Take a Walking Tour to Discover the Real London

A lot is popularly known about London’s main attractions that feature on most tourists’ itineraries, such as the London Eye, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, London Bridge, Westminster Abbey and others. However, beyond the surface of these famous attractions, there are completely different secrets that you will realise if you walk through the backstreets, and explore hidden courtyards and alleyways. The best way to do this is to join a walking tour that will take you behind the modern buildings and introduce you to the secrets of the hidden places. Moreover, you will be able to come to know more about the colourful and glorious past and the vibrant present of this wonderful city. On a walking tour, you will be able to come face to face with history and experience different cultures and contemporary dynamism of modern day life.

The experiences that you will get in a two-hour tour will be greater than a whole day’s sightseeing by other means. It is the only way to discover the feelings and aspirations of the local people of an area, irrespective of whether they are British or immigrants from different countries. You will also be able to get a genuine feel of the two millenniums of London’s history as the streets will reveal a lot.

A guided walking tour is the best way to experience the enchantment of Shakespeare; get terrified by Jack the Ripper; walk with Dickens; tread the roads that the Beatles did over the most prestigious crossing of the world; explore burial grounds to hunt for ghosts; visit the locations where magic took place in Harry Potter’s movies; stand at places where executions used to take place; explore forgotten villages that are not of present times; or relax in a 16th century inn or tavern trying to measure up contemporary events. All such experiences are possible to achieve within a short radius of St Paul’s Cathedral or Tower of London. Walking is the only way to get close to these secrets as cars and coaches will not be able to take you into the narrow alleyways and hidden backstreets. Moreover if you are in a vehicle, you will not notice a nondescript piece of furniture that may be the key to knowing more about the lives of people of the past or a rusting iron gate that might creak open into a church graveyard where graves of some of the most influential people of the world might have been interred. It is, however, important to join a tour that has a knowledgeable guide who can provide the required insight into London’s glorious past.

Visitors who wish to experience these walking tours should stay at a hotel close to Paddington Station as they can easily reach the starting points of many such tours.

If you wish to see the true colours of London and experience its cultural heritage while interacting with the local people, the best way is to set out on foot through the winding lanes. Different walking tours are available for you to choose from. Many themed walks are also available such as “Jack the Ripper walk,” “Shakespeare’s and Dickens’ London,” “The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour,” and “Hidden London.” Two of the important walking tours are the Belgravia Walk and the Mayfair Walk. Whereas the Belgravia Walk starts at Sloane Square tube station and takes about two hours, the Mayfair Walk starts at Marble Arch tube station and also takes about two hours.

Budget travellers will find that staying at The Piccadilly London West End Hotel will be more economical than staying in the heart of the city.

Belgravia Walk
This is a completely free walking tour of Belgravia covering the history, architecture and the people staying in this elegant region of London. This walk will enable you to know more about different types of people who have stayed here such as Thomas Cubitt, who helped develop the area, the Grosvenor family who were among the leaders of high society here, plus James Bond and Lady Margaret Thatcher. You can explore the connection that Belgravia has with the Great Train Robbery. You will also get the chance to explore some of the most sought-after shopping areas of London. On this tour you will get tour guides who are experts in their field and have complete knowledge that they are willing to share with you. It is always better to pre-book the walk.

These walks start at 1pm and 3.30pm in Belgravia and finish at The Thomas Cubitt Restaurant on Elizabeth Street where complimentary refreshments are offered. You will find live musicians playing compositions from composers who lived and worked in Belgravia. During the walk you will get the feel that it is an exclusive, posh neighbourhood where property prices are one of the highest in the world. You will also discover homes of the rich and famous people such as aristocrats, film stars, rock stars, business magnates, colourful entrepreneurs, and secretive oil tycoons. You can visit one of London’s most historic and picturesque pubs and see the house in which Beetles’ first manager, Brian Epstein lived and died.

Mayfair Walking Tour  
During this walk, you can walk through the streets, mews, squares and crescents of London’s most exclusive areas and be able to see some of the world’s most expensive real estate where the who’s who of London live. You will be walking through the most exciting and luxurious places of central London and wandering through the historical places and seeing the effects of modern fashion trends at the top of British society. You will be able to rub shoulders with the rich and famous of the city and experience the real Mayfair. You can visit some of the best shops in London and be able to watch the roof top Beetles Performance, visit the best wine shop in the world, go to London’s most haunted house and taste the Queen’s chocolate. The tour starts in front of the Ritz hotel and ends at Green Park Station.

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