Colin Crosby Heritage Tours

Lets All Go Down the Strand (A Guided Walk in London)

“Lets All Go Down the Strand” is one of the Guided Walks in London devised and led by the well-known Blue Badge Guide Colin Crosby, of Colin Crosby Heritage Tours.

These strolls are an enjoyable way of soaking up some Local History.

The walk starts outside St. Pauls Cathedral, beside the Queen Anne Statue. Unusually for Colins walks, it does not come back to the starting point, but finishes outside the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square.

The route leads down Ludgate Hill and across the River Fleet, never seen now as it was covered over many years ago. Then its along Fleet Street, for many years the centre of Britains newspaper industry, which becomes The Strand.

This area, between the City and Westminster, was the site of an Anglo-Saxon town after the Roman city had been abandoned. At the time of the Danish invasions, the City itself was repopulated, as it was safer, and the Strand area became a Danish settlement.

Along the way, Colin dives into unexpected passages and courtyards. Among the buildings to be seen are St. Brides Church, whose spire was the inspiration for millions of wedding cakes; the Old Cheshire Cheese, haunt of countless literary gentlemen; Dr. Johnsons House, where he compiled his famous Dictionary; and the Law Courts, scene of many a legal battle.

Colin leads other popular walks in London, including “Haunted London”, “Churches of London”, “Jack the Ripper”, “Smithfield and Clerkenwell”, “The Grim Reapers London” and “Southwark and Bankside.

Dates, costs and where to meet

A place on 'Lets All Go Down the Strand' costs £5.50 per person, or £3.50 if paying in advance. The guided walk begins at St. Pauls Cathedral, and is running on:

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If you would like to book a place on one of these dates, please telephone Colin on (0116) 2611576 or email him at

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