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Alleyways and Courtyards of London

From £15 pp

England, London

1.5 hours

Join a group of up to 20

Alleyways and Courtyards of London

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What You'll Do

Take the alternative tour through London's past and get off the beaten track with a local guide, who will bring the twisting alleys and narrow backstreets of the city to life with tales of unusual pieces of history.

Meet your guide outside Cannon Street tube station, Central London, and set off to explore areas of the city Londoners themselves rarely visit to get a totally unique, in-depth look at this city.

Discover hidden gems, like a stone from the original London Bridge and a remnant on Roman London tucked away in a barber shop, and find old, atmospheric pubs and the very first coffee shop in the city.

You’ll be bowled over by the magic of Leadenhall Market and the alleys of Cornhill, made all the more fascinating by the stories that come with them and stumbling across weird sites like an abandoned, bombed-out church will leave you hungry to explore further.

And all along the way, you’ll be wandering in the midst of a modern architects heaven, with iconic new builds clustered together, piercing the London skyline. The very best spot – where you can see the Gherkin, Cheesegrater, Walkie Talkie and Lloyd’s building all looming over a 16th-century church – is one of the best views in the city.

This is a tour for those who have seen the main sites and are keen to explore a little further and dig a little deeper, and it’s hugely rewarding for those who do.

Experience
Highlights

Walk along Pudding Lane, where the Great Fire of London started

Search for the tiny Victorian street art with a macabre twist

Discover what surprises lie beneath the sumptuous Leadenhall Market

Your Local Host:

Matt

Tour guide, entrepreneur, London enthusiast with a love of telling stories and digging up forgotten history!

All of the tours which I lead are unique, and researched with an eye on the unusual, quirky and forgotten history of London. 

I love researching and discovering hidden or unknown parts of the city, and when this is combined with real excitement about meeting people and telling them about the rich history all around them, I believe this helps make my tours so special. 

I am told I have a kind and warm personality which puts people at ease, creating a lovely atmosphere where clients genuinely feel part of the experience. 

Reviews (1)

April M

Thursday 4th April, 2019

Fun Afternoon in London A great way to spend the afternoon in London visiting some lesser known areas. Danielle made the whole tour fun with interesting facts and stories. Would definitely book a tour again!

Fun Afternoon in London A great way to spend the afternoon in London visiting some lesser known areas. Danielle made the whole tour fun with interesting facts and stories. Would definitely book a tour again!

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Location Information

The tour begins outside the Dowgate Hill entrance to Cannon Street station, served by the Circle and the District lines.

From here, you’ll explore some of the oldest parts of London, from Pudding Lane, to Leadenhall Market, to the alleys of Cornhill.

The tour finishes a 5-minute walk from Monument station, also served by the Circle and District lines.

  • Licensed tour guide for the duration