Guided tour

Secret Old London Walking Tour

4.9 / 5

39 reviews

Activity provider: Fun London Tours
Guided tour

Secret Old London Walking Tour

Activity provider: Fun London Tours

From US$ 22.10 per person

Walk around the back streets of one of the most atmospheric parts of London, past black death burial pits, execution sites, ancient churches and touching memorials. This is a tour for those who want to peel back the layers of London's extraordinary past!

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Duration 1.5 hours
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  • Soak up the atmosphere of a medieval churchyard
  • Discover a hidden memorial to heroic self sacrifice
  • Imagine the screams of terror at one of London's principal execution sites
  • Locate the perimeter of a roman ampitheatre
  • Stand inside the bombed out shell of a church
Full description
This walk takes you through an area of London which still bears the scars of its medieval and Tudor past. You'll be taken into an area of London rarely seen by the average tourist, a place which has witnessed more than its fair share of guts and gore. Passing through through streets largely unchanged for hundreds of years, you'll stand in the spots where the condemned drew their last breath and be thankful its the 21st century! You'll start off at Barbican and make your way to Charterhouse Square, whose tranquil ambiance belies the fact that 600 years ago it was the dumping ground for London's worst plague, the Black Death. Around the corner stands the open space of Smithfield, home to medieval jousts and grisly executions of people like William Wallace (Braveheart). And situated between these two gruesome sites is London's outstanding medieval church, St Bartholomew the Great, used in movies like Four Weddings & A Funeral and Sherlock Holmes. As you journey through the ancient city of London, you'll pass through a the shell of a church destroyed in the Blitz, through a park which holds the most touching of memorials, and make our way to the location of the city's long lost Roman Ampitheatre. For fans of atmosphere and history, guts & gore, this tour is hard to beat...
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Meeting point

Outside Barbican Underground Station

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Video recording

Know before you go

  • Suitable for all persons over 12
  • Dogs are not permitted on this tour, with the exception of guide dogs
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Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 39 reviews

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Brilliant walking tour, so much information and history, absolutely loved it

February 26, 2023

Our guide, Rosie, was excellent. Warm, enthusiastic and very funny, she showed us around these unusual corners of London in joy and good humor. His story was fascinating and full of super cool anecdotes! To recommend without hesitation!!

February 12, 2023

Very informative

January 29, 2023

Product ID: 75509