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London Old City Walking Tour provided by SANDEMANs NEW Europe - London

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  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Updated 07/15/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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- Breaks will be shortended - Guests are encouraged to bring own masks - Guests will be required to provide personal details (name, phone) - Smaller groups to ensure appropriate social distance - Tour group picture will no longer be taken
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Updated 07/15/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
A cutting-edge metropolis, London also stays true to its traditions. On this exclusive walking tour of the Old City, leave the navigation to someone else as you hear entertaining commentary and enriching history lessons. Visit must-see landmarks like Covent Garden and St. Paul’s Cathedral hearing about each spot along the way. From ancient Roman temples to medieval execution sites, learn about the people and events that shaped the famous city.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Apple Covent Garden
    No. 1, 7 The Piazza, West End, London WC2E 8HB, UK
    Meet your guide at the corner of the Covent Garden Piazza outside the Apple store. Just look for the team with the red SANDEMANs NEW Europe umbrella!
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    Covent Garden
    Stop: 5 minutes
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  • 2
    The Monument to the Great Fire of London
    Stop: 25 minutes
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  • 3
    London Bridge
    Stop: 25 minutes
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  • 4
    Tower Bridge
    Stop: 25 minutes
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  • 5
    St. Paul's Cathedral
    Stop: 25 minutes
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  • 6
    Bank of England Museum
    Stop: 25 minutes
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  • 7
    Tower of London
    Stop: 25 minutes
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  • You'll end at
    Tower Of London (Stop TH)
    St Katharine's & Wapping, London EC3N 4DX, UK
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Highlights
  • A fun and informative excursion through London’s Old City
  • Discover scenic walking routes to historical sites
  • Stroll through London’s oldest district
  • Learn about the city’s deadly past, from the Great Fire to the plague
What to Expect
The tour begins in Covent Garden, a popular market that was once London’s most active red-light district. Your guide leads you down cobbled alleyways as you learn about the city’s colorful past. See London Bridge and Tower Bridge on your way. Visit St. Paul’s Cathedral, rebuilt after the Great Fire, and hear about the catastrophes that reshaped London’s history, including a plague that wiped out a third of the city. Revisit the cathedral’s famous events, like the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. Stop at Mansion Beach and the Bank of England museum for a deeper look at London's history. The tour concludes with a peek at the Tower of London, an 11th-century prison. Listen to the grim tales of the tower’s prisoners, including Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII, who was beheaded there in 1536.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Apple Covent Garden, No. 1, 7 The Piazza, West End, London WC2E 8HB, UK
Duration
3h
Return Details
Tower Of London (Stop TH), St Katharine's & Wapping, London EC3N 4DX, UK
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Children up to 13 years old are welcome on this tour for free.
  • The independent guides who employ us to market their tours have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites & stories mentioned and lasts about 3 hours, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Sully2242 wrote a review Sep 2020
London, United Kingdom2 contributions
We absolutely loved our tour with Ben! He was filled with interesting historical and modern facts, and kept the tour really engaging. Definitely recommend to anyone!! He also kept everything safe regarding covid :)
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Cezar D wrote a review Sep 2020
London, United Kingdom42 contributions20 helpful votes
Wish there was 0/5 stars option for a review. Showed up 15min earlier as suggested and waited in Covent Garden for half an hour but no tour operator was to be found. I've tried calling their contact number in Germany or wherever, tried using the chat function and no reply
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Philip P wrote a review Sep 2020
1 contribution1 helpful vote
Arrived ten minutes before, waited till twenty minutes afterwards. No one turned up, no one picked up phone, no reply to messages a day later. Either a scam or incompetent operator, I would not recommend anyone takes the chance.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Zenon De Zabaleta wrote a review Aug 2020
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Amazing Walking Tour with Big Ben. Super interesting, fun and well informed. Lots of hidden gems shown to us as well as interesting facts of London's history. Totally worthy.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Noel Friedrich wrote a review Aug 2020
Bournemouth, United Kingdom1 contribution
When we first showed up, we weren't really in the mood for a three hour walk, assuming it would be boring and exhausting. When we saw Ben (or Big Ben, as he likes to jokingly introduce himself as) we were happily surprised by the energetic and humorous type of guy he is.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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By: SANDEMANs NEW Europe - London
imo96
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Don’t Book A Free Tour
When I booked my trip to London some months ago, I also booked the 3hr free walking tour around London as we had p
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Freenelson
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Always a great experience
Sandman’s really are the number 1 of tour givers. We have taken several torture throughout various cities round the
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ashofmelbourne
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Nearly 3 hours is definitely worth the money!
We had Jack for the tour and we started out by being sorted into houses where we would earn points for questions an
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ashofmelbourne
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A facinating day trip and Peter was awesom!
We toured with Peter who was amazing! He was a student of Oxford and the information he could tell us was nothing b
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ashofmelbourne
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Do the free tour on first arrival and book other tours of interest after that!
We initially did the free London tour. It is great to do this tour first to familiarise yourself with a new city an
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belbambossi
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Thank you Big Ben!
Ben was an amazing tour guide! Fun facts, history and loads of recommendations for a good experience in London were
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diegocC3889SJ
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Boring, disrespectful and needy
I love free walking tours, I've done lots. But this one was quite disappointing. It was slow, boring and with all t
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cbali97
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Free Walking Tour London
I took the walking tour on the next day of my arrival in 2018 (I had previously stayed in London for 2 months). I l
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242JDoe
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Free Walking Tour London
I took this tour as a young solo traveler in May 2019. My guide was Ben and he was awesome! Very well put together
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Wessam E
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Great
It's my second visit to London, through the Walking tour I learned a lot about the City History, it was very useful
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Natasha J
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Desapointing ... I was expecting for more.
Unfortunattly I was really desapointing with my walking tour with the guide named Ben, he was more interested in ot
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926zinag
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London free walking tour
Organisators were very rude and spoiled the impression. The guide was amazing and the tour itself was interesting,
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juliatravels
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Did four tours, LOVED all of them!
My mom and (adult) me did many walking tours with Sandemans while in London. We loved them--they made our trip sooo
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Clivey57
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Knowledgeable
Met up with our guide Charlotte in Covent Garden. Take good walking shoes for this 3 hours.as a Londoner some of th
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tracers73
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Great tour with Peter!
Had a lovely time this week on the Oxford day tour with Peter as our guide. As a graduate of the university, he had
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