London audio tour: The City through the Centuries

The City through the Centuries

Walking Tour

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120 mins
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2.1mi

About the Tour

An in depth walk through almost two thousand years of London's past by a local history teacher. The walk takes in over thirty important and sometimes overlooked sites, from a hidden Roman amphitheatre, to the original London Bridge and the Tower of London. Delve deep into London's history through its often hidden ruins and always colourful characters.

Tour Producer

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Sam Brearley

I am a secondary school history teacher with a passion for London's past and present. I'm also a recent, proud and sleep-deprived father, a part-time writer and keen walk goer! Writing my first London walk has allowed me to indulge in a few of my many loves and will hopefully inspire you to find out more about this great and marvellous city!

Major Landmarks

  • London Bridge

  • Tower of London

  • Guildhall London

Directions to Starting Point

The walk starts at London's Guildhall, a short walk from St Pauls Cathedral (preferable) or Moorgate station.
From St Pauls: Walk north on Cheapside, continue on St Martins Le Grand, turn right onto Gresham Street. In about three hundred meters, Guildhall Yard will be on your left.
From Moorgate: Walk south on Moorgate towards Moor Place, turn right towards Coleman St, take the zebra crossing, continue onto Coleman St, turn right onto Gresham Street and continue until you reach Guildhall Yard.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

St Stephen Walbrook, Leadenhall Market, Monument to the Great Fire, St Dustan in the East, All Hallows by the Tower museum, the Tower of London.

Best time of day

The City can feel quite deserted on the weekend, which makes it either an excellent time to do the walk, or a terrible time to do the walk, depending on your preference, though many shops will also be closed. Try not to start or finish the walk close to week day rush hour: 07:30-09:30 and 17:00-19:00.

Precautions

London is a busy city, though reasonably safe. It is always worth keeping belongings safe, your phone in your pocket and being aware of your surroundings.

Comments

I’ve lived in London for years and always wondered about the history. This tour takes you back in time and really starts to build your imagination of times gone by and with squinted eyes, you can experience a something that’s been in front of you all this time . Great stories and easy directions. Highly recommend to locals and tourists alike.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 9 days ago

Really interesting and easy to follow

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , about 1 year ago

Love a good history walk, and this is one of them. If you read this Sam, hello from a fellow History teacher and old friend from uni 👊🏻

Oggy

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , over 1 year ago

Had an amazing time learning the history along this walk. First of many audio tours on this app for sure

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , almost 2 years ago

this was an excellent tour through the city of London. Sam was interesting to listen to and the pace was about right. the church with the miniature model of London bridge was fascinating. also the beautiful arch ways over leadenhall market - what a beautiful find and something I'd never have stumbled across myself.

Posted by Joanna Hingston , over 2 years ago

This was my first VoiceMap tour and a lot of fun! I liked being able to stop for a while and look at other things instead of being rushed along.

Posted by Marek M , over 2 years ago
Preview mode limited to first 3 locations.