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I am trying to help my 2 sons that are currently in London. They were able to see city highlight today but only have tomorrow, Monday June 30th left. They were hoping to be able to do the Jack the Ripper tour with London Walks but it is at the same time as their West End show. Is there another guided walk someone can recommend that would get into the nooks and crannies of the Old City complete with interesting historical narration? I supposed they can wander a bit on their own hoping not to get lost in the maze, but it would be so much better if they got some of the history along with it. They do have the Original Bus Tour booked tomorrow as well if that needs to be taken into consideration. Thanks so much. All suggestions are appreciated!

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1. Re: teenagers wanting to see Old City of London

London Walks:


peeling forbidden fruit

10.45 am on Mondays

from MonumentTube

Meet just outside the Fish Street Hill exit

Elsewhere is always surprising. Especially when elsewhere is the dark side of the moon: the Victorian underside of 21st century London. And this is how we get there. We poke around in forgotten corners of "the real London" just over the river. We make some thrilling – and chilling – "finds". Everything from trace evidence – archaeological fragments – to the whole kit and caboodle. Stuff from the old, furtive, toil-worn, hard-scrabble, soon-to-be-passing, villainous past: a paupers' burying ground, a ragged school, "model dwellings", a prison, Octavia Hill's cottages, etc. We see it. And hear the people. Really hear them. Because they speak through the guides: chimney sweeps, prostitutes, the soon-to-be-executed "Black Maria", pickpockets, street sellers, the Body Snatching Borough Gang, etc. This is history as a seance. And for added value...at the end of the walk you'll be able to get into the Old Operating Theatre at half price! It's well worth seeing...it's the only Georgian operating theatre in the world! An audio scene-setter anyone? Click here. Warning: it makes for sobering listening. Now cock an ear this way. And one more... Bottom line: this is a very special walk. Nothing else quite like it in the entire London Walks repertory. Read this if you're in any doubt.

And for reentry – decompression – how about lunch at the best cafe in London? Or, same general idea, shoving yourself outside "the Platonic ideal of a sandwich"? The former is Elliott's; the latter is served up at De Gustibas. Both establishments are very near London BridgeTube. Ask Karen, Kim, Richard III or Sue to "talk you in". Oh and just for the record, "the best cafe in London" is my (David's) assessment; "the Platonic ideal..." is The New York Times'.

The Darkest Victorian London walk takes place

every Monday at 10.45 am

Meet just outside the main exit –

the Fish Street Hill exit –

of MonumentTube

MonumentTube is on

the Circle & District Lines

Guided by Karen or Kim or Sue or Richard III"

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2. Re: teenagers wanting to see Old City of London

City of London Guides, the official tour guides of the City of London, have 'turn-up-and-go' walking tours, as listed below.

There is a tour leaving the City Information Centre opposite St Paul's Cathedral at 11.00 and 14.00 every day.

City of London Guides are fully trained and insured, and have an extensive knowledge of 'The Square Mile' and its 2,000 years of history.


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