Immerse yourself in legend and grandeur on a 2.5-hour walking tour through London! On this fun and informative excursion, you'll explore the warren of streets that make up London's Old City to visit sites like Covent Garden, St Paul’s Cathedral and London Bridge, as well as infamous locations such as the Tower of London – where many tyrants and politicians met their deaths. Explore this cutting-edge metropolis that remains a landmark of tradition.
In the afternoon, meet your guide in central London and set off on an entertaining walking tour of Old City. Begin with a short history of Covent Garden, a colorful area that was once London’s most active red-light district. Then stroll along cobbled alleyways to reach the Strand and Fleet Street, home of Britain’s national newspapers until the 1980s.
Continue on to St Paul’s Cathedral, London’s highest point for more than 1,400 years. Rebuilt after the Great Fire of London, St Paul's has hosted many national events including the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer. Afterwards, visit the nearby Roman Temple of Mithras and the Monument, the world’s tallest freestanding stone column. As you stroll through London's oldest district, learn more about catastrophic events like the Great Fire that reshaped the city and the plague that killed a third of London’s population.
Conclude your tour with a stop at the Tower of London. Learn how this 11th-century stronghold of William the Conquerer became a palace, prison and gruesome execution place, and hear tales of prisoners like Anne Boleyn – Henry VIII's unfortunate second wife – who met her end there in 1536.
Your tour ends at the Tower in the evening.
This was an excellent tour. Angus was a fantastic tour guide--very knowledgeable and very entertaining! I would definitely purchase one of these tours again.
Our guide was extremely interesting, and was very much able to convey the importance of the history of Old London as it relates to the subsequent influence on English culture itself. Since he is a London native himself, he was able to give us plenty of old English lore and a local's perspective about the things we were seeing. He seemed to convey a sense of value to the stories about the homes, castles, walls, and monuments we walked by. This greatly added to our experience as mere tourists. My knowledge of the English language is improved now because of the guide's descriptions of the origins of commonly used English phrases like: Under the Table, London Bridge is Falling Down, and Ring around the Rosey. As proud Americans, we often do not often think about Britain and the real origin of the way we are as former English subjects. But when seeing The Old City of London and having the history explained, our own way of life becomes much more clearly explained and defined, as does the basis our own civil liberties and social expectations within an English speaking nation. I would hope that as Americans, we will continue to look to the British as an example of a peaceful society ruled by reason and discussion and one which employs an impartial government. Every American and citizens of English speaking lands must participate in this kind of tour and realize the amazingly important history it imparts.
Stef, our tour guide, was AMAZING! She was incredibly knowledgeable, energetic and fun. She explained and quite literally acted out the history of London on this fast-paced, fun-packed tour. Loved it!
Trevor gave an amazing tour of the Old City with fantastic detailed knowledge. He brought us through small lanes that your would never find on your own. He gave us extra time at the end of the tour. I highly recommend this tour.
Our guide Angus Templeton was extremely informative. A great way to experience the city! We plan to take some of the other tours offered in the city and will definitely want Angus as our guide.
Our guide, Ali, was excellent with lots of interesting stories about the sites we saw. His way of describing the political and legal environment around 18th century Newgate was unique and memorable, great history lesson. This is a fast-paced walking tour, so bring good walking shoes and a bottle of water with you.
This tour was amazing!
Our excellent guide John, really brought this tour to life with his theatrical presentation of the history of London. Very good value.
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