Grime & Punishment Tour
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Tour starts outside the Dominion Theatre, by Tottenham Court Road tube station
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Not suitable for children as it includes adult content! But please note, this is not a ghost tour.


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. 

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.  

Please note, although we may mention one or two spirits, this is not a ghost tour!



Back Streets
Freemasons Hall
Dead Houses
St Mary le Strand
The group
The Gin Shop
Beer Street and Gin Lane
Past the pubs
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On this tour you will:

  • 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"






Fascinating and highly enjoyable look at London’s ‘Grime and Punishment’. Our guide, Jess, steered us through a fascinating and gruesome insight in to the London of past centuries. From Londoners’ drinking habits and social conditions to spectre actors, interwoven with stories of Newgate Gaol and the great hanging tree of Tyburn, all of which gave us a real feel for what London must have been like all those centuries ago. If you’re new to London, a visitor or a resident then this walk is a great introduction in to notorious West End events & locations that you could just walk by without realising. Highly recommended!!!


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