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London liars tours

Inroduction to Liars' Tours

Liars' tours are fun guided London walks involving prizes, forfeits and deceptions. At each stop, alongside some entertaining London stories, members of the tour read out two prepared scripts. One of these is true, the other a highly plausible lie. The audience must decide which is which and, whilst those who spot the true story get a nice token, those who choose the lie have to perform a forfeit loosely based on the story told. These can include reading nursery rhymes, impersonating animals, being a spy and eating cheese, there are as many forfeits as there are stories.

London liars' tours are designed to provide a level playing field for London nerds and novices and the person with the most tokens at the end gets the prizes which are usually collections of London fiction and amusing Thames ephemera. In the event of a tie, there is a penalty shoot-out style "fib off".

London Liars' Tours have featured in the Guardian, Telegraph, Time Out, Sunday Times, Lonely Planet, Londonist and many other places. Based on an idea by Holly Gramazio and developed by Silvana Maimone. These interactive London walking tours are great for work groups, team building and those interested in a more involved London tour experience.


London Liars' Tours explained

Liarsí Tour Prices

Tours normally last 90 minutes but some are closer to two hours. Definitely allow an extra 20 minutes if you want a mid- point refreshment stop.

All liarsí tours feature one guide and come with prizes and forfeits. We do vary them to suit different ages as some have a higher quota of adult content than others. Prices include prizes and pub stops (if required) and are based on £12.50 per person but minimum call out of £50 for two people. For most tour areas take groups of up to 20 but we can take larger groups (up to 35) on some routes so please ask about those or if necessary for really big groups we can split the group and run simultaneous tours.

There are often several different routes around our existing areas, six around London Bridge for example, so please ask about variations that might be possible. We cover most areas along the river from Docklands to Chelsea as well as inland to Fleet Street in the north and Elephant and Castle in the south. In addition we have neighbourhood liars' tours of Camberwell, Brixton, Clapham and Bloomsbury.

Liars' Tour List July 2021

Bankside walking tour (AKA Bankside Balderdash)

Bankside neighbourhood walking tour. Borough Market to Oxo Tower past Globe, Tate Modern, Clink and Millennium Bridge, expect bear baiting, theatrics and London folklore on this Thames guided tour.

Borough liars' walking tour (AKA Borough Bluffers)

Southwark and Borough guided walking tour. Borough tube to London Bridge past the Marshelsea, CrossBones Graveyard, and Guys Hospital, lots of literary lies, medical mendacity and fake folklore.

Blackfriars walking tour (AKA Liars Around Blackfriars)

Guided neighbourhood tour of Blackfriars covers herds of feral swine, mafia hits and strange religions. Our interactive Blackfriars walk features Blackfriarsí Bridge, Ireland Yard and the river Fleet. If you fail to spot the fibs you may end up speaking Welsh, dancing Scottish or singing Jerusalem.

Bloomsbury neighbourhood walking tour (AKA Museum Mendacity)

A fun guided walking tour between Euston and St. Giles via Russell Square that features strange ghosts, substance abuse, literary greats and violent street disorder.

Brixton liarsí walking tour (AKA Brixton baloney)

Alternative walking tour of Brixton features music halls, shopping, electricity, music and immigration. You get to win prizes, sing Bowie, dance rave and speak polari.

SE5 walking tour (AKA Lies to tell in Camberwell)

Guided liars' tour of Camberwell and Denmark Hill featuring beauties, theatres, art and wickedness. Allís well in Camberwell as the borough crest says.

Walking tour from Aldgate to Monument (AKA Fenchurch St Fabrications)

Fun walking tour from Fenchurch Street to Monument that is full of delicious deceptions and dodgy dissimulations about the river Thames, executions, zoos, royalty and cheese.

Canary Wharf guided walking tour (AKA Docklands Deceptions)

Fun and interactive walking tour of Canary Wharf and Docklands features forgotten East End canals, Chinese opium dens, occult architects, dodgy dockworkers, the "Blood Alley" and top prizes.

Chelsea walking tour (AKA Made Up in Chelsea)

Interactive walking tour starts at Sloane Square and this alternative Chelsea walk goes up the Kings Road and ends at the Thames. It might mention Made in Chelsea, lavatory humour, secret agents, phantom Eskimos, wombats, ultra violence and suicidal sea captains.

Clapham Common walking tour (AKA Clapham Claptrap)

Fun tour of SW4 features migration, moments of madness, Morrissey and much more. Guided walking tour starts at Clapham South and ends at the Old Town.

Alternative walking tour of Clerkenwell (AKA Clerkenwell Charades)

A guided walking tour of Clerkenwell that features revolutionary heroes, from Lenin to the Regency revolutionaries. There are crusading ambulance drivers, as well as the opportunity to dance rave and speak Welsh on this walk around the old Clerkís Well.

Guided walking tour of Smithfield neighbourhood (AKA Farringdon Fibs)

Meat, mayhem, mohawks and murder are on the menu for this alternative walking tour of Smithfields and Farringdon.

Alternative Fleet Street Tour (AKA Fleet Street Fakes)

Guilded walk from St Brides to Holborn (or vice versa) featuring cross-eyed statues, smutty stories, ancient giants and lots of literary tales on this guided walking tour through the heart of Londonís old newspaper district.

Hammersmith Hoaxes walking tour

Liars' walking tour of Hammersmith featuring cross dressing escaping slaves, forgotten serial killers, lost docks, Russian revolutionaries and, of course, Ziggy Stardust. All this and a beautiful bridge, gorgeous riverside and a strange ghost.

Alternative Holborn Walking Tour (AKA Holborn Humbug)

Fun walking tour of Lincolnís Inn Fields and Holborn featuring lost erotica, abandoned nightclubs, crusaders, lawyers and dead poets as well as the opportunity to sing Bowie songs, dance techno and pose saucily.

Guided tours of Kensington (AKA W8 Whoppers)

Interactive walking tour of Kensington High Street and Kensington Gardens featuring spies, royalty, shopping and some Carry On characters as well as your chance to insult strangers, joust and start a very small fire. Or we have another fun walking tour at South Kensington.

London Bridge Area walking tour ( AKA Made up around the Monument)

Fun guided tours starting at The Monument and going under London Bridge, over Southwark Bridge and Millennium bridge. These Thameside walking tours feature the north and south banks of the river, Tate Modern, Globe and / or Borough Market. Ideal liars' tour for first time visitors to London interested in history, good views and prizes.

Limehouse area walking tour (Lee Valley Leg Pulls)

Guided walking tour in the old docklands of London with top tales of British cinema, literature and politics, all on one place on the Limehouse cut. Learn about Londonís original Chinatown and how an old sailorís mission influenced punk rock.

Paddington area walking tour (AKA Paddington Pretence)

Some bare faced falshoods and wonderful stories in this guided walking tour from railways and canals to revolutionaries, punk rock subways and bears. Forfeits include marmalade and pogoing.

Piccadilly area guided walking tour ( AKA Trafalgar Travesties)

Fun walking tour from Trafalgar Square to Green Park via St Jamesí Park. See some of London's top sights and hear stories of Piccadilly warriors, gay languages, Nazi dogs, naval heroes and lovesick gardeners who are all are amongst the cast on this stroll. Given the adult themes this is a good tour for hen nights or stag dos.

Waterloo area walking tour (AKA South Bank Shenanigans)

Guided tour from Waterloo to Westminster Bridges You get to be an assassin, talk like a Liverpudlian, sing Jerusalem and reveal secrets to strangers on this guided walking tour of Londonís south bank.

Interactive walking tour of St Jamesí (St Jamesí Slander)

A whole series of royal love stories in reverse, peculiar couplings and bizarre love triangles on this fun walking tour along the Mall and Pall Mall.

Interactive Spitalfields Walking Tours (AKA Eastern Evasions)

Guided walk around Spitalfields Market featuring some truly barking tales of lost cats, hidden weapons, migration, market traders and using guide books aggressively.

Strand fun walking tour (AKA Charing Cross Calumny)

A guided walking tour from Somerset house to Charing Cross that features daft statues, strange buildings, odd shops and all manner of improbable London stories. You get to eat oranges, walk like an Egyptian and smell the sewers of old London.

Alternative Tower Bridge walking tour (AKA Pool of London Porkies)

Circular guided walking tour from Monument over Tower Bridge and back along the Southwark side to London Bridge. This interactive walking tour features tall tales about animals, food, warfare and nursery rhymes amongst others, whilst you get to talk like a pirate and act a Shakespeare part.

Alternative Whitehall tour (AKA Westminster Whoppers)

Guided walking tour of Westminster area where you can discover an architect who went mad from overwork as well as one who turned a government ministry into a railway station, one of Britainís bravest women spies and whatís wrong with the lions on Trafalgar Square.

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