The Seven Deadly Sins in the City of London

(44 customer reviews)

Bank Underground Station, exit 3 (by the Royal Exchange)

Guided by Ulrike

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
1 September 2023 Special 2.30 pm 4.30 pm Summer Reserve Online
29 September 2023 Special 2.30 pm 4.30 pm Summer Reserve Online
27 October 2023 Special 2.30 pm 4.30 pm Summer Reserve Online
24 November 2023 Special 2.30 pm 4.30 pm Winter Reserve Online
29 December 2023 Special 2.30 pm 4.30 pm Winter Reserve Online

Behold the City of London – let there be light* on 2000 years of history from ancient Roman beginnings to the modern Square Mile.

And lurking at every turn sinners great and small whose sinful acts birthed and then nourished this City on the Thames.

Come join me, Ulrike**…

on a journey to discover how Lust, Avarice, Sloth, Envy, Gluttony, Anger and Pride, the Seven Deadly Sins, both corrupted the people of London and drove its history.

From riots to orgies, excess to industrial espionage, high modern buildings to hidden alleyways, losing inhibitions to losing one’s head and many more tales of the unknown.

In between each of the Seven Deadly Sins another story of lust, that binds the walk together.

At the end, outside the Tower of London, we will meet the biggest sinner of all, and I can promise you, it won’t be the person you’re thinking of…

Join me on my sinful walk through the City of London from one fortress to another, from the Bank of England to the Tower of London with lots of entertainment in between!

Tales writ in London’s lowering clouds and brazen buildings and angry skies and phallic skyline and murky river.

*Shine a light especially on its darker corners, its dirty little (and not so little) secrets. Its seven deadly sins.

**In the interest of sparing me some blushes, David put the poster up, not me

44 reviews for The Seven Deadly Sins in the City of London

  1. Michael Fawcett

    Great walk, and Ulrike was an excellent guide, imparting knowledge and gossip in a very entertaining way. Despite having worked in the city, I discovered people and places I was never aware of, highly recommended.

  2. Mollie and Holly

    As two girls who live in London – We loved this tour so much, learned so much, had great laughs and a wonderful afternoon. Ulrike was a fantastic guide and we hope to join her on another one of her tours in the near future.

  3. Sheila Holt

    We thoroughly enjoyed this walk and Ulrike was excellent in every respect, well informed, interesting and amusing. The 2 hours passed too quickly – we would recommend Ulrike and this walk unreservedly.
    Go on, treat yourselves to 2 hours of intelligent and fascinating conversation/discussion/information – you won’t regret it!

  4. chris

    Humorous, informative and fun to listen to. Not sure if I agree that Samuel Pepys was the worst “Lust” offender that London had on offer (a few more recent and more prolific residents of London come to mind). This tour is highly recommended for people who have seen all of the usual sights and wish to discover some hard to spot locations.

  5. Olga

    Thank you , Ulrike, for your vast knowledge, powerful voice and sense of humour . I enjoyed it enormously.

  6. Martin Douthwaite

    One of the best walks we have been on. Learnt so much as Ulrika so knowledgeable and entertaining. Recommend this walk.

  7. Helen

    Very informative and fun walk. Ulrike is an excellent guide.

  8. John S

    Brilliant informative walk, Ulrike certainly knows her history. Very professional and well presented. Thank you so much.

  9. Yevgeny Bezman

    A very unique walk
    Interesring locations, lots of history
    Highly recommended

  10. Beth Fenner

    Ulrike was a fantastic guide who knew so many facts and made the walk really fun! I have to say it was the clearest information I have received on a walk – never too far to hear what Ulrike was saying. You also get to walk around some hidden areas if London you may not stumble upon yourself! Highly recommend.

  11. Kirsty

    Amazing knowledge and so well delivered, thank you

  12. Joëlle Laissy-Gontarek

    This was my second walk with Ulrike and like the first one (around Covent Gardens), this walk in the City is absolutely brilliant. A great itinerary, plenty of historical facts, fun stories and anecdotes: this walk is the best way to understand how the City of London has become what it is today. A wonderful afternoon, thanks Ulrike for being such a passionate tour guide!

  13. Elena

    Dear Ulrike,
    Thank you very much for a very special tour. It was highly informative, logical and well-structured. Besides that, it was ironical and mockering. I am grateful for your care , friendliness and engagement. You are a super professional guide.

  14. Tirlogh M.

    Brilliant tour! Ulrike is a fantastic story teller with a great sense of humour and kept us entertained for the whole two hours. The tour is very well structured, all the stories are based on the seven deadly sins. Highly recommended!

  15. Elisabeth H.

    Brillant and highly entertaining walk! Cleverly designed, covers a huge amount of different subjects all representing the Seven Deadly Sins. Ulrike must have done a vast amount of research and delivers it with wit and flair. Highly recommended! I‘m looking forward to the sister walk of the Seven Deadly Sins in Covent Garden.

  16. Svenja

    A very entertaining sequel of the Seven deadly sins stories in the City of London. Very funny and interessting facts in places I have never been before. Thank your very much Ulrike for the wonderful tours with you!

  17. Frances Farrell

    Excellent, welling informed, great delivery and very entertaining. Highly recommended

  18. Julie

    A chilly, dull January afternoon was completely transformed by Ulrike’s original and lively delivery of historical tales, some very hair-raising, which aptly fitted her theme. Historical figures are portrayed in ways you are unlikely to know about! The two hours flew by. I would definitely recommend you join this walk. Thank you so much, Ulrike.

    (Enjoyed Ulrike’s Monday walk just as much) 5+*
    Julie from Essex

  19. stephen durham

    Ulrike was amazing. She was extremely knowledgeable with a remarkable finesse for history. The commentary was animated, well paced and interesting. The route was very enjoyable and included dodging in and out of some of London’s nooks and crannies. An enjoyable walk had by all.

  20. Siobhan Murphy

    Hughly entertaining. Ulrika has an amazing depth of knowledge.Really enjoyable

  21. Iris B.

    Great fun! Ulrike is doing an excellent job. Well prepared and with a huge knowledge of history and stories she reveals the greatest sinners of the City of London. Excellent and enjoying.

  22. Eve Everett

    Ulrike is an excellent storyteller. She has obviously gone to great lengths to research her subject, and delivers with a lot of fun. Even as a Londoner, I am enthralled with all the hidden alleyways and history over the ages. Thank you Ulrike!

  23. Eve Everett

    Ulrike is a great storyteller. She has obviously gone to great lengths to research her subject. She has a really fun way of keeping one hooked. I would definitely recommend this tour.

  24. Marianne

    Great walk! Guide definitely did her homework to keep us captivated!!

  25. Dilly

    Fabulous Fabulous Fabulous…… this is a must tour. At every corner you will see a breathtaking building or alleyway or garden or a hidden gem with enthralling history. The narrator (Ulrike) grips your attention from beginning to end with her style of personality and story telling and blissful clear voice that you don’t miss anything, and believe me you don’t want to miss anything she says.

  26. Núria S.

    Brilliant experience! Ulrike has taken us for a walk around the city following a trail of sins. The stories go from the Roman times up until the XX century and she ties one with the other in an effortless way and with lots of context and quotes. Highly recommended.

  27. Michael and Debbie

    We’ve done a lot of walks with London Walks and we love them but we really wanted to give some love to the two complimentary (but independent) walks about The Seven Deadly Sins with Ulrike. They’re both absolutely brilliant, cannot recommend them highly enough. Ulrike is an excellent storyteller and generous guide, do yourself a favour and be her guest at the next available opportunity.

  28. Emma Kells

    I thoroughly enjoyed this walk. Ulrike is a wonderful guide. She brought history alive from her great study and research which was sprinkled with anecdotes and quotes from the past. You felt transported back to particular times and periods of London as a result. Can’t wait to do the sister walk of this on Monday!

  29. K. Marshall-29 april 2022

    The Seven Deadly Sins Walk In The City with guide Ulrike is great fun. It’s well- researched and packs 2,000 years of history amongst its many entertaining tales. Lots of twists & turns down hidden alleys and courtyards. She is engaging & helpful. You will love it!

  30. Amy Jones

    Just finished the city of London 7 deadly sins walk with Ulrike. Informative, interesting and entertaining, what a great way to spend two hours exploring alleyways and history in the City. Ulrike is full of knowledge, insight and scandal! Thank you so much, my Mum and I both really enjoyed ourselves.

  31. Jenny Anderson

    What a fabulous walk! This is the most entertaining and historically interesting London Walk I have done. Ulrike delves into the past and finds a different resident of the City who illustrates one of the deadly sins – and one who exemplifies all of them! Interspersed with Tales of Lust….a really fun and educational walk.

  32. Sheryl

    Seven Deadly Sins walk is a must. Ulrike is a superb guide & has done her research thoroughly, full of historical knowledge , her delivery was extremely interesting & entertaining as we walked through little alleyways. I highly recommend this walk.

  33. Lyubov

    Absolutely fantastic tour. I have been to quite a few walks and this one is one of the best. Ulrike’s story telling skills are great, she keeps the audience captivated. I also went on this one’s sister-walk – Seven Deadly Sins: the Capital Vices – that goes from Covent Garden and thoroughly enjoyed it, too. I highly recommend doing both Seven Sins tours, you will learn a lot and have lots of fun.

  34. Ian

    Brilliant tour. Beautifully constructed and a perfect mix of history, philosophy and entertainment. Highly recommended

  35. Donna Moss

    We really enjoyed The Seven Deadly Sins. Very entertaining, well-researched with just the right touch of bawdiness to keep us all amused. We saw some great bits of London, great fun….thank you Ulrike

  36. Jane Pain

    Fascinating afternoon walk. Ulrike has a vast knowledge of the history of our great Capital. Her delivery was clear, with saucy titbits that kept everyone entertained. Highly recommended.

  37. Lorraine Harley

    Went on Ulrike’s walk from Bank today, great fun and a brilliant way to see the city of London. Very entertaining and informative, it is a must for any Friday afternoon. Thanks Lorraine & Brian Harley

  38. Sian Edwards

    A very interesting and different look at life and lives in our great City, with a surprising twist in the tail/tale ! Many thanks Ulrike.

  39. Jonathan Chan

    A wonderful walk! This journey through the Square Mile and its stories of sin absolutely brims with life. The stories are well paced and you’re kept on your toes – Ulrike covers an extraordinary amount of information, from the Gordon Riots to Samuel Pepy’s sexual exploits, and does so with wit and charm. I didn’t know there was quite so much lust in the city – some of these stories made me blush!

    Very highly recommended.

  40. Julie England

    Oh My I have done so many walks around London, this is definitely one of my favourites, I came away buzzing. You will be amazed at what went on behind closed doors!! A pub you may probably walk past or enjoy a drink, has a past that might make you blush!! Ulrike tells you naughty secrets and stories in such a tasteful but amusing way, you will have heard of some of those mentioned but be surprised to hear another side. An added bonus is being taken around the streets and alleys of the city you feel like you are stepping back on time, just brilliant.

  41. Simon Jones

    This walk follows the great success of Ulrike’s earlier Seven Deadly Sins walk around Covent Garden. This one is as good, if not better, than that. The concept is brilliantly simple: each stop takes an incident or person from London’s history as an illustration of one of the Deadly Sins and culminates in a study of one person who indulged in them all. Simple, but not superficial. I have lived in, and been exploring, London for well over thirty years and many of these stories were completely new to me. One of the delights of this walk (apart from hearing wonderful stories of unrest, character assassination, misbehaviour in church and much, much more) is Ulrike’s delivery – she truly wears her knowledge lightly and this makes the walk a delight. On top of this, you get to wander through the City’s meandering alleyways – what’s not to like?

  42. Dan Parry

    This was a fascinating walk – very original, so much fun and full of amazing stories! With 2,000 years of scoundrels to choose from, Ulrike did a fantastic job in taking us from the Romans right through to a modern-day tale of rivalry and envy. From hidden corners to gleaming towers to the place where dozens were executed, this walk has so much sin you’ll be looking over your shoulder for the rest of the day!

  43. Caroline MONGAN

    The seven deadly sins walk in the City is phenomenal. We loved every minute. Ulrike is a superb guide and had us all entertained with enthralling stories of lust, greed, gluttony, sloth, envy, anger, pride and more lust! Who knew the city was so steeped in sin! Not only was the storytelling excellent but the route itself is wonderful as we followed Ulrike through lots of little hidden alleys in the heart of the city. Highly recommended.

  44. Philip Scott

    A thoroughly excellent walk. Very well researched. The delivery was interesting, informative and entertaining throughout. I strongly recommend this walk.

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