What an excellent hour and a half tour. Brilliant, informative, knowledgeable and likeable guide - Phil. We were 2 adults and 2 teenagers and we were all enthralled (although the teenagers hid it well) with the stories and history. Went to places I've never been to, definitely going back to the pub and the tea shop when there's time to sample their menus. Later in the day my teenager said "that tour was really good", praise indeed. We're coming back to do another one later in the year. Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring an umbrella and camera.
HIDDEN LONDON WALKING TOUR
London has more than its fair share of strange tales, and on this walk you will be journeying into the depths of the old City to discover the more extraordinary stories and locations which are often overlooked.
Please note there are several short flights of steps on this tour which cannot be avoided. Some of the photos below provide by Pinay Flying High, international blogger who wrote this article about the walk!
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HIDDEN LONDON WALKING TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
On the way you’ll see:
- Discover London’s most extraordinary disused tube station
- Look for Sweeney Todd’s barber shop
- Find out where the Knights Templar imprisoned people
- Wonder at the church which inspired the wedding cake
- Find out the origin of the famous nursery rhyme Oranges and Lemons
…And many more places, each with an incredible story to tell. Please note we will not see Temple Church on weekend or Bank Holiday tours as the area is rather difficult to access.
We did the hidden London walk. It was a really entertaining walk with unexpected alleys and places. Matt picked out some unexpected spots and had a nice story to tell about each one. Though English is not our mother tongue it was easy to follow as he speaks very clearly. Next time in London we'll definitely try to do another one!
Our Guide was Phill. He was so friendly and started promptly at 1.30. He took us to see many interesting sights and some of them were Fleet Street, The oldest Pub there,Sweeney Todd,Polly the parrot,Dr.Samuel Johnstone and his cat-Hodge
We also visited Temple Church and learnt some more about the Knight Templars.
There was St Bridgetts,a church which looks like a cake with tiers.We also saw the old Piccadily Train Station..
My wife and I had our walking shoes and the walk was about 90 minutes.
We had our camera and took many photos. Here are some of the photos we took.
We plan to go back in the summer to look at specific sites which we saw. Great job Phill and Thanks again....Ken and Chris.
Started at Temple underground station and finished in Fleet Street. Tour guide Matt was great very friendly, knowledgeable and presented this tour with enthusiasm, Many alleyways and narrow passageways with great stories including the infamous Sweeney Todd. Highly recommended
Hidden London Walking Tour was what we went on. It took us into back alleys with quirky tales to tell from London's past. We saw Samuel Johnson's cat Hodge (well at least a statue of it) and the pub where the first Polly the Parrot swore at drinkers, peered in at the 'Roman Bath' with a succinct presentation of what historical research had revealed about it. Phil our guide was absolutely master of his subject, showing a knowledge that went far, far beyond a prepared script. He revealed a particular interest in the historical derivation of words and phrases, such as 'saved by the bell' [the bell which enabled a person buried alive to summon help] and 'one for the road' [the drink that the condemned convict was allowed on the Tyburn road to the gallows]. He talked through stories from the past with an acute sense that all was not what it might appear. All told with a keen sense of humour. He also clearly enjoyed exchanges with his clients. If anyone thinks that history was boring, this tour would be therapeutic.
Recently enjoyed the Changing of the Guard tour with Matt. We are a family of four, kids aged 11 and 14. We all really encode the tour. We moved from place to place and saw all the highlights rather than simply remaining in the one place. We beat the crowds and enjoyed Matt's witty commentary. We liked it so much we took the Secret London Tour (* actually the Hidden London Tour!) that same afternoon. That was great as well. St. ClementDanes church, Fleet St., Samuel Johnson house, and much more. Matt us a great story-teller and really brings history to life. I would highly recommend these tours. They are well worth it! Thanks Matt. We'll be back.
We went on the Hidden London tour with Phill. The tour was exactly what we wanted - quirky stories and details which we wouldn't have been able to find out for ourselves. Phill was an excellent guide, eloquent, well paced and was more than happy to answer our questions. I would definitely do another Fun London Tour.
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