London's Alternative History Tour

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    20 Jul 2015
    Clock 30min      Length1mi
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    Tourdescription About the audio tour

    If you like humorous history, quirky facts and hidden surprises, this walk right in the centre of London is the tour for you.

    We walk around some of London's most famous areas and familiar landmarks – but you’re not going to hear the stories kids learn at school.

    Having lived in London all my life, I decided to dig out the wacky parts of London's history. I'm also an avid traveller and understand the importance of experiencing a city with a local guide. But more importantly, I love sharing the amazing history of this city!

    You’ll find out about the secret behind the flowing of the River Thames, the origins of the name “Covent Garden” and the story of a drink most wouldn't associate with Britain.

    Highlights include:

    - How the Americans stole coffee from the British

    - The only street in London that confuses taxi drivers

    - London's most notorious 18th century brothel and the now-extinct police force that shut it down

    - The last Victorian gas lamp in the city

    - London's hidden Italian-style square

    ...and much more!

    Whether it’s your first time in London or you’re a local curious about the alternative tales the city has to offer, this tour is a valuable introduction to London's alternative history.

    Allow 1-1.5 hours for this walk. There are plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars all along the route for a quick (or lengthy!) stop.

    Majorlandmarks Major Landmarks

    Covent Garden, Royal Opera House, Somerset House, River Thames, Waterloo Bridge, The Savoy Hotel

    Startingpoint Directions to starting point

    Head to Covent Garden tube station on the Piccadilly line. When you're at Covent Garden tube station, turn right down the pedestrian road James Street. Walk to the bottom, then turn right under the covered walkway. You'll be outside the Apple Store. Face away from the store – this is where we begin!

    Tips Tips

    Places to stop along the way:

    There are a huge number of cafes, restaurants and pubs all along the route. You'll also pass the Royal Opera House and the London Transport Museum. The Coal Hole pub, at the very end of the tour, is a great historical pub to enjoy a well deserved drink!

    Best time to walk:

    Any day, between 8am and 10pm.

    Precautions:

    As always, just ensure you look the correct way when you're crossing the roads –especially if you're used to cars driving on the right!

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    Missing

    Delightful tour of bits of London I wouldn't have explored otherwise - a lovely way to explore. The GPS doesn't always work perfectly so I occasionally had to pause and check that I was in the right place, but that's a small niggle. Really great way to spend a couple of hours.

    Missing

    Fantastic. Found places I would of never thought of going too! Loved it

    Posted by Katie McGregor , 2 months ago
    Missing

    We were thoroughly captivated the entire way round and didn't want it to end! A fantastic and interesting tour, brilliantly narrated by Joey. An absolute must when visiting London!

    Posted by /users/1004 , about 1 year ago
    Kathleendonnelly

    Great job, Joey! Very interesting tour and good company...

    Posted by Kathleen Dixon , almost 2 years ago
    Missing

    Great value for money, interesting and very clear and easy to follow! I learnt lots about London I didn't already know and I have lived here over 30 years. Highly recommend.

    Posted by Caremella , almost 2 years ago
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    A superb insight into the little pieces of London, hidden right under your nose! Joey is a brilliant and engaging guide and will leave you feeling quite the expert. Don't visit Covent Garden without his cheery voice in your ears!

    Posted by Ella Rose Paskett , almost 2 years ago
    Kathleendonnelly

    Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow morning!

    Posted by Kathleen Dixon , almost 2 years ago

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