London beyond time and place by Philipp Röttgers

Philipp Röttgers’ “London and its genius loci: A journey beyond time and place” was published in 2019. Philipp leads various tours through the city. On this page he provides information on different topics.

Apart from his “Walks beyond time and place“, he set up a series of online conversations called “Talks beyond time and place“. Every episode features another Londoner as a guest, and Philipp and his guest chat about how London influences their lives.

On his blog you can find reviews and texts that all deal with London’s history, its story and the search for the city’s “spirit of place”. Apart from that, Philipp is also a music journalist who shares information about his favourite band Genesis.

Philipp Röttgers’ London

Philipp Röttgers, M.A., feels deeply connected to London, more than to any other place in the world. He studied English literature and culture and is an expert in the capital’s (and Britain’s) literature and culture. He is an expert on the works of London-related authors such as Peter Ackroyd, Iain Sinclair, Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman and Ben Aaronovitch. Philipp is also an expert on London-related tv shows like Whitechapel und Ripper Street.

“London and its genius loci – A journey beyond time and place”

My new book is published by Büchner-Verlag.

“If you want to explore the powerful and mysterious place that is London, Philipp Röttgers suggests two particular ways: through literature and through becoming a flaneur.
In seven narrated walks which cover different parts of London, Röttgers leads us to places which are both real and star in works like Iain Sinclair, Alan Moore and Ben Aaronovitch, Neil Gaiman, Peter Ackroyd and many others. Follow him into the heart of darkness, into the area of Jack the Ripper, to the churches of Nicholas Hawksmoor, and along the routes of “From Hell”. Meet William Blake and walk along “Ripper Street”. Discover London’s ‘genius loci’, its ‘spirit of place’.
In addition to these scenic walks, Röttgers gives a comprehensive overview of how London, in the past and present, has been depicted by writers.”


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Tours – Walks beyond Time and Place

For Philipp, London isn’t just some city. London is a setting in various films, novels and poems. Not only that, it is a character which defines the works in which it appears.

Philipp wants to share the fascination and connection that he feels for the city. He leads you into the heart of darkness of the East End, you walk along “Ripper Street“, to the churches of Nicholas Hawksmoor, to the borderlands between the City, between east and west and to the doorstep of Sherlock Holmes and Charles Dickens.

Philipp leads you through London’s streets and thoroughfares while offering details of historic events and people. Of course, this is not a totally new way to learn more about London’s history. But Philipp offers some new aspects and tours.

Philipp’s idea is to look for the “genius loci” of London, the “spirit of place”. His walks are walks beyond time and place. With his approach, he takes you on a tour through London like no one else.


What clients say

“Philipp is an expert with a lot of knowledge about this special topic and talked freely throughout the whole walk”

Participant of Philipp’s “Jack the Ripper tour”

“It was a lot of fun. History became very real, because we went to the different crime scenes. It felt like going back in time. Phil explained everything in great detail and presented the history in a very comprehensible way.”

Participant of Philipp’s “Jack the Ripper tour”

“Röttgers offers some new aspects and tours that are worth a try”
Petra Breunig of diebedra.de!


Talks beyond Time and Place

Inspired by his book and conversations with Londoners, Philipp set up “Talks beyond time and place”, a series of online conversations. Every episode features another Londoner as a guest, and Philipp and his guest chat about how London influences their lives. They also cover certain topics, depending on the individual guest. Instead of being a strict interview, it feels more like a conversation in a pub. Among his guests are scholars, historians, tour guides and more – keep your eyes open for the next guests!

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