Free LGBTQ+ History Tour

Duration: 2h
Languages: English
Quality Verified Registered on January 17, 2023

London with a Local was created in 2018 out of a desire to bring something different to those visiting (or living in) this wonderful, hectic, ever-changing City. We wanted to provide the best quality tours at a price that works for everyone. London is expensive – believe us, we know. Our aim was to provide at least one part of your time here where you feel like you are truly getting your money's worth. London With A Local is made up of a mix of born and bred Londoners, who can give you a picture of how it feels to grow up in the midst of the chaos, and those who decided to become Londoners after visiting as a tourist and falling in love. They combine a knowledge of the secrets that have been passed down through generations, with the hunger and excitement that comes with embracing a new place as your home. Our tours, of course, visit the iconic architectural structures that London the most recognisable city on Earth, but also allow a peak behind the curtain, away from the glitz and glamour of the West End, to give you the opportunity to see the “real” London, far from the tourist trap souvenir shops, to where the true treats and treasures, so often hidden away from tourists, reside. In short, we want everyone who gets the opportunity to join us on a tour, to feel like they are getting to know the essence of this great city. As well as experience in guiding and a knowledge of the history and politics of Britain, our expert guides all come from a performance background. We are actors. We are musicians. We are comedians. We are dancers and directors. Above all, we are storytellers and our aim is not just to reel off a load of dates that will be forgotten in a split second, but to paint you a picture of the people and events that built the foundations that we tread upon.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
  • Accepts electronic payment
    This tour allows payment by electronic means or credit card

Tour description

Today the LGBTQ+ community’s presence can be seen across every borough and street in London. Many inequalities still exist, but the massive advances over the past 50 years have meant that most (but not all) LGBTQ+ people can now live openly and freely wherever they choose across our diverse city.


Hear stories of drag queens in the 1700s, the 1920’s secret gay soirées, and the infamous history of Soho, one of the world’s best loved queer neighbourhoods.


Join us to celebrate the iconic people and places that made this possible, and the ones who still lead the fight today, as we take pride in a community that has been through so much, from repression and persecution to violence and discrimination, yet continues to strive towards bringing equality and inclusivity to all.

The tour finishes in Soho Square.

Please note, groups larger than 6 and any educational groups will need to get in touch to arrange a private tour, as they will not be able to join the public tour

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    40 Strand, London WC2N 5PH, UK
    40 Strand, London WC2N 5PH, UK
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    We begin outside the Clermont Hotel, next to Charing Cross Station, just near the underground station. The station is on the Bakerloo and Northern line, and around a 5 minute walk from Leicester Square and Embankment Station.Look for the guide holding a red umbrella

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    Outside visit
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    Outside visit
    Trafalgar Square
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    Outside visit
    The Admiral Duncan
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    Outside visit
    Dean Street
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    Outside visit
    Soho Square

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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alice 19 May 2024

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Travelled alone - May 2024
Fantastic tour, balancing the old and the new, connecting us all to queer history in London over the past 2000 years.
John 27 Feb 2024

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Travelled alone - Feb 2024
Described the changes over the years
Levke 25 Feb 2024

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Travelled alone - Feb 2024
I really enjoyed the tour!! Mark was a brilliant guide and the information were really valuable to me. It reflected upon so many different fights within the community and showed great and darker places in that history. I recommended it to my Londoner friends and hope they’ll gonna go to learn:) thanks for the tour!!
Mel Jahr 24 Feb 2024

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Travelled in couple - Feb 2024
This is one of the best walking tours i ever went on! Great information about queer history in SoHo and the guide called out current queer issues in a super differentiated way. I am just buzzing’ thank you so much. My dad as a straight white man enjoyed it as well and learned a lot in a fun environment (he did ask me what poppers are). I can only recommend
Paige 11 Sep 2023

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Travelled alone - Sep 2023
Mark was absolutely amazing! The tour was so fun and I learned a lot. He even stayed late to answer questions and give recommendations of things to do in town. 10/10 take a tour with Mark!
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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