A Power Trip

London's shifting landscape of power

A Power Trip explores London’s shifting landscape of power. Our route will take us in search of ‘The Man’ – those often rather anonymous forces of power, influence and control in the capital. On our way, we’ll encounter the taxman, the military man, the judge, the boss, God (!) to name but a few. We’ll find them reflected in the buildings, statues and street furniture that we pass, and in the area’s history. We’ll also go inside the Royal Courts of Justice and  (if coronavirus precautions there allow) sit in on a hearing to see a judge in action.

Expect an engaging and provocative take on English political, legal and constitutional history, some juicy London facts, and plenty of food for thought about the balance of power – and the extent of our personal freedoms – today.

A Power Trip is led by Rosie Oliver, a former government lawyer. Hear Rosie introduce the tour.

Our route

We’ll start by the River Thames on Waterloo Bridge with fantastic views across London. We’ll pass through Somerset House courtyard and along the Strand to the Royal Courts of Justice. I’ll take guests inside this extraordinary cathedral to justice, and (if possible) into a court room to witness a judge in action. From there we’ll head along Fleet Street ducking into the area’s side streets and back alleys, and finish up by St Paul’s Cathedral.

This gentle two mile walk is suitable for adults. It involves going up and down steps. Group sizes are limited to max 12 people to keep things interactive and allow plenty of opportunity for discussion.

Exciting, revelatory and brilliantly subversive – the Power Trip is a triumph, and an extraordinary London walk! — Evan, London

Absolutely fantastic. Full of original content, and a unique perspective… — Hatty, London

Enlightening, thought provoking, engaging and interactive. — Catherine, London

Everything you’d want from a guided walk and more. — Naomi, London


Tuesday 16th April, 11am-1.15pm
Tuesday 8th October, 11am-1.15pm

£20 per person, maximum 12 people

Meet: Somerset House riverside terrace, by the war memorial. Tour ends: By St Paul’s Cathedral.

Suitable for: adults and over 16s. Walk involves going up and down stairs and crossing roads.

Booking essential as places are limited. Ticket price includes an untaxed snack.

Private group bookings

This walk is available weekdays for private groups of up to 16 friends and family. The cost is £20 per person (minimum fee £120).

A Power Trip is also available to students and corporate groups. If you are interested, we’d love to hear from you.