Every Sunday we’ll pluck just one walk from the vast London Walks
repertoire and put it centre stage.
You can check out the full schedule at www.walks.com.
But if you only take one walking tour this week, why not make it…
Morning Runs with London Walks!
Good for mind, body and soul. London Walks Runs. Debuting in the Summer programme. Andy – a committed jogger – has put them together and will lead them. Meet Andy just outside Temple Tube station at 7.15 am on July 6th
Thursday July 6th
7.15 am LONDON WALKS RUN
Guided by Andrew
Jog London. With Andy. With live historical commentary.
London 5 Km morning run with guided commentary. Beautiful scenic routes taking in some of central London’s most historical landmark buildings and stunning vistas.
We will be using an app which you will need to download to hear crystal clear commentary as you run. Smart phone and headphones required.
Picture this – 8:15 am in the morning. You are already feeling eminently superior. Why? This morning you heaved your sleepy bones out of bed, pulled on your running pants/trousers, laced up your sneakers/trainers and got to a tube station with the birds – the sun hovered over Hyde Park with an air of punctual and benign vigilance and the light cast a powdery golden glow over the trees like rusty nails….get the picture? An hour later you are back at the hotel – glowing and invigorated. On top of the world. Pumped. You have just completed a 5 Km London Walks Run. But here comes the best bit.
Look at your family and friends – they are in awe of you. You are on holiday and you have done a 5 Km before breakfast. Wow! What have they done before 8:15 am? Nothing. Slept in. Pathetic. Know that. But be generous. You're feeling fantastic, relaxed. You might even listen to them. But you’re the star, like the model Arizona Muse who said "I like to run when visiting a new City." Go for it – feel like Arizona. Regale the family with historical anecdote learnt on the run and impress them with your newly acquired knowledge. Offer to show them around. Look to the breakfast bar - know that you could eat that full English breakfast – the works –if you want. And guilt free at that. Look to the other bar – know that you can drink tonight – why not, you’ve earnt it? Look back at your family and friends – gently sneer at them – with their muesli and fruit salad. Disgusting. That’s not going to work – not alone – you got to exercise. Like me. It’s all unsaid but they know that you know you are awesome. Enjoy. It may not last.
Ditto all the above – if you are on business and want to go on a run before a meeting; if you live in London and want to go on a run before work; if you are re a student new to London and want to explore and get fit or if you are a runner and you want to check out some new 5K routes and learn something about the city then this would be great for you. Whether you are discovering London for the first time or re-discovering London you too can feel smug and self-satisfied by 8.15 am.
LONDON WALKS RUNS – PRACTICALS
The next London Runs tour will take place on July 6th – meeting place Temple Tube Stop. The final Summer 17 London Walks Run will take place on August 3rd – meeting place Barbican Tube Stop. You will need to download the Zello app to your smart phone from your app store to hear the commentary. (See below for more details). The cost of a London Walks Run is £10 for adults; or £8 for students, over 65’s and discount holders. Plus data usage on your smart phone (no more than £1:50 if pay as you go, free if you have unlimited data allowance).
Thursday July 6th
7.15 am LONDON WALKS RUN
About Your Guide…
Andrew is "the Queen Mum's favourite". Or, in the words of the Evening Standard, "a class act". Astrikingly talentedyoung actor – and budding historian – he received rave reviews for his one-man show, "George VI in Heaven". Andrew is good company: laid back, friendly, fun, at ease with himself and his walkers and his handsome, historic old patch. Add to the mix the fact that he's completely in command of his material and you've got a great walk fronted by a very gifted young guide.
A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.