Tales of Plague
Time Out says
Back in the fourteenth century half of London’s population was wiped out by the Black Death, and 1665 saw 100,000 people killed by the Great Plague of London. The city is still peppered with traces of the disease and its consequences, and this two-hour walking tour will guide you past plague pits, through ancient streets, into churches and round other historical locations. You’ll meet characters from the past along the way and as well as sharing terrible tales your guides will provide an insight into the ways Londoners dealt with the contagious disaster. 2018 walks take place on Saturdays at 2pm. Booking recommended. Find out more here.
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We joined this great gory tour last Sunday afternoon, filled with vile bits of information and interesting grim facts about the plague. On a positive note it was great fun with lots of characters emerging from the most unexpected alley.. A splendid behind the scenes tour, suitable for all ages..
The walk was excellent. Presented with enthusiasm and wit; whilst being engaging and informative. If you're into the horrors of the plague then you will not be disappointed! My friend and I had a blast.
This tour was really great fun, presented by knowledgeable and humourous folks who took us through all the relevant nooks and crannies serving as a backdrop to the tales. What I particularly enjoyed was that it was more a walking stage show than a history lesson, and entertained us as much as it taught us something. I really love to learn about anything that gives me impetus to find out more. This was that type of experience. Go!
Went this afternoon, was fantastic, we loved every minute of the 2 hour experience, thoroughly recommend
I've done the Tales of Plague tour twice now, and the second time was just as brilliant as the first. It's really informative, and Jonathan and Marianne make history come alive! Compared to other tours I've done, it's very reasonably priced - a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon :)
What a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon, strolling around wonderful London learning a thing or two (with a few surprises along the way). Very funny, gruesome and informative !! 10/10......
We absolutely loved this tour! It was very interesting, nicely sprinkled with humor, and even taught my London-native boyfriend some new things about the spaces he's known for decades. The guides were great; friendly and professional. Would absolutely recommend to visitors and residents alike!
This was booked for me for my hen night, and it was simply AWESOME. Involving live actors at times, you get a full 1.5 hour walking tour of the plague hotspots of London. Go on a weekend during the day to avoid the busy city pubs and you'll have a blast. The tour guides are wonderful, knowledgeable, and friendly, and if you're a trained historian like me or just have a love of history and the macabre, this is for you. Bring good walking shoes. You'll see sights you never saw before and hear some of the horror stories of the period. This covers the 14th and 17th century plagues and it's just great. I loved it. This would be a great event for a hen party (like mine), or for birthdays or people who want an alternative walking tour. I would go again in a heartbeat.
We had a fantastic time on the tour. It touched on everything you're looking for, and really demonstrates the vital characters in the history of London and how these particular devastations shaped urban geography and history. They keep it light, but it's factual and entertaining. A crowd pleaser even with difficult crowds, I'm sure!
The tour is a great education...and great entertainment! Having been on a number of guided walks over the past few years we highly recommend this one as a fun, alternative way to see - and learn about - the city of London as well as being something different from the norm. You get a very knowledgeable guide but also different historical characters popping out en route - all for less than a tenner. Fantastic value!
Greatly enjoyed this tour. Was very factual and use of humour throughout kept it fun. Worth the price!
A professional quality history tour with fun thrown in.There are serious facts brought out, with extracts from Samuel Peyps, Daniel Defoe and historical records.I learned a lot, including the fact that the plague had already abated by the time of the Great Fire (and not as we were taught in school).Loved the historical characters who brought the presentations to life….just hope that the Plague Doctor gives you the thumbs up.
Absolutely fantastic tour around old London. we were 6 and had a private tour by these two wonderful and kind guides. Very knowledgeable, funny and with fab props and characters that appear on the walk. We had freezing weather and rain, but it made it so much more interesting. I highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in the plague and London history.
Great tour! I did it a few weeks ago on my last day in London and actually cancelled my Globe-Performance for it. And I don't regret a thing! Though I was the only person attending that particular evening the tour took place and the guides were as engaged and as enthusiastic as one could wish. Besides the very interesting historical facts and scary stories we had a great chat in between about the plague and London in general. It was like being with friends. A big PRO are the small performances in between. They put so much effort into the tour (and that even for only one guest). It was even better than the Jack the Ripper Tour and I'll definitly go again when I return to London.
This is a brilliant London walk! Tales of Plague is historically accurate and appropriately entertaining, with the timely appearance of characters from the Great Plague and Black Death. It’s ideal for Londoners (us) and visitors and tourists (our friends); all of us enjoyed the guide’s presentation of this chilling period of British history. It’s pretty thrilling in parts with a few surprises, too. The final stop is quite simply breathtaking... Kids enjoyed it as much as the adults. We’ll see you again when our next batch of visitors arrives in London. Thanks guys @ TOP!
I've been twice! This tour really hits the spot. It's a cleverly devised mix of historical facts with live drama in the form of characters making plague-riddled appearances throughout. A fantastic way to discover the grim and fascinating history behind some of the London streets we walk each day.. The team behind Tales of Plague are engaging and enthusiastic: Plague people with passion. And the tours are fantastic value for money to boot! Thoroughly recommended.
For someone that doesn't believe in history, I wasn't sure how I would find this walking tour. Not only was I pleasantly surprised, I was more than interested throughout this historical bender! Evidenced based, informative, fun and very very interesting. Loved the knowledge and passion of the wonderful guide, as well as being thoroughly entertained by the very realistic characters I met on the way. Defiantly recommend to my friends! Thanks tales of plague! :)
Really great tour and great value for money, engaging throughout for all ages with characters popping up along the route, easy to get to and near good transport links would definately recommend!!