Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from goo.gl/Ta4oAX.
Published March 23rd 2013
They're Creepy and They're Kooky, Mysterious and Spooky
Tired of walking round the same old places again and again? Why not take a stroll through some areas that are a bit interesting? There are hundreds of walks and tours to choose from in London, and while some a pretty run of the mill, there are others that have a quirky side. Here are five suggestions for unusual walks in London.
The London Bat Group is a charity whose aim is to protect and enhance London's bat population. Despite the fact that we rarely ever see them, there are sixteen species of bats in London, which include the commonest found, pipistrelle, a tiny bat which can eat up to three thousand midges a night. There is also the noctule, one of the largest species in Britain, and the Daubenton's bat, which is medium-sized and likes to skirt the surface of the water looking for flies.
The London Bat Group organise a number of bat walks each year. The next scheduled event is on the 27th April and includes a pre-walk talk at 2pm. The walk will take place at The Stockyard Education Centre in Bushy Park and costs £35 to book.
Take a walk - or wade - with the Creekside Education Trust on one of their Low Tide Walks. Taking place in Deptford Creek, you will explore the wild river, learn about the history of the area, and discover the diverse urban wildlife. This fun and muddy expedition last about two and a half hours. It is £10 to book for adults and £8.50 for children. The walks take place monthly, and the next one is on the 28th April, staring at 10.30am. You can book by calling 020 8692 9922.
Jack the Ripper was a notorious murderer from the 19th century, infamous for his brutal mutilation of women. This chilling tour through London will take you to the eleven locations where his victims were found, staring with Emma Smith on Osborne Street right through to Mary Kelly on Dorset street. It is the first tour to use RIPPER-VISION, a hand-held projector that emblazons 5ft images upon the dark streets and alleyways of Whitechapel. There will be film clips, moving images to add to the spooky atmosphere. Tours cost £9 are available seven days a week and start at 7.30pm.
From the malicious to the magical, this free self-guided tour will take you many of the filming locations in London for the Harry Potter series. You'll be able to see Platform 9 3/4, Gringotts Bank, and The Leaky Cauldron; there will also be a scavenger hunt for kids, where they'll have to look out for the animal statues dotted around the trail. Just download the map and you're on your way.
If you are a fan of the Beatles, then you won't want to miss out on one of the many Beatle Tours on offer. As well as £9 walks around London, such as the Magical Mystery Tour and In My Life Walk, you can also book a special Die-Hard or private tour.