Old London

(26 customer reviews)

St. Paul's underground station, London (exit 2)

Guided by Ann or Fiona or Laura or Russell or Simon W.

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
Wednesday Weekly 2.15 pm 4.15 pm Winter Summer Reserve Online

Short read: Old London – Secret Places & Hidden History

Short listen: Here’s Russell’s podcast about this walk

Long read: Secret Places! Hidden History! Flash! Bang! Lightning! City of London Highlights Tour! Star Power guides. What’s not to like? Grand Tour. Stunning overview. St. Paul’s to the Tower of London. Can’t do better than that for a jumping-off point and a final destination. But – whisper it – the getting there is the real fun, because along the way we explore twisty little alleyways and piquant nooks and crannies and a secret stretch of shoreline. Seeing this London is like hearing music you never would have known to listen for. N.B. the walk ends at the Tower of London, right next to Tower Hill Tube.


The Old London Walk takes place at 2.15 pm every* Wednesday. The meeting point is just outside exit 2 of St. Paul’s  Tube. The walk is guided by Fiona, Russell or Simon W. N.B. the walk ends near the Tower of London and Tower Hill Tube.  *Except Dec. 25


“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 walking tours”  Travel & Leisure

“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


If you can’t make the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Old London walk do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have Old 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  – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) “fit” is well-nigh perfect. Ring Fiona or Peter or Niamh 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 is good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group. And the clincher: a private London Walk makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing.


A private London Walk makes a very special, indeed, unique gift – be it a birthday or anniversary or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that’s special. Memories make us rich.


It’s not even close

26 reviews for Old London

  1. Paul Cammiade

    Just spent a fascinating afternoon with Simon on the Old London Walk. I have seen bits of London that I didn’t know existed and even the bits I did explained in an interesting way giving new insight. First class.

  2. Kerry Cornell

    We have taken many London Walks and Old London is now one of my Top 3 and my husband’s absolute favourite. Simon is definitely the BEST guide we have had. Not only is he informative and full of anecdotes and arcane knowledge, he is lively and friendly. A bonus for me, as I am hard of hearing, is that Simon was always clear and unobtrusively paid attention to how he directed his voice so every one in the group could hear every word he said. Not an easy feat. Simon showed us a world hidden in plain sight from the regular buses and shoppers along Cheapside. I highly recommend this tour

  3. Colin ENGEL

    An excellent walk. Simon was engaging, informed, funny, and well organised.

  4. Julie Bright

    We went on this walk with Simon last Wednesday. He had had to step in at short notice, but you wouldn’t have known it. He described himself as ‘high octane’, which he certainly was, as he sped us through as much of the territory as he could in the time we had, and filled every moment with fascinating and vivid detail, never missing a beat. We had done this walk before with another guide, but nothing was repetitive with Simon, as he filled our time with fresh insights. He managed to balance packing in as much as possible with patience with us old fogeys who are not as quick on the draw as we used to be. Well done Simon! We would highly recommend and will look out for walks with Simon another time! 🙂

  5. Andy

    Learned a lot about old London, Simon did a great job and really knew his history. We covered a lot of ground and really enjoyed the walk.

  6. Lizzie

    Gripping tales told by Simon with humour and panache just where they happened.

  7. Stephen Spiceley

    Laura took us on a fascinating tour of the square mile, painting vivid pictures of ancient and not so ancient London with her energetic, charismatic and incredibly knowledgeable commentary as she guided us around amazing hidden gems and well known landmarks. What a fantastic guide she is, aided by a well planned and extremely interesting walk. Thank you Laura for being brilliant. Highly recommended.

  8. Stephanie

    Great walk despite the howling wind and random downpours, Anne was an informative, enthusiastic and entertaining guide who delivered a great walk with a well balanced mix of facts, anecdotes, literary references and historical references. Would gladly do another tour with her.

  9. John Kotyk

    My first London walk will be one of many, thanks to Ann. The weather for our walk was……challenging, but it didn’t affect Ann’s sunny disposition in the slightest. We explored places that I’d otherwise have no idea existed, and Ann’s detailed knowledge made every stop interesting. Highly recommended.

  10. Helen Evans

    What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon on an ‘Old London’ walk with Laura today !
    Laura was warm and inviting. She led us through a multitude of curious streets and along the river.Her knowledge and enthusiasm of our wonderful city was immense . I learnt a lot and got myself a ‘discount card’ to ensure many more walks in the future ! Brilliant.

    Helen Northwood

  11. Magda

    Ann gave us a unique experience of London ambiance and showed to us historic places in a modern framework. Thank you Ann I will repeat this walk.

  12. Al Merati

    Laura was a superb guide. As good as I have seen in years of travel all over. The walk is an ideal match of place and feel – fundamental themes and fun trivia.

  13. Kellie Conn

    Simon + The Old City = Fabulous Tour. A great balance of walking and stopping for terrific stories and out-of-the-way points of interest that I would not have found on my own. Simon himself made the tour even better with his content expertise, engaging personality and wit. I would take any tour Simon was leading. He is very knowledgeable and an excellent storyteller that kept the entire group involved and feeling welcomed. Questions – all questions — were encouraged and addressed with interest and respect. I could tell he had tailored the tour to the group’s interests as discussion ensued – and did a marvelous job of it. I took this tour on the day I arrived in London and it kept me highly interested (and awake!) as I adjusted to the time zone. This is the kind and quality of tour I look to London Walks for as long-time pioneers of the walking tour business.

  14. Mike and Lindy

    Simon was our guide last week, and he is quite simply the best guide we could have hoped for. This was our third walk of the week, and his talents as an educator, actor, and storyteller were phenomenal. If we had another week in London we would have sought out his every walk. Our knowledge and appreciation of London grew exponentially over the course of two hours, and the price was an absolute bargain (in our opinion!). We extend our gratitude to Simon for allowing us to feel, really feel, the history that is Old London.

  15. Vicky Gamble

    Fiona was a really good guide. Knowledgeable, interesting and engaging. Saw parts of mind I’d never go to, and learnt loads about the City and how it functions. Also really goood to run into a previous Lord Mayor, who explained his role. Really enjoyed the walk.

  16. Sarah Allard

    I’ve done several London Walks tours over the years, and it is always a delight. I moved to York from Canada over a decade ago, and whenever I am in London and have family visiting, we choose a walk to go on. Last Wednesday (23rd Nov), my Mom and I went on the Old London tour with our guide, Fiona. She was outstanding and it is clear that her knowledge is unrivalled. Her explanations, tidbits of info and enthusiasm for her beloved city are clear. An excellent couple of hours spent exploring the City, the area around St Paul’s Cathedral and everything in between. Highly recommended.

  17. Linda Watts

    Thank you .. London Walks .. we had the best afternoon..with Ann .. she opened up a whole new world for myself my husband and our 12 year old granddaughter.. she loved and on our way home asked questions which we had to Google … looking forward to our next one . Thinking of doing the food one in December

  18. Ed Norton

    The Old London tour presented by Fiona was outstanding. Her knowledge of ancient London history was impressive. This walking tour was very interesting and engaging. A great way to start your visit in London. I highly recommend spending your time and a small amount of your money with Fiona, joining her for this tour.

  19. Leslie Taylor

    Outstanding tour led by Fiona – informative and fun. We learned about the history of St. Paul’s Cathedral, and of other churches, bridges, etc. Fiona took our group to see objects of interest that we never would have noticed on our own. It was a wonderful historical introduction to London. Thank you, Fiona!

  20. Lesley Stansfield

    Laura took us on a voyage of discovery through some lovely streets. Found a gem of a viewpoint in Cheapside and learnt so much. City of London – a country within a country! Laura’s knowledge, and skill at conveying that knowledge, was fascinating. Will definitely do more walks around London!

  21. Jim O’Sullivan

    Did the 2 hour Old London tour with Simon. Excellent, very informative, the time flew by! Simon was very personable, engaging and loaded with interesting information about the square mile. Highlight was standing on top of New Change lokking across at St Paul’s and the London skyline! Would definitely recommend.

  22. Adrian

    Simon guided us today – absolutely brilliant! The whole walk was stuffed with great stories, information and anecdotes. Simon was exemplary- very engaging, willing to answer any questions (about anything) and clearly an expert. A fabulous 2 hours – if you’re in doubt, don’t hesitate!

  23. John & Jane Gosnell

    Despite the slight drizzle and grey skies Simon brought Old London to life for us on Wednesday afternoon. He led us for just over 2 hours and managed to paint a vivid picture of Old London with his clear diction and strong but cheery voice. We have had quite a few guides over the years and Simon was up there with the best. Not only was it a very informative and interesting afternoon, but Simon made me proud to be British as he represented London and our country so well to our visitors from afar.

  24. James Fraser

    What a joyous couple of hours spent wandering around the city learning about the slightly hidden past history from roman times to the present day. Simon Whitehouse was our extremely knowledgeable and entertaining guide who brought the history, buildings and streets to life. Our family then tested each other over dinner about what we had learned and had another enjoyable hour. I have passed the areas for many years, but will now look at them with much more knowledge and understanding. Well done Simon and thank you. We look forward to many more walks in the near future. James, Cheryl and Jude (6.5 stars from Jude)

  25. Sue Nice

    Very interesting and informative walk with Fiona. We visited places that we didn’t know existed, learnt lots of fascinating history and had a very enjoyable walk.

  26. Miranda Chalk

    What an absolutely fascinating couple of hours. Simon is a terrific guide, skilfully delivering a well-judged amount of information that leaves you feeling that at last you know a little of all the layers that make up the history of the City. And keen to find out more.
    We loved what he told us about the ancient (and modern!) parts of the City we visited, adding a very useful explanation of how the City is run.
    Thanks Simon – I will be signing up for more walks.

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