Laurence's Walks in London
Laurence's Walks in London

Take an Unusual Walking Tour

I am a specialist London guide, interested in science

I offer scheduled and private tours featuring the curious history of discovery, invention & intelligence in London.


Bored by kings and queens? Discover London's unsuspected history.

  • Cosmic rays at Holborn
  • A strange pet at Belgravia
  • An astronomer at the Royal Mint
  • Dinosaur dung at Westminster
  • Or head hunting at Holland Park

My walking tours for small groups visit the homes and haunts of remarkable characters from history. But rather than the artists, nobles and politicians I bring you the ingenious, enlightened and eccentric, typically scientists, inventors, engineers and spies.


It's like a Hollywood Stars' Homes bus tour. But it's not in Hollywood, the stars are not from showbiz and there's no bus!


Aimed at the lay person these walking tours in central London or in one of London's 'villages' feature attractive architecture and quiet and pleasant stretches in back streets, parks or along the water. They cover social history and the often surprising evolution of London's infrastructure.


I can also cater for older school students and university students.

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Sample Topics & Locations Covered

Timeline of Stops on Various Tours

Some of these may surprise you!


1641 Binary code, Holborn

1784 Air rage, West Brompton
1786 Surgery, 10 Downing St
1797 Weighing the world, Clapham
1799 High speed data, Southwark
1852 Gauging beauty, Kensington
1892 Decorative electrics, Bayswater
1915 Gas masks, Pimlico
1940 Battling beams, Richmond
1965 Sniffing out spies, Lambeth

Photo: Mike Gould

Some Recent Tours

Nine Boffins - A Westminster war walk

Woolwich - Military engineering heritage

London Secret Agents - Codes, deceipt, gadgets

Boffins in Coffins - Cemetery tours

Geeky Ladies - Engaging and practical ladies

On Woolwich Common


Other walks feature Local Heroes (and a few villains) in Mayfair, Kensington, Lambeth, Chelsea, Belgravia, Notting Hill, Bayswater, Holland Park, Richmond, Blackheath, Smithfield, Marylebone and Wimbledon.


These unusual London walking tours, mostly within zones 1-4 of the Travelcard area, last about 2 hours, but there are some longer walks which involve a rest stop.  Click here for a tour menu.  For mobility aspects see General Information.

Locations of Laurence's Walks

Science Tourism in London

This is not the history of science textbook-style, but I offer colourful stories of invention, experiment, discovery and adventure put into context and told in appropriate locations in a great city.


Local Heroes


'There is nothing new under the sun, but there are lots of old things we don't know.' - Ambrose Bierce


London is home to world famous institutions like the Royal Society (founded 1660), the Royal Institution (founded 1799), the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum. Many world famous scientists* and inventors have also lived here including Charles Babbage, Charles Darwin, Michael Faraday, Alexander Fleming, Benjamin Franklin, Isaac Newton, Alan Turing and James Clerk Maxwell.


I have also taken upon myself a mission 'to make known the notable unknowns'. Literally hundreds of people with significant and enjoyable life stories have been forgotten. Outside my walking tours these are not easily accessible to visitors, even via the heritage blue plaques.


I cover all sorts with science or enlightenment in their story: explorers, pathologists, code breakers, cooks, camouflage artists, manufacturers etc.

Intended Audience

  • You like walking or exploring around town,
  • You have perhaps visited London's famous sites before and want something more unusual,
  • You are interested in social history, science & technology, or intrigue,
  • OR, like many of my customers, you are not deeply into science but you like to see and hear something new and interesting.
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STEM London Curriculum

Teachers! I can talk about science, technology, engineering and maths in the context of London.

*The term 'scientist' dates from 1834 and describes those who use the scientific method. Prior to that the term "natural philosopher" was used to describe those who sought to describe nature (space and matter) by any means available.

Next Walk

To be scheduled.


Or contact me about a private tour

Last Minute Changes


Please check transport before travel - especially at weekends


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