City & Secrets: Explore London's Hidden Gems | La Vacanza Travel

City & Secrets: Explore London's Hidden Gems

Duration: 3 hours
Destination: United Kingdom, England, London
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  • 3 hours
  • London
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  • Not-Cancellable

Overview

Join us on a serene Sunday bike tour through London's quiet streets, uncovering its historical tapestry. Our route takes you to both famous landmarks and hidden corners of the city. Cycle through areas once roamed by pirates in Wapping, alongside the remnants of London's Roman wall, and over the majestic Tower Bridge. You'll get a close-up view of St. Paul's Cathedral and visit locations from the enchanting world of Harry Potter. This tour offers more than just sightseeing; it's an opportunity to experience the juxtaposition of London's ancient ruins, historic pubs, and modern architectural feats.

Itinerary
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Stop At: Roupell Street, Roupell street Lambeth, London SE1 8TB England

Explore Roupell Street, a fascinating glimpse into 1820s London, with its charming Georgian houses built for the working class. John Roupel reclaimed marshy land and named the streets after his family. Postmen's confusion led to name changes. The area almost burned down in 1829, prompting fire insurance reminders. Notice plaques on houses – without one, private firefighters would let your house burn. Despite WWII bombings, these streets remain.

Visit The King's Arms, a Grade II Victorian Pub, offering 10 real ales, including local brews. Once an undertaker's and magistrates' court, it now serves top-notch Thai cuisine.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Blackfriars Bridge, London England

Visit the brigde which was opened 1in 869 by Queen Victoria. It is named after the Dominican Friars who had their monastery at the north end of the bridge. The tops of the support columns are shaped like pulpits in its memory.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: The Cockpit, 7 St Andrew's Hill, London EC4V 5BY, UK

The Cockpit pub was the site of monastic houses and Dominican friars had their monastery here. Shakespeare bought the gatehouse and lived here.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: St. Paul's Cathedral, St Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD England

St. Paul's Cathedral, an emblematic London landmark, held Prince Charles and Lady Diana's wedding and Winston Churchill's funeral. Wellington and Nelson also lay here. With a rich history dating back to 604 AD, old St. Paul's was destroyed in the Great Fire of London, 1666. Christopher Wren rebuilt it, symbolising resilience. Despite WWII bombings, St. Paul's stands tall as an emblem of survival.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: St. Mary-le-Bow, Cheapside, London EC2 England

Discover the church, whose bells are the most famous in London, where if you are born within the sound of Bow bells, you are true a Cockney Londoner.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Guildhall, Gresham Street, London EC2 7HH England

Delve into Medieval London, and the town hall of the City of London and hear stories of the weird, archaic traditions, which have been unchanged since middle ages.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: The Mansion House, City of London, The Mansion House, Walbrook, City of London, London EC4N 8BH England

Uncover the history of the highest point in the City of London, which has been of importance since Roman Times. Where you will learn about Mansion House (the home of the Lord Mayor of London) and the Bank of England.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Leadenhall Market, Gracechurch Street, London EC3V 1LR England

Visit the Victorian market, designed by Sir Horace Jones which in Roman times was the location of the Forum and Basilica. Here you'll uncover the Harry Potter Locations of Diagon Alley and the Leaky Cauldron.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Lloyds of London, London, Greater London Ec3m 7ha 1 Lime Street Jcn, of LEADENHALL STREET, London EC3M 7HA England

Discover and be immersed in the diverse architecture at the heart of the City of London. See the architectural masterpiece of Richard Roger's Lloyds of London Skyscraper, surrounded by its neighbours the Cheesegrater and the Gherkin in contrast to St Andrew Undershaft, a pre 1666 fire church, built when Henry VIII was king (1517).

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: London Wall, The Tower of London Tower Hill, London EC3N 4AB England

Discover one of the oldest parts of London and see the Roman wall of London, of which part was built by Romans around 200AD.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Cable Street Mural, St. Georges Town Hall 236 Cable Street, London E1 0BL England

Visit the mural completed in 1983 in one of London's most diverse, multicultural areas. It depicts the battle between fascists and protesters in 1936, when the area was a predominantly Jewish area.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Shadwell Basin, Wapping, London England

Explore one of London's original docks, in an area that has been regenerated since the 1980s, and learn about the history of what was 100 years ago, the busiest docks in the world.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: The Prospect of Whitby, 57 Wapping Wall, London E1W 3SH England

Experience a pint in

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Tobacco Dock Ltd, 50 Porters Walk, London E1W 2SF, UK

Explore the ornamental canal and old tobacco warehouses in the heart of the old London Docks, which have been redeveloped since the 1980s.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: St. Katharine Docks, 50 St Katharine's Way, London E1W 1LA England

Explore the last of London's Docks to be built in 1825 and the first to close down in the 1960s. The area was the site of the the hospital St Katherine's by the Tower founded in 1147 by Queen Matilda.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Tower Bridge Road, London SE1 2UP England

Tower Bridge, an iconic symbol of London, is a combined bascule and suspension bridge that spans the River Thames. Completed in 1894, it was designed by Sir Horace Jones and engineered by Sir John Wolfe Barry. The bridge features two neo-Gothic towers connected by a central walkway and has become a major tourist attraction. The Tower Bridge Exhibition, housed within the towers, offers visitors a chance to learn about the bridge's history and enjoy panoramic views of the city from the glass-floored walkway. The bascules are raised around 800 times a year to allow tall ships to pass through, providing a spectacular sight for onlookers.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Tower of London, London EC3N 4AB England

Discover the Tower of London, an iconic historical site built by William the Conqueror shortly after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Once a royal palace, menagerie, observatory, and armoury, it is most famous as a state prison and execution site. Entering through Traitors Gate often meant a grim fate. Notable figures like William Wallace, Thomas More, Henry VI, and Edward V met their demise here, as did Henry VIII's wives Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard. Today, the Tower houses the magnificent Crown Jewels, a must-see for any visitor.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: HMS Belfast, The Queen's Walk, London SE1 2JH England

Take in the grandeur of the World War II Cruiser Class Destroyer ship, which was built in the same shipyard as the Titanic in Belfast. The ship protected convoys in WWII and the Korean War and was part of the D Day Landings on June 6th 1944. And today it is a floating museum, where you can see interiors which doubled as the Royal Yacht Britannia in Netflix's The Crown.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: City Hall, Kamal Chunchie Way, London E16 1ZE England

View the former City Hall of London, designed by Norman Foster.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: St. Dunstan in the East, St. Dunstan's Hill, London EC3R 5DD England

Take a moment in a quiet space in the middle of the busting City of London. The original church was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666, but was rebuilt by Wren.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: The Monument to the Great Fire of London, Monument St., London EC3R 8AH England

View the great monument to the Great Fire of London of 1666. Standing at 202 ft high, If laid on it’s side, the golden urn on top would land at Thomas Farriner’s bakery shop on Pudding Lane where fire started 2 Sep 1666.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Southwark Bridge, London England

Witness Shakespeare's Globe from one of London's finest bridges. Experience the magic of Shakespeare's Globe, a 1997 reconstruction of the original 1599 venue. As home to The Lord Chamberlain's Men, it saw the debut of many Shakespearean classics.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Tate Modern, 53 Bankside, London SE1 9TG England

Tate Modern, the world's most-visited modern art gallery, opened in 2000 after transforming a 1950s Bankside Power Station. Its twisted brick pyramid, a 2016 extension, features a 10th-floor viewing gallery. The impressive turbine hall hosts changing, monumental commissions. A masterpiece itself, the building is worth visiting even for non-art lovers. Admire works by renowned 20th/21st-century artists, from Mondrian and Richter to Rothko and Picasso.

Duration: 5 minutes

Inclusions
  • Hand built British bicycle
  • Local guide
  • Helmet (optional)
  • Tweed cap (optional)
  • Rain poncho (if required)
  • Entry/Admission - The Prospect of Whitby

Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Minimum alcohol drinking age is 18 years
  • Riders must be aged 13 years and over
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • The content of this tour includes references to history and stories that some might find disturbing.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Departure Point

The Walrus Bar & Hostel, 172 Westminster Bridge Rd, London SE1 7RW, UK


Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

3 hours


User's Reviews

Ken_E

20 Apr, 2024

This was a great bike ride throughout London. Katie was engaging, knowledgeable, and very organized in terms of leading our group through the City. Highly recommend.

karen k

08 Aug, 2023

Katie took us to wonderful places sharing very interesting and quirky tales of wisdom with us in a truly lighthearted way… her warm spirited manner was refreshing. Previous tours with Stuart and James were equally enjoyable. Many thanks to Tally Ho .

Chris_E

09 Jul, 2023

A ton of fun and Stewart was a great guide (fun and full of great info). Would definitely go on another Tally Ho bike tour.

kevinbF4778KS

27 Jun, 2023

This was my third bike tour in the UK and my wife's second and we both thoroughly enjoyed. Edward was a very entertaining and excellent tour guide and the spots we were taken to were fascinating. The biking itself was fairly leisurely and I thought it was a good route that didn't involve a lot of traffic. Definitely worth the price and I hope they continue to offer this. Highlights for me were the cemetery (truly a unique spot) and the pub (Mayflower) was a great place to get a pint in a pub that seemed quite off the beaten path.

190mechac

01 Jun, 2023

We had a wonderful tour with Edward! If you want to see London like a local, this tour is for you. Great bike route through streets you wouldn’t normally get to see as a tourist. Edward was very knowledgeable and we learned so much about the dark history of London. Lots of hangings in awful ways 😂. The stop at the pub was a great time to relax with a beer and we got to know Edward on a personal level, which was nice! Thanks Edward for the great tour. It was a highlight of our trip.

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A brilliant way to see Old London - what a treat!!!

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Impeccable Tour!

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Gentle bike riding through the city history

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Relaxed, Informative and Witty tour with a great guide

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Perfect !

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Absolutely fantastic

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Best tour

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This is the Best Way to See and Experience London!!

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A beautiful day cycling around the Old City Of London

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