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Guidelines to Britain Hidden London Tour

Hidden London

This is particularly popular with our frequent visitors who want to get under the skin of the city and experience some of the lesser known sights. Our Hidden London sightseeing tour itineraries are bespoke and can include some of the locations in the sample itinerary section below.

Duration

Full day
7 hours: 3-4 interior visits

Short day
5 hours: 2-3 interior visits

Half day
4 hours: 1-2 interior visits

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Abbey Road and the Beatles

Abbey Road and the Beatles

The recording studio made famous by The Beatles.

Stride across the zebra crossing as John, Paul, George and Ringo did in 1969!

Notting Hill and Portobello Road

One of London’s most fashionable and expensive districts, Notting Hill is famous for its annual carnival and for being home to the Portobello Road Market.

Bevis Marks Synagogue

Bevis Marks Synagogue was opened in 1701 and is the oldest synagogue in use on British soil. Incorporating in the roof a beam from a royal ship presented by Queen Anne, it stands today with very few changes from the building that was the spiritual and administrative centre of the Jewish community in the British Empire for over 150 years.

Spitalfields and Shoreditch

Spitalfields and Shoreditch, part of the Hidden London tour by Guidelines to Britain

Escape the cloned high streets and discover “hidden gems” from fashion and arts to interiors and property, as you wander through areas steeped in history but immersed in creativity and cutting edge style in charming Spitalfields market.

Then visit London Shoreditch to see some of the world’s best street art from local and visiting international street artists. Savour colourful Brick Lane with its trendy retro clothing boutiques, fantastic restaurants and street food.

Monument to the Great Fire of London

Monument was constructed in 1671 to mark the spot where the Great Fire of London started in 1666. At 202 ft high, it is the tallest isolated stone column in the world. If you can manage the 311 steps, you will be rewarded with fantastic views of London.

Royal Courts of Justice

Visit the atmospheric squares and narrow streets that form London’s four Inns of Court, where barristers traditionally train and practise. The Central Criminal Court, commonly known as the Old Bailey has been the setting for many famous and infamous trials. The Royal Courts of Justice, a magnificent Victorian Gothic building, is often open to the public.

Painted Hall Ceiling – Greenwich

Ascend 60 feet and uncover the secrets of London’s largest painted ceiling. Painted between 1707 and 1726, the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College hides many surprises. During a major conservation project, visitors will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the drama of this vast masterpiece up close. Take a 60 minute ceiling tour via a special observation deck and discover the painting’s mysteries as they are revealed for the first time in half a century.

Chelsea Physic Garden

Situated in the heart of London, this ‘secret garden’ was founded in 1673, as the Apothecaries’ Garden, with the purpose of training apprentices in identifying plants. Today it continues to research the properties, origins and conservation of over 5000 species.

Old Operating Theatre

The Old Operating Theatre Museum is one of the most unusual museums in London. The Operating Theatre is the oldest in Europe, located in a Herb Garret in the roof space of an English Baroque Church. It has a charming old world atmosphere of oak beams and bundles of herbs, but also serves as a shocking reminder of the harsh reality of life before modern science and technology.

Southwark Cathedral and Borough Market

Borough Market, part of the Hidden London tour by Guidelines to Britain

Parts of Southwark Cathedral date back to the 12th century, and many of the medieval features remain. A chapel commemorates John Harvard, founder of Harvard University, who was born locally and baptised here. On Thursday, Friday and Saturdays, Borough Market is a busy, noisy place, full of character and bursting with wonderful produce. Producers from all over the country bring a range of fresh produce to the market, including fish, meats, ciders, cheeses, breads and patisseries. Other stalls specialise in produce imported from abroad.

Temple Church

Built by the Knights Templar in the 12th Century, and made famous by The Da Vinci Code.

Canary Wharf & the Docklands

London’s Docklands area has always played an important role in the wealth of the city and in the fortunes of the East End. Once the hub of imports and exports and manufacturing, this area is now home to one of the leading financial centres in the world.

The Banqueting House

The grand Banqueting House dates back to 1619, and is the only surviving component of the Palace of Whitehall. The building is important in the history of English architecture as the first classical building to be completed in a style which was to transform English architecture.

 

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The beauty of a private sightseeing tour with Guidelines to Britain is that it can be timed and tailored to your exact needs. Our friendly staff will be happy to draw up a personalised itinerary based on your instructions, and answer any questions you might have.

 

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