Where locals still gather in centuries old London neighbourhoods
This tour is in central London but contains many hidden gems that are hard to find and that Londoners are mostly unaware of.
Vibrant new meets the old and historical in Soho and Covent Garden. I believe this is where London's true history lies, in the streets that inspired the works of Charles Dickens and William Blake, in theatres where kings fell in love with famous actresses, and in small venues where the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and David Bowie launched their careers.
Interesting old sights include London's oldest theatre and the 300 year old Covent Garden Piazza; but what makes these areas so fascinating is that these areas are so young and vibrant, little businesses making use of old homes and warehouses, we'll pass famous cheese shops, coffee shops, donut shops. . . We'll mostly focus on the locations and history, but by the end of the tour you'll have a list of places you'll want to revisit for a taste of 'old and new' London.
We'll meet at your hotel, or other agreed location in London.
During the tour we'll visit:
Historical Soho Square,
Old pubs and other locations that feature in works by Charles Dickens,
London's oldest restaurant, french patisserie and theatre,
Fun sixties rock'n'roll locations such the old venue where David Bowie and the Rolling Stones played their first ever concerts,
London's oldest jazz club,
The West End/ 'Theatre-land',
The back streets and piazza of Covent Garden.
At the end, we'll finish back at your hotel, or other agreed upon spot.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I'm happy to meet you at your hotel or any other convenient location. We'll then make our way to Tottenham Court Road to begin the tour.
End location: The tour will end in the heart of the Covent Garden area. There are nice locations around here for lunch, or the guide can escort you anywhere else you'd like to go.
Duration: 3 hours 30 min.
This tour usually takes less than 3 and a half hours.
We'll take a traditional London Black Cab to Central London, from there the whole tour is walkable. We'll then go back to your hotel via Black Cab. So all necessities are included in the cost of this tour.
Local tour guide and Black Cab rides to and from your accommodation are included in the cost of this tour, so every necessity is taken care of.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50 £ - You may want cash for refreshment, souvenirs and we finish in a fun location for finding a place to eat.
Any personal purchases or expenses such as extra refreshments or souvenirs. We pass a few places of interest during the tour but do not go inside any of them, you can pay admission fees and visit inside the site after the tour.
This tour is priced for up to 4 people, but I can accommodate larger groups of up to 9. Please contact me for the details and a quote.
I'm not a driver guide but can arrange transportation on request.
I'm an outdoor walking tour guide and don't specialize in going inside places of interest such as Westminster Abbey.