Hidden London

(20 customer reviews)

Monument Underground station, London (Fish Street Hill exit)

Guided by Shaughan

Please note

You must reserve your place online for this walk. Select your date and time on the table below.

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…

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.

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 TOUR PRACTICALS

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

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

“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

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

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.

GIVE THE GIFT OF LONDON WALKS

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.

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don’t just take it from us.

MIND THE GAP

It’s not even close

20 reviews for Hidden London

  1. Leonard Lubarsky

    I recently had the pleasure of going on London Walk’s walk titled “Hidden London with Adam”, and I had a wonderful time thanks to the tour leader, Adam. He knows the history of the area extremely well and was able to make it accessible, informative and entertaining for the group I was part of. You can’t go wring with London Walks in general, and Adam as a tour leader, to be specific. Absolutely something one should not miss!

  2. Sandra Hüwels

    Fantastic Hidden London Tour with Adam on Good Friday.

  3. Laura Gallagher

    “On April 4th Simon led the Hidden London walking tour, it was a windy, rainy and chilly day.
    It would have been a miserable walk if it wasn’t for Simon’s excellent wit, knowledge and ability to engage everyone.
    Simon did an excellent job of explaining the rebuilding after the fire and many hidden features of the Roman ruled city, The Great Fire and the rebuilding of the city.
    I highly recommend this tour.”

    Thank you,

    Laura Gallagher

  4. Noam Sivan

    Very good tour, Simon at his best. Very recommended.

  5. Wilson Pounder (Met Police retired)

    On Friday 25th March 2022 My partner, my eldest Son and I spent an excellent warm, sunny Two hours in the company of Shaughan who made this walk extremely historically informative, interesting and fun. We have done lots of London Walks and they never disappoint. Always terrific value and possibly the best way to spend Two hours in London especially if one is a visitor or tourist. May I respectfully suggest after every London Walk a summary sheet be offered showing the route and places of interest for a small fee, £1.00 so one can refer back to it and especially for people who do not know London it will be a pleasant reference sheet. Something they can revisit on their own or book again and show to family and friends who in turn will book London Walks. Shaughan was eloquent, knowledgeable and funny. Brilliant.

  6. Katherine

    If you only have 2 hours in London, spend them on this tour!

  7. Sigrid

    I really enjoyed the walk. Simon explained everything very well. I discovered a lot of things.

  8. Sheila Borges

    Simon was a very informative and entertaining guide. He really brought the city alive with links to Shakespeare, nursery rhymes, the medieval guilds and the vikings!! Brilliant!

  9. Trish Rawding

    Expertly told stories of the great fire and the history of the original London Bridge all made for a fascinating walk with Simon. I would recommend to anyone on a city break to London!

  10. Tim Gifford

    Today’s Hidden London walk hosted by Simon was tremendous. A good walk with lively and entertaining information given, supported by in-depth background and a real attention to detail. An excellent experience overall and one I can highly recommend.

  11. Marie Richardson

    Simon was excellent on this walk he kept us engaged. Brought the history to life. Will be returning soon and doing more walks xx

  12. Jevgenija

    Amazing Hidden London walk with 5* guide Simon! Greetings from LV 😉

  13. Andy

    A wonderful and interesting walk with Simon

  14. Virginia Clements

    A very interesting walk. Simon was very knowledgeable about London and countries relating to events there

  15. Alex Mason

    Tour with Simon was excellent. I learned a lot and will now read “1984.”

  16. Esther Whittlesea Reed

    Simon leading 11am on 20th was witty knowledgeable passionate and inspiring. Wonderful to walk around an area of London i’ve Worked in and discover hidden treasures. Recommend totally.

  17. Jim Perrello

    Simon was an excellent tour guide. He’s clearly an expert in the material he presents and is very enthusiastic about communicating it in an entertaining way. If I were to go to London again, I’d certainly search out other tours he might be leading since it was an thoroughly enjoyable two hour experience.

  18. Dianne Wilkinson

    A walk with Shaughn is pure street theatre. The performance includes information, history, facts/figures, songs in character and delicious humour. Cheap entertainment for 90 minutes of education and fun. He introduces places and events unknown to even the locals and every walk is different. Every time I go to London I do at least one Shaughan walk. Yet again he performed his magic and it was worth the 2 year (covid) wait.

  19. Zanne Forrester

    My first ‘London Walks’ experience and it’ll be a tough act to follow. Adam our guide was both charismatic and engaging and kept our group very focused and involved. The sunny weather helped throw and unexpected but welcome brightness on the many Wren churches, their stained glass windows and of course the majestic St Pauls … and his anecdotes kept us amused too. I’m game for more of these London walks – so much to digest from the stimulating and numerous other tours also on offer.

  20. Sebastian

    Thanks for the really interesting and entertaining walk. Absolutely recommendable!

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