London Walks for People Who Love Books

Come and hear the stories and the scandals behind London’s dignified buildings with qualified guide lecturer and distinguished bibliophile and scholar, Anthony Davis.

Anthony’s ‘thoroughly enjoyable’ walks offer a unique perspective on London – exploring little known corners associated with the writers, creators and collectors of books from before the beginnings of printing to the present day.

Anthony will help you design your own, personally designed, special Tailored Walk just for you to reflect your own interests.

Or you can choose from the following highly successful walks which Anthony leads regularly:

  • Obsessive aristocrats, eccentric scholars and extravagant monarchs. This walk tells the history of one of London's most fashionable areas, St James, introduces some of the remarkable characters - men and women - who walked the elegant streets .. and gives a glimpse of the steamy underside of life in the 18c.

  • A special walk, to co-incide with the new production at the Globe Theatre, following Nell Gwyn's footsteps around St James's.  Visit some of the locations associated with this liveliest and most famous of Royal Mistresses

  • hear the romantic stories and scandals of writers, musicians and politicians in Marylebone (and hear about an adventurous dog!)

  • This walk takes us back to the 1700's, to the front doors of some of the greatest bibliomaniacs of all time whose stories are extraordinary tales of extravagance and scholarship, and to some of the alleys they walked.  This walk should not be missed by anyone who enjoys old books. (Starting point near Green Park station)

  • The squares of Bloomsbury have been home to many writers, printers and publishers - not just the Bloomsbury Group!  Come and meet some of them on a walk in London's most picturesque squares.

  • Discover some of the famous literary connections with this fashionable part of London over the past 400 years. From Samuel Pepys's wig to Charles Dickens's beard, taking in Nell Gwyn's oranges and Oscar Wilde's cigarette on the way, we hear stories of bibliomaniacs, writers, booksellers and publishers and see some of the buildings they lived in and the places they knew.