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Macabre London Tour

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  • Pay what you can
  • English Flag
    Tour in English
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Recommended for ages 13+
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Guaranteed departure
  • No need for bus/tube tickets
  • Meeting point: Paternoster Square
  • We accept donations by card
  • Pay what you can
  • English Flag
    Tour in English
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Recommended for ages 13+
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Guaranteed departure
  • No need for bus/tube tickets
  • Meeting point: Paternoster Square
  • We accept donations by card

Free Tour Macabre London

A fascinating free tour that will take you to Smithfield, a meat market with roots dating back to 1174, situated on the outskirts of the picturesque Clerkenwell neighbourhood, London’s first suburb. You will discover which spices grown in Clerkenwell were used to mask the taste of rancid meat and the secrets of the 40,000 victims of the Black Death. You will learn about the intriguing past of Bloody Mary, the 16th-century English queen, with her extravagant culinary preferences. In particular, you will be surprised to learn where and how she indulged in chicken and red wine while witnessing the tragic burning of Protestant martyrs. A free tour that will lead you through the dark and bloody history of London that you do not know.

Free Tour Macabre London

A fascinating free tour that will take you to Smithfield, a meat market with roots dating back to 1174, situated on the outskirts of the picturesque Clerkenwell neighbourhood, London’s first suburb. You will discover which spices grown in Clerkenwell were used to mask the taste of rancid meat and the secrets of the 40,000 victims of the Black Death. You will learn about the intriguing past of Bloody Mary, the 16th-century English queen, with her extravagant culinary preferences. In particular, you will be surprised to learn where and how she indulged in chicken and red wine while witnessing the tragic burning of Protestant martyrs. A free tour that will lead you through the dark and bloody history of London that you do not know.

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Free Tour Itinerary and Highlights

Here is a preview of our itinerary:

  • we will start the tour in the picturesque Paternoster Square
  • we will uncover the macabre history of Pye Corner
  • we will pass by the magnificent St Bartholomew the Great church
  • we will arrive at Smithfield Market
  • we will pass by the Museum of the Order of Saint John
  • we will stroll through the Saffron Hill neighbourhood
  • we will end our tour at Bleeding Heart Yard

Free Tour Itinerary and Highlights

Here is a preview of our itinerary:

  • we will start the tour in the picturesque Paternoster Square
  • we will uncover the macabre history of Pye Corner
  • we will pass by the magnificent St Bartholomew the Great church
  • we will arrive at Smithfield Market
  • we will pass by the Museum of the Order of Saint John
  • we will stroll through the Saffron Hill neighbourhood
  • we will end our tour at Bleeding Heart Yard

FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

When does your Macabre London tour run?

Our Macabre London Tour usually runs on weekends, please check the calendar to find available dates

Where does your Macabre London tour start?

Our Macabre London Tour starts under the Paternoster Square Column (next to St. Paul’s Cathedral) – EC1A 7BA

Where does this tour end?

This tour ends ends at Bleeding Heart Yard, just a stone’s throw from Farringdon Station

How long is the tour expected to last?

The tour lasts for around 2 hours

How will I find your tour guide?

Look for the guide with our unique blue, red and white umbrella with our logo.
You will receive more detailed instructions by email after your booking

What happens if it is raining?

We go out rain or shine, so if it’s drizzling please remember to bring a rain jacket or an umbrella.
Only in case of unbearably inclement weather, the tour will be rescheduled and you will be contacted as soon as we can

Can I show up without booking?

Yes you can, but we highly recommend to make a booking which is absolutely free and it takes less than one minute.
This is because in case of a very large group, for health and safety reasons we would need to accept participants with booking only and unfortunately if you have no booking we will have to send you home.
Please note that we can’t take groups of more than 8 people on our free tours, if this is the case please get in touch with us here to enquire about a private tour private@wondersoflondon.com

What does 'Pay what you can' mean?

Wonders of London works on a pay what you feel basis, we understand that many of you have travelled various distances to get here, some of you might be locals, some of you might be on holiday here and we know that it can be difficult to enjoy all of London’s best attractions without spending a fair penny. We want our tours to be accessible to anyone and everyone so we don’t charge a ticket price but just bear in mind that are guides are working guides so we ask that at the end of the tour just have a think about what the tour was worth to you and pay however much or small you feel

What are your booking and cancellation terms?

To confirm your booking, we require your credit card details, but please rest assured that no charges will be applied. However, should you decide not to attend the tour and fail to cancel your reservation, a fee of £5 per person will be incurred. You can cancel your booking free of charge up to 6 hours before the tour commences by simply emailing us at info@wondersoflondon.com. This policy has been introduced because unfortunately, some individuals make bookings but then do not attend the tour, causing inconvenience and preventing others from participating. Your credit card details are solely used as a precaution against fraudulent bookings and to ensure that all attendees honour their reservations

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