Hidden London

(85 customer reviews)

Monument Underground station, London (Fish Street Hill exit)

Guided by Shaughan

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
Monday Weekly 11 am 1 pm Winter Summer Reserve Online
Friday Weekly 11 am 1 pm Winter Summer Reserve Online

Short read: pretty paths less travelled…

Hodge the Cat

Long read: Distillation of a brilliant guide’s many years’ experience probing the hidden places and forgotten nooks of the world’s most elusive city. Exploring secret London – up creeping lanes, round out-of-the-way corners, past veiled islands of green – Shaughan’s at his inimitable best. As the New York Times put it, the walk is “a highly entertaining… blend of historical commentary and bizarre anecdote laced with mildly scurrilous gossip about past and present celebrities and defunct royals.” In such places and with such a guide, the past becomes our present.

St Magnus Martyr interior with the model of London Bridge

Shaughan has made two Podcasts based on this walk. Listening to either or both of them will give you an exceptionally good idea of what’s on the menu – what you get on the walk – and how it’s served up, the guiding. Here’s the Hidden London –Podcast 1. And here’s Hidden London – Podcast 2.


Hidden London takes place at 11 am every Monday morning and at 11 am every* Friday morning. Meet Shaughan just outside the Fish Street Hill exit of Monument Tube Station.  Monument   Tube Station is of course named for The Monument to the Great Fire of London (see the photo immediately above). The Monument is just a few yards down the hill from the Fish Street Hill exit of Monument  Tube Station. N.B., if you cannot see The Monument you have come out of the wrong exit of Monument  Tube Station. Go back into the station and follow the signs to the Fish Street Hill exit.

The walk ends in Fleet Street, a two-minute walk from Blackfriars Tube.   *Not Friday, December 25


Don’t just take it from us…


“If you want to know London better, if you want to learn some things about the world’s most cosmopolitan city that most people who spend their lives there never learn… I can think of no better investment than London Walks”  The New York Times

“London’s best city tours” The Telegraph

“Even jaded Londoners find these London Walks a source of astonishing gems of information about the city in which they live.” Daily Mail, Top London Treats

“I’d never visited London before, and Shaughan’s tour was a fantastic way to become familiar with the city and its tucked-away nooks and crannies. Plus, he’s a funny, charming, extremely knowledgeable tour guide. We visited pieces of London Bridge, the London Stone, Bracken House with its astronomical clock featuring Winston Churchill’s face…as well as taking a wander past St. Paul’s Cathedral, Samuel Johnson’s home (complete with cat sculpture), and other gems. The pub recommendations were also appreciated! Two thumbs up!!”  NewYorkBee8, TripAdvisor, October 2019


If you can’t make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Hidden London walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have Hidden London – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We’ll tailor it to your requirements. And – always with private London Walks and tours – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) “fit” is well-nigh perfect. Ring Fiona or Noel 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.


A private London Walk makes a fab present – be it a birthday or anniversary or get-to-know-your-new neighbourhood gift or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that’s special. Memories make us rich.


Don’t just take it from us.


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85 reviews for Hidden London

  1. Rob

    Fantastic tour with Shaughan this morning. I know London reasonably well but saw and learnt so much that was new. My only complaint was that the two hours passed really quickly! Great job.

  2. Pauline Raymond

    Our group did the Hidden London walk on 14th March and it was brilliant! Our guide, Simon was, quite simply, fantastic! He informed and educated us with his amazing knowledge of the City and kept our large group of 21 ladies entertained for the entire walk with his humour and passion for history. Thank you Simon!

  3. Susan

    Simon did a brilliant job filling in for the regularly scheduled guide. He was engaging throughout the tour and shared many wonderful nuggets of history about the City of London. Highly recommended!

  4. Elaine Miller

    Great walk with Simon.
    Very knowledgeable, the 2 hours went by so quickly.
    Would highly recommend

  5. Martin Henderson

    A million thanks to Simon, who stepped in at short notice to replace an indisposed colleague. His tour was interesting, informative and entertaining. A real privilege to be in the presence of such a knowledgeable guide.

  6. Lana

    I’m so glad I chose the hidden london walk. The guide Simon was great. Two hours flew by. It was great fun.

  7. Pete Wood

    Simon was very knowledgeable and very entertaining. Absolutely fascinating. Loved it. Will do this again.

  8. Noreen Mayfield

    Had the best walk with Simon today! Amazing how we could be on a busy street, turn up a little lane that’s almost invisible, and find a hidden treasure that the average tourist would never notice. Simon’s engaging presentation and sense of humor made todays Walk quite fun and informative.

  9. Aaron

    What a magical experience finding out about my own capital City. Did the tour with Shaun on 11th December and he was a great host with a real passion for the City. This tour left me wanting more, so much fun.

  10. Stuart Anstie

    We went on the Hidden London walk on Friday 20th October with guide Simon…The walk was really informative and went to very interesting places which were very much hidden.Guide Simon took us through the city history using his very unique style and brilliant knowledge.We had a fantastic time with plenty of laughs on the way.
    Simon is an excellent and guide ….thank you … from the family from Berkshire!!

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