Heretics and Horrors walk in the City of London

Heretics and Horrors City Walk

- Explore bloody London

Embark on this 90-minute guided walk 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, EC | End: Smithfields

Duration: 90 mins | Step-free access: yes

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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 certainly took my rose tinted glasses off and actually appreciated my life in modern day society was light hearted and fun 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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