A Ball of Chalk - Guided Private East End Walk

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From $123.37

5 reviews   (5.00)

Price varies by group size

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 2 hours

Departs: London, London

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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For a London that feels more like home to a Londoner than the pomp and grandeur of Westminster, head to Spitalfields for a small-group experience like no other.

Historically much poorer than its cousin to the west, it has in more recent times found its fortune in skyscrapers and creatives- a true rags to riches tale.
The stories heard here are not of kings and politicians but of the real people who made this area- cockneys and costermongers, brave Blitz-era civilians and Eastern European Jewish settlers, Bengali Muslims and fleeing French Protestants, artists, fashionistas, trendsetters, foodies, radicals, 1950s gangs, Victorian murderers, workhouse paupers and everybody in between.

You’ll duck into the backstreets to discover hipster markets and Beigel shops, old breweries, a religious building that tells of centuries of immigration, 18th century weaver houses, old taverns, unbelievable street art from Banksy to Stik, global cuisine and a very different side to our fair city.

What's Included

English Speaking local expert guide

Private guided walk of the East End including Brick Lane and Spitalfields.

What's Not Included

Any entrance costs

Food & drink


Hotel pick-up & drop-off

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 3
  • ADULT: Age: 4 - 99

Additional Info

  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
  • Service animals allowed
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Cancellation Policy

All sales are final. No refund is available for cancellations.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Brick Lane Jamme Masjid
This building is truly the story of the waves of immigrants who came and settled in this area over hundreds of years as a Christian church, a Jewish synagogue and now Mosque to the local Bengali community.
Visiting outside

5 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Brick Lane
From curry mile to the hipster record and vintage stores that line this historic street, you will discover an area alive with street art, great food and stories beyond measure.
Visiting outside

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

A jolly good British boozer that used to carry the name of an infamous serial who became indelibly linked with its history- Jack the Ripper. Hear about the terrible crimes he committed in this area.
Visiting inside

25 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

The Old ‘Worst Street in London’
Rife with poverty, this street once housed the local rookery or slum- take an uncomfortable journey back in time to a Spitalfields a world away from what it is now.
Visiting outside

5 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Old Spitalfields Market
Starting life as a flesh, fowl and roots market in 1638, licensed by King Charles I, you are more likely to find cool clothing and hand painted crafts in this market today alongside an air richly scented with the wonderful street food vendors that trade here.
Visiting Inside

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

The Old Truman Brewery
We have always liked beer here in London, that’s no secret. Find out the history of an iconic London brewery here followed by a little crash-course in the tastes of Shoreditch for your evening ahead.
Visiting Outside

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free


Great walking tour!
Cardunson, 01-07-2022
The tour was so great!! And Francis was wonderful and so nice. Very knowledgeable and helpful. We loved it!!
Good Pace and Interesting
Catherine Z, 27-03-2022
I really enjoyed this East End walk. Francis was knowledgeable about the area both past and present and had some really interesting stories to tell. Good pace so that it didn't feel rushed and was a really pleasant way to spend a couple of hours
Perfect afternoon experience!
Julia S, 21-07-2021
Highly recommend this tour. My husband and I had a great time on the tour. I've been on lots of tours, both walking and bus tours, and Francis was the best guide I've ever had. He was patient and a gentleman in every way. He was also the most knowledgeable guide I've ever seen.
RufusZach, 09-07-2021
An excellent guided walking tour of the East End of London.
Our guide was Francis who was very informative and made the event fun and entertaining as well as educational.
A great way to spend an afternoon.
I would highly recommend it.
Amazing East End Tour!
638marlenak, 15-06-2021
Shabby obviously loves the job she is doing and London! She is a fountain of knowledge and conveys a lot of historical detail in a very enjoyable way. She has a great sense of humor and could answer any and all questions.

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