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.

Contact on the day: 07900 868180

The Group Contact has general information about the group only. See www.lalg.org.uk/londonvillages.

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See the scope of our explorations in London:

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

Fitzroy Square and Gardens

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.

 

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