City Streets Explorer - Small Group Walking Tour

Ride a traditional Routemaster bus to enjoy afternoon tea at St.Pauls Cathedral. See the Bank of England and visit Harry Potters Diagon Alley. Wander along the Thames with views of Tower Bridge. Pass the Tower of London and finish at an 18th century pub.

Highlights:

Hear the history of Trafalgar Square before boarding one of the last historic Routemaster buses

Ride down Fleet Street and arrive at St. Pauls Cathedral in time for afternoon tea

Explore the City’s Dickensian back streets

Seeing architecture old & new. Hear the history of Trafalgar Square before boarding one of the last historic Routemaster buses

Ride down Fleet Street and arrive at St.Pauls Cathedral in time for afternoon tea

Explore the City’s Dickensian back streets, seeing architecture old & new. Stroll along the Thames

Pass Traitors Gate and enjoy views of Tower Bridge before arriving at the Dickens’s Inn in exclusive St.Katharine’s Dock

Starting at the doors to the National Gallery home of masterpieces such as Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, we explore the history of Trafalgar Square. Nelson’s column reveals its secrets and we share the controversial plans for the 4th plinth.

We then board an old Routemaster double decker bus. With only 2 routes remaining in London, this is real nostalgia with a conductor on board, and wire bells. Ding, ding! Next stop, St Pauls cathedral.

Wandering the streets that Dicken’s wrote about, only wide enough for a horse & cart, we emerge to see Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece…St.Pauls Cathedral. We descend to the café in the Crypt where a traditional afternoon cream tea is waiting for us. Fresh scones, with jam and whipped cream, to be washed down with a steaming pot of English tea! Yum! Please note that we do not enter the main sections of St.Paul’s cathedral on this trip.

Leaving through recently restored Paternoster Square, now home to the London Stock Exchange, we quickly weave through old church yards, and hidden backstreets.

We may be able to sneak up to a roof terrace for a great panoramic view of the City, before heading past the Mansion House, home to the Lord Mayor of London. Studying the Bank of England, we might be able to crack the safe or lift a real gold bar. Moving on from the historic centre, we encounter Richard Roger’s Lloyd’s building, Tower 42 and St.Mary’s Axe otherwise known as the “Erotic Gherkin.”

Turning back into beautiful Leadenhall Market, we can see the real life Diagon Alley from the Harry Potter movies. Heading downhill we pass Pudding Lane, where the Great Fire of London started and view the towering Monument left as a reminder of the tragedy.

Descending from London Bridge, we walk along the historic Thames, passing Old Billingsgate Market, HMS Belfast, Hays Galleria & City Hall. We enjoy amazing views of Tower Bridge, as we approach the Tower of London. Hear the history of the Tower and see Traitor’s Gate before we head into exclusive St.Katharine’s dock.

Home to million pound yachts and politicians, we finish our trip with a waterside drink at the 18th century Dicken’s Inn.