A walking tour in London, usually lasting about 2 hours, gives you a fascinating insight into small pockets of London - here are some ideas. Whilst walking in the City - today's financial heart of the world - we are transported back to Roman or Medieval times, walking the same streets and alleys, and hearing ancient street traders' cries. Contrast this with St. Paul's Cathedral, Victorian Leadenhall covered market and 21st century skyscrapers of glass and steel. Walk through Mayfair in the West End where still today the rich and famous live and work in splendid homes; find out about hidden spots, such as the small courtyard where duels took place in secret and where once the Texas Legation had its headquarters; pass mouth-watering shops for later exploration and wonder at historical palaces still occupied today by our Royal Family.
Stroll along the Embankment south of the River Thames and experience all the excitement of Shakespeare's world of theatre and see the authentically rebuilt Globe Theatre where plays are performed today - a bit different now than then, when one play would be shown for one night only, probably followed by a boxing match or a bear-baiting spectacle.
Imagine you are Harry Potter, Bridget Jones, James Bond or Miss Piggy whilst you photograph yourself in famous movie locations. Follow by night, if you dare, the route taken by Jack the Ripper through a maze of alleyways and back streets. Become a Brit and do a pub crawl to some of the oldest pubs in the world.
It is a real eye-opener walking through other towns and cities: in Bath you get an idea of a day in the life of an 18th century Georgian spa participant. In York, the twists and turns of The Shambles, where butchers carried out their trade, make a wonderful backdrop to a ghost walk.
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