London is transformed at Christmas time, iconic streets are artistically illuminated and the dark passageways of old creak with tales to tell. Make merry this Christmas time and join us on a Christmas themed walk in London.
A Victorian Christmas Walk
It is on this guided walk we delve into what makes a Victorian Christmas and explore well know traditions which may be older than you think.
The City of London is awash with narrow alleyways reminding us of it's historic past and it is on this walk where we have the opportunity to explore their evocative nature.
The walk starts at St Paul's cathedral, through old streets of London, exploring lives the Victorians at Christmas, dipping into Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol'.
At the beginning of the 19th century Christmas was hardly celebrated. Many businesses did not even consider it a holiday. But by the end of the century it had become the biggest annual celebration and took on the form we recognise today.
Start: St Paul's Cathedral | Finish: Somerset House
Tour Duration: c. 90 mins
Victorian Christmas Walk Reviews:
"Fantastic, full of information, unknown facts, and built a vivid picture of Victorian Christmas." Karen S, Brockley
"Another great offering Hazel , expertly delivered as ever with fun and pzzazz." Sarah B, London
"Thanks Hazel for a wonderful walk! Definitely looking forward to coming to another walk soon." Gerald, LA
A Christmas Carol Walk
We explore the streets and landmarks Charles Dickens knew so well and who wove into his work most famous Ghost Story; A Christmas Carol.
Join us on a 90 min tour of the City of London where Ebenezer Scrooge lived and worked. Even though the spartan offices of Scrooge and Marley are never precisely located clues are hidden in the text which help us track the business down.
Accompanied by a professional guide, learn about the social and political history of this area as reflected in the most famous ghost story ever written.
Start: Monument Station
Finish: Bank Station
Tour Duration: c. 90 mins
Involves 12 steps and cobblestones| Accessibility policy
Christmas Carol Walk Reviews:
"We went on this 1.5 hour walk as part of our work department Christmas outing. Hazel was a fun and engaging tour guide, and took us around several places linked to Dickens (all within the City of London). Although I lived in East London for three years, most of the locations were completely new to me and the facts were fascinating. The link in to Christmas made this a perfect tour for this time of year. Would highly recommend as a team/group activity! Dress warmly though if it's in the winter. Thanks Hazel!" Isabella
"Brilliant Dickens 'Christmas Carol' walk. Hazel was a fantastic tour guide - she was extremely knowledgeable and full of enthusiasm! She clearly loves London and we all learnt a lot!" Sarah
"Hazel was a great guide, full of amazing facts and explained everything to the group. We really enjoyed the 90 minute tour and loved all the places she took us, it was so interesting to see all the places from the book !! This was so Christmassy too !! Thanks Hazel, this was amazing and definitely one to recommend." Niks
VirtualChristmas Lights Walk
"It's the most wonderful time of the year"
London's Christmas Lights are recognised the world over for their artistic inventiveness across some of the city's most iconic Streets.
Explore London by night on this 90 minute guided Christmas tour, when we walk among the illuminated streets in all their glimmering splendour. We discover hidden passages, fashionable Mews and meticulously decorated designer shops accompanied by historical stories of those shopping and living in the area.
In addition to the visual spectacle you will discover the stories behind the lights, the award-winning window displays and some of the shops which made the West End what it is today.
For private tours we can collect you from a recommended Victorian pub before we explore the sparkles decorating once Victorian slums and fashionable Georgian promenades.
Duration: 60 mins
Christmas Lights Walk Reviews
"Fabulous tours with fantastic guides who know their stuff and how to make it come alive. I shall be doing more of these tours." Tariq, London
"I would highly recommend this Christmas Lights Walk as Hazel went out of her way to make all of us feel welcome and to amaze the group with interesting stories and bits of information on the department stores and shops along the way." Laura, Italy
"Interesting walk that took us off the main thoroughfares with very talk about places en route." John, Loughton
"You are a delightful guide so witty and fun. The walk was great, not Oxford Street, but all the little side famous streets, were so very good. Thank you for a very pleasurable evening" Janet, Staines
"A lovely evening out, thanks very much for a well researched walk and the 'little touches'." Lesley, London
"Great tour" Jay
"Brilliant walk - fab mix of Christmas, history and fun facts. But take trainers!" Catherine
Christmas Instagram Workshop
Want to develop your Instagram skills? or want to know what it's all about?
Learn the best way to take amazing photos, which filters to focus on and which hashtags and techniques will get you noticed. You'll be given a number of photo challenges to help you become more adventurous in your photography and caption creation.
Capture iconic London landmarks and little-known stories to make intriguing Instagram posts. I'll point out unusual or little-known historical facts about the site and find elements that you will love. From the classic red phone box and red London bus to magical vantage points this instagram tour opens London up in a totally unique way.
Please ensure you have your Instagram app downloaded, account activated and mobile data accessible. An additional mobile phone battery is useful.
Duration: 2hrs | Group size limited.
Soho-Ho Christmas Treasure Hunt
Santa hats at the ready! Come and explore wonderful Soho, brimming with theatrical gems and quirky history on our Soho-Ho Christmas Treasure Hunt. Think you've got what it takes? Let it show, let it show, let it show!
Give your brain and legs a work out while meeting new people and discovering NW Soho along the way with our fun Christmas special treasure hunt.
As well as cryptic clues to unravel and canny riddles to solve there will be bonus challenges too - just to keep you on your toes!
Start: Soho Square
Finish: Shhhh it's a secret
Treasure Hunt Duration: c. 2hrs including prize giving
Before the Christmas Treasure Hunt:
We meet in Soho where we will be registering teams and giving out santa hats and treasure hunt packs. We will be kicking the whole thing off from there.
Nearest Tube: Tottenham Court Road (Central and Northern Lines). Our staff will be wearing high vis pink jackets and a smile - see you there!
To return your answers:
We meet at the designated pub by the allocated time where we will be marking the scores, announcing the winning team and presenting prizes. Full details to be provided in your treasure pack on the day.