London audio tour: Classic Sights and Hidden Histories

Classic Sights and Hidden Histories

Walking Tour

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60 mins
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2.4mi

About the Tour

You may be familiar to the most famous sights of London, but are you familiar with the history, stories and characters behind them? This tour takes in all of London's most iconic spots, ideal for plenty of photo ops, but allows you to learn the hidden histories behind famous buildings...

Travel back over 500 years to meet Queen Victoria, King James I, King Henry VIII (and all his wives!) plus Winston Churchill, Admiral Horatio Nelson (the chap on the column), the namesake of Big Ben and his less well-known companion, plus the real story behind the man who could have destroyed Parliament, Guy Fawkes.

Throughout, you'll be rewarded with plenty of facts and trivia that are guaranteed to shed new light on parts of London you think you know... or do you?

This is a step-free route suitable for wheelchair users.

Tour Producer

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Ste Russell

An experienced walking tour guide, passionate about storytelling and local history.

Major Landmarks

  • Buckingham Palace

  • St James's Palace

  • Churchill War Rooms

  • London's Big Ben

  • Westminster Abbey

  • London Eye

  • St Paul's Cathedral

  • Nelson's Column

  • Trafalgar Square

Directions to Starting Point

We'll start outside the South Side exit of Green Park underground station on Piccadilly.

Take the 'Green Park' or 'Piccadilly (South Side)' exits from Green Park station, on the Jubilee, Piccadilly or Victoria lines.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

There are plenty of stops at the start and end, for food, coffee or a bathroom break, but the main section of the tour passes through a less well serviced part of Central London.

Best time of day

The quieter morning hours are a good time to do this walk, before the workers' lunch and the tourism rush. Start around 10am, in time to finish for an early lunch!

Precautions

It's a very safe route through a popular part of town. Please look both ways when crossing the busy Central London roads, including when crossing at a "green man", as London cyclists don't always stop for them!

Comments

Could have filled in more of the silence with some of the other buildings along the route

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , over 1 year ago
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Classic Sights and Hidden Histories