London's Living Streets
History is all around, you just have to know where to look. Browse all of my audio tours below. There's a short video for each one which will give you a flavour of what to expect. Choose the tour that you want by clicking on the Browse Tour button. This will take you to our host site, VoiceMap, where you will see a more in depth explanation of the tour and also the price before you commit to the download. You can find out more about the VoiceMap site and download their App to play the tours here
The Planners Dream Goes Wrong
Take a stroll with me around the area known as Seven Dials, hailed in the 17th century as a design for modern living, but as you'll hear, once the mastermind behind the idea had moved on, things didn't always go according to plan.
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.
Not Avenues, But Alleyways
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.
Fairer Than Florence
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.
There's More To Moorgate
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.
East Of Eden
Navigate the riverbanks that linked London to the world and made it a global hub. 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.
Another Brick In The Wall
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. You'll follow the line of the wall and catch glimpses of parts that remain, while hearing stories about the different areas you'll pass through and the people who once lived in the wall's shadow
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.
Sets, Squares And Syntax
Bloomsbury, famed for its connection to the arts, sciences and academia, is also known for its upper-class garden squares and fine Georgian architecture.
But our walk through this renowned neighbourhood isn’t only about enlightenment. Along the way, I’ll also reveal the area’s seedier side, where everyday life was hard and lawlessness was rife.
London's Other Square Mile
Soho is known for its vibrant and sometimes exotic nightlife, right in the heart of London’s West End. It’s always been a very cosmopolitan and diverse place, and there’s history on every street corner. On this walking tour, I’ll share the stories that most visitors miss, including tales of death, disease and robbery.
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 to help you uncover its rich history of pomp, ceremony, crime and violence.
Called To The Bar
The Temple is a fascinating area renowned as a centre of legal practice that dates back to the 12th century. Take a stroll around this peaceful haven and hear about it's history and some of the famous people associated with it, there's some surprises along the way!
A CLERKENWELL TALE
The tour is set in the area of Clerkenwell just outside the City of London boundaries and had been settled in the early 12th century by two holy orders. The nunnery of St James and the priory of St John. As these flourished more people began to settle there and because the area was beyond the jurisdiction of the City it made for a rather free and easy lifestyle. The area abounded with fresh springs and wells and on the tour you'll be able to see the well that gives the area it's name.