The tube may be one of the most iconic things about the capital, but you really can’t beat exploring a new location on foot. Walking tours are one of the best ways to really get to know London and uncover some of its deepest and best-loved secrets.
Whether it’s your first time in the city, or just the latest in a long-line of visits, we’re sure you’ll agree that staying in London truly is special. We’re certain you’ll want to be in the heart of it. Finsbury Square is an ideal base thanks to its central location, close enough to the hustle and bustle that you can still take advantage of everything on offer, but far enough away that it comes with a somewhat relaxed and calming atmosphere. Hotels near Finsbury Square in London are a great choice if you’re looking to unearth hidden treasures and local gems.
The wider city however is awash with history, interesting facts, modern wonders, stellar eateries and hot drinking spots, so why bypass them time and time again? If you’re feeling the itch to explore all that the big smoke has to offer, throw on your comfiest pair of shoes, grab an umbrella and your camera and get started.
Haunted Pubs of London
Meeting place: Temple Underground Station
With such a long history, there’s no wonder London has a reputation for being one of the most haunted places in the world. Pubs are, as you’d expect, at the heart of that. Dating back hundreds of years, some of London’s drinking establishments have played host to the brightest, boldest and scariest characters ever to walk the streets.
The Haunted Pubs Tour takes those brave enough to explore the supernatural to London’s most ghostly drinking holes. The tour includes visiting the address of the demon barber of Fleet Street – Sweeny Todd. You’ll also explore the spookiest narrow streets and alleys in the city and of course, hear tales of murder most foul, poltergeists, witch hunts, executions gone wrong and grave robbers. The spine-tingling tour will then conclude with a very ghostly visit to the cells of a Victorian prison.
Meeting place: Piccadilly Circus
Sherlock Holmes may well be one of London’s most famous exports, so why not visit the sites that inspired the character during your visit? This tour explores Baker Street and Piccadilly Circus, where Watson and Sherlock first met. You’ll also take in myriad other locations to have featured in the books, films and TV show. If you fancy getting into the mind of the famous sleuth, don your deerstalker and venture out.
Meeting place: Various
One for film buffs, this movie tour is certain to catapult film fans right back to their favourite scenes. Britain has developed an unrivalled reputation for producing some of the best films in the world in recent years, so it’s only right that there’s a walking tour dedicated to reliving cinematic glories. The London Film Locations and TV Walk tour provides a range of locations but dedicated tours for specific fan favourites are also available. Choose from:
• Harry Potter
• James Bond
• Notting Hill
• Sherlock Holmes
Meeting place: Parliament Square
What would a trip to London be without a bit of royalty? This tour takes keen history buffs to three royal palaces (Buckingham, Hampton Court and Kensington) from a Big Ben departure point. The tour narrative delves deep into plots to destroy Parliament and Churchill’s hidden bunker.
Meeting place: Various
Looking to really get immersed in London life? Then try some of its finest food. There’s two tours on offer with an East End Food Tour and a Twilight Soho Food Tour to choose from.
The East End Tour focuses on British cuisine at eight authentic eateries dotted around the East End. The Twilight Soho Food Tour reimagines what British cuisine really means. It explores some of Soho’s finest foods with a unique moving dinner set to a backdrop of the city’s international influences. Think Spanish, Chinese and Italian, mixed in with the area’s own traditional flavours. What’s more, as it takes place after dark, there’s also plenty of spots for a classy cocktail.
Have we piqued your Interest to explore London? If you’re looking for hotels near Finsbury Square in London, why not consider The Montcalm? We are a quintessentially British hotel with a luxurious and contemporary twist and offer the perfect base to get out and explore all that London has to offer.