London's Hidden Gems and Secret History Private Guided Tour

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Departs: London, London

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Leave the regular tourist trail behind and get immersed in the hidden secrets of the London's rich past with your own personal Guide.

A private and bespoke walk through 2000 years of London's history at your pace. No strict schedules or herding about, a bespoke tour just for you.

This tour is ideal for those who want to get off the usual visitor routes and discover the gems that many people miss -

Ancients buildings, Dickensian Alleys, Hidden Courts, Church Crypts, Secret Routes, and of course London's most atmospheric

Inn's, Taverns and Pubs, some dating back over 600 years!

Go on an adventure with your own local guide, a sense of curiosity greatly encouraged!. Your guide is passionate about making this a truly personal and memorable tour.
**Children under 16 Go FREE when accompanied by paying adults - (Max 4 Children)**

What's Included

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Private tour

Professional guide

What's Not Included

Food and drinks

Traveler Information

  • TRAVELER: Age: 0 - 99

Additional Info

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • All UK Government Safety guidelines and requirements at the time of travel will be followed during your tour.
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Moderate walking - Please inform if you have any mobility issues
  • Service animals allowed

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

Starting at Temple Station let's get away from the main tourist routes and go in search of the hidden alleys, ancient taverns, church crypts, Roman pavements and places you would have a lot of difficulty finding on your own.

Crossing over into the old City of London where the street layouts go back as far a Roman times, you will first be taken into the Inns of Court, a hidden world used by the legal profession, and a haven not usually visited by most tourists.

Let me show you the place where Shakespeare first performed Twelfth Night, the Fountain that inspired Charles Dickens, and the English Headquarters of the Knights Templar.

Do you like Tea? let me take you to a shop where they have sold Tea for over 300 years.

45 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

St Bride's Church
The tour continues avoiding the main road and slipping through ancient passageways like Hanging Sword Alley until we arrive at St Bride's Church. Often called 'The Cathedral of The Press' due to its long association with the Fleet Street Newspapers.

Damaged in The Great Fire of London and remodeled by Sir Christopher Wren, it suffered another blow in WW2 when a bomb destroyed the roof. However, this gave Archaeologists the chance to look deep into the crypts. What they found was amazing.

Let me show you a hidden medieval chapel, charred remains from the Great fire of 1666, and Roman Pavements in this little known Crypt Museum.

The Church has another claim to fame, I will tell you all about it on the tour.

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Smithfield Market
Brace yourself, this part of the tour gets a little grisly. Smithfield Market is London's oldest market still used for its original purpose, -selling meat.

The surrounding area is where the Great fire of London finally extinguished, where Bloody Mary burn't people at the stake, and where William Wallace, AKA Braveheart was executed.

Also near here Fagin's Gang had their Den and Sherlock Holmes first met Doctor Watson at the nearby St Barts hospital.

I will also show you two surviving buildings that escaped The Great Fire of 1666.

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Postman's Park
Located next to the Old General Post Office, this park became known as Postman's park because postal workers enjoyed their lunch here. Originally it is the burial ground for St Botolphs Church.

I'm bringing you here to show you a very interesting memorial to the unsung heroes of London. Lets find a park bench and I will tell you the history of this extraordinary place.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Leadenhall Market
One of London's oldest and prettiest markets on the site of a Roman cross road. It's no wonder that Leadenhall Market has featured in some of the worlds most famous movies and novels. Most recently as a filming location for the Harry Potter Films, and the market where Ebeneezer Scrooge sends the boy to get the biggest Turkey on Christmas morning.

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

The Monument to the Great Fire of London
One of the most devastating events in London's history took place just near Monument Underground Station. This is where the great Fire of London started in 1666 destroying 80% of the old city of London. Fortunately your guide knows some of the areas that survived.

Your tour ends here, and if you still have energy why not climb the 311 steps to the top of the Monument and see the stunning views over London.

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included


Richard’s secret history tour is a must for London and Dickens lovers!
Clasina_H, 23-06-2022
Richard is very knowledgeable on the entire area… we loved it, what a great knowledge of Dickens snd courts. We will be back for another tour with him and surely recommend Richard, very very pleasant and enjoyable guide who knows the hidden places. We have been to London over 100 times, but 90 percent of what he showed us was new to us! Well done Richard
Richard of Richard Tours conducted...
theresa_c, 08-06-2018

Richard of Richard Tours conducted this tour for us. He met us at our hotel and we began our walking tour of London. Many of the sights we were shown were hidden and we could have never found them on our own. Richard had many interesting stories to tell along the way. The tour does require quite a bit of walking but comfort stops could be made along the way. We highly recommend this tour as given by Richard.

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