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THINGS TO DO IN LONDON

FACTS AND TIPS TO HELP YOU
GET THE MOST OUT OF LONDON

London has so much to offer and, as well as exploring on our guided walking tours, you can also explore on your own if you know where to look.

Our London tips pages consists of additional information about places that we visit on our various London walks, plus details of places we don't actually cover but which we think you might well enjoy.

In addition to the suggestions here we also maintain a resource website on the places around secret London which you can read about here that features numerous other locations that you may be interested in visiting.

GUILDHALL LONDON'S MEDIEVAL PALACE

On the Secret London tour we pay a visit to the courtyard in front of Guildhall and I mention how it is one of the buildings on the tour that you can visit free of charge.

However, if there is an event taking place inside this wonderful old building it will not be open, so, as I mention on the walk, if you are making a special journey in to visit Guildhall, then it is worth contacting them to check that it will be open on the day and at the time you wish to visit.

Click here for their contact details.

RED CROSS GARDEN

I include this wonderful garden on my Dickens Tour in Southwark and I mention how they are very community minded and are always looking for volunteers who would enjoy a spot of gardening.

They also do other things such as events and flower shows, so check them out and see what's on at the Red Cross Garden on the Bankside Open Spaces Trust website.

Click here for their website

FILM ADAPTATIONS OF A CHRISTMAS CAROL

On the Dickens Walk of late I have been mentioning my quest to watch all the film versions of A Christmas Carol and have been suggesting the 1998 Ebenezer as an adaptation that is so bad it's brilliant! that

I' now written up my observations and opinions on the various movie versions and have included, wherever possible, Youtube clips so that you can watch them and see if you agree with my assessments.

You can read the article about the movie adaptations of A Christmas Carol on the Dickens Tours Website.

THE FREE HARRY POTTER WALKING TOUR

The Free Harry Potter Locations Tour is a step by step guide that allows you to visit almost all the Harry Potter film locations that have been used in London.

It takes a full day to complete, but it can also be spread over several days if you don't fancy a full day walking around London.

The walk also features a quiz and a treasure hunt and is ideal for all ages.

Click here to download it

THE SEVEN NOSES OF SOHO

Fancy immense wealth? If so, read on.

The Seven Noses of Soho show off quirky London at its eccentric best.

They were initially an artwork/protest dreamed up by artist Rick Buckley in 1997.

But, since he first put them up around the streets of Soho, these noses have taken on a mythical life of their own!

You can read about them on the Seven Noses of Soho page.

TRY THE CHARLES DICKENS TOUR QUIZ

If you've taken the Charles Dickens tour - or even if you haven't- why not see how much you know about Mr. Dickens and his life and works?

We have a 10 question quiz concerning the various nuggets of information featured on the tour.

Click here to take the quiz.

THE BOAR'S HEAD CEREMONY

Each December the Worshipful Company of Butchers process through the City Streets from their Hall in Bartholomew Close to Mansion House where they present the Lord Mayor with a boar's head.

You can read about them on the Read more about the ceremony.

17 CHURCH ROW - HOME OF H. G. WELLS

17 Church Row, in Hampstead, was the home of the writer H.G. Wells whose decidedly unconventional love life caused more than a few eyebrows to be raised.

Read our article about it.

THE BUTTERWORTH CHARITY
ST BARTHOLOMEW THE GREAT

Every Good Friday, the churchyard of St Bartholomew the Great, an ancient ceremony takes place whereby hot cross buns are handed out. In the past the buns, along with a silver sixpence, were handed out to 21 poor widows of the parish.

The ceremony was formalised in 1887 courtesy of Mr. Joshua Butterworth.

Read our article about it.

GRESHAM COLLEGE

Located at Barnard's Inn Hall, off Holborn (closest underground station Chancery Lane), Gresham College, which was founded in 1597 under the will of Sir Thomas Gresham, offers more than 130 free public lectures every year.

The topics covered are both diverse and fascinating.

You can get full details from their website by clicking here.