VICTORIAN LONDON TOURS
What is a walking tour?
We provide walking tours around London. They are a chance to walk around different parts of London exploring different themes such as social history, art and literature or architecture and the built environment.
Walking tours often start and end at a London Tube or Overground station.
You can chat to fellow attendees and enjoy a couple of hours with like minded people i.e. people who like a bit of history who like to walk whilst being sociable. Post walk drinks are often available at a local watering hole near to where the walk ends.
All tours are non-smoking.
How to join a walking tour:
1. Buy your ticket using the calendar >>
2. Meet Hazel, your London Tour guide at the designated meeting place.
See you soon!
Oliver Twist Tour
Follow in the footsteps of Oliver Twist and the Artful Dodger on their final leg of their journey through London to reach Fagin’s lair as described in Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist.
Immerse yourself in London of 1837. The Victorian age has just begun and one of England's greatest novelists has put pen to paper to set the scene for one of his most endearing characters, Oliver Twist.
Start: Angel Station
Finish: Farringdon Station
Duration: 90 mins | Step-free access
This was another fascinating walk from Hazel. She took us on a tour of the places mentioned in Oliver Twist, bringing it all to life with her descriptions of the sights, sounds & smells of Victorian London and quoting passages from the book,. Highly recommended.
VICTORIAN COVENT GARDEN
Discover the mindset of what it truly meant to be Victorian.
How long would it take you to die if being burned at the stake? What did being hung drawn and quartered entail? Who ended their lives in public agony, why, and to what end?
Start: Charing Cross Station
Finish: Covent Garden
Duration: 90 mins | No Step-free access | Terrain involves cobblestones
"I have been on another walk with this tour and enjoyed it. Thoroughly enjoyable 90 minute tour around Covent Garden and Soho. Hazel is clearly passionate and brings the walks to life and also engages with the group to get us all involved. Although I now live in London she opens your eyes to the quirky things. Will definitely go on another tour." Jambo
A Christmas Carol Tour
Explore the network of courts and alleys Dickens knew so well and which he wove into his works.
A Christmas Carol is probably Charles Dickens' most famous novel. Join us on a 90 minute tour of the City of London where Ebeneezer Scrooge lived and worked. Even though the spartan offices of Scrooge and Marley are never precisely located clues are hidden in the text which help us track the business down.
Charles Dickens was prompted to write A Christmas Carol as his response to the evident evils of capitalism; but it was also an attempt to pay his ever-increasing unpaid bills. Six weeks after visiting Manchester where the fancy first occurred to him, his novella was complete. Dickens was in the event underwhelmed with the profits it generated, but his story went on to become synonymous with the modern Christmas ideal.
Learn about the social and political history of this area as reflected in Dickens' great ghost story.
Hazel’s fascinating exploration of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol took us tothe East End financial district of London. Again lots of hidden locations, alleyways and recognisable Dickens landmarks with the highlight being the amazing Leadenhall Market, which was truly magical! Lots of Christmas Carol references and social historical observations that really (given a little imagination) took you back to Victorian London. It was brilliant just to lose one’s self for a couple of hours in the world of Charles Dickens… The walk came complete with a Humbug, but definitely not a ‘Bah! Humbug!’ Carol & Barry, Ipswich
A Victorian Christmas Tour
The walk starts at St Paul's cathedral, through old streets of London, exploring lives the Victorians at Christmas, dipping into Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol'.
The City of London is awash with narrow alleyways reminding us of it's historic past and it is on this walk where we have the opportunity to explore their evocative nature.
At the beginning of the 19th century Christmas was hardly celebrated. Many businesses did not even consider it a holiday. But by the end of the century it had become the biggest annual celebration and took on the form we recognise today.
It is on this walking tour we delve into what makes a Victorian Christmas and explore well know traditions which may be older than you think.
It was great fun going with Hazel from St Paul's Cathedral to Somerset House on Boxing Day to discover the Victorian Christmas - the origin of Christmas cards, Christmas crackers and 'bah humbug'. She was so knowledgeable and we learnt a lot in a very short space of time. Everyone enjoyed the 90 minute walk. " Tavani, London
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