I know there is a big market for walks in London, and as I am interested in illustrating places, it would be fun to link the two. My walk in Southwark: Dancing Monkeys, Dirty Bishops and Debt Collectors - A Walk South of the River is an illustrated walk with a pull-out map from Waterloo to Bermondsey - yes it is long, but there are many pubs along the way for those who need to be rehydrated!
As I was painting in Strand Alley, just off the road by Somerset House, I was offered tea, and a seat by some very friendly builders. I saw loads of people go to the alley, guide book in hand, looking for a 'Roman Bath' which is in one of the buildings off to the right. Interestingly, the gatehouse over the alley used to be a watchhouse for the graveyard of St Clement Danes - to keep an eye out for bodysnatchers! I'm going to try and put the pic on my website so you can see for yourself!
There are obviously guided walks including oddities such as the 'Roman Bath' (I don't think it's really Roman), and I think that illustrations could be used in these sort of guidebooks to reconstruct places of the past. It would be great to see how a building is now, and then to see an illustration showing it maybe 50 or 100 + years ago - telling a story. There are so many fab places to walk in London, and so many weird and wonderful myths, legends, tales, characters, and atmospheric scenes! I just don't have enough time or paper to record them all!!!