A Ball of Chalk- a Small Group East End walk with a local guide

Look East for an unbelievable experience encompassing immigration, street art, an London alternative history, street food, fashion, music and so much more…

2 hours

max 10

Mon, Wed, Sun

2:30 pm

Brick Lane Street Art
Brick Lane Street Art

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Brick Lane
Brick Lane

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Brick Lane Street Art
Brick Lane Street Art

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General information

  • Maximum of 10 people in your group

  • Learn all you could ever need to know about the characters who made the East End with an expert guide

  • Get the lowdown on how to make the most of your time in this corner of London, from what to eat to where to drink

  • Family friendly

Tour Description

For a London that feels more like home to a Londoner than the pomp and grandeur of Westminster, head to Spitalfields for a small-group experience like no other. 
With your local expert to lead the way, you’ll discover a whole new side to the city.
Historically much poorer than its cousin to the west, it has in more recent times found its fortune in skyscrapers and creatives- a true rags to riches tale. 
The stories heard here are not of kings and politicians but of the real people who made this area- cockneys and costermongers, brave Blitz-era civilians and Eastern European Jewish settlers, Bengali Muslims and fleeing French Protestants, artists, fashionistas, trendsetters, foodies, radicals, 1950s gangs, Victorian murderers, workhouse paupers and everybody in between. 
Starting near Brick Lane, you’ll duck into the backstreets to discover hipster markets and Beigel shops, old breweries, a religious building that tells of centuries of immigration, 18th century weaver houses, old taverns, unbelievable street art from Banksy to Stik, global cuisine and a very different side to our fair city.
These are the stories of extraordinary ‘ordinary’ people. 

What's Included

  • Small-group guided walk of the East End including Brick Lane and Spitalfields.

  • English Speaking local expert guide

from £35

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          Mobile voucher accepted

What's Not Included

  • Gratuities 

  • Food & drink 

  • Hotel pick-up & drop-off

  • Any entrance costs

Meeting Place

Aldgate East Tube Station - Exit Three is signposted as the ‘Whitechapel Gallery’ within the station. Just follow these signs inside Aldgate East station, and you will come out at exit three of Aldgate East station and onto Whitechapel High Street.

When you come out of the station turn right and stand outside the Whitechapel Art Gallery. This is where the guide will be waiting for you.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation up to 72 hours prior to the tour. Learn More

The Important Stuff

  • Please arrive fifteen minutes before the start time on your voucher

  • The experience will end at Shoreditch station at around 4:30 pm.

  • Though the ground is mostly flat, we cover quite a lot of it so please wear comfortable shoes and always carry water.