The Weird & Wonderful Westminster Detour
TOUR TIMES: Every Saturday from 10:00am – 12:30pm
START: Charing Cross Train Station
FINISH: Westminster Tube Station
PRICE: £20.00 per person
Booking is essential.
London Detours presents ‘The Weird & Wonderful Westminster Detour’, a 2.5 hour stroll around the capital’s strangest of places. We venture into the backstreets and alleyways to discover stories of an obscure and unusual nature that can be found hidden between London’s most famous landmarks.
The Weird & Wonderful Westminster Detour starts at the official centre of London where we explore strangely named side streets and The Strand’s most flamboyant and notorious of characters, from Elizabeth I favorite men to the Savoy Hotel’s feline friend.
The adventure then moves on to Covent Garden , passing through the narrowest alleyway in London before delving into the districts seedy past of Charles I lively ladies, dancing highwaymen, hidden pineapples and a lesson in market language!
Criss crossing through the Labyrinth of side streets we explore and seek out London’s unhygienic and plague ridden past. We discover London wasn’t always so clean and tidy as we find out medieval toilet habits!
Our next stop sees us visit Trafalgar Square and the Mall to uncover tiny police stations, Nazi dogs, noses in walls, alien invasions, government tunnels, Safari Park animals and Nelson’s lamppost fleet.
The Detour also answers many weird and wonderful questions, like, What happened to the head of Walter Raleigh? How was the sandwich invented? Where does the phrase ‘Hangover’ come from? And What is the statue of Olive Cromwell looking at?!
The Weird and Wonderful Westminster Detour is for all ages and people, whether it’s your first time in the capital or you’re a London local. Come along and discover London’s strangest hidden gems and explore a city you never knew existed.