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Grime & Punishment Tour

£15 pp

England, London

1.5 Hours

Join a Group of up to 20

Grime & Punishment Tour

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What You'll Do

Come on a journey into London's raucous and perilous past, when fun came at a deadly cost, and Londoners lived truly on the edge, for a unique tour of the city that offers an alternative perspective.

On this sleazy and spirited tour, you’ll hear of the bizarre and debauched antics of our ancestors, notorious criminals and their executions, Covent Garden’s pimp master general and the London Beer Flood! (Yes, it really did happen…)

Walking in the wake of drunkards, villains and sinful nobility, you’ll hear their tales of grime and the brutal punishments meted out to them. Stepping through the heart of the West End, passing theatres, street performers and gorgeous architecture, this tour will leave you happy to be alive in twenty-first century London, but secretly wishing you were here a few hundred years before.

A unique tour that peels back the curtain on what life used to be like in the city, and a fascinating way to get under the skin of London and understand the darker side there used to be.

Experience
Highlights

Visit the site of London’s Great Beer Flood!

Meander through bustling Covent Garden piazza – from nunnery to den of inequity

See the Grand Lodge of the Freemasons

Check out London’s most haunted theatre

Discover the truth behind some well-known expressions like “One for the road”

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)

Chris

Thursday 22nd August, 2019

Excellent tour guide in Jess, very enthusiastic and knowledgeable and very passionate about his job. We learnt some fascinating facts and history on this walking tour.

Excellent tour guide in Jess, very enthusiastic and knowledgeable and very passionate about his job. We learnt some fascinating facts and history on this walking tour.

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Location Information

This tour begins outside the Dominion Theatre, just near Tottenham Court Road Tube Station, which is accessible on the Central Line.

Meet at 1:30pm on selected Sundays, and enjoy a totally unique tour of London that gets you off the beaten track.

  • Tour guide for the duration

FAQs

This tour is not suitable for children, and is 18+.