The 'old and new' neighbourhoods of Soho and Covent Garden Walking Tour

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Tour Number

Activity Level

354311


Categories

Museums / Culture, Local Experience, City

Details

Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: Yes.
The walk is fine if you are wheelchair bound.

Maximum travelers: 4

Language(s)

explanation

English (fluent)

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.

Itinerary

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,
Carnaby Street,
Shaftesbury Avenue,
Chinatown,
The West End/ 'Theatre-land',
Historical Covent Garden market and piazza,
Quaint back streets 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.

Transportation

We'll take a taxi to Central London, from there the whole tour is walkable. We'll then go back to your hotel via taxi. So all necessities are included in the cost of this tour.

What’s Included

Other: Local tour guide and taxi 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.

What’s Extra

Other: 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.

Restrictions

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.

A Recent Review of this tour

Jason is a fabulous tour guide, friendly, & engaging! He answered our questions in what seemed an effortless manner--his knowledge is amazing. We emailed our interests and questions in advance. He responded quickly and thoroughly. He tailored our tour to us. As we walked, he showed us historic spots of interest we'd surely have missed on our own. He has a remarkable familiarity with the area we toured, its history, past & present, & what he calls his "fun facts." We highly recommend him as a guide.
Richard Zorn

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