ABOUT OUR SECRETS OF THE CITY HISTORICAL WALK
The City of London is where it all started. And when we say it all started we seriously mean it. London was founded by the Romans about 50 AD. Its name is derived from the Celtic word Londinios, which means ‘the place of the bold ones’. By the end of the 2nd century a stone wall was erected around London. The wall was 20 feet high and London had a population of 45,000 people, the largest town in Britain. There was a Roman temple, a forum, a basilica and an amphitheatre, which could hold 8,000 people, where gladiators used to fight (you can still see it at Guildhall Art Gallery).
The City today is for most just London’s financial district, also called the Square mile. With only 8,000 people living in the area and 400,000 commuting every day for work, this area is extremely busy during the week and very quiet at weekends (apart of course for its most iconic landmarks in the area from St Paul, to the Tower of London). This part of London, instead, beholds many secrets: secrets of trade, history and music.
Come and explore the Secrets of the City with us on this City of London Walking Tour that will dive deep into London’s past, hidden alleys, abandoned churches, lost rivers, Roman ruins, old coffee houses (London’s original sites for Stock Exchange and trade) all the way to beautiful viewpoints, markets, film settings (from Harry Potter to Mary Poppins), to iconic London’s landmarks and harbours.
Learn about the Great Fire of London, Monument, the London wall as well as many renowned names connected to the City from Samuel Pepys to Christopher Wren. All of this to the rhythm of the music linked to the area, from classical to rock to movie’s soundtracks.
Come and learn what the song “Yellow River” refers to. See the settings of a famous The Clash song and learn about Sex Pistols getting arrested for singing “God Save The Queen” on a boat on the Thames in 1977. And many more incredible music stories and hits will accompany our experience.
Energy, fun and music is what makes this experience unique and authentic. Thanks to a dynamic pace we will be turning sightseeing into cultural wellbeing that benefits our mind, body and soul and avoids many problems associated to traditional guided tours (from sore feet to back problems). With maximum 8 people in the group the tour lasts 2 hours and by the end of it you will have walked your daily suggested dose of 10,000 steps!
Explore The City’s of London’s best kept secrets
Learn about the history of the Stock Exchange and Coffee Houses
Walk through markets and iconic landmarks
Listen to the best music linked to the area and see the places where some famous movies were shot
Make the most of everything you can see thanks to our dynamic walk
INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSION
“How to walk” introduction
Dynamic guided tour
On-the-go music discovery session
Follow-up email with the playlist and the professional pictures of the area.
Food and drinks
GROUP SIZE: Small groups up to 8 people
DURATION: 2 hours to 2.5 hours (according to the pace of the group)
RECOMMENDED DRESS CODE: Comfortable clothes and shoes, anorak (in case of rain) and no heavy backpacks or bags.
MEETING POINT: The Royal Exchange London EC3V 3LR
END POINT: St Katherine’s Docks, St Katharine's Way, London E1W 1LA
What a fun, interesting and informative day! The Unexpected London team deliver with passion, great customer care and the kind of attention to detail and knowledge of the area that makes it an unmissable experience. Will definitely be booking again.
470barbara - March 2019 - TripAdvisor *****