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Borough Market and beyond
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Borough Market and beyond

By Dr Stephen King
Recommended by 100% of travelers
100% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
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Ages 8-99
Duration: 1h 30m
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Live guide: English
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  • Disposable masks - Covid safety
  • Details of Borough attractions
What's not included
  • Entry/Admission - Golden Hinde
  • Entry/Admission - Shakespeare's Globe Theatre


Start:
  • 9 Stoney St, London SE1 9AA, UK
    6pm Start - Corner of Stoney and Park Street, by the Monmouth Coffee Shop
End:
  • Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG, UK
    By the river at Tate Modern

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 167780P1

  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • 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 is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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  • 9 Stoney St, London SE1 9AA, UK
    6pm Start - Corner of Stoney and Park Street, by the Monmouth Coffee Shop
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    The Clink Prison Museum
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  • Bankside, London SE1 9TG, UK
    By the river at Tate Modern
About the operator
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  • Dr Stephen King
    63
    London, England
    Joined in June 2019
  • iew01
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Friendly tailored tour full of interesting and fun facts
    Stephen gave my extended family visiting London from abroad an excellent tailored tour of the area around Buckingham Palace and St James's taking in changing of the guard and providing loads of interesting facts and stories as we went. Stephen was very friendly and accommodating. Would definitely recommend!
    Written December 30, 2023
  • 325ashwinp
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Top Tour
    Stephen was highly knowledgeable, friendly and engaging. I learnt a huge amount of rich history about the area and would highly recommend
    Written December 15, 2023
  • N1957RFkatherinev
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Insightful tour - recommend it!
    Stephen is a great storyteller and made the tour exciting and interesting even in the cold weather! If you are looking to understand more about the history and the different symbols around Borough, you should definitely do this tour.
    Written December 15, 2023
  • U740CRkateh
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fab tour guide
    Went on a fabulous tour of the Borough area with Stephen, in a group of colleagues. Really interesting, great pace, lots of information but not an overload, and tailored to our particular interests!
    Written December 13, 2023
  • michaelmK8634RH
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Scientists & Monsters
    Scientists & Monsters (Inside Out Programme) I attended eleven free walking tours in August 2023 organised by the City of Westminster Guide Lecturers Association. Stephen was excellent, joint 1st!. Guiding at this level cannot be taught - some rare souls just have it. One of the few guides I would actually spend money on.
    Written September 20, 2023
  • K2088RCcatherineg
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Insider Knowledge
    Excellent private tour showcasing hidden gems around Borough High Street and Borough Market! Really amazing insights into the history and development of the area south of London Bridge and the vital role it played. Steve knows every nook and cranny there like the back of his hand- and the best pubs as well! Thanks so much for a great tour!
    Written October 28, 2022
  • helennaylor_hch
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun and memorable
    Stephen did a private tour for a group of fellow Westminster guides in a historic week for our nation and capital city. He gave fascinating insights into Southwark and why this area has so much history. He showed us things we'd never have seen with plenty of humorous anecdotes. I'd really recommend his walking tours!
    Written September 16, 2022
  • O9591DUcourtneyp
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Secret Southwark
    Really great walking tour of Borough market area yesterday. Stephen has lots of local knowledge which makes the tour both very interesting but also fun.
    Written September 16, 2022
  • AliJPearce
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Engaging and inspiring
    Steve's tour for my WI group, the Borough Belles, was a fantastic 90 minutes exploring the Heroines of Borough tying in with our women's group focus. I couldn't recommend him more! Well researched with extra historical pictures provided we didn't really need to walk that far to experience a huge amount of heroine action in the area local to London Bridge south of Borough Market. Steve's presentation was clear and engaging and the pace was leisurely and comfortable. Steve is clearly passionate about local history and his tour conveyed this rather than a tick box whistle stop of key sites. I learnt a lot about some inspiring women and I'd be keen to do another of Steve's tours. Great for people who think they know an area really well as well as a visitor.
    Written July 11, 2021
  • ali5143
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Entertaining tour guide who brings history to life
    Stephen is an excellent - and funny - guide and knows so much about London's history and the history of Southwark in particular. I really enjoyed the stories he told but most of all I enjoyed being able to see, in my mind's eye, what Borough must have looked like hundreds of years ago because he painted such a vivid picture of it.
    Written March 9, 2020
  • samswift
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Tour
    "WHAT THE DICKENS???" I exclaimed loudly when I heard within thirty seconds of the tour beginning that my humble local post office, the hitherto bane of my life due to an unfortunate incident with a recorded delivery to Belfast, had considerably more esteemed history that I shan't reveal to keep a cloud of mystique. An excellent tour from an excellent guide around a neglected bit of London's literary history. Macabre and mirthful in equal measures, I thoroughly recommend this enlightening and fascinating glimpse into some of the inspirations of the English canon. Stephen was an excellent cicerone throughout; encyclopaedic and entertaining to the last.
    Written March 6, 2020
  • douglasolley
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Engrossing literary experience
    Excellent tour down streets less traveled around London Bridge. Very interesting literary facts and description of how the area used to operate. Fantastic talk on multiple literary icons all concentrated
    Written March 5, 2020
  • gallagher_tim
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Insightful tour of hidden literary gems
    Insightful tour of various hidden literary gems in the Borough area. Takes in Chaucer, Shakespeare and Dickens in the space of just a few neighbouring streets - well worth going along for anyone with an interest in the history of London or English literature. You'll discover some great historic pubs along the way as well.
    Written March 5, 2020
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Rosemary Wain
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Stephen did a specially tailored 'Heroines of Borough Tour' for us as we were a group of ladies from a London WI. He knows his stuff, very informative, interesting and entertaining too. We learnt all about the ladies of Borough. We thoroughly enjoyed our morning. Highly reccommended, suitable for all ages and groups.
Written February 15, 2020
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joseph b
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Thanks to Stephen for an excellent and very enjoyable bespoke tour to celebrate The Great Walk Together and marking @refugeeweekuk. We took in relevant sites in Borough and Bankside. As a local resident it's fascinating to stop on a street corner or in front of a building and have a fantastic historical or quirky fact revealed. Stephen does all this with the great insight and a refreshing sense of humour. Before you know it two hours have passed, friends have been entertained, and new acquaintances made. Already arranging another encounters. Highly recommended!
Written July 18, 2021
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Ahmad S
United Kingdom14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
This is amazing tour, the tour guide is friendly and provided a lot of interesting information. It is essential to understands the history of the area from locals. I strongly recommend this walking tour to any visitor who want to understand the history of Borough market and surrounding areas.
Written September 7, 2020
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President NWI
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Today 19 ladies from our Battersea WI enjoyed The Borough Market Tour with Stephen. In our honour he tailored the tour around women. It was so interesting to hear the history from a knowledgable tour guide who brought the whole area to life. As one of our ladies remarked ‘I thought I knew this area well but Stephen has shown me places I didn’t know about’. We will defiantly be arranging another tour with Stephen and highly recommend him. Although I’m sure he knows his history he went the extra mile to research specifics for us which made it very special. Thank you Stephen. Bernadette President Battersea WI
Written February 15, 2020
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It was great to show you around on this special tour - hope to show you all around Borough again soon.
Written March 8, 2020
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Caelan K
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Business
Thank you, Stephen, for such a fun and informative tour of Borough! I've been working in the area for a while now, but had never noticed the many historical sites around. Stephen brought the area to life with great stories and anecdotes - I highly recommend him as a tour guide.
Written December 19, 2023
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Leslie Nicholas... R
Birmingham, UK99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A really interesting and pleasant Wednesday evening walk around the Borough. Starting in Borough Markets and then meandering through the streets picking out points of historical fact and noteworthy interest. The Globe Theatre, the Golden Hind, the Brothels, locations for movies, Harry Potter Night bus scene, Bridget Jones front door and Lock Stock and two smoking barrels.
Our Guide Steve was extremely knowledgeable and his enthusiasm for this (for us at least) little known area of London was clearly unrivalled although we did try to put this to the test.
Funny, well organised and adaptable this was a brilliant way to learn and uncover the history of the area.
Would highly recommend.
Written November 5, 2021
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thanks for the great review - very welcome. Do message me when next in London as would be happy to provide another bespoke tour for you all! best wishes Stephen @stevedoestours
Written November 14, 2021
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Jim P
London, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This was a great tour - excellent and informative. Lasts about an hour and a half. Steve has a knack for showing you the quirky things you wouldnt notice as you wander through the old streets past well and lesser known landmarks - all with a nice dose of history. Highly recommend.
Written January 19, 2020
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Jo B
London, UK29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
Stephen was an excellent and knowledgable guide who delighted our small group with the history of Borough peppered with interesting anecdotes particularly about the female characters connected with the area. He skilfully tailored the tour to our particular interests and was completely charming. We’d thoroughly recommend!
Written March 12, 2023
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Thank you for a lovely review - let me know if ever after a tour elsewhere in London @stevedoestours
Written March 20, 2023
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Jack O
London, England, United Kingdom5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Ive lived in London for decades and walked past many of the treasures that Stephen illuminated for us on a really enjoyable tour that revealed layer upon fascinating layer of history. Stephen was engaging thru ought always happy to answer any question with genuine enthusiasm for London and its history. Highly recommended.
Written December 15, 2023
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Gareth J
25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
We visited Borough Market after going to The Sky Garden (see separate review) - 10 minutes walk over London Bridge. Wow, what a hubbub of activity, so many stalls and so many people - even on a Tuesday morning in March. Spoilt for choice if you want something to eat as there's so many alternatives - easy to lose your way walking around but such a great variety (especially the cheese quarter).
Written March 22, 2023
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