The Best Historic Tours of London


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I always think when you visit a place that it’s fascinating to get the insider’s view; not only do you find things that you never knew about a place, but it’s a great way to get your bearings when you’re first there. I consider myself pretty familiar with our capital city but even I was impressed at what you see and find out on a Talk of the Town historic tour of London. For all visitors to the city, whether you come from abroad and hardly know London, or are regulars and think you know the place inside out; you’ll see a whole other side of London and have a wonderful time doing so too!

Talk of the Town run award-winning, guided tours of the fabulous city of London. Their third birthday is fast approaching in August and they have been very busy making a strong name for themselves in that time. One of the main reasons for their success is quite simply, their tour guides. All the tours are hosted by Londoners who are passionate and knowledgeable about their city; the team includes veteran tour guides, Time Out journalists, actors and life-long Londoners. These are the people who eat, drink and breathe London and they love to divulge their secrets, share their trivia and add their own brand of wit, charisma and charm at the same time! Their passion is evidenced by their recent win too; Historic Tour Operator of the Year for London in 2017.

The tours themselves tend to be based around a theme; be it the ‘Royal Tour’ which visits the royal buildings and hears just some of the extraordinary history of this very famous family, or if you’re feeling brave, brace yourself for the ‘Grim Tales of London’ with tales aplenty of haunted castles, executions and plague pits. There are seasonal specials too, if you’re visiting London at Christmas be sure to check out their ‘Christmas Unwrapped’ tour which combines very nicely with a spot of Christmas shopping. Or, if you’re feeling romantic, or perhaps want to surprise your significant other with a totally different experience, why not try the ‘Lovers in London’ tour; running just in February to time perfectly with Valentine’s Day.

One of their most popular tours is the High Society Tour. It’s always fascinating to see how the truly elite live and a glimpse into the life of London’s historic high society is certainly no exception. The tour takes you on a pleasant amble through the streets of elegant Mayfair. You walk the stomping ground of 18th-century bachelors, peek through the windows of exclusive private gentlemen’s clubs and accompany blushing débutantes to their first high society ball. And of course, this is an insiders tour so you’ll discover hidden alleyways and hear the intrigues and behind-the-scene politics that dominated this glittering, distinctive social class. The end to the tour is a delightful visit to a secret English Tea Room tucked away above an English pub for a spot of afternoon tea at a charming venue that only the privileged few would even know exists.

As well as the core group tours, the company are happy to run any of their tours as private tours which is perfect for groups of family or friends, this also works very nicely for special occasions and would make a totally unique birthday party or stag or hen do. They will even craft a bespoke tour just for you, so if you want to do a tour part-romance, part-gore just let them know!

Do not feel concerned that this is a fast, serious walk either, it is more a lively, leisurely stroll and a chance to have a chat while doing so. Have London’s history brought to life in a memorable and classically British tour of London with Talk of the Town.

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