Has anyone taken a tour with this company?( The Original London walks) My understanding from their website is most tours last about 2 hours. It all sounds good, but would like to hear from someone who has actually done one.....or more.
At such reasonable(cheap) prices, are there hoards of people? So many that you can't hear the guide?
I haven't used this tour company, but I think a great way to see London is the hop on/hop off buses. You buy a pass for the day, and there is a continous narration over head phones as you tour.
Any spots you want to spend some time, you simply get off the bus, look around, and then catch one of the other buses coming around later.
We have enjoyed several Original London Walks. The number of participants varies with the theme of the walk and the weather.
With one exception , the guides were always excellent. The exception was a male guide who was mad there were so few walkers on his walk and seemed to take it out on those of us who did show up. I can't remember his name and hope he is no longer a guide.
There is a wide range of themed walks to interest most every visitor to London. Often there were Brits from other parts of the country taking the walks. If you plan to do more than two walks, there is a "Walk About" card that gives a discount for subsequent walks. Seniors get a discount, and children are free, unless that policy has changed.
We have never taken the Jack the Ripper walk in the evening, but heard it draws big crowds. (Stay close to the expert guide if hearing is a problem)
No reservations are needed, Just show up at the appointed tube station about 10 minutes before the start of the walk.
We've done both the evening Jack the Ripper Walk and the Beatles walk (complete with photo stop as we crossed Abbey Road!) in the afternoon. I would highly recommend this company! The Jack the Ripper Walk was given by a man who had written books about Jack the Ripper and was regarded as an expert, the Beatles walk was done by the President of the London branch of the Beatles fan club, who played Beatles tunes on his boom box as we walked along (between his narratives).