For your Classic London Walking Tour with Fish ‘N Chips, your guide will be waiting for you just outside the Tower Hill Tube Station (District or Circle Line). Please arrive 15 minutes before tour time.
London is one of the world’s most fascinating cities, with a rich and tumultuous history stretching back into the mists of antiquity. On this 3-hour tour you will see many of the most London’s iconic landmarks,ancient and modern, and learn the stories that surround them. Plus you will have the chance to enjoy one of the UK’s most famous dishes – fish and chips!
Highlights of the tour include:
The Tower of London:
Officially called Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress but known to Londoners simply as The Tower. This near 1000-year old fortress has served as a royal residence, prison, observatory, treasury, mint, and even a zoo. The top of the list of most famous prisoners includes: Saint Thomas More, Sir Walter Raleigh, Guy Fawkes and Anne Boleyn.
The Tower Bridge:
Built at the height of Queen Victoria's reign, this is one of the most iconic bridges ever built. Before international flights became the norm, visitors to London would have sailed to the city up the Thames and this would have been the first bridge they saw as they entered the city. It still remains one of the ‘must see’ landmarks of the British capital.
There has been a bridge here since the Roman occupation nearly 2000 years ago. Since the Romans built the original London Bridge there have been around 10 bridges spanning the River on this site. Some were carried away by the tides, others burnt down, others simply fell apart over the years, and one was purposefully pulled down by a vengeful king giving rise to the famous nursery rhyme "London Bridge is Falling Down".
Set in the atmospheric surroundings of railway bridges, Southwark Cathedral and the River Thames, this is one of London's oldest Markets. The written record goes back to 1200s but archeological evidence for a market here goes right back to Romans.
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre:
Have you ever used the expressions: “To kill with kindness”, “one fell swoop”, or “dead as a doornail”? Those and hundreds of other expressions and words (“excellent”, “critical”, “and lonely” to name a few!) are attributed to one of the greatest Brits that ever lived. In the shadows of the historically accurate recreation of the Globe Theatre, learn about the less trumpeted side of William Shakespeare and his direct impact on our 21st century lives.
St Paul's Cathedral:
St. Paul’s Cathedral is the defining masterpiece of Sir Christopher Wren’s architectural genius. The ground upon which it is built has been considered sacred for thousands of years. In more modern times, this is where the world mourned the loss of Sir Winston Churchill and celebrated the fairytale wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. It was almost completely destroyed during the Second World War but was saved by a courageous group of volunteers.
The Tate Modern:
The most visited modern art gallery in the world, with around 4.7 million visitors per year. It occupies a former coal power station built by Sir Giles Gilbert-Scott, the designer of Liverpool Cathedral, Battersea Power Station and the red telephone box.
At present, this recently completed building is the tallest in the European Union. Built by Renzo Piano this amazing addition to the London skyline has generated a lot of controversy. Love or hate it, it remains an impressive and ambitious example of London's ever changing architectural landscape.
The London Eye:
Despite being widely ridiculed when it first opened, the London Eye is now one of the most recognizable and loved structures in the London skyline. On a clear day, it offers you a truly unparalleled, panoramic view of the city.
The Houses of Parliament:
The Houses of Parliament are part of one of the most important sites in London. Starting off life (and still officially known as) The Palace of Westminster this was a royal residence between the 1100s and the 1500s. However, since the 1300s Parliament has been meeting here.
Fish and Chips:
Your tour includes a chance to try this traditionally working class English dish in its original London fish shop surroundings. The fresh cod is lightly battered and fried until the outside is crisp and the inside is succulently soft. It will be served with big cut chips of fried potato and complemented with home-made tartar and tomato sauce. Don't expect silver service; do expect perfectly cooked Fish and Chips in an authentic setting.
The tour ends at Waterloo Station, where it is easy to find public transport to take you back to your accommodation or on to your next destination.