Authentic Local London

Authentic Local London


Are you the kind of traveller who enjoys discovering the real world character of the places you visit?  If so, then The London Storyteller’s Authentic Local London offers you just that. 

This privately guided tour takes you and your companions on an expedition through an apparently unnassuming local neighbourhood in north London.

Meeting at the off-the-beaten track but conveniently connected Finsbury Park station; The London Storyteller is confident that you will find remarkable here to see!  Except perhaps, the preservation zone architecture, the view from one of the highest points in London, a secret nature walk and a real slice of ever day London life.

We think it unlikely that you will be interested in any of its other associations such as being the birthplace of a world famous sportscar manufacturer and Indy 500 winning racing team, the home of more Time Lords than any other place in the universe, the setting of a cult zombie apocalypse movie or indeed being the subject of a Stephen King story.  

And when it comes to music, this exposition of the authentic side of London has points of interest and associations to offer with its associations with artists such as Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, The Kinks, Queen, Adele, The Eurythmics, Blur and The BoHo Scarecrow.

It also offers tasty savoury delights of a 250 year old local bakery – a must for fans of Killing Eve – before we take in one of the most spectacular views of the city from a Victorian pleasure palace.
Rounding up our adventure into the authentic and local; is a short trip by taxi to the nearby historic and charming London village of Highgate; known for its famous residents from Monty Python members to Taylor Swift and George Michael, its ancient graveyard and superb traditional English pubs.
Offering a great assortment of places to eat and drink, the green serenity of Hampstead Heath and the nearby stately home of Kenwood House; this tour can also be extended to explore these as well historic Hampstead nearby.
Book this tour for a relaxed exploration into local London and the surprising links that can be found in some of The London Storyteller’s  favourite everyday places.
Bespoke customisations are available upon request including extensions, pick up, dining and variations upon request.  
Private Guide

Hosted by The London Storyteller. This is a privately guided tour, which means that you can choose the time and date that is convenient to you. We can personalise your tour too and even create bespoke versions of our existing tours by prior arrangement

Go Bespoke!

Why not make a day of it and extend the tour to see even more of the finest city on earth! Please email us at to let us know more about what you would like to discover.

a clock tower in north london
Pick Up & Drop Off

Starting at the conveniently located Finsbury Park Station (on Victoria, Piccadilly and national rail lines); we can also organised for you to be picked up from a central London location by taxi by prior arrangement and upon request for an additional fee.

Proper London Grub

Experience a taste of authentic local fayre at a tradtional English bakery and one of the finest in the land; or indulge in a superb fresh coffee from one of the many artisan coffee shops in the place with the highest density of coffee shops in Britain per square mile. We're also very happy to recommend and make reservations for you at a traditional pub for lunch at the end of the tour in nearby Highgate or Hampstead upon request.



Meeting Point: Finsbury Park Station

We’ll meet at the conveniently located Finsbury Park Station (on Victoria, Piccadilly underground lines).

Secret Nature Walk With Literary Claims To Fame

Often touted as one of London’s great hidden gems, this secret nature walk follows the line of former VIctorian railway line. This is great opportunity to ask all those questions you may have about London, seeing some of London’s victorian heritage as well as hearing stories about famous faces associated with the local area from Bob Dylan and Stephen King to Ray Davies and Simon Pegg.

Historic, Traditional English Bakery

A 250 year old bakery with a superb selection of treats both savoury and sweet. Included in your tour is a sausage roll or pasty for all, this is a true local fayre.

Victorian Pleasure Palace & Terrific Views

After breakfast you can choose to join The London Storyteller on a relaxing stroll to one of the highest points in London where a one-of-a-kind Victorian Pleasure Palace is situated offering superb views of the city. Its heritage stretches back over a 150 years and has been a significant location for some iconic moments in British cultural history during the 20th century.

Want To Extend?
You can opt to extend the tour (we recommend requesting this in advance but this is sometimes possible on the day) with a couple of great additional locations. Alternatively, why not ask for a dining recommendation in local foodie haven of Crouch End or we’ll happily take you back to the conveniently connected Finsbury Park to help you get back into the centre of London.
Historic London Village Of Highgate

Connecting via a short cab ride, we’ll visit a much storied historic London village with over two thousand years of history, which has been home to everyone from the Romans to lovers of Charles II to Monty Python and Sting. As well as its famed graveyard and charming Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian architecture; Highgsate sits adjacent to Hampstead Heath and nearby Kenwood House.

Historic Hampstead
Filled with characters and charcterful buildings; wandering from Highgate to Hampstead is one of the truly authentic local experiences that makes this part of North London such splendid part of the world to visit. A convenient northern line connection will take you straight into the centre of town if you can resist delving into just of Hampstead many charms from the worlds of food, drink and culture.

Experience Notes

This tour begins outside Finsbury Park Station at Station Place.  Finsbury Park is a short ride from central London (circa 20 minutes from Green Park) on either the Victoria or Piccadilly tube lines.  It is also well connected by bus and by rail.  Upon request we can also make arrangement to bring you to the meeting point by private hire vehicle if you would prefer.

Our end point is scheduled for convenient spot in Highgate such as a nice pub or one of the local eateries.  In some cases our guests prefer to end 

Meeting Point

End Point



“We had a great time with Tom! He was so friendly, knowledgeable about the city and history, and a great storyteller. We felt like were walking around London with a friend. We were also grateful for the non-rushed paced and the fact that he offered to at every stop of interest to take our photo. Since it’s just the two of us traveling, it’s a real treat to have more than just selfies! ”
“Great guide. Tom is a really caring and knowledgeable down to earth person, I highly recommend this tour. He gave us background, insight and perspective to everything and did it so comfortably; made us really connect to London.”
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