Heretics and Horrors City Walk- Explore bloody London

 
 

Embark on this 90-minute guided walk in the City of London exploring the horrors of living through the plague and the Great Fire of London.

Walk along the medieval street plan of the City of London. How would people have lived during the great plague? What did they do to try and avoid this deadly disease? Why were cats and dogs no longer safe on the streets? What were Watchmen paid to watch?

We will discuss how Bloody Mary earned her name, was she as bad or worse than her father Henry VIII? and why did people fear her? 
Were body snatchers a necessity? Did Sherlock Holmes really jump?

  • Authentic different tour
  • Meet other adventurous souls
  • Get to know new places

Suitable for all age groups. Please note all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Start: Exit 2, St Paul's Tube Station,  outside Cafe Nero, 2 Newgate Street, EC1

End: Smithfields

Duration: 90 mins | Step-free access: yes

Ticket prices:  

Adults £12 (15yrs+)

Child £8 (5-14 yrs)

Toddlers free (4 and under)

Heretics and Horrors Walk Review

Elizabeth Young   29-Jul-2019

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarFabulous guided walk around St Paul’s area. I learned a lot and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Louise Hutt   29-Jul-2019

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarA must if you like walks , Hazel TOUR GUIDE put the walk over very well a very very nice afternoon and a nice lady.

Kay Davison   29-Jul-2019

Rated : StarStarStarStarVery enjoyable. Hazel is good historian and tale teller.

Julie Roe   29-Jul-2019

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarAnother sterling tour from St. Pauls to Smithfield. I learnt such a lot in 90 minutes and I will not look at the streets of the City of London the same way again. Lots of history stops on this very manageable walk. The information was conveyed well. Hazel brings history to life. Must book another soon.

Carol Lewis   20-Jul-2019

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarA great way to get to know our beautiful city. Lots of lively social history. I was disappointed when it came to an end. I have taken Hazel’s tours before and I will definitely do so again.

Annette Dumville   20-Jul-2019

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarThis was so enjoyable. Our guide, Hazel, was so knowledgable. She brought the history to life with humour and drama. Excellent.

Gillian Minikin   11-Jul-2019

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarHazel is a knowledgeable, professional tour guide. This walk was well-planned, and her presentation very well-prepared and engaging. She related really well to the people on the walk and, indeed, a lot of them were returning customers from other recent walks, whom she remembered by name - a testament to the quality of what she does. Altogether, a most enjoyable 90 minutes. I'd recommend any of her walks.

Kevin Wilkinson   11-Jul-2019

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarAnother excellent and very enjoyable walk guided by the ever clear, knowledgeable and enthusiastic Hazel.

Lesley Lomax   11-Jul-2019

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarAs always Hazel was a friendly, humorous and extremely knowledgeable tour guide. She engages well with everyone in the group and is keen to ensure that everyone gets as much out of the tour as possible. It was a very humid afternoon and I’m sure other, less capable tour guides would have struggled to hold everyone’s attention, but not Hazel. The tour was well paced and, at 90 minutes, the perfect duration; long enough to learn a lot but not so long that attention wanders.

Elizabeth Kearns   11-Jul-2019

Rated : StarStarStarStarHazel is a very cheerful and informative guide. This was an enjoyable ramble around the area of St Paul’s. I should have liked a bit more on less familiar territory, around Smithfield’s, but I would still recommend the walk.

Parminder Rai   11-Jul-2019

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarHazel's is engaging, humorous and hugely informative. The walk brought to life the area in the square mile with a real life perspective on historical events, as experienced by ordinary people at the time. All the while, learning about monuments, landmarks statues etc which we might walk past every day. Very enjoyable.

Mary Ward   11-Jul-2019

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarThanks to Hazel, I was able to look at places where I've been a hundred times before and see them with new understanding. A very entertaining and educational experience!

Una Doyle   11-Jul-2019

Rated : StarStarStarStarHazel is highly engaging and knowledgeable. An interesting walk round this densely packed area with stories galore

Mythili Sarkar   11-Jul-2019

Rated : StarStarStarStarHazel was a wonderfully knowledgeable guide with the ability to bring past events to life with her descriptions and thoughtful insights. I know London well but learned surprising facts from Hazel. All of us at the tour enjoyed it. Well worth going. A big thumbs up!?

Yael Cliff   11-Jul-2019

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarCity walk interesting walk

Suzan Ghebrial   10-Jul-2019

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarTruly fantastic and informative walking tour of central london! The tour guide Hazel was amazing and funny, but most importantly knew her history well. I will definetly book more tours with Hazel tour guide company!!

Sharon Armon   7-Jul-2019

Rated : StarStarStarStarFascinating stories in and around St. Pauls.

June Atkins   7-Jun-2019

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarThoroughly enjoyed the walk. We especially had excellent weather. Susan was great and very informative explaining the history of London.

Patricia Eaton   2-Jun-2019

Rated : StarStarStarStarLots of interesting snippets of information, and being shown new corners of the city was great. We will certainly look out for other talks having enjoyed this one.

Sarah Swift   2-Jun-2019

Rated : StarStarStarStarFascinating tour with lots of interesting information. Thank you to Susan our guide.

Anonymous   26-Mar-2019

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarThe walk was informative and interesting - to do with the Great Fire of London, deaths, hangings and gory historical events. It was an easy walk and it helped because the weather was good.

Anonymous   25-Mar-2019

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarI very much enjoyed this walk in the City of London with our guide Hazel who was very knowledgeable and friendly. I learn many new bits about this area, especially about the Great Fire of London. I would definitely recommend this walk to anyone who wants to learn more about the history of London.

Anonymous   25-Mar-2019

Rated : StarStarStarA very inforrmative and entertaining walk!

Alexander Castillo   25-Mar-2019

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarFve stars and more!!

Eilish Stone   25-Mar-2019

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarExcellent walk with Hazel! Knowledgeable, engaging, guide who shared a wealth of information. Really enjoyed it. Thank you!

Sherry Zhou   16-Oct-2018

Rated : StarStarStarStarA great walk through London (though the day I went was a bit rainy and cold). It was certainly a surprise to learn that Fleet river actually still runs, just underneath the city due to it's slow pollution and disuse as a river (Reminds me of Spirited Away) I loved hearing the stories about the great fire of 1666, the great plague of 1665, and the Newgate prison. The story about the greyfriars, St. Paul's reconstruction, and Mary Lamb were also very interesting. I love how London's history was brought to life.

David Dunn   15-Oct-2018

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarHazel is always an engaging and fun-filled guide. A highly informative walk'n'talk, albeit that, as Hazel warned us, there was not as much to see as on her other London walks. It was great visiting the City, deserted on a Sunday, and an ideal time to get around and wander.

Martha Reilly    15-Oct-2018

Rated : StarStarStarNice little walk. Having done similar walks before she focussed a lot on the fire and left out come other obvious stories of ressurectionists and ghosts. Good turn out despite the weather

Anonymous   15-Oct-2018

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarHazel, our guide for this walk, was brilliant. So knowledgeable and full of enthusiasm for the history of London. It was the first day of autumn - colder and rainy - but none of us noticed the rain as we followed Hazel around and she brought alive the stories and the gorey history of Smithfield... This was a five star experience that I would definitely recommend.

Anonymous   31-Jan-2018

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarWe really enjoyed this tour. Hazel was very entertaining and informative and happy to answer questions. We will definitely book another tour with her.



Anonymous   29-Jan-2018

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarHazel is incredibly knowledgeable, enthusiastic and passionate about London and its fascinating history and she could keep an audience that included young kids entertained and interested for an entire tour. Solid five stars experience.

Julia Louise Zarei   25-Jun-2017

Rated : StarStarStarStarReally interesting talk and walk. Had done something similar before but lots of new information to be had. Our guide was very good and gave lots of time for questions to be asked. Would recommend.

Lynda Cuthbertson   15-May-2017

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarHazel always delivers enthusiastic, interesting engaging talks. This was no exception. Highly recommend and will look forward to many more.

Christine and Ian Bleathman   13-Mar-2017

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarAnother terrific walk with Hazel. She really brings history to life with her insights into the lives of ordinary people. Her descriptions of the sights and sounds of the Great Plague,the Great Fire of London, Newgate Prison and the body snatchers are fascinating.

Ewa Gajda   12-Mar-2017

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarBrilliant an informative interesting tour with a very good guide Hazel.

Claudia Blanco   12-Mar-2017

Rated : StarStarStarStarVery interesting guided walk. Hazel is a lovely guide and she explained interesting historical facts including where some expressions such as "are you pulling my leg" come from. As a linguist I find always fascinating to learn about these kinds of things.

Tara and Damon Murphy   12-Mar-2017

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarGreat guided walk-even in the rain. Hazel is a knowledgeable and likeable guide. Lots to learn and discover.

Frances Gibbs   18-Dec-2016

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarLovely!

Marie Power   16-Oct-2016

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarA very enjoyable time spent with Hazel the very educated witty fun kind guide who has the ability to entertain her audience with her facts humour and quirky knowledge ....time well spent thanks

Anonymous   4-Sep-2016

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarAs usual this was a brilliant walk with Hazel. Lots of historical information and very interesting places. This was my fourth walk with Hazel and it won't be my last as every one of them has been excellent.

Julia Louise Zarei   25-Jun-2017

Rated : StarStarStarStarReally interesting talk and walk. Had done something similar before but lots of new information to be had. Our guide was very good and gave lots of time for questions to be asked. Would recommend.

Lynda Cuthbertson   15-May-2017

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarHazel always delivers enthusiastic, interesting engaging talks. This was no exception. Highly recommend and will look forward to many more.

Christine & Ian Bleathman   13-Mar-2017

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarAnother terrific walk with Hazel. She really brings history to life with her insights into the lives of ordinary people. Her descriptions of the sights and sounds of the Great Plague,the Great Fire of London, Newgate Prison and the body snatchers are fascinating.

Ewa Gajda   12-Mar-2017

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarBrilliant an informative interesting tour with a very good guide Hazel.

Claudia Blanco   12-Mar-2017

Rated : StarStarStarStarVery interesting guided walk. Hazel is a lovely guide and she explained interesting historical facts including where some expressions such as "are you pulling my leg" come from. As a linguist I find always fascinating to learn about these kinds of things.

Tara & Damon Murphy   12-Mar-2017

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarGreat guided walk-even in the rain. Hazel is a knowledgeable and likeable guide. Lots to learn and discover.

Frances Gibbs   18-Dec-2016

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarLovely!

Marie Power   16-Oct-2016

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarA very enjoyable time spent with Hazel the very educated witty fun kind guide who has the ability to entertain her audience with her facts humour and quirky knowledge ....time well spent thanks

Anonymous   4-Sep-2016

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarAs usual this was a brilliant walk with Hazel. Lots of historical information and very interesting places. This was my fourth walk with Hazel and it won't be my last as every one of them has been excellent.

Susan Anderson   1-Sep-2016

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarThis is a very interesting and informative tour .Hazel the guide is very knowledgable and entertaining .

Marie Power   29-Aug-2016

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarI spent bank holiday Saturday in the delightful company of Hazel our tour guide....this girl is a professional ...a fountain of knowledge/humour/fun.....she goes into role as an globe winning actress does.....we exercised our bodies by walking and our brain through knowledge...and our spirit through laughter/fun....whilst this area of London has got a rather bloodied past, Hazel made you understand the background /feelings poverty /lack of education that made this life they faced necessary...it certainly took my rose tinted glasses off and actually appreciated my life in modern day society more.....it was light hearted and fun though...it was suitable for younger and older couples and singles and a really beautiful labarododdle joined in called Nellie who had to put her paws around her ears when Hazel described the treatment of dogs during the plague....thank you Hazel you are numero uno !

Anonymous   28-Aug-2016

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarEnjoyed Hazel's tour of the city, she started with the great fire of London and ended with showing us where benedict cumberbatch jumped off st barts as Sherlock. My 20 year old niece also enjoyed it which is high praise. We would definitely go on another one.

Anonymous   11-Aug-2016

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarA really fascinating way to spend an hour and a half in London. Hazel was a great guide, very informative and delivered her walk and talk beautifully. I will definitely be getting out on one of her walks again. Even though I have lived in London all my life, I learnt so much. An added bonus - my dog was welcomed to join the walk!

Anonymous   6-Mar-2016

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarGreat walking tour if you're looking for something to do for a couple of hours before dinner on a Saturday night. Tour guide was really good and was an interesting walk!

Linda Winder   22-Feb-2016

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarGreat time was had even in the rain! Really good information and little background stories making it seem like yesterday. Hazel has a genius for bringing it all to life!

Tara O'Malley   22-Feb-2016

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarWe took this walk around the city with Havel on Valentine's Day. She was absolutely brilliant, informative and entertaining - even though it was beyond freezing ❄️💨🌬⛄️🌪. She really managed to pique my imagination through her descriptions and made me love London even more if that is possible! So amazing to be able to do something fun and affordable on Valentine's Day. ❤️

Helen Morgan   16-Feb-2016

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarAnother enjoyable walk with Hazel. I liked the idea of going macabre for Valentine's Day. As always the tour highlighted buildings and monuments that ordinarily are rushed past and vividly described their tormented past. My baby joined me in his pram and we are already signed up for our next outing with Hazel!

 
 
 
 
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