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London's Hidden Walks: Volumes 1-3

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Our first entry in this roundup of London walks follows the course of an old railway that once ran between Finsbury Park and Alexandra Palace.

A private London Walk – they’re good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing. This area in southwest London is worth a visit for its riverfront atmosphere, expansive green spaces, and famous filming locations.

Did you know that just around the corner from the Georgian monstrosity that is Buckingham Palace (IOHO, too blocky, no elegance), there’s another palace that not that many people have even heard of? He knows the history of the area extremely well and was able to make it accessible, informative and entertaining for the group I was part of. All kinds of theories sprung up about the noses and why they were created until Buckley finally fessed up and explained in (wait for it) 2011 – a mere 14 years after the fact.

Even by London standards where our attitude to old stuff is decidedly lax because there’s just so much of it. While Leadenhall Market has slowly crept onto an increasing number of people’s radars, it’s still unknown enough to warrant a spot on any list of secret places to visit in London.

Artist Rick Buckley created the noses as a protest about the growing use of CCTV across London and stuck them all over buildings in Soho and the West End. The entire Jubilee Walkway is made up of five looped walks, but we recommend section five: The Jubilee Loop. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged.

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