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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

About ten years ago Martin Warren began taking family and friends on informal walking tours of London which eventually evolved into leading walks to raise money for charities. Martin is still carrying on these activities and he has now set up Martins London Walks to provide a comprehensive walking tours service for visitors to London.

Each walk has a particular theme and his walks are therefore quite different to what you might normally expect. As an example you could take the Walk entitled 100 Sights of London in One Day, or explore the Jewish Quarter, or delve into London's Secret History or take a spell binding tour of the Royal London Parks and there is much more.

A guided walk through the Jewish Quarter will not only give you a good understanding of the history of London Jewry but also of how Jewish life became intertwined with London life and how the two became inextricably linked.

There is much to experience on this Walk and amongst other things you will see the site of the first London synagogue built in 1656 after the open practice of Judaism was permitted by Oliver Cromwell. This was replaced by the beautiful Bevis Marks Synagogue which was consecrated in 1701 and is still in use today. Incredibly it has almost remained unchanged since the time it was built. You will also see the sites of Jack the Ripper’s gruesome murders and learn about his involvement with the local Jewish community. Jewish heroes and villains also feature on this walk not to mention Jack Spot the most notorious Jewish villain of all time. In addition there were many Jewish philanthropists and benefactors all of whom have left their mark in one way or another.

Food is of course important in Jewish culture and you will see where Blooms the most famous Jewish restaurant in the UK carried on its business and hear about its famous film star clientele and its infamously rude waiters. This is just a snippet of the content and if Jewish life and history is what you are after then this is the Walk for you.

On the other hand if you are making your first visit to London or if you have been before but want to see as many sights as possible, then the 100 Sights of London in one Day is the Walk for you. This Walk will give you a good orientation of London and takes you through the glitzy West End, the stoic City of London, the bustle of the East End and the arty South Bank. You will see such sights as the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Downing Street, Whitehall, St Paul's Cathedral, Trafalgar Square, Tower Bridge the Bank of England and that is only the beginning!

Alternatively the Hidden Gems of Kensington Walk will take you through one of the most beautiful and upmarket parts of London often missed by visitors. You will see Kensington Palace where Prince William lives with Kate and their two children. This is also where Queen Victoria was brought up and you will hear about her unhappy childhood. Of course Princess Diana also lived here and you will see the local pizzeria she often visited. You will see the magnificent Albert Memorial with its gold leaf mouldings glittering in the sun and the imposing Albert Hall. Hear about Sir John Barker one of the UKs most important high street entrepreneurs and see his three flagship stores Barkers, Derry and Toms and Pontings.

Depending on the timing, Martin may be able to arrange for you to visit the roof garden at Derry and Toms which is one of the most famous in the world with its flamingos, ducks and running streams.

If you are a fan of luxury cars why not take the Walk entitled the Prestige Cars of London a walk which is also popular with children. Here you will be guided through the magnificent luxury car showrooms of the West End or Mayfair. You will see such cars as Rolls Royce, Bentley, Lamborghini, McClaren Formula 1, BMW, Pagani to name a few. If you are lucky you may be able to sit in the cars or be given badged hats, toy replicas or other memorabilia.

Martin is a born and bred Londoner and had his first taste for London's culture and history when as a young boy he would visit his Grandmother who lived in the heart of the Jewish East End.

He loves to share this heritage with visitors and is full of historical information and anecdotes.

For an overview of all

 of Martin’s Walks visit:-

www.martinslondonwalks.co.uk

Or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Or telephone +44(0)7703534140

By: Rhonda Aaronson