The Shard, The Bard, The Bishops & The Brothels: Friday 30th July (Revised date).
A very entertaining and gentle walking tour on London’s Bankside with a top notch Blue Badge Tour Guide using the crystal clear VOX headsets and a visit to The View at The Shard. Join our top notch Blue Badge Tour Guide for a rather special day out. We meet at 10.30am to buy morning refreshments in the famous Borough Farmers Market. Southwark’s Bankside was the Soho of Elizabethan London. Memories of a racy past echo in the cobbled riverside lanes. A delicate rose window survives from the Palace where the Bishops lived cheek by jowl with the brothels and bear pits. In a raucous neighbourhood, the sheer scale of the depravity would make a modern sybarite blush but there were rules and the really bad could end up in the infamous Clink. We’ve added the simple to use, crystal clear, Vox Wireless Tour Guide system headsets to this new day trip. This isn’t a taped commentary – it’s still a top notch City & Village Tours Blue Badge Guide talking to you live. You wear the lightweight, receiver on a lanyard and you’ll be given a set of disposable in-ear headphones similar to what you’d get on a plane. For people who use hearing aids there are special over-the-ear head phones. The sound is crystal clear so you’ll never miss a word. The afternoon is dedicated to The View From The Shard. Experience breath taking views of London 800ft above the city. Take in the 360 degree panoramic views of up to 40 miles. You’ll still have your Vox sets so you can enjoy snippets of commentary from one of the best tour guides in London wherever you are up at the top – you don’t have to huddle in a group to hear. Price £59.00 per person Coach departs Stevenage at 08.30.