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The Law in London: Half-Day Walking Tour

1. The Law in London: Half-Day Walking Tour

Enjoy a 3.5-hour tour of London’s legal hotspots on a tour ideal for fans of “Rumpole of the Bailey,” “Crown Court” or any of the other TV series that focus on the legal system in Britain. Meet your lawyer guide at the front entrance to the Royal Courts of Justice on the Strand. Go inside to tour this splendid example of Victorian architecture. Discover where London's lawyers meet to discuss cases, and sit in on an actual court case as it’s being heard. Afterwards, walk over to the Old Bailey, perhaps the most famous courtroom in the world. This is where famous cases, such as the “Lady Chatterley's Lover” obscenity trial were heard. You'll also visit the British Law Society, pausing for a tea/coffee break in their magnificent building. The tour also includes a visit to the increasingly important Rolls Building, where Russian oligarchs and others come to settle their disputes. Go through the Inns of Court, passing the spot where former Prime Minister Tony Blair had his cloisters (law offices) prior to entering politics. Walk through the lovely Temple Gardens and visit the Temple Church, made famous by Dan Brown’s “Da Vinci Code.” It’s also where the Hollywood movie was shot. The tour is all about atmosphere and ambience - and English law of course!  And those of an extra-sensory persuasion may see the ghost of Rumpole of the Old Bailey walking by! Complete your tour at the charming Old Cheshire Cheese Pub, where you will be served a half pint of the best ale on tap. As an added bonus, you will get a complimentary reproduction copy of the Magna Carta, which marked the beginning of the English legal system as we now know it.

London: Charles Dickens' Journey Exploration Game

2. 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.

Roman Ruins to Blitz Bombings: London's Fiery History

3. Roman Ruins to Blitz Bombings: London's Fiery History

Travel through two thousand years of history, meeting Romans, kings, Charles Dickens, Anne Boleyn's ghost, and Queen Boudica (and hear how she's connected to Harry Potter!) On our walking tour we'll travel across the City of London, the ancient heart of the capital. We'll learn about the City's founding two thousand years ago and where you can still see Roman ruins to this day, its survival through fire and war, the Tower of London's bloody past, the City's oldest pub, and the easiest way to tunnel into the Bank of England's vaults! The walking tour begins outside Tower Hill Station exit, ends near to Blackfriars Station, and will take around two hours. Total distance is about two and a half miles. Ticket sales will be limited to circa ten attendees, to ensure maximum enjoyment for everybody on the tour.

Charles Dickens Walking Tour

4. Charles Dickens Walking Tour

This walking tour will take you to places that both inspired Charles Dickens the writer but also those real locations that shaped Dickens the man. All writers take inspiration from the people they meet and places they visit, and Charles Dickens was no different. His novels are so successful because he so enjoyed wandering the streets of London and picking up the rich details of everyday life. This Charles Dickens tour will start off south of the Thames in one of the lesser-visited areas of Central London, where you will visit the only surviving remnant of Marshalsea Prison, which had a great impact on young Charles and his family. Nearby you will visit Little Dorrit Church, and see the only remaining galleried inn in all of London which Dickens himself would visit and the building next door where Sam Weller met with Mr. Pickwick in the famous scene from The Pickwick Papers. Northwards you will meander through the ancient Borough Market with its Victorian structure that both Dickens and his characters were so familiar with before reaching the river and the steps where Nancy met Mr. Brownlow in Oliver Twist which quickly led to her horrific death. Crossing over the famous old river you will visit Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, which featured in both Dickens' work but was also a favorite drinking establishment of the writer, and then we begin to enter one of the great legal areas of London where Magwitch visits Pip at his chambers in Great Expectations. Just along the road is where Charles Dickens worked in the Blacking Factory. In the literary world, David Copperfield and Martin Chuzzlewit found themselves just where you will: at the famous Old Curiosity Shop, perhaps the oldest shop in central London. Lincolns Inn Fields was close to Dickens home and as such features prominently in his literature. The Old Hall appears in the opening scene of Bleak House where close by you will see the home of Charles Dickens' friend and biographer, John Forster, whose property became the residence of Mr. Tulkinghorn in Bleak House. More Bleak House locations come thick and fast, as you pass The Royal College of Surgeons and the likely location of Krooks horrid shop before he went up in flames. As you reach the end of our tour, you will walk the streets of Bloomsbury that were long the literary capital of the world and whose residents have included Orson Welles, Virginia Woolf, E.M. Forster, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and JM Barrie, who created Peter Pan. The tour concludes at the Dickens House Museum, which you will be free to visit in your own time, or perhaps have lunch in one of the many fine old pubs and restaurants in this district of Bloomsbury that Charles Dickens knew so well.

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

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

Explore along with your audio guide through the dark Victorian streets and alleys of London on this thrilling walking tour. Uncover the gruesome string of murders occurring around London’s busy Fleet Street.  This audio walking tour game is based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s short story. 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. Your smartphone is your guide on this tour. To walk this tour you’ll download an app equipped with a map, GPS, and a digital guide which will make sure you walk in the right direction. Through the app, you will listen to the story of the troubled doctor, as you trace his footsteps through London.

Historic London Pubs Tour 1 - The Pub Crawl

6. Historic London Pubs Tour 1 - The Pub Crawl

A Pub Crawl, so named in the finest English tradition because in the old days and indeed not so old days, pub drinkers would stop off for a drink at as many pubs as they could until they were reduced to crawling between venues. This traditional pub walk will visit some of the finest old pubs in London.  Each one with a very different atmosphere and history but all sharing a fine offering of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks in a wonderful building. From the fringes of the East End, visit pubs in Clerkenwell and Farringdon before going to some truly historic pubs in Holborn and Lincoln’s Inn Fields. Visit 6 old pubs, all of them going back to The Great Fire of London and some even earlier, each with their own character and history to tell. Enjoy an unhurried drink in a very special and unspoiled location just as Londoners do.

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What people are saying about Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 14 reviews

Excellent tour with experienced lawyer giving a close insight

Andrew was an excellent guide, taking time in the key establishments to see the legal workings in action, along with proud overview of heritage and architecture of these amazing buildings. He said from the offset that he was happy to adapt the tour to our key areas of interests and did. We were hoping for a lot from this tour and our expectations were surpassed. (I had delays requesting and having to book alternative date, which was compounded by source booking being undertaken by other operator) Many thanks Andrew!

Very nice tour, definitely recommended for families with teenage children (who speak good English). Technically sound background information and interesting, sometimes amusing stories. The tour gave us a whole new perspective of the court district and the surrounding area (Royal Courts of Justice, Inns of Court, Old Bailey). We would have loved to have stayed longer together in the pub - if there hadn't been a dinner cruise afterwards...

Loved the game, it was a fun way to visit places we would probably never have seen otherwise. The only downside was that we played in a Sunday and so many of the places of interest were closed. That did not stop us from solving the clues however.

Captivating, we get caught up in the game and it makes us see beautiful places in London where we would never have been! We took 3 hours, but we did not see the time pass. Top !!

The best experience we ever had

We absolutely loved it! Andrew was wonderful and very informative and helpful