A weekend of free guided walks around London is being organised by Transport for London this month.

There will be 43 Winter Wanders, led by experienced Walk London guides, in the capital on January 23 and 24.

A range of distances, difficulties and scenery are covered, including a Goodnight Mr Tom walk, Hidden Alleyways and Courtyards, A Might River and a Royal Park around Richmond, Animal I-Spy, London’s Hidden Gems and Seafaring London from Tower Bridge to Greenwich.

TfL’s director of surface strategy and planning, Ben Plowden said: “We hope that through these free guided walks people will see how easy, quick and enjoyable it can be to walk around this vibrant city.

"From our new Walking Tube map to Legible London wayfinding signs and our pedestrian safety action plan, we’re committed to making London the most walkable city in the world.”

Highlights include:

Saturday, January 23

Scenes on Screen - Film and TV in London 2pm (1.7 miles) a new walk for 2016, which will take in locations used for films, TV series and commercials, as well as insights into some of the famous former local residents.

Goodnight Mr Tom - London in the Blitz at 2pm (1.6 miles) this new family-focused walk is inspired by Michelle Magorian’s much loved book “Goodnight Mister Tom”, which tells the story of Willy Beech who is evacuated from London during World War II. The walk explores the City of London and hears what life was like for those who remained in the Capital during the Blitz.

Hidden Alleyways and Courtyards - St Paul’s to Chancery Lane at 11am (1.5 miles) this walk explores London's past including a monastery, hidden alleyways and the history of London's newspapers and journalism.

Discovering Historic Southwark - in the Shadow of the Shard at 2.30pm (2 miles) walk from London Bridge to Tower Hill. Learn about the Roman times to the present day, Southwark’s famous landmarks and inhabitants, its seafaring past, its literary connections and some of its dark secrets.

A mighty River and a Royal Park at 10am (9.5 miles) walk along the Thames path from Richmond, passing under Richmond Bridge and by Ham House. The walk takes in the whole of Bushey Park on the London LOOP walking route. This is an original royal hunting ground and herds of deer are often seen.

Sunday 24 January

Walk the Piccadilly Line at 2pm (1 mile) this is a special new design-led walk to celebrate TfL’s Transported by Design programme. The walk will follow the Piccadilly line above ground from Green Park Tube station to Covent Garden Tube station. The walk will cover the design heritage of the Piccadilly line stations and London’s transport design icons generally.

Animal I-Spy in the City at 10.30am (1.5 miles) join this new family-friendly stroll through the streets of the city and discover where dragons, lions and even unicorns may be hiding. Perfect for children aged between 4 and 7 years old, but younger or older children are also welcome.

London's Hidden Treasures - Waterloo to London Bridge at 11.30am (2 miles) this is a gentle stroll along both sides of the River Thames which will reveal some of the secrets that lie beneath the streets and under the river. The walk starts at Waterloo and the iconic London Eye before moving directly on to the river where the history is over 2,000 years.

Gleaming Spires - Architecture and public art in the City of London at 3.30pm (1.5 miles) explore the art and architecture in the vibrant City of London and experience its ever-changing skyline.

Seafaring London - Tower Bridge to Greenwich at 11.30am (6.5 miles) a special walk exploring seafaring London. Walking through Shad Thames and also looking across the water at St Katherine's Dock, Wapping, Limehouse and Millwall.

Go to walklondon.org.uk

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