internationally-famous charity; four churches; echoes of Marx and Lenin; a ground-breaking architect; some eclectic architecture; and London’s first fresh water supply. What a cornucopia of delights!
This will be a 3-mile (ish) amble starting at Farringdon Station and ending at Kings Cross/St Pancras.
Meet at Letchworth Station to catch the 9.30am train to Hitchin, change at Hitchin to the 9.41am to Farringdon where we will gather on Platform 3.
Buy an off-peak return to Farringdon Thameslink. It’s not necessary to buy a Travelcard as we will return direct from Kings Cross, but please do so if you wish.

Booking from 2 June: or 01462 450852 (email preferred).
When booking, please confirm LALG membership, your email address and ideally a mobile contact number. £3 per head contribution towards the leader’s expenses.
Contact on the day: 07900 868180
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More News and Pictures

See the scope of our explorations in London:

Here's a list of the trips organised by the London Villages Group since November 2006.

An exploration of the only part of the West End not previously visited by the LV Group

This 3 mile walk took us around the historic tranport hub, looking at how the existing buildings and structures have been adapted for the 21st century, and how this once-derelict industrial site is

The 3-mile walk began at Parliament Square passing Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey and continued through quieter, less well known areas of Westminster with its fine building

From the Bethnal Green tube station we visited the memorial to the worst civilian disaster of WWII and went on to explore the environs of what has always been one of the poorest areas in London, bu

The legal world has been concentrated for centuries around the Inns of Court, located between the Thames and just north of High Holborn.

In September 2017 our walk pieced together the City of London from nothing, through the Romans, back to nothing, through the medieval period to the ultra-modern metropolis that it is now.

Our walk was about 4¼ miles in length from Tower Hill towards Canary Wharf along the north bank of the Thames exploring the riverside parts of the four former hamlets of Wapping, Shadwell, Ratcliff

Our compact walk started at the BBC's iconic building in Portland Place, crossed the country's medical heartland and featured a plethora of literary names and famous figures.

Intimately linked for 2000 years to the City of London by London Bridge, Southwark is, nevertheless, a place apart.

Nash Route for the Prince Regent.  This walk was a departure from the normal ‘village’ - an area  described as ‘quite simply the greatest piece of town planning London has ever seen’.

Regents Canal – April 2016

We saw some fascinating aspects of Regency London; Paddington, Regent’s Canal, Little

Notting Hill: now a wealthy residential area famous as a film location, for the Portobello Road market, riots and the annual carnival.

Our habit of making a slideshow for each trip was taking up a bit too much room!

So, we will make just one slideshow for each year and title each picture accordingly.

This trip led by Phil, our newest leader, broke new ground for the London Villages Group:

The September 2011 outing for the London Villages group was to Chiswick.

The London Villages Group visited leafy Dulwich in May and June, and discovered that despite being south of the Thames it is surprisingly easy to get to,

The March trip was to darkest Hoxton, Haggeston and Shoreditch.