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“A wonderful way to see the West End”

George Orwell's London - A Walking Tour
Ranked #258 of 692 Tours in London
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Owner description: Our tour begins at Great Portland Street Tube Station and takes us through well-known parts of the West End, before finishing at Rathbone Place (close to Oxford Street). The tour lasts approximately two and a half hours, and includes a free copy of Orwell's classic Politics and the English Language.
London
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“A wonderful way to see the West End”
Reviewed February 15, 2014

My word, Diarmaid really knows his stuff! Fascinating insights about London the city and Orwell the man, finishing up in one of his favourite watering holes for a drink with our tour guide.

Diarmaid encourages questions and is incredibly knowledgeable about Orwell, his work, and his politics. Particularly interesting were the sources of inspiration for 1984 lurking in perfectly innocent London locations, and Orwell's strong opinions on pubs and pub life.

A wonderful way to spend a morning, and to get your bearings around the West End. Oh, and there's a free book too!

Visited February 2014
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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“George Orwell walk 9 February 2014”
Reviewed February 14, 2014

Brilliant! A good walk and so informative about Orwell. Also met some really friendly people with similar interests. And the walk finished with a chat in the pub.

Visited February 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“A very enjoyable walk”
Reviewed January 20, 2014

This was a very interesting walk through the streets of central London giving a very good insight in the life and work of George Orwell. It was London as i had never seen it before. Diarmaid Ward's walk was very friendly and well organised. The walk takes you to places that Orwell used as inspiration for his work and where he lived and socialized. At each stop there was a short talk about its significance followed by the reading of a paragraph from Orwell. Diarmaid Ward presented this walk in a very clear, knowledgeable and detailed way. He answered everyone's questions and repeatedly invited the group to interrupt him with any questions. This was a walking tour worth taking which i would definitely recommend!

Visited January 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“George Orwell Walk Dec 2013”
Reviewed December 29, 2013

Diarmaid Ward is an outstanding tour guide. He really knows his stuff and puts across his information and knowledge about George Orwell in a most enthusiastic and thought provoking way. What a pleasure it was for my girlfriend and I to join this walk. I highly recommend keeping an eye out for similar guided walks by this gifted walking tour guide...I certainly will. Thank you. Anthony

Visited December 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Great thought provoking walk”
Reviewed December 21, 2013

Great thought-provoking walk. Diarmaid gave the group a good insight into what George Orwell's life was like and where he got his inspiration from. We walk so often in London streets without stopping and looking around and thinking about the history and the people who lived here.

I liked the idea reading short sections of Orwell's books.

The walk was also a good reminder of how honest, independent and straight talking Orwell was. I am looking forward to reading more of his work especially the essays.

Thanks to Diarmaid for sharing his passion and knowledge of Orwell

Visited December 2013
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