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London Soho District Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

Babylon Tours London

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Counterculture and civil protests collide on this 2 to 2.5 semi-private (8 Guest Maximum) guided walking tour of London’s iconic Soho neighborhood. Join up to 8 guests as your local guide leads you through the tangle of streets that light up at night in the city’s entertainment district. Learn about its rarely boring, sometimes seedy, but always surprising history.

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Stop At: Soho, London England

From world-famous Piccadilly Circus to Chinatown, you’ll wander Soho’s tangle of streets beloved by tourists and locals alike. Music enthusiasts will revel in seeing where Jimi Hendrix first performed in town, where Beatlemania began, and where hits like “Bohemian Rhapsody” were recorded. You’ll wander the squares and routes that played parts in major cultural events. Learn about women’s suffrage movement at Golden Square and discover the earliest study of epidemiology along Broad Street. Ponder the works of philosopher Karl Marx on Greek Street before discussing when the LGBT community began calling Soho “home.” End your tour with some dumplings in Chinatown. By the end of the tour, you’ll understand why London is such an exciting and dynamic place beyond its wartime and royal history.

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Stop At: Piccadilly Circus, London W1J 9HS England

Starting your tour at Piccadilly Circus, arguably the most famous road intersection in the world, you will enjoy the unique architecture surrounded by the iconic advertisements. Built in 1819, it was constructed to connect Regent Street with Piccadilly.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Shaftesbury Avenue, London England

At Piccadilly Circus you will see what is known as the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain, or the statue of Eros. It was built between 1892-1893 to commemorate the philanthropic work of Anthony Ashely Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury, who was Victorian politician and philanthropist who replaced child-labour with school education.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Golden Square, East of Regent Street and north of Piccadilly Circus, London W1R 3AD England

Next you will see Golden Square, a traditional historic square in the heart of Soho. Originally known as Goldring Square, the site is thought to have been laid out according to plans by Sir Christopher Wren, in the 1670s. It very quickly became the political and ambassadorial district of the late 17th and early 18th centuries.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Carnaby Street, Soho, London W1F England

You will then make your way to Carnaby Street, a renowned pedestrianised shopping street close to Oxford Street and Regent Street. Carnaby is the home to fashion and lifestyle retailers, bringing you over 100 international British heritage labels, independent boutiques and one-off concepts.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: London Palladium, 8 Argyll Street, London W1F 7TF England

Close by you will also see the London Palladium, a famous West End theatre built in 1910 to compete with the London Hippodrome and London Coliseum. The theatre retains many of its original features and has its own telephone system and a revolving stage.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: The Blue Posts, 28 Rupert Street, London W1D 6DJ England

You will also visit what is known as the Blue Posts, a traditional English pub which has been revamped. It contains the same high ceilings and large windows it’s had for the last 275 years and is known for its lineup of independently brewed cask ales, craft beers and ciders.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Berwick Street Market, Berwick St Soho, London England

Next you will visit Berwick Street Market, one of London’s oldest markets dating back to 1778. The historic market in the heart of Soho is known for its traditional fruit and vegetable stalls and its abundance of street food.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: 18 Soho Square Soho Square, London W1D 3QL England

Afterwards you will visit Soho Square, a popular garden square just behind Oxford Street. Dating back to around 1681, the square has a traditional layout with a central mock-Tudor building and was in its early years one of the most fashionable places to live in London.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Chinatown, Gerrard Street & Lisle Street, London W1D 6JW England

Your tour will end in London’s Chinese neighbourhood, known as Chinatown. The area started to form in the 1950s when a handful of Chinese restaurants opened and by the 1960s and 1970s, it had become a hub for Chinese culture. Today you can explore authentic restaurants shops and get a taste of Chinese culture in London.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Babylon Tours London, 80 Cathcart Road, London SW10 9DJ England

Say “Cheerio” to the dusty, stodgy tours of yesteryear. At Babylon Tours, our London is fresh and engaging – the one that you probably want to experience. Join us on a private or small group tour through the National Gallery and the British Museum or hit the streets through a historic tour of the center and (maybe) catch a glimpse of Kate or the rest of the royal family. Our young, energetic guides at Babylon Tours will introduce you to London in the best way possible, from Big Ben to the street art of its multicultural East End.

Duration: 10 minutes

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • It is imperative that you provide us with guests MOBILE PHONE NUMBER (including country code)
  • Minimum numbers apply. This tour will not run without a minimum of 3 guests to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative date or full refund
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A maximum of 8 people per tour allowed
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Notes: The tour route may be affected by national celebrations. When this occurs, we will provide guests with an alternative route still being able to see all the highlights on the tour. In these cases we are unable to provide refunds or discounts. No large bags or suitcases are allowed during this tour. We recommend comfortable shoes, a bottle of water, umbrella in case of rain and hat during summer. Due to increased security measures at many attractions some can’t be visited from the inside.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
Inclusions
  • Semi-Private Walking Tour
  • Semi-Private" Means Group Size Is Never More Than 8 Guests Maximum
  • Professional Tour Guide
  • Duration 2 - 2.5 Hours
  • Tour Will Run, Rain Or Shine


Exclusions
  • Tour price does NOT include hotel pickup or drop-off (we recommend UBER or Taxi)
  • Tour price does NOT include gratuities (optional)
  • Tour is NOT available for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
  • Entry/Admission - London Palladium


Departure Point
The Criterion Theatre, 218-223 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1V 9LB, UK


Departure Time
1:30 PM

Duration
120 to 150 minutes

Return Details
Soho, London, UK


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