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A Walking Tour of London's Bloody Past

Greater London, United Kingdom

Experience hosted by Tom

2 hours
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

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We'll travel through a thousand years of history, meeting kings, body snatchers, Charles Dickens, an eighteenth century ghost, and William Wallace (and learn how he was in no fit state to shout "Freeeedoooommmm!" whilst being executed!)

On our tour we'll visit the areas around Smithfield, for centuries London's site of both animal and human slaughter. We'll learn about how the city disposed of the tens of thousands of Black Death corpses in the fourteenth century, the execution methods used in the Middle Ages, and how the area became a notorious slum which Dickens used as the setting for Oliver Twist.

The tour begins outside Barbican Station, ends near to Farringdon Station, and will take around two hours. Total distance is about two miles.
Copy and paste this link for a sneak preview! https://youtu.be/EHZhfjpHOKQ

We'll travel through a thousand years of history, meeting kings, body snatchers, Charles Dickens, an eighteenth century ghost, and William Wallace (and learn how he was in no fit state to shout "Freeeedoooommmm!" whilst being executed!)

On our tour we'll visit the areas around Smithfield, for centuries London's site of both animal and human slaughter.…

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Wed, 28 Apr
$35 per person
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Sun, 2 May
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Wed, 5 May
$35 per person
$35 per person

Meet your host, Tom

Host on Airbnb since 2017
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I left an office job in order to follow my passion: the history of London! I'm both a qualified London Borough of Islington and London Borough of Camden tour guide, having successfully passed each association's training course. For further information, and to see my past reviews across multiple sites, check out my website www.historiclondontours.com
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Where you'll be

On our tour we'll visit the areas around Smithfield, for centuries London's site of both animal and human slaughter. We'll learn about how the city disposed of the tens of thousands of Black Death corpses in the fourteenth century, the execution methods used in the Middle Ages, and how the area became a notorious slum which Dickens used as the setting for Oliver Twist.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 21 reviews.

Karina
August 2020
Great walk! My husband and I, we have been working in the City for the last ten years and didn't know much about the places that Tom showed to us. This tour will be interesting to everyone who knows London well and who is new to the City.
Robin
August 2020
Tom is a very knowledgable guide and took us back through the history of London. He even thoughtfully followed up on a query we raised. Happy to recommend Tom
Robbie
August 2020
This experience is a must. Tom was excellent even changing the day because I double booked by mistake. The tour was so good from start to finish we are still talking about it now. We feel it has enriched our stay in London
Camélia
July 2020
We had a wonderful morning with Tom, who didn't give us time to get bored. Between his historical anecdotes and the little hidden places he showed us, we went home enlightened. We'll gladly do it again!
Janelle
January 2020
The walking tour was awesome, so much history in the area. I was blown away with the level of detail Tom shared with us, he really knows his stuff. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone visiting in the area.
Lisa
January 2020
If you're looking for a fascinating tour in London for a bargain price,look no further. Tom was funny, fascinating and fabulous! We loved all the stories, the gruesome ones and the film links, a brilliant time.

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 13 and up can attend.