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London - Exploring the East End

Exploring the East End

(53 reviews)
Shoreditch, London, United Kingdom
45 mins
Tip-Supported

About the tour

Step off the beaten track and discover one of London’s most vibrant neighbourhoods. Street Art, Curry houses, and London's most traditional pub are just some of the highlights you'll see as Charley weaves in the stories of the diverse communities and characters that have made the East end their home.


Meet your local guide

Charley

London is a potpourri of different cultures - more than a third of the city's population is foreign-born. Charley fell in love with London as a teenager and always enjoyed showing her city to others. Her first job out of University was guiding on the open-top buses. And since then, there has been no turning back. After 6 years of guiding across major tour companies (EF, BBC, and secret food tours), she decided to kickstart her own venture. On her tours, you might just find yourself bumping into a surprise. "I had a lookalike of Prince William on my bus! People thought it was the real one," she laughs. The surprises don't stop there. "I introduce people to landlords of my favourite pubs and prioritize family-owned local business over the popular chain businesses," Charley quips. For Charley, drinking in the Beefeater's secret pub within the Tower of London features as one of her best experiences in the city. She's wearing multiple hats, working part-time selling ham and cheese at Borough Market (London's oldest and best food market), while studying to be a psychotherapist. Whoever said you can't have it all?

Charley has been guiding since May 2013


What to expect

Get ready for something special. We're travelling to London with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing guide.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from London. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.


Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.

Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.


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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.


Reviews from travellers

Pat H.

22 March 2021

Engaging and fun. Knows the history and the fun facts.

Georgetta P.

18 March 2021

Thank you so much, Charley for a lovely tour of a part of London I have not visited for a long time. As good as your tour was, it did not give me enough of what I your tour would be like, hence a score of 4.

Cynthia (Baltimore, Maryland, USA) W.

18 March 2021

This was an amazing tour. I love all of the tours with Charley. She is an awesome guide.

Karen T.

17 March 2021

A few years ago we enjoyed a walking food tour of the East End of London. Today’s tour with Charley helped us understand better this exciting area of London. Look forward to more Charley tours.

Janice B.

17 March 2021

Great guide and tour


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