Alternative History of London

  • Indulge in the honest, fun, and alternative history of London that you didn't get to learn in school.

  • Duration icon2 H
    Participants icon4 - 8
    Offered in English
  • Alternative History of London

  • Indulge in the honest, fun, and alternative history of London that you didn't get to learn in school.

  • Duration icon2 H
    Participants icon4 - 8
    Offered in English
  • Offered in English
  • Meet your host, Joey L
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    Hi, I'm Joey! Having lived in London all my life, I have always been fascinated with what lies beneath the city’s surface. I have worked as a guide, a journalist, a youth worker and an experiential educator, and I have travelled extensively worldwide and understand the importance of experiencing a city with a local guide. I get genuine enjoyment from showing people around London in an immersive and entertaining way. I also pride myself on giving recommendations to visitors to ensure their time in the city is well spent.

  • What you will see and do

    If you like humorous history, quirky facts and solving mysteries, this tour in the heart of London is for you!

    We will walk around some of London's most famous areas and familiar landmarks. Everything in the tour is completely factual – but it's not the stuff you learned at school. We’re going to discuss religion, drinking, and even have a bit of 1800's brothel banter. It's about experiencing the hidden sides of London that were right in front of your eyes, but you never noticed.

    We will discover the secret behind the flowing of the River Thames, the origins of the name “Covent Garden” and try to solve the mystery of the headless statues. I'll also be providing recommendations for anything else you need in London!

    Highlights include:
    - How the Americans stole coffee from the British (honest!)
    - The only street in London where we drive backward
    - London's most notorious brothel and the now-extinct police force that shut it down
    - The last Victorian gas lamp in the city
    and much more...

    Whether it is your first time in London or you’re a local curious about the alternative tales the city has to offer, this tour is a great introduction to London's alternative history.

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  • We'll meet by the RayBan shop, right opposite the Underground station exit - you can't miss it!

  • 1 review

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    February 2020

    Joey was incredibly knowledgeable about London and clearly passionate about the city and its history. This came across in the tour and made it very enjoyable. I would highly recommend it.

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