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

From good food to gangsters, hipsters to Huguenots and street art to slums, this East End private tour will show you an alternative to the London you’ve read about in the history books.

2 hours


Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

2:30 pm

Brick Lane Street Art
Brick Lane Street Art

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Shoreditch Street Art
Shoreditch 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

  • Private Tour

  • Meet the characters who formed the backbone of the East End of London with a local private guide as you explore Brick Lane, Spitalfields and winding backstreets on a walking tour.

  • Make the most of your time in this corner of London, from what to eat to where to drink to some hidden gems just for you.

  • Fun for all the family

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 private tour experience with a twist. 


You’ll discover a different London, a local London and sometimes darker London, filled with real stories about the real people who are the heroes and villains of it. No royals, no politicians but cockneys, costermongers, gangsters, fashionistas, radicals, poets and paupers… a rich multicultural community where you’ll discover Brick Lane, Spitalfields, old taverns, 18th century weaver houses, a wealth of global cuisine and street art from Banksy to Stik.


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.


These are the stories of extraordinary ‘ordinary’ people.

What's Included

  • Private guided walk of the East End including Brick Lane and Spitalfields.

  • English Speaking local expert guide

What's Not Included

  • Gratuities 

  • Food & drink 

  • Hotel pick-up & drop-off

  • Any entrance costs

from £180 for a group of up to 5

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          Mobile voucher accepted

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 7 days 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.