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    What to Expect
    Itinerary

    A trail through the Square Mile, the original settlement of London formed by the Romans. Gather your team and get exploring; start near St Paul's Cathedral and work your way East.

    Discover a Roman Amphitheatre before reaching halfway where you can soak in the atmosphere of a cosy Inn built from...spoilers! Warm up and get refreshed before you head back out to conquer your quest.

    Scurry onward through a Victorian market before descending into magical ruins. Complete the trail to uncover another top notch pub where you can kick back and relax.

    Distance: 4.7 km
    Avg Duration: 2.5 - 3.5 hours
    Number of clues: 15

    How it works:
    Each clue, sent to your mobile phone, leads you to a new location within walking distance. Solve the clue and search for the answer, reply with the correct answer to unlock the next step. Hints are available if you need a helping hand and you can also receive messages if you're lost.
    Have a competitive streak? Your progress is timed and ranked on our leader board, time to challenge your friends!

    --"As a born and bred Londoner this was a great day out walking well trodden streets but seeing new things."
    --"An amazing way to see the hidden treasures of London! "
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    St. Paul's Station, Cheapside, London EC1A 7HL, UK
    Departure Time
    Text Messages (SMS)
    12/1/2018 - 10/31/2019Monday - Sunday:08:00 AM - 02:00 PM

    11/1/2019 - 12/31/2019Monday - Sunday:08:00 AM - 02:00 PM

    1/1/2020 - 12/31/2020Monday - Sunday:08:00 AM - 02:00 PM

    Telegram App (Recommended)
    12/1/2018 - 10/31/2019Monday - Sunday:08:00 AM - 02:00 PM

    11/1/2019 - 12/31/2019Monday - Sunday:08:00 AM - 02:00 PM

    1/1/2020 - 12/31/2020Monday - Sunday:08:00 AM - 02:00 PM

    Whatsapp (Recommended)
    12/23/2019 - 1/22/2021Monday - Sunday:08:00 AM - 02:00 PM
    Duration
    4h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • A trail of riddles sent to your phone; solve each clue to unlock the path, adventure across the city and discover the hidden sights. Choose either the Telegram App (Recommended) or standard Text Messages (SMS)
    Exclusions
    • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase at the pub/bar breaks)
    • Food and drinks (available to purchase at the pub/bar breaks)
    • Drinks (available to purchase at the pub/bar breaks)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • This experience requires a mobile phone, with some data or text messages available.
    • You will be sent a trail of clues that guide you around the city and add a playful touch to exploring.
    • We will not be there to physically guide you on this trail. If you get lost you can message "Lost" for a detailed route to the next clue. Send "hint" if you think you're in the right location but aren't sure where to find the clue answer!
    • You should be comfortable walking ~5km. Please wear appropriate clothing for walking, the weather and the time of year.
    • There are 2 optional pub breaks on this trail. Use these to get refreshments or skip if you'd like to carry on. We have no affiliation with these establishments.
    • Any further issues please contact us via Facebook messenger.
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Brilliant way to entertain the whole family! We wanted to spend some time outdoors (off the sofa!) and this was excellent. The clues were logical and the route was well done, showing us parts of the City that we pass by on a daily basis. Good fun.
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    So, having worked in the City of London, I was intrigued as to where the trail would take us, and boy was I surprised. Starting at Cheapside, we went through parts of the city I never knew existed, hidden little parks and squares, and places I've walked past and never noticed.
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    Response from tom_thesecret-city, Owner at The City - An immersive treasure hunt-style experience - The Secret City London
    Responded 1 week ago
    Hi 448pault, I'm glad we managed to help you discover what was so close for so long! Really happy to hear that both families could work together to solve the clues. You're totally right about taking your own time - no need to rush, the timer for the trails is just for fun and adds another aspect when teams go head to head. I'm glad you ignored it and took your time! Looking forward to seeing you on our trails again in the future, All the best, Tom & TheSecret.city Team
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    The perfect way to discover the City and it's hidden gems. The course is challenging but well thought through. We discovered facts and sights that in my year of living here I have not yet seen! An absolutely fantastic way to spend your day and well worth the fee!
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    Response from tom_thesecret-city, Owner at The City - An immersive treasure hunt-style experience - The Secret City London
    Responded 2 weeks ago
    Thanks Kerryn, we really appreciate you taking the time to leave your thoughts. We're thrilled knowing we've manage to give you and your team a fantastic day out. Happy New Year and all the best for 2020, Tom & TheSecret.city Team
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    What a great day! We wanted to get out with our teenage son, get some fresh air and see some sites. We got all this and more from the treasure hunt. Saw some fantastic sites, solved the clues and it kept our son interested and out of the house!! Will definitely be doing more of
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    Response from tom_thesecret-city, Owner at The City - An immersive treasure hunt-style experience - The Secret City London
    Responded 2 weeks ago
    A brilliant way to get your son outside and solving some puzzles :) So glad to hear you and the family had a great time, see you again soon! Happy New Year and all the best for 2020, Tom & TheSecret.city Team
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    We have been to London a few times now over the years but doing the "Treasure Hunt" opened up so many interesting things to see that you would never have noticed or never come across. Excellent fun day out for all ages. Highly recommend .
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    Response from tom_thesecret-city, Owner at The City - An immersive treasure hunt-style experience - The Secret City London
    Responded 2 weeks ago
    Thanks for taking the time to leave your feedback! What a great way to start 2020, waking up to your amazing review. Hope to see you again on our trails this year! All the best and thanks from TheSecret.city team!
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    By: The Secret City
    22 reviews
    LexitaKazan
    London, United Kingdom
    87
    Excellent afternoon in London
    Brilliant way to entertain the whole family! We wanted to spend some time outdoors (off the sofa!) and this was
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    chrisrR5750UX
    11
    A peek into the past- Harrogate
    We were staying at a hotel nearby for New Year and had a free day, so decided to try this, 6 friends in total, we
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    488pault
    London, England, United Kingdom
    104
    Find places you didn't know existed
    So, having worked in the City of London, I was intrigued as to where the trail would take us, and boy was I
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    Luella M
    40
    Girls Day Out
    I took part in this with my friends and I was so pleased! I saw new parts of London as well as learning new facts.
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    kerrynv2020
    10
    A great way to discover the City!
    The perfect way to discover the City and it's hidden gems. The course is challenging but well thought through. We
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    caneuk
    10
    Great Fun, See new parts of the City
    What a great day! We wanted to get out with our teenage son, get some fresh air and see some sites. We got all
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    1971claire1971
    London, United Kingdom
    10
    Very enjoyable and quite challenging!
    We completed this experience as a family of four and really enjoyed the afternoons adventure. The clues made us
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    716yvetteg
    62
    The Secret City London
    We have been to London a few times now over the years but doing the "Treasure Hunt" opened up so many interesting
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    kenmlove
    York, United Kingdom
    19596
    Truly fantastic
    Did this today with my husband and it was brilliant. Really felt as if we were in our own version of the Divinci
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    rkage
    10
    Great Fun
    A brilliant way to spend an afternoon seeing London. Everyone could join in on all levels and ages. Teenagers
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    Sunita J
    London
    6341
    Fantastic Fun Day Out
    This is an absolutely fantastic way of spending a fun morning or afternoon around London and doing something you
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    dave_ian
    London
    82
    Fun way to see the City of London
    Five of us did the City of London trail as a bit of fun and see some places we hadn’t seen before at the same
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    Linda S
    Te Awamutu
    53
    Quality time
    Did the Picadilly London one with my husband and adult son. What a great way to spend a couple of hours coming
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    silviab959
    Broadway, United Kingdom
    21
    The London you'll miss
    This is such a good way to explore London. We spent 4 hrs on this trail as we stopped for a drink on route and we
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    Florence W
    10
    Fun and challenging
    Thoroughly enjoyed the Secret City Trail. It was detailed, intricate and well designed. We had fun seeing the
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