An East End Odyssey



East End, London, United Kingdom
40 mins

About the tour

London’s East End has always had its own special character and distinctiveness. It’s the part of the capital often associated with the city’s swagger, style and cheeky good humour. The neighbourhood is also frequently viewed through the lens of poverty and immigration, Dickensian novels, the exploits of Jack the Ripper and the Blitz which have helped shaped its story. Today this surprising locale is a hotbed of creativity and endeavour, remaining one of the most diverse parts of the metropolis. Our tour takes us through 18th century streets that have survived fire, tumult, racism and Hitler’s bombs and, today, still offer up surprise and delight. Join Mr Londoner, aka broadcaster, writer and former Museum of London director Antony Robbins. We’ll explore the communities that have shaped this special neighbourhood and the challenges tough and enterprising people faced to build a life in a new city.

Meet your local guide


We are incredibly lucky to have Antony Robbins show us around London. Writer, speaker and broadcaster on BBC Radio London, Antony wears many hats. One he loves to wear most is his guide hat, having shown thousands around London, uncovering its mysteries and showcasing its beauties. He proudly wears the coveted Blue Badge, a mark of his touring prowess.

Antony has been guiding since Jan 2017

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We're travelling to London with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and amazing guide.

The tour will last about 40 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from London. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.

Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer or tablet.

Reviews from travellers


07 November 2020

Super brilliant guide, full of information, fun and fact filled tour. Thank you


06 November 2020

he knows London.


06 November 2020

I found the tour very interesting and informative


06 November 2020

Very fun tour today - and learned a lot! Love that Antony is a descendant of Kate the Hat! And learning about silk weaving in London way back when :-)


06 November 2020

Thouroughly enjoyable virtual tour of Spittlefields with Antony. Thank you!

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