London Villages

London Villages

London is a collection of villages. ​When you live in one of them with its quiet back streets and its one street of stores and shops, like those of any other village, it is not possible for you to realise that you are in the heart of the greatest city in the world.’  Mark Twain'

Our group meets quarterly to visit parts of London with their own special character, looking at the area’s history, social history and architecture.  We use public transport and time the walks to allow use of off-peak tickets.  The walks can be up to 5 miles long and may contain hills, so you need a reasonable level of fitness. Please check the weather beforehand and wear suitable clothing and footwear.

These are not professionally guided walks; the leaders do their own research and are glad for you to add comments from your own knowledge.  There may be a coffee stop, but there will always be an opportunity to buy lunch.  You are responsible for your own safety, including sometimes finding your own way home.  There is a £3.00 contribution to the leader’s research costs.

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

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.

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.