This Sunday theatrically terrifying tourist attraction the London Dungeon is doing a closing down sale at the Pimlico Car Boot before moving to new premises in March. All sorts of gruesome props must be disposed of, severed limbs, false eyeballs, surgical implements and a whole range of eccentric and gory artefacts, prices for books, bones, dolls and crockery from the London Dungeon’s replica of the Ten Bells pub (believed to have been frequented by Jack the Ripper and some of his victims) are starting at just a couple of quid.
This weekend there are 3 great Guided Walks starting or finishing by Pimlico, which don’t need booking and are all free!
Meet at Westminster or Embankment Tube Stations for a 2 Hour, less than 5 Mile walk guided by an expert.
Old Westminster – 1,000 Years of History
This is the great seminal London Walk. Old Westminster is London at its grandest: the place where kings and queens are crowned, lived, and often buried. It’s the forge of the national destiny, the Mecca of politicians throughout the ages. The past here is cast in stone and we take it all in: ancient Westminster Hall, the Houses of Parliament, the Jewel Tower, Westminster Abbey and Cabinet War Rooms. And to see it with a great guide is to have that past suddenly rise to the surface. It doesn’t get any better than this.
A wonderful walk that gets you into back streets that you’d never find off your own bat.That discovery alone makes this one of those bewitching “somewhere else” London Walks. Getting there involves a high octane stroll along the Thames, past the world’s foremost arts complex, London’s best loved old theatre, a real London street market, a stunning bird’s eye view of the capital (there’s a lift), and buckets of character.
The Cobra Room, Secret Tunnels, Bomb Shelters, Crypts, Lost Rivers, Trains & Drains: ‘Nowhere else is the tangle of infrastructure – new and old – with history and geology more intriguing or problematic’. (from Beneath the Metropolis The Secret Lives of Cities Alex Marshall). The London we know is just the crust: there’s another world down there. Everything from the squat, camouflaged, granite-hard redoubt where the last stand would be made against the Nazis to the ultra-secret Cobra Room. Find out what’s under your feet with a guide who can show you the tell-tale ripples on the surface: vents, secret doorways, emergency exits, the “last stand” redoubt. The old familiar London will never look the same again.
English: The Mall, London (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Motorists are advised to avoid driving in central London and around venues and also to be aware that Olympic Route Network (ORN) restrictions apply from Wednesday 25 July.
On Triathlon road event days, Hyde Park Corner and neighbouring roads will be closed from early morning and you will not be able to drive close to or across the race routes. If you intend to travel in the area, you are strongly advised to plan ahead.
The Triathlon technical rehearsal will take place on Thursday 2 August; Hyde Park Corner and other roads will be closed from 0330 until 0845.
Saturday 4 and Tuesday 7 August
The Women’s Triathlon will take place on Saturday 4 August and the Men’s Triathlon will take place on Tuesday 7 August. Athletes will complete a seven?lap, 40km bike ride on roads between Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park. The roads on the Triathlon race route will be closed from 0200 and will reopen when it is safe to do so.
On Saturday 4 August, the Men’s 20km Race Walk will also take place; this finishes between Constitution Hill and The Mall. These roads will already be closed as they are within the Central London Zone.
The Olympic Route Network (ORN) will operate during these events. Some parts of the ORN will be closed and an alternative ORN route will be in place.