Darkest Victorian London

(17 customer reviews)

Monument Underground station, London (Fish Street Hill exit)

Guided by Karen or Richard III or Sue

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
Monday Weekly 10.45 am 12.45 pm Winter Summer Reserve Online

N.B. this walk will not take place on the following dates:


Short read: Elsewhere is always surprising… Especially when elsewhere is the dark side of the moon – the Victorian underside of 21st-century London.

Long read: Here’s how we get there. We poke around in forgotten corners of the real London just over the river. We make some thrilling – and chilling – “finds”. Everything from trace evidence – archaeological fragments – to the whole kit and caboodle. Stuff from the old, furtive, toil-worn, hard-scrabble, soon-to-be-passing, villainous past: a paupers’ burying ground, a ragged school, “model dwellings”, Little Dorrit’s prison, Octavia Hill’s cottages, etc. We see it. And hear the people. Really hear them. Because they speak through the guides: chimney sweeps, prostitutes, the soon-to-be-executed “Black Maria”, pickpockets, street sellers, the Body Snatching Borough Gang, etc. It’s history as a seance. As for lunch after the walk, well these two words will suffice: Borough Market. Guided by Richard III and Karen (winner of the London Tourist Board’s Guide of the Year Award*).

Walker’s read: “Darkest Victorian London is one of the best tours I have taken in any city.” Andrysharose, TripAdvisor April, 2019


Darkest Victorian London takes place at 10.45 am every Monday morning. The meeting point is just outside the Fish Street Hill exit of Monument Tube Stop. 


If you can’t make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Darkest Victorian London walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Darkest Victorian London Walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We’ll tailor it to your requirements. Ring Fiona or Niamh or Peter or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at [email protected] and we’ll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they’re good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing.


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17 reviews for Darkest Victorian London

  1. Bozic

    Richard III was an amazing storyteller and truly brought everyone’s imagination to life! Fascinating walk

  2. Natascha de Groot

    We loved Darkest Victorian London with guide Richard 3rd. He is funny but also very knowledgeble and brought th gloomy era to life with his brilliant storytelling. Highly recommended!!

  3. Karen

    We did Darkest Victorian London with Richard 111. Very interesting and enjoyable, he is very knowledgeable and tells a good story.

  4. Vanessa Edwards

    This was a great walk. Richard included plenty of historical information, but made the entire experience fun and entertaining. We learned loads about Victorian London and were truly shocked by the lives of the city’s poorest citizens.

  5. Joan Dsouza

    Excellent, knowledgeable guide with a great sense of humour.

  6. Ron Flaishon

    Peter is amazing the tour is interesting and enjoyable. Highly recommended

  7. Liat Flaishon

    Peter is amazing the tour is interesting and enjoyable. Highly recommended

  8. Margarita

    Loved my walk with a guide Richard. Thank you very much, you’ve been brilliant and made my day! A walk to remember! Very interesting and informative

  9. Anne marie Fereday

    Fascinating and moving, this inspired insight into Victorian London was very enjoyable and our guide Richard brought history to life in an entertaining couple of hours. Recommended!

  10. Phil Keys

    We went on three walking tours with Richard lll, and absolutely loved them. Most were based on Dickens, his life and background for his characters and plots in his most beloved novels. Richard was knowledgeable, interesting and very humorous, which made the tours delightful. Thank you so much for adding such a informative and fun touch to our London vacation!!!

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