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classic london walking tour with fish 'n chips

TOUR Description

Join us for a guided walking tour that takes in all the classic sites of the British capital before culminating in that bastion of British cuisine: Fish and Chips.

This tour provides an overview of 2000 years of the city's history, a place that has seen the Celts, Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Normans and now representatives of every nation come and leave their mark, creating a uniquely varied city of amazing contrasts. Enjoy the benefit of a professional, experienced, engaging and fun guide who will make London's sites come alive as he shares the stories that have shaped London over the millennia. While the guided walk is in no way strenuous we will be building up a serious appetite as dinner time approaches. 2000 years of London history in two hours is hungry work! This is where the Fish and Chips (included) comes in...

 

TOUR highlights

  • The Tower of London - Officially called Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress but known to Londoners simply as The Tower. This near one thousand year old fortress has served as a royal residence, prison, observatory, treasury, mint, and even a zoo. The top of the list of recognisable 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 and recognisable 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.
  • London Bridge - 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 sight. Some were carried away by the tides, others burnt down, others simply fell apart over the years, one was purposefully pulled down by a vengeful king giving rise to the famous nursery rhyme "London Bridge is Falling Down". 
  • Borough Market - 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 1200's but archaeological evidence for a market here goes right back to Romans. The cobbled streets of the Market will leave you feeling like you are ambling trough a Charles Dickens novel (or a Harry Potter film).
  • Shakespeare's Globe Theatre - Have you ever used the expressions: Tto kill with kindness, one fell swoop, or dead as a doornail? Those and hundreds of other expressions and words (excellent, critical, 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 called the Church Watch.
  • The Tate Modern - The Tate Modern is 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.
  • The Shard - This is the tallest building in the European Union. Built by Renzo Piano this amazing addition to the London skyline is already generating a lot of controversy. Love it or hate it (we love 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 recognisable and loved structures in the London skyline. On a clear day, it offers you a truly unparalleled, panoramic view of the city.
  • The Best Fish 'n Chips in London! - The quintessential London dish. Fresh cod lightly battered and fried until the outside is crisp and the inside is succulently soft. Served with big cut chips of fried potato and complemented with home made tartar and tomato sauce. This traditionally working class English dish is best enjoyed in its original working class London fish shop surroundings. Don't expect silver service, do expect perfectly cooked Fish and Chips in an authentic setting.
  • Big Ben & 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. The many years of parliamentary history have meant that it is now widely considered the "Mother of all Parliaments".

 

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