Heretics and Horrors Private Tour

Time to take your rose-tinted history specs off....

Embark on this 90-minute private walking tour that explores the horrors of living through the Great plague, the Great Fire of London and the Blitz.

Walking along the medieval street plan of the City of London our tour starts in 1666 during the Great Fire of London. How would people have lived during this chaotic time?

  • Hear about public executions
  • Private Tour; you choose the date and time
  • Qualified London Guide

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?

Learn how to avoid prison after killing your mother.

Accompanied by a professional guide, learn about the history of this area as you snap memorable photos.

  • Duration: 90 mins
  • Step-free access: yes
  • Perfect for families.
  • Start: At the stone benches outside Co-op 5 Cheapside, London EC2V 6AA at exit 2 of St Paul's Underground station
Heretics and Horrors of City of London private Tour
Heretics and Horrors of City of London private Tour
Heretics and Horrors of City of London private Tour
Heretics and Horrors Private Tour in the City of London | Bloody London history
Heretics and Horrors Private Tour in the City of London | Bloody London history
Heretics and Horrors - a private walking tour in the City of London
Heretics and Horrors - a private walking tour in the City of London
Heretics and Horrors of City of London private Tour

Private Heretics and Horrors Tour Reviews:

“Fascinating with excellent presentation”

I joined Hazel's 'Heretics and Horrors' 90 minute walking tour in the City of London, starting by St Paul's underground station. Hazel is a fantastic guide - she is knowledgeable and interesting with a very well delivered and researched walk. It was pitched perfectly and I will definitely be going on another of her walks. Whether you are a tourist or (like me) a life long Londoner you are sure to learn all sorts of fascinating facts! Do go!! It didn't cover much distance as there is plenty to learn in a very small area of London so don't worry if you can't walk far. An added bonus - my dog was made to feel very welcome!

“Heretics and Horrors of Smithfields what a evening !”

I 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.

“Heretics and Horrors of Smithfield”

Hazel has a great approach to her walks, and mixes fact, humour and thought-provoking comments throughout the tour. I've done two now, and I'll go back for more, as I've learnt a lot about two areas I have lived in. Perhaps she could have told us a bit more about Charterhouse, the killing of the monks, and also the plague pit that is there--though to be fair, perhaps this is worthy of an additional tour? The route of the walk is not arduous at all, and there's an ideal mix of walking, talking and standing and looking. I have to admit, I wish the walk had gone on for another hour, as I was enjoying it so much. Well done Hazel, and thank you!  

Steven Cousins   29-Jul-2019

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarAnother great stroll around London learning the history of the area with Hazel. Hazel is very knowledgeable, and easy going. I would recommend this tour as thoroughly enjoyable.

Jo Crick   29-Jul-2019

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarThis was an excellent walk and one I would highly recommend. Hazel is so enthusiastic, has some wonderful stories to tell and was extremely knowledgeable. I would be interested to go on some of her other walks to know more about this wonderful city!

Anne Thuery   11-Aug-2019

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarHazel is a wonderful guide! My partner and I learned so much and it is always nice to discover new things about London. We now want to book more of her walks.

Ruth Griffiths   12-Aug-2019

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarThis is the second walk I have done with Hazel and it was as interesting, informative and entertaining as the first. She is very professional and leaves one with the desire to learn more about this fascinating city.

Mary Hawke   12-Aug-2019

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarI lovely stroll through the streets of Cheapside at a really comfortable pace for the whole group. We were lead by a very knowledgeable guide who took us to some interesting locations from the sixth floor of a modern building behind St Pauls with panoramic views of London to the little medieval courtyards. Lots of interesting facts about the history of the area. I fantastic way to spend a sunny Sunday morning in London.

Sharon Hart   12-Aug-2019

Rated : StarStarStarStarYou're in safe hands with Hazel. She's bright, bubbly & has a great working knowledge of London's history. I thoroughly enjoyed my tour & learnt masses about the area. I'd love to do another of Hazel's tours & would recommend her to all.

Evin Fisli   12-Aug-2019

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarThese walks with Hazel are really good. She has a lot of knowledge and it is mesmerising to listen to the stories she tells. Thank you Hazel

Christine Johnson   12-Aug-2019

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarA very interesting and informative walk, we're looking forward to the next one! Recommended.

Christine Johnson   12-Aug-2019

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarA very interesting and informative walk, we're looking forward to the next one! Recommended.

Roisin Fitzgerald   26-Aug-2019

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarA fantastic walk around such an interesting part of London. Hazel was a fab guide. Would thoroughly recommend (and already have done to some friends)

Janet Grimwade    26-Aug-2019

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarExcellent walk that gave insights into history which are sometimes glossed over. Hazel is knowledgeable and good fun even with unplanned interruptions! She used a microphone so there was no problem hearing against any background noise. The group was just the right size as well so no one was stuck at the back. Would definitely book with the company (London Guided Walks) again.

Hilary Glover   26-Aug-2019

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarVery knowledgeable and an interesting look at the ordinary lives of Londoners. Definitely recommend.

Lucy Mackey   26-Aug-2019

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarExcellent, I really enjoyed it.

Elaine and Jeremy Andresier   6-Sep-2019

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarA talk full of interesting facts and historical accuracy

Melanie Mckenzie   6-Sep-2019

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarAn excellent and informative walk. Very enjoyable and delivered with enthusiasm by Hazel.

Wendy Hodgson   6-Sep-2019

Rated : StarStarStarStarHazel was a lovely and very knowledgeable tour guide on this very interesting walk around the city of London.

Marie Tross   6-Sep-2019

Rated : StarStarStarStarHazel is an absolute fountain of knowledge. This is the second walk we have done with her and it was very interesting. Looking for way to the next one.

Karina Racaityte   6-Sep-2019

Rated : StarStarStarStarThe walk was short and story informative. Enjoyed it.

Kate Ferguson   6-Sep-2019

Rated : StarStarStarStarInteresting and informative walk around St Pauls which included aspects of history not charted led by experienced and engaging guide Hazel. Good to note wheelchair accessibility.

Jane Davies   6-Sep-2019

Rated : StarStarStarStarStarHazel never disappoints. Another interesting and informative walk around some hidden areas of London. Not too long , at a gentle pace and starting and finishing close to underground a stations!

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