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2020: Guided Walks in Barnet and London

With Paul Baker, City of London guide
Please phone or email Paul if you are planning to come on a walk.

Dates for January to April only. Please email Paul on to be registered on the mailing-list to receive regular monthly updates on walks during the rest of the year. And get weekly updates on Paul’s Facebook page: Barnet and London Walks.

Please note that the website will not contain updates on walks beyond April 2020.

  • Battle of Barnet‘The Battle of Barnet’
    Explore the famous battlefield of 1471.

    Step back in time to 1471. See how the course of English history was changed on this misty Easter Sunday morning. Hear about the first known ‘friendly fire’ incident in English history.

    Sunday February 23rd 2.30pm. Saturday March 21st 2.30pm. Tuesday April 14th 11am (Anniversary Walk). Saturday April 18th 2.30pm (Near-anniversary Walk!).

    Meet at junction of Great North Road and Hadley Green Road, EN5 5PP.
  • Ghost Walks‘Things That Go Bump in High Barnet!’
    A ghostly, ghoulish walk through High Barnet and Monken Hadley.

    See the pirate’s grave. Hear stories of witchcraft and grisly executions. Suitable for adults and children, and anyone who likes to have the life scared out of them. For Hallowe’en, there is a prize for the spookiest costume!

    Dates to be arranged.

    Meet at High Barnet tube station, outside booking office. Please bring a torch if possible.
  • ‘Dickens in North London’
    Hear about the many Dickens connections with Barnet, Finchley, Hendon, Highgate, Hampstead and north London.
    Dickens knew Barnet's pubs, schools and workhouse extremely well. Explore his connections with Barnet, and with the whole of north London.

    Saturday February 8th 11am (Special Birthday Walk).

    Meet at High Barnet tube station, outside booking office.
  • ‘Marvellous Mill Hill’
    A fascinating and surprising roam along the Ridgeway and through Mill Hill Village
    From The Ridgeway to The Broadway, from clapboard cottages to vast villas, from Lord Mayors to Dissenters, from world-famous scientific and religious centres to world-famous abolitionists, from murderers to movie stars - Mill Hill has it all.

    Sunday April 26th 2.30pm.

    Meet outside Mill Hill East tube station. Finishes at Lawrence St NW7.
  • ‘Fabulous Finchley’
    Over 1000 years of the history of Church End (Finchley Central) and East End (East Finchley)
    An ancient road links two ancient villages. Along the way, you’ll see land once owned by the Knights Templar, and a former Manor House which is haunted by a suspected lover of Anne Boleyn. You’ll hear about two uncrowned kings, and six famous comedians who lived in the area.

    Dates to be arranged.

    Meet outside Finchley Central tube station, Ballards Lane exit. Finishes at East Finchley tube.
  • Barnet Churches‘Barnet Churches and Pubs (The Sacred and the Profane)’
    Explore 900 years of the history of where the people of Barnet have worshipped … and made merry
    Barnet boasts churches of every kind and every denomination. Their stories are always fascinating, and sometimes scandalous. Being a former coaching-town, it also boasts an astonishing amount of pubs and pub history. As Dickens wrote in Oliver Twist: ‘Every other house in Barnet was a tavern, large or small’. Many of them are still standing.

    Dates to be arranged.

    Meet at High Barnet tube station, outside booking office.
  • The Heart of High Barnet‘The Heart of High Barnet’
    A historical walk through High Barnet.

    See the brewery that became a town hall and a church that became a shopping centre. Marvel at some truly beautiful old houses and almshouses. Hear about a fair that was so famous that Cossacks flocked to it, and so infamous that the Victorians tried to close it down.

    Sunday March 1st 11am.

    Meet outside Barnet College, Wood Street, High Barnet EN5 4AZ.
  • Monken Hadley‘A Meander through Monken Hadley’
    A historical walk through beautiful, unspoilt, Georgian Monken Hadley.

    This lovely village has some of the finest eighteenth-century houses in the country, lived in by some of the most famous names in English literature. This walk starts at the spot where the previous walk finishes, taking up the story from there.

    Sunday March 8th 11am.

    Meet outside The Spires, Barnet High Street EN5 5XY.
  • ‘Hampstead Garden Suburb’
    A Dame's dream, an earthly paradise.

    Quite simply, one of the most beautiful villages in England. Born of early 20th-century idealism, it still bears the hallmarks of great architecture and a noble history. We'll see much evidence of both on this fascinating walk.

    Dates to be arranged.

    Meet outside Golders Green tube station. Finishes at junction of Finchley Rd and Hampstead Way.
  • ‘East Barnet Village’
    A historical walk through ancient and modern East Barnet.

    Of all the Barnets, East Barnet is perhaps the least well-known and most rewarding. It boasts an ancient wood, a village green, a 900-year-old church, and the award-winning Oak Hill Park. We will also see the Ghosts' Promenade, amongst many other delights, old and new.

    Saturday April 4th 11am.

    Meet outside former East Barnet Library, Brookhill Rd, EN4 8SG.
  • ‘Hooray for Hendon!’
    A thousand glorious years, from the Domesday Book to Hendon Aerodrome and beyond.

    Hendon remained largely rural until the 1920s. See the lovely, unspoilt medieval church, and the site where the Court Leet and the Court Baron were held. Hear about local connections with music hall, Arsenal football club – and Dracula!.

    Dates to be arranged.

    Meet outside Hendon Central tube station.
  • jacques‘Jack the Ripper’
    Walk in the footsteps of the Whitechapel Murderer, better known as Jack the Ripper.
    See the sites where he committed his gruesome murders. Hear how incredibly close he came to being caught, and how unbelievably lucky he was; how terrified the East End became in that awful autumn of 1888, and how Queen Victoria herself became involved. Hear about some of the 200 or more suspects, and which are the most likely to have been the real Jack the Ripper.

    Dates to be arranged.

    Meet outside Whitechapel tube station.
  • soho‘Soho’
    From sin to cinema: the tumultuous story of this most cosmopolitan of London areas.

    All of life's rich and sometimes tatty tapestry is here. From dukes to decadence, from sex shops to cinema, from chintzy clothes to Chinatown, from kings at play to criminal foul play – Soho has it all, sometimes hidden well away. But we'll winkle out those secret places and tales on this tour.

    Friday February 14th 6pm (Valentine’s Day Walk).

    Meet outside Dominion Theatre, Tottenham Court Road tube station exit 2
  • ‘Spitalfields’
    French, German, Jewish and Bengali refuges have flocked to this fascinating area over the course of several centuries.

    One of the most fascinating areas in the East End. We'll see evidence of the French Huguenot connection, and other waves of German, Irish, Jewish, Bengali and Somali immigration. We'll also explore the fascinating buildings and ancient history of Spitalfields.

    Saturday January 25th 11am.

    Meet outside Whitechapel Art Gallery, Aldgate East tube station (exit 3) E1 7QX.
  • street-art‘Street Art’
    See the best examples of street art in Shoreditch and Spitalfields, and hear about the artists who made them.

    Shoreditch and Spitalfields have recently become one of the greatest open-air art galleries in the world, rivalling Paris and New York. Whilst you’re admiring the works of Banksy, Stik, Invader and others, you’ll also hear some of the history of these streets, and why and when they started to play host to the best street artists from around the world.

    Sunday March 29th 11am.

    Meet outside Shoreditch High St Overground station.
  • ‘Trollope Walks’
    Conducted for the Trollope Society, and open to the public. We look at Anthony Trollope's life, and scenes from his London novels.

    These biographical and literary walks are open to the public, and cost £10. They always finish in good company in a tea-shop.

    Dates to be arranged.

    Various meeting-points.

All walks cost £10. Accompanied under 12s £5 (except walks in French, which cost £15 per adult, and £6 for children under 15 with their parents, see home page.

Enquiries about private group bookings and talks on Barnet or London welcome.

For more information about Barnet Walks please call (020) 8440 6805 or 07506 761294.
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