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London Essentials - London in under two hours Free Walking Tour

Your Guru: Theodore
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4.9
355 ratings
  • London
  • Available in English
  • 2 hours

About the Guru

Hi there, I'm Theo and I've been a full-time professional guide for eight years. I love my job and I consider it a real privilege to show people around the city I love. Tours performed by me personally have accrued just under five hundred 5-star reviews across the various review sites, so you're in safe hands. I look forward to meeting you!

Hi there, I'm Theo and I've been a full-time professional guide for eight years. I love my job and I consider it a real privilege to show people around the city I love. Tours performed by me personally have accrued just under five hundred 5-star reviews across the various review sites, so you're in safe hands. I look forward to meeting you!

About the Tour

Would you like to see the city with a native English-speaking tour guide who has had the honor of being a full-time tour guide in multiple European cities since 2014? Then read on. 👇

Through years of experience, I have learned that these tours are most enjoyable for you if I hone it down to just the most exciting stops and the most interesting stories.

Alfred Hitchcock once said "the length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder," and I think that applies doubly so to a tour. You're on holiday, I appreciate that. You want to see the main sites, take the best photos, maybe laugh a little, and then head off on to the next adventure.

With that in mind, I keep the tour to an entertaining one hour and fifty minutes. During that time we will see the main sites, allowing you to take photos of:

  • Buckingham Palace
  • Houses of Parliament
  • "Big Ben"
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column
  • Horse Guards Parade
  • Wellington Arch 
  • St Martin's In The Field
  • National Gallery
  • Apsley House
  • RAF Bomber Command Memorial
  • The Commonwealth Gates
  • St James' Palace
  • The Mall and Pall Mall
  • Crimean War/Nightingale Memorial
  • Waterloo Place
  • 10 Downing Street
  • Churchill War Rooms

  • On Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays (unless there is heavy rain) the 11am tour will see and hear the army band march by us for the changing of the guard ceremony.


More important than the sites themselves are the stories. Little insightful or interesting anecdotes; what the little horse steps are at Waterloo Place, why Constitution Hill is called that when we don't... um.. have one, tales from the Battle of Britain, the Gunpowder Plot, what the current Queen did next when she woke up to find a drunken man had climbed the walls of Buckingham Palace and broken into her bedroom at 7am, etc, etc.

Having done these tours for the better part of a decade, I can usually field any history question you may have about the nation or the city, and can also offer suggestions of the best places in the city for gin, pretentious coffee (my vice), or the most memorable dining experiences with something unique to them.
I hope to see you soon,
Theo

Meeting point: Open in Google Maps

How to find me: I will be in the middle of Hyde Park Corner, on the raised grass fifty feet from the Wellington Arch (a triumphal arch with a four horse chariot and a goddess atop it). I will be carrying a black umbrella and wearing a name tag that reads Theo. I look a lot like me. IMPORTANT - Please go to the right arch, the Victorians liked arches. Please go to the Wellington Arch NOT Marble Arch, it's an easy mistake to make..

Frequently asked questions

Accessibility:
The tour is not suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Large groups:
Large group bookings are not accepted.
Minimum of attendees:
No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour to take place.
Pets:
The tour is pet-friendly.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.

What's the price?

A guruwalk is a pay-what-you want walking tour, which means, it's completely free to book and join the group, but the 'guru' expects to be rewarded once the tour ends. Some people give €10 per person, some people give US‎$ 50, you choose the price.

For organizational purposes, it is mandatory to book the tour. Booking is completely free, fast and easy. Book your guruwalk now!

Tour opinions (355)

4.9
By category
Professionalism
4.92
Fun
4.71
Expression
4.82
Quality
4.83
Route
4.81
Teresa
27 May 2022 Miami
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Travelled alone - May 2022

Theodore was a great guide! Very friendly knowledgeable and funny! And very handsome as well. Enjoyed the tour

Zoltán
27 May 2022
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Travelled in couple - May 2022

Mitch
27 May 2022 London
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Travelled in couple - May 2022

Loved the walk around London, Theo was very knowledgeable of the city and made the walk very fun. Would recommend to anyone visiting London.

Leila
27 May 2022 Casablanca
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Travelled in couple - May 2022

Theodore is very passionate about London and the landmarks, it was a pleasure to have walked through the London essentials

Carolina
27 May 2022 Zaragoza
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Travelled in couple - May 2022


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What's the price?

A guruwalk is a pay-what-you want walking tour, which means, it's completely free to book and join the group, but the 'guru' expects to be rewarded once the tour ends. Some people give €10 per person, some people give US‎$ 50, you choose the price.

For organizational purposes, it is mandatory to book the tour. Booking is completely free, fast and easy. Book your guruwalk now!