When you think of London’s Royal Parks, palaces and manicured lawns may spring to mind. But the parks are full of more sinister sights and stories to be told! Our first stop is Kensington Palace, where we'll hear some history of this place that has been plagued in years past by untimely deaths, strange sightings, mourning and despair. I'll then take you to a secret hidden pet cemetery. While not open to the public, as we peer through the railing you can decide if you agree with George Orwell, who described this as “perhaps the most horrible spectacle in Britain”. Our tour continues to the Peter Pan statue, celebrating the famous children's book set in Kensington Gardens. Unbeknownst to most is the story behind this beloved classic. We'll hear about the strange curse that followed the author's family, and the boys the story was based on. We'll then visit the Serpentine Bridge, a site with a beautiful view, but seeped in gloom. Here, many tragic incidence have occurred, some connected to important literary figures. Our tour concludes at Speakers Corner, the symbolic centre of free speech. But most people miss the site of the Tyburn 'hanging' Tree - where 50,000 public executions took place. After 2 hours of woebegone tales, we'll partake in a quick toast to commemorate the stories of those the park left behind. Better fortune befalls those who leave our park tour today!
My name is Daniel and I am a tour guide working for one of London’s best tour companies. I've been a guide for over 5 years and it’s the best job in the world - spending my days outdoors, meeting new people, and helping them discover some hidden treasures and facts to make their visit to London really memorable. I’m humbled that my tours have received 5-star reviews on Airbnb, Trip Advisor, and even been written up in The Times literary supplement! I spend my days taking tourists around the main sights in London, but the dark, creepy and the melancholic side of history is just as interesting! 'Ghost walk tours' are a dime a dozen now, so I created a tour that portrays the unspoken history of the prestigious yet eerie Royal Parks.
Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park are beautiful green spaces in Central London. They are both royal parks with plenty of history and interesting sights, but can be overwhelming to visit as they are so large! This tour is perfect for people that want to see some of the parks highlights with a unique, alternative perspective of London history and events.
Doom & Gloom in London’s Royal Parks