Beyond the Tower: Shoreditch & Brick Lane Rediscovered

Brick Lane for Street Art, Curry and Vintage Markets

Beyond the Tower: Shoreditch & Brick Lane Rediscovered

Discover London's vibrant East on this customisable 3 hour private walking tour. Get an edgier urban experience beyond the traditional city center as we delve into Shoreditch and Tower Hill's captivating evolution from medieval times to today's hipster hotspots.

We'll uncover Shoreditch's magnetic creative energy, once home to Shakespeare's theatres and Victorian gin palaces, now abuzz with cutting-edge street art, galleries, boutiques and hidden leafy squares. Losing ourselves in the ever-changing graffiti art, we'll decode messages within these aerosol murals.

Venturing into the iconic Truman Brewery, we'll explore the Sunday UpMarket's trove of vintage fashion and memorabilia. Wandering down Brick Lane, senses are sparked by curry houses emanating exotic aromas. We'll step back in time, learning how immigrants shaped these streets.

At Tower Hill, this ancient gateway to London will unveil its rich history - from Roman walls and medieval intrigue as home to the infamous Tower of London, to its wartime secrets. Absorbing this journey through changing times, we'll emerge seeing London's East with new awe and insight.

This urban adventure peels back unique layers of London's history and culture. Just let us know your passions to tailor the focus - together we'll dive into the creative spirit, enduring heritage, and transformed landscapes that shape these neighbourhoods.


Please note: 

  • This tour is normally delivered on foot with no access to sites included.
  • Some optional extras include a vehicle to drive between sites, site access and refreshments.  These must be requested at the time of booking and will incur additional costs.
  • The normal recommended duration for this tour is published on this page.  If you require a shorter or longer duration please let us know at time of booking and we will do our best to accommodate you.
  • All of our tours are for private bookings only.  Whether you're a single, couple, family, group of friends or corporate booking, you will enjoy the exclusive care and attention of our guide
  • All guides on our team are warm, engaging professionals who are well travelled themselves, and offer their own rich life experiences to help hit the mark for your enjoyment of our tours.
  • Guides reserve the right to adapt the route of this tour according to various logistical requirements (for example inclement weather or traffic congestion) on the day of the tour.
  • Most tours are customisable and adaptable for special interests, language support (currently English, French and Spanish), accessibility / disability amendments and other sensitive handling (such as women-led tours). 
  • Please advise us of any other special requests on booking.
  • Please review our full list of policies here

At a glance

Neighbourhoods explored
City of London, Spitalfields & Brick Lane, Whitechapel
Sites along the way
The Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Leadenhall Market
Themes enjoyed
Roman History, Medieval History, Architecture, Shopping, Cultural & Educational, Art, Nightlife, Tudor & Stuart History, Georgian & Victorian History, Modern History, Street Food and / or Cafes
Perfect for
Couples, Families, Corporate Groups, Singles, Layover, Shopping, Children, Seniors, Disabled
Typical walk duration
3 hours