Here’s a great walking tour in London, it covers history, architecture and some art, in the old city of London, the Westside.
Starting at Blackfriar’s bridge (a great view of the city and river from here) you will move towards St Paul’s Cathedral and towards the Old Baily, in the way you can stop at a few locations, have a coffee and learn a lot about London.
A little over an hour of the historical City of London walking tour will have you living the past and understanding the city a little better. Click here to view the City of London West Walking tour.
London self guided walking tours – the old city of London West tour
If you have ever taken a guided tour and spent enough time chatting to the person who is giving you the tour you have probably heard about how some people duplicate successful tours and call them their own.
There is no real way of establishing an original author of any tour in a city, however, there is a something that is worth exploring here… are you getting a tour from someone who knows all about these streets and loves them with great passion, or are you getting someone how acts as if they are that person and simply repeat text that they learned?.
And again, if you ever took a couple of guided tours you will have an idea when the person in front of you truly know everything about the place, or they are just playing the part.
Routey actually has a solution for a part of this problem, simply join (it’s free, for all) and add a tour, once your tour goes live that is a perfect certificate of originality, that you can easily refer to if someone doubts your claim to the creation of the tour.
Routey is a platform that allows everyone to create and share tours if you are a professional guide you can use Routey to boost your authority and show your audience just how knowledgeable you are in your city, theme or category.
How to set your own tour and make sure everyone knows you created it, the Original tour question.
Someone combined Doughnuts and Croissants… What an age to be alive! Willy Wonka would be proud of the bold leaps in confectionary being made in the world today and now you can get a taste for yourself in London.
It should be noted that the Dominique Ansel Bakery, where the Cronut is made, is not unique to London. The original Bakery is in New York and there are other Bakeries in the chain around the world. However, Starbucks, this is not and you’d be hard-pressed to find another Dominique Ansel Bakery in your area.
And this route keeps on giving. If you’re in the mood for modern food, then take the chance to take in some modern art. The nearby Saatchi gallery offers a vast array of contemporary art and is not afraid of experimentation with its exhibits, many of whom are by unknown artists getting their first shot at showing their works to the public.
Take in some art, move on to some tasty delights at the Dominique Ansel Bakery and finish off your route by eating your London cronut in the small but scenic Ebury Square Gardens.
One last morsel for the road: the Dominique Ansel Bakery makes a new speciality flavour of Cronut every month. So, if you are able, return when a new flavour hits the shelves.
Every country has their epochs: those golden eras that comes to define their country and sometimes the whole world. For England, it is perhaps the Tudor period that is most deserving of recognition. After all, it was Tudor England that bred and delivered to the world the most enduring literary playwright, William Shakespeare. So what better way to enjoy London’s Golden Era than in a Tudor themed tour of the city?
This Walking tour of the city takes in the best examples of the architecture surviving from the Tudor era and will definitely have you feeling like you have stepped out of modern civilisation to another time and place. Taking in lowly coaching houses of the medieval period right the way up to grand cathedrals and palaces you will be able to see just how the Tudor’s lived, from the poorest stable boy to King Henry the VIII himself!
And the tour offers more than just buildings. The National Gallery is a treasure trove for art lovers, taking in works from a plethora of Medieval artists: Botticelli, Bellini, Duccio, to name but a few. Meanwhile, if you really want to experience Shakespeare as the people of his day would have done, why not take in a play at the Globe Theatre? Of course, for this you should plan and book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
The Tudor period was a truly iconic period in Britain’s past and if you have any kind of interest in history then this route is well worth strolling through.
Tudor London self-guided walking tour
Enjoy a Route From Your Own Home!
For every traveller, there are times when life conspires to keep us at home. Perhaps we’re saving money for our next big adventure, perhaps work or college keeps us tied up. Whatever the reason, there plenty of times when we can only look at the places we want to visit and dream. So how great is it when you find a route that lets you sample some of its delights from your own living room?
Enter Solange Berchemin’s tour of Trinity Buoy Wharf.
This route is a dream, taking in street art, modern architecture in the form of Container City and food thrown into the bargain. But the stand out point of this route has to be the Longplayer.
The Longplayer is one of those wonderful artistic visions that is as daring and broad in its scope as it is brilliant in its simplicity. Installed in London’s only Lighthouse, are 234 Tibetan bowls playing six short pieces of music. Each time the longplayer begins a new loop of these musical numbers the bowls are played in a different way, subtle differences allowed to enter the tune. To play all the possible variations and iterations the bowls can produce will take 1000 years to complete. It is a project of great vision and none of us will be around to see the Longplayer chime its final note.
As of April 26, 2018, the Longplayer has been playing for 18 years 115 days, meaning we get to enjoy its subtle and soothing chimes for another 982 years to come. With this in mind, if you want to see the Longplayer in action, you don’t have to worry about missing the show.
However, the best thing about the Longplayer is that you do not even have to go to Trinity Buoy Wharf to enjoy it. You can also listen to a live stream online at longplayer.org. It is wonderful to listen to and a great aide to work. Even if Tibetan bowls aren’t your kind of thing, I recommend you check out the live stream just experience the Longplayer. It is an exciting and bold musical experiment and who knows, maybe in 982 years’ time, some future descendant of your own might get to listen to the closing stages of the performance.
Discover London’s little secrets, this one is a place that is still not in the lights and most people visiting the city do not know about. Clapton is an incredible neighborhood in full transition. Surrounded by Dalston, Hackney, and Stoke Newington, this area has recently got some interests from many young creative people. Not really famous compared to these other more touristic areas, Clapton hides a few special locations that could be interesting to discover.
Thinking of taking a guided tour next time you travel? that is a great idea, however, there are a few things you should know before you sign up for any guided tour.
- Take one as soon as you arrive – you will make the most of your time in any city by taking a guided tour as soon as you can, this way you can ask the guide for any particular thing you have in mind, the huge benefit of taking a guided tour is to interact with a local – and ask them questions.
- A walking tour is your best option – as a traveler you will do a lot of walking, the best way to know a city is through the feet, and taking a guided walking tour will allow you to understand the city. Getting familiar with the city you’re visiting is a huge advantage and lowering the chances of getting lost and losing time is worth it.
- Consider the theme – there are many guided tours focused on different aspects and themes, choosing a general tour will give you a great background story for the city, but a specific theme will give you a rare insight into details are almost impossible to discover.
- Smaller is better – you do not always have the control or the available information but if you do try and go for smaller groups, guided tours of 25 people or more tend to be much less personal and if you’re far from the guide you will get much less out of the tour, in this case – smaller groups are really better.
4 Things About Guided Tours
Are you a blogger that loves creating itineraries? do you have a couple of Pinterest “3-day itinerary for (enter name of city)” posts? this is one post that is just for you.
It does not happen often that Travel Bloggers get a tool they can use to connect with their followers and readers, one that can literally change the whole game. Well, now you have Routey.
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When your readers will access your route on Routey they will have direct access to you, from your user profile on each of tour page, users can simply click your main link or social links to connect with you.
Routey becomes another channel to your audience, only this is a truly three-dimensional channel, this is not just visual or textual, your readers can download the Routey app and walk in your footsteps reading your comments about each point they stop at – and how to approach the next one.
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In this London market walking tour, we will explore three different markets, Netil market, Columbia Road flower market and the glorious Spitalfields market.
This 2-mile walk (around 45 minutes without stopping, which you will probably do, since this is a market tour) takes you through a market lovers heaven, finishing in one of the hippest and coolest market of London – Spitalfields.
If you start this walk in the morning, you can plan for a coffee stop before hitting Spitalfields, or plan for a great curry lunch in any of Brick Lane’s fantastic Indian restaurants.
If this is an afternoon walking tour, consider walking the extra mile (its actually 0.9 miles but sounds cool) and visiting the Barbican center.