London’s Historical Underbelly Tour

London's Historic Underbelly

London's hidden & extraordinary histories exposed by its Own storytellers

Delving deep into a series of hidden histories through the eyes of a writer, a diarist and a painter; the London’s Historical Underbelly tour explores the finest city on earth through its more interesting though less trodden tales. 

Winding its way through the historic City of London and assorted back streets, this privately guided tour refers to great though perhaps unlikely storytellers from the city’s past including Dr Samuel Johnson, Samuel Pepys and William Hogarth. 

We explore poverty, punishment, gin crazes, plague, fire and grave robbers; all washed down with a refreshing ale or two at truly historic London pubs with links back to Elizabeth I and our storytelling greats themselves.

This tour was inspired by a bespoke commission enjoyed so much by our guests that The London Storyteller decided to present it here for all of our clients to enjoy.

It explores the extraodinary and the every day through the eyes of the people who shaped, recorded and lived it.  

Starting at Tower Hill and working its way over to Covent Garden, the tour usually runs to four hours to allow time in the pub but can be truncated or indeed extended upon request to suit your group.

Book our London’s Historical Underbelly  tour,  if you are looking to explore London’s hidden and extraordinary social histories through the eyes, words and thoughts of some of its own storytellers.

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.

Darker Side of History

This tour explores locations that are off the traditional tourist trail including themes, lives and stories both familiar and baffliing to modern day perspectives.

Pick Up & Drop Off

Starting at Tower HIll in the heart of the City of Westminster and ending at Covent Graden; we can provide pick up and drop offs for our guests upon request and by prior arrangement.


Experience Notes

This tour begins outside Temple Station on the Embankment and a ten minute walk from Covent Garden. 

The Tour ends near Old Street Station which is great for exploring into Brick Lane and a short tube ride from Old Street Station to trendy Islington Upper Street.

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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