We specialise in self guided audio tours of london that you can download onto your Smartphone.
If you like to explore but would prefer not to be in a crowd then our tours are just right for you to get the most out of your stay in London.
The process is simple, pick the tour you want and you will be taken to our partner site where you will be able to download the App and purchase your chosen tour. Once your tour is downloaded it is yours to keep and use as many times as you wish.
The simplicity of the App means that you can walk the tour completely hands free at a time or day that suits you and should you wish to stop for a break you can pause the tour at any time.
We can also offer you walking tours with an experienced tour guide who will take you to all of the areas that are covered by the audio tours and some extra ones that aren't.
In addition we can also plan and create a bespoke tour if you have a favourite topic or area of London you wish to explore.
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January 2023 sees the publication of a new audio tour, which I have been wanting to write for some time.
Another Brick In The Wall, takes the listener along the route of the Roman and medieval defenses surrounding the City of London. You'll hear not only about the history, but get to meet some of the people that lived in the walls shadow.
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London was once a city filled with hundreds of labyrinthine alleys and courtyards, but sadly many have been lost to the developer’s axe. On this walking tour, we’ll track down the ancient thoroughfares that remain within the vicinity of Fleet Street while I share a few fascinating stories about the people that once trod these streets.
I’ll give you a peek into the history of Fleet Street, once the major entrance and exit to the city from the South West. You’ll learn about the area’s long association with the printing trade, its connection to several prominent writers and poets, and its ties to the legal profession.
Highlights along the way include:
• Dr Johnson’s House, the birthplace of the modern dictionary
• The place Shakespeare visited when in need of an Italian translation
• One of Twinings Tea’s first stores
• Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, a charming pub where Dickens, Mark Twain, Alfred Tennyson and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were locals
• A famous hangout of Tom Cox, known as the Handsome Highwayman
"As a Londoner born and raised, Steve's excellent and clearly stated commentary gripped and fascinated me as my knowledge expanded. I have often walked along several of these streets and never knew what was behind some of the buildings I had blithely ignored."
You can look forward to hearing about:
• The first London docks
• A little piece of China on the shores of the Thames
• Francis Bacon’s lover’s plot to plant cannabis in the artist’s studio in order to get him arrested
• Great feats of Victorian engineering
• Law, order – and the lack of it – along the river banks, where drunks from a nearby pub were reputedly drowned
• The repurposing of Docklands in the 1980s
Do you long to get off the well-worn London tourist trail and see more of the city’s hidden corners? If so, you’re certain to enjoy this walking tour alongside the River Thames, once the main trading gateway into the city.
On this walk, you’ll hear the many, varied stories linked to this stretch of the river. I’ll share the history behind the buildings you see and, along the way, I’ll introduce you to some of the fascinating characters that have lived here, including the artist Francis Bacon, some of the protagonists in one of the first industrial disputes, and even a witch and a ghost. We’ll also pass the charming 450 year-old pub, The Bunch of Grapes, located directly above the spot where Sir Walter Raleigh set sail on his third voyage to the New World. If you pause here for a pint, you can get a glimpse of the staff that actor Sir Ian McKellan, who is also part-owner of the pub, used when he played Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Along the way you'll encounter:
• The first Churchill family home
•A little piece of modern American history
• Heroic tales from WW2
• An MI5 spy mystery
• A famous Victorian court case
• Pimlico's artistic and spiritual community
• Memories of Princess Diana
• The birthplace of an Australian Prime Minister
Trace Pimlico’s history, from little more than an agricultural swathe beyond the fringes of Westminster, to the centre of London’s political activity in the 1900s. On this walking tour, you’ll hear all about Thomas Cubitt, the “master builder” who transformed Pimlico into the neighbourhood of beautiful garden squares that you see today. We’ll explore the grid of handsome white stucco terraces that he developed and, along the way, I’ll tell you stories about some of the area’s intriguing residents. Pimlico was once synonymous with the aspirational middle classes, attracting artists, thinkers, scientists, politicians – and even secret agents – to this part of the city.
For all its beauty and order, Pimlico is no stranger to death, chaos and destruction. Its relatively modern history is made all the more interesting because the people and events that took place here are still within living memory.
"A thoroughly engrossing tour in an area I knew very little about. What on the surface looks like a well to do residential area comes alive during Steve’s tour and the stories he tells make you see it in a completely different light. I would thoroughly recommend this and Steve’s other tours."
Along the way, I’ll tell you tales about:
• The Roman city of Londinium
• Medieval Moorgate
• The prelude to the English Civil War
• Victorian architecture
• 20th century espionage
• Life in Victorian Moorgate
• London's Trade Guilds
Do you long to get off the well-worn London tourist trail and see more of the city’s hidden corners? If so, this walking tour is the one for you. Moorgate is probably not on most people’s lists of top locations to visit, but it’s oozing with history, from the first Roman settlement through to the early 1900s.
As a born and bred Londoner, the city’s history has always fascinated me, and I started to put together tours around ten years ago. It’s really important to me that you not only get to see and hear about the locations and buildings on the route, but you also hear stories about the people who once lived there.
On this walk, I'll introduce you to a slightly crazy Elizabethan Doctor, the most feared man in Tudor England, and an unlucky delivery boy who got a clip round the ear for attending to a call of nature.
"Such a brilliant tour. What am amazing storyteller. I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is my second tour with Steve in two consecutive weeks. He has a firm grasp on history and culture.
Never knew Moorgate had such an incredible history associated with it.
Stories and experiences such as these are making me fall further in love with this city.
I'm looking forward to one of Steve's next tours already."
Fitzrovia is probably not on many people’s lists of top locations in London to visit. In fact, most people have never heard of it. On this walking tour, I’ll tell you all about its strange history, why it was viewed with suspicion by the neighbouring districts to the south, and the fact that it had no official name until the 1970s.
On this walk, we’ll venture off London’s well-worn tourist trail and see some of the city’s lesser-known corners. I’ll introduce you to Stan ‘the Spiv’ Setty, who met his end after a few too many dodgy dealings, a lustful murderer, a cowboy builder, denizens of the Bohemian set, and a legendary Victorian writer.
Along the way, I’ll tell you tales about:
• The Beatles’ 1964 film ‘A Hard Days Night’
• The area’s artistic community
• The place that inspired the workhouse in Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist
• The forgotten explorer, Captain Matthew Flinders, who led the first inshore circumnavigation of Australia
• The former home of Francisco de Miranda, the Venezuelan military leader and revolutionary
Stroll down one of medieval London’s most important streets, Westcheap which is now called Cheapside. It was once the city’s main market area and on this walking tour, you’ll be introduced to the colourful characters that populated it. While the modern street is no longer used as a market, there are clues dotted all along the route that I’ll help you decipher and uncover its rich history of pomp, ceremony, crime and violence. Along the way, I’ll point out where St Peter’s Westcheap church and Cheapside Cross used to stand and guide you down Ironmonger Lane, Bow Churchyard and Old Jewry.
On this tour, you can look forward to hearing about:
• The architecture of the street and its surrounding area
• Great feats of medieval engineering
• The area known as the Shambles and the Flesh Market that it served
• Westcheap’s connections with various Kings and Queens of England
• Tales of murder, assassination and religious conflict
• The life of some of the locals and traders
• Items for sale within the street, some common today and others a rarity
• The church that is synonymous with the right to call yourself a true Cockney
"Steve's clearly enunciated commentary is cleverly enhanced by various 'sound-bites' which do much to add to the atmosphere of this fascinatingly educational walkabout. Modern city life is almost relegated to a mere background hubbub as his voice transports you to Yesteryear. His suggestion to simply stand still for the 5 or 6 minutes close to the start was unexpectedly effective."
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A London Miscellany Tours
Trace London’s boundaries as it grew from a settlement through the Tudor and Elizabethan period into the modern city it is today.
On this walking tour, you'll find yourself strolling through Lincoln Inn Fields where cattle once grazed which is now the city’s main legal district, and across several of the city’s former boundaries into Farringdon. You'll follow one of the ancient routes for goods into the city and hear tales of rogues and criminals that lay in wait for unsuspecting traveller. Along the way, I’ll point out lesser-known sites like the 300-year-old Wildy & Sons bookshop and the Castle, the only pub in London that could legally act as a pawnbroker until the 1930s.
On this tour, you’ll have the opportunity:
• Hear how the physical boundaries of London grew
• Find out where Elizabeth I played as a girl while standing outside Ye Old Mitre
• See the church where Henry VIII took holy communion
• Walk through the world famous jewelry district of Hatton Gardens
• Listen to tales of robbery, violence, medical ineptitude and a pact with the Devil
• Take in the spot that was once the site of an execution and the rowdiest market in all of Europe
"We all know that London is (and always has been) a vibrant city. This fascinating walk adds depth and character to its history. Modern 'improvements' forced us to take the odd minor detour from the stated path but the hour was thoroughly worthwhile."
Trace London’s ancient city wall as it grew from an enclosure around the Roman settlement of Londinium, to the large medieval structure that ringed the bustling city.
On this walking tour, you’ll see parts of London Wall that still stand today. I’ll tell you about its origins, construction and, in some parts, its demise. I’ll show you the site of each of the seven gates that gave access to the city. You’ll also hear about some of the people that once lived in the shadow of the wall, and gain an insight into what life was like for these locals.
On this tour, you’ll hear about:
• Why a seventeenth century diarist decided to bury a hunk of cheese in a hole in the ground
•The church where victims of the Great Plague are buried
• Hear about the church that inspired Charles Dickens’ “St Ghastly Grim" in The Uncommercial Traveller
• Listen to tales of robbery, violence and deception
• Take in the oldest Synagogue in the UK
• Walk through an area synonymous with law, order and incarceration