The Nursery Rhyme Tour of London

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  • Live Guide
  • Pickup Service
  • Private Tour
  • E-Ticket
  • 3 hr

Ever wonder why nursery rhymes can be so violent? This unique tour of London one like no other. Join us on this special tour and get a unique look at London as well as learning the true meanings of those nursery rhymes and places and events that inspired them. We will see some of the most famous buildings in the world as well as getting away from all the tourists as we explore the ancient streets usually only visited by Londoners & not many of them. In days gone by it could often be a dangerous, even deadly pursuit to talk politics or news to your friends & neighbours incase you were speaking to or overheard by an informer. To get round the problem, people would spread news & gossip by dressing up the meanings of what was being said so that their true meanings could be more easily denied to the authorities. Centuries later, these events are remembered as the nursery rhymes that we all sang in childhood around the world, some of which with much toned down & child-friendly lyrics.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Ye Olde England Tours

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Tower of London

The infamous Tower of London, with history going back to Roman times, home to Crown Jewels and hideous executions. Also home to one of London's ancient and precious trees and here we will go round the Mulberry bush

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: St Olave's Church

An incredible amount of literary history here where the final remains of Old Mother Goose were laid to rest

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: London Bridge

The famous London Bridge which is still standing, or at least the existing one is. Others have long since fallen down and we will see them too.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: The Monument to the Great Fire of London

Here we will see a huge and not so huge memorials to the Great Fire of London and visit the spot where Londons Burning all began.

Duration: 15 minutes

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Down the medieval alleys of old London we will visit St Clements of Oranges and Lemons fame as well as the rhyme of St Swithins and learning all about Dick Whittington and his cat

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Bank

Just why is the Cat and the Fiddle on display just a few minutes walk from the very centre of finance and old London at the Bank of England?

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: St. Paul's Cathedral

Whilst everyone else gasps at the beautiful St Pauls Cathedral (and we can too), we'll actually visit a statue remembering the importance of the wall and meat trade and the tyrannical law that inspired Baa Baa Black Sheep

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: WIlliam Wallace Memorial

It may be unexpected enough to find a memorial to William Wallace in the middle of London but how does this relate to the old nursery rhyme of Doctor Foster who went to Gloucester?

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Rogers, Bradford, Philpot Memorial

Smithfields is a place bursting with history including the possible origins of the nursery rhyme, Three Blind Mice and we can throw in Mary, Mary, Quite contrary into the mix too.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: The Charterhouse

We can't walk through the quiet lanes of medieval London without dealing with The Black Death or Plague and we can't do nursery rhymes with out Ring a ring o' rosies and if you like we can even visit an unfortunate victim of the dreadful Black Death

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Farringdon

We will finish off this tour in the heart of Farringdon with a pub that isn't all that it seems and work out what the lyrics mean for Pop Goes The Weasel.

Duration: 15 minutes
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