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Oliver Twist Private Tour

Embark on a journey through time with our Samuel Pepys Tour and discover the man behind the diary.
90 mins linear walk
Not step-free
Private walking tour

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Upon your exit from Tower Hill underground station, you’ll embark on an adventure that will take you through the life and times of Samuel Pepys, one of the most famous diarists in history.

Our first stop is Tower Hill, with its imposing Tower of London, the oldest royal palace in Europe. It’s best known as a place of imprisonment and execution, having held notable captives like Pepys himself, who was accused of ‘Piracy, Popery and Treachery’ in 1679, and even an exotic resident – Crowly the lion, a quirky gift from Pepys to the Tower’s menagerie.

Our journey continues to All Hallows by the Tower, the city’s oldest church. Known as “Barking” in Pepys’ diaries, this resilient structure survived the Great Fire, which Pepys famously observed from its tower, the devastation forever immortalised in his written accounts.

Next, we approach Trinity House. Established by a Royal Charter from Henry VIII in 1514, this institution was a guiding light, literally. It regulated pilotage on the Thames and introduced beacons and lighthouses. Pepys served as an “Elder Brother” here for 17 years, holding the title of Master twice.

We then move on to the tranquil Seething Lane Gardens, the former site of Pepys’ house and Naval office. Here, amidst the greenery, he penned his world-renowned diaries. Spot the carvings on the paving stones, each narrating a unique aspect of Pepys’ life or historical events.

Our stroll takes us to St. Olave Hart Street, Pepys’ local church, which cradles the remains of Pepys and his wife, Elizabeth. It miraculously escaped the Great Fire but bore the brunt of World War II bombings. Listen out for the haunting strains of “London Bridge is Burning Down”, a song linked to its namesake, St Olave.   As we wander down the streets, we stumble upon a pub, the Hung Drawn and Quartered, formerly the offices of Christ’s Hospital. This establishment, standing likely where Pepys’ favourite Dolphin tavern once did, invokes grim memories of a brutal death sentence for treason – one witnessed and recounted by Pepys in his diary.

Finally, we arrive at the tranquil St Dunstans-in-the-East Garden, nestled within the ruins of a once-grand church. A testament to resilience, the church, rebuilt after the Great Fire by Wren, did not rise again after the Blitz. Pepys once worshipped here and experienced a few adventures of his own, providing perfect fodder for his diaries. This enchanting site, now a favourite haunt for photographers, is our last stop.

Join us on this unforgettable journey through time, and walk in the footsteps of the illustrious Samuel Pepys, experiencing the city of London as he did centuries ago. We hope you’ve brought comfortable shoes and a keen spirit of curiosity. Let’s get stepping into history!

Your Guide: Hazel Baker

Oliver Twist Private Tour Reviews

Hazel is a brilliant, knowledgeable and engaging guide. Throughly enjoyable and strongly recommended.
A delightful and informative walk with ace Guide Hazel. So many insights into Victorian society and attitudes towards the poor, good and evil in people, how it compares to our behaviour today. I can dine out on these stories and anecdotes for months! The tour ended at The One Tun pub, described by Dickens as the haunt of Bill Sykes, now the purveyor of good beer and delicious food. Yes reader, I tried it out!
Please Sir (or in this case Mrs), may I have more?? Well, in this case, it was my third guided walk with Hazel, and yes, I did and how!! She may pick a pocket or two, but to be honest, for the pleasure of the walk, she can do it anytime. At least I know where Fagin’s lair is, so, I can get my bits back anytime. What more can I say, though ” I am reviewing the situation” I will be going back for more.
You do not have to be a fan of Oliver Twist to go on this tour. It covers Dickens and lots Victorian generic history. As a local was particularly interested in the walk from Angel to Farringdon.
Hazel is a truly wonderful tour guide and for this tour was extremely knowledgeable and able to paint vivid pictures of life in early Victorian times, which was far from pleasant for many people. Tripadvisor lists the excellent private tours and the company’s website also lists scheduled tours which are also excellent value for money.
Hazel was an excellent guide. Very informative and walked at a good pace. Great to see new areas of London and learn new things. Would go on another walk with them again.
I really enjoyed this tour. The 90 minutes flew by as Hazel successfully combined literature, social history and actual locations. She is an engaging person and a knowledgeable guide who was thoroughly prepared. I actually started reading Oliver Twist again when I returned home, which is a massive compliment to our guide Hazel. Thank you.
Clive B
We thoroughly enjoyed this fascinating walk. Brilliantly conceived as a tracing of the steps of Oliver Twist arriving in London. The ‘story’ was intertwined with plenty of other material which, overall, painted a wonderfully evocative picture of Victorian London. The guide thoughtfully and skilfully involved a couple of under 10s. Plenty of invitations for questions. I would not hesitate in recommending this company’s walking tours.
Extremely enjoyable and interesting walk in a fascinating part of London. Hazel was a compelling guide who was enthusiastic and incredibly knowledgeable. Great way to spend a beautiful Sunday afternoon.

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