Walking Tour around Spitalfields in the East End of London

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From $80.19

27 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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Join us on a walking tour of sightseeing and storytelling, devised by London's leading blogger and guided by a member of the local community in Spitalfields.

Ramble through two thousand years of culture in the heart of London and encounter some of the people and places that make this ancient neighbourhood distinctive.

Discover Spitalfields’ rich and diverse history of resourcefulness driven by successive waves of migration from across the world - Huguenots, Jews, Irish and Bengalis among many others - telling the story of how modern Britain was created.

What's Included

Tea and cakes baked to a 1720 recipe served in a 300 year old house

Traveler Information

  • ADULT: Age: 12 - 100

Additional Info

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
  • Service animals allowed
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Not recommended for travelers who cannot stand and walk for two hours
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

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.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers

What To Expect

Christ Church Spitalfields
Nicholas Hawksmoor's masterpiece of English Baroque

• Admission Ticket Free

Soup Kitchen for the Jewish Poor
We meet people whose lives were bound up with with this institution to minster to the needs of Jewish immigrants who came from East Europe, the area now known as the Ukraine

• Admission Ticket Free

Old Spitalfields Market
We learn the story of this ancient market

• Admission Ticket Free

Charnel House
We reveal the purpose of this astonishing medieval survival

• Admission Ticket Free

We visit the site of the Priory of St Mary Spital

• Admission Ticket Free

The Old Truman Brewery
We tell the story of the brewery through the lives of two women who worked there

• Admission Ticket Free

Brick Lane Market
We tell the story of this famous thoroughfare and the ongoing controversy over its future

• Admission Ticket Free

Brick Lane Jamme Masjid
We reveal the history of this building which is emblematic of the history of Spitalfields - a Huguenot Chapel that became a Synagogue that became a Mosque

• Admission Ticket Free

Fournier Street
We tell the story behind these fine eighteenth century houses

• Admission Ticket Free


A taste of Spitalfields life
alisonf774, 15-11-2022
A wonderful way to spend a couple of hours in Spitalfields, learning about its rich history and remarkable residents from a tour guide who lives and breathes Spitalfields life. Finishing the tour in an 18th-century town house, with refreshments and the opportunity to chat to the Gentle Author, was the icing on the cake.
A wonderful experience
SusanRcbus, 05-11-2022
A truly unique and unforgettable experience, which immerses you in the people and stories of one of London's most interesting communities. The Gentle Author is the perfect guide to this exploration of the lives and stories of Spitalfields.
Utterly memorable
101thingstodo, 27-10-2022
If you are looking for an east end walk, do this one. The atmosphere created by the gentle author and his vast knowledge and passion are outstanding, the very welcome tea and cake at the end of the walk is totally unique, an experience I won't ever forget.
Illuminating and uplifting walking tour
claresN8161QP, 24-10-2022
Focusing on the extraordinary lives of the ordinary people who have lived here over centuries, The Gentle Author's tour offers an uplifting alternative to the 'Ripper' tours that have sadly dominated in this part of London. Full of fascinating detail and human stories, the layers of social history and multiculturalism are brought to life in an engaging 2 hour tour, delivered by a hugely knowledgable and compassionate guide. Recommended for Londoners and tourists alike!
A breathless potted history of a unique place
celiabS6420UX, 23-10-2022
Loved it as I knew I would! Idiosyncratic, spanning centuries and consequently taking in swathes of history yet alighting on the smallest detail, describing the movement of peoples yet beaming in on the individuals who 'made' and make up this hugely diverse, anarchic and ever-changing confusion of streets beyond the City walls. I loved the momentum of it - the way GA would dart off, as elusive as a fingersmith, willing us on to the Next Thing....There was no prediction as to what that would be, except it was unfailingly hugely entertaining, personal and illuminating. He took in so much history, ancient, modern, cultural, social, political, I need to go back at a slower pace to consolidate and digest what I learned. Hurrah for the Gentle Author! One of a kind.....

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