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London: Historic Pubs of Central London Walking Tour

1. London: Historic Pubs of Central London Walking Tour

Enjoy an afternoon stroll through London's liquid history, pausing to quench your thirst in 4 of the city's most historic pubs. Walk from historic Southwark to the bright lights of the West End, uncovering fascinating anecdotes and hidden stories. Meet your guide outside St Paul's underground station and set off on a gentle 2-mile stroll through some of London’s ancient streets. Walk down the so-called "street of shame", home to some of the city's historic boozers that sit alongside contemporary upmarket offices and restaurants. Gain an in-depth insight into the drinking culture of the city, and walk in the footsteps of legendary city chronicles such as Charles Dickens. Explore hidden backstreets and alleys, and uncover fascinating facts that are unknown even to the locals. Stop at no less than 4 different pubs to quench your thirst, with visits to taverns that date back as far as 1549. Pop into a grand Victorian gin palace and be amazed by the variety and quality of spirits on display. Finish your adventure close to Strand and Covent Garden, where you'll be a short walk from the theaters, shops, and restaurants of London’s West End. You can then discover even more historic venues with recommendations from your guide if you want to carry on your liquid tour into the evening.

London: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Self-Guided Horror Audio Tour

2. London: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Self-Guided Horror Audio Tour

Do you want to step into a gothic horror story? This Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde audio walking tour through London makes it possible! Mr. Utterson has always been a loyal friend of Doctor Henry Jekyll’s. But lately, even he has started questioning the judgement of the revered doctor. Why did Dr Jekyll suddenly want to change his will, leaving his fortune to a man everyone seems to despise and fear? Why does he isolate himself and disappear for weeks on end? And most importantly; what kind of horrid experiments is he conducting in his laboratory? This walking tour game is based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s short story “Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde”. It will send you to explore the ancient area of Temple and Fleet street in central London. Keep your eyes and ears open during this self-guided walking tour, as several clues, interactions and puzzles are hidden in your surroundings. They are just waiting for you to find them! To walk this tour, you will download a separate app to your phone. An e-mail with all instructions will be sent to you after the purchase is complete. Please make sure to read through it before you go. You will be guided through the city with both visual and audio aid to ensure that you walk in the right direction. The tour will be yours to keep. You can use it at any time and as many times as you wish. Through the app you’ll listen to the story of the troubled doctor Jekyll, as you trace his footsteps through London. Sound, images, and intriguing puzzles will lead you to discover the horrible story of Doctor Jekyll and his alter ego Mr Hyde.

London: Charles Dickens' Journey Exploration Game

3. London: Charles Dickens' Journey Exploration Game

Discover London’s fascinating history and attractions through the eyes of Charles Dickens while you solve clues around the city. Learn how Dickens went from rags to riches and explore the city by playing a quest with your friends, significant other, or family. Each clue will lead you from one place to another by providing you with exact directions, so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. Solve problems and guess the answers to unlock the secret story of each location. Receive all instructions via email after booking, then simply go to the starting point and begin the adventure. Play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or split into smaller groups and compete against each other. Players can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end of the tour.

Woolf & Dickens: London Literary Tour & Writing Workshop

4. Woolf & Dickens: London Literary Tour & Writing Workshop

Designed and delivered by an award-winning novelist with a PhD in Creative Writing, these tours use London's rich literary history as a prompt for a series of writing exercises, designed to suit all levels of expertise, from novice to novelist. The workshop combines literary history and anecdotes of the city with readings from major English writers, but it is not a passive experience: you will respond to the environment in creative ways, in an atmosphere of kindness and inclusivity. These intimate and unique workshop seek to inspire and invigorate. Virginia Woolf’s complex blending of past and present prompts a biographical sketch inspired by the view from Waterloo Bridge. Elliot’s reflections on time and history are echoed in the timeline on the walls at Aldwych, and accompany our tour of the church at St Mary Le Strand. We practice an ekphrasis – a writing exercise inspired by the church’s grand interior. The statue of Gladstone leads us to consider the way politics, truth and history change with our perspective, and we write a list of facts, blending our personal history with the environment we are a part of. At Doctor Johnson’s house, we read from his delightful dictionary and consider the way these structures – religion, politics, art, language – make us who we are.

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We really enjoyed visiting the different pubs and listening to Mark’s stories. If we hadn’t booked the tour, we wouldn’t have known that the pubs we visited existed. Every pub had its own story and was different and special in a certain way. We spent about 20-25 min at every pub, just enough time to try beers (thanks to Mark’s very knowledgeable advice) look at the bars, take photos and chat with the other tour participants. Learning about interesting aspects of London’s history was fun!

Mark was an excellent guide! He was a wealth of information on the City of London, pub culture, modern and pre fire history. The tour was fun and informative and Mark took questions without hesitation. He even made great suggestions on what to try and where and is an expert of Gin and Cask Ales.

very good. Great bars. Great tour guide with a lot of background knowledge. Good value for money in the bars. I would have expected that the drinks would be (at least partially) included in the price.

Better than expected. The guide was very knowledgable and the pubs we went to were great. Also met lots of lovely people who were on the tour. I would definitely do another tour

Exceptional tour - so much information, areas and pubs I’d never been to, great guide, and just an all round excellent thing to do - even for a Londoner!