Liars' tours are interactive walks involving prizes, forfeits and the opportunity to reclaim fibbing on the streets of London from politicians. 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 then splits and whilst those who spot the true story get a nice token whilst 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 bad cheese, there are as many forfeits as there are stories.
Tours last 90 minutes (add in extra 20 if you want a pub stop) and we can tweak end points / start points to suit you in the areas covered. These include Bloomsbury, Waterloo / Strand, London Bridge (ghost & non ghost version), Spitalfields, Tower Bridge, Blackfriars and a new one running from Holborn to Clerkenwell.
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 more interactive tours are great for work groups, team building and those interested in a more involved walking experience.
You can book by emailing walks (at) londonstreettours.co.uk
City & Canary Wharf Canards : City tour is Monument to Fenchurch Street via the Tower of London. Full of delicious deceptions and dodgy dissimulations about the river Thames, business, royalty and cheese. Canary Wharf is all about lost communities, haunted ships, dockside legends and the river.
Eastern Evasions -Tour of the area around Spitalfields Market featuring some truly barking tales of lost cats, hidden weapons, using guide books aggressively as well the usual East End guff about migration, market traders and Marxism.
Fawkshall fabrications : Vauxhall, Pimlico and Lambeth lies featuring iffy river stories, odd architecture and unlikely vegetation. Circular tour covering spies, art, royalty and bridges as well as the opportunity to make an offering to a river, sing a Philly Soul classic and raise a ghost.
Fibbing Phantoms : There are many ancient and oft told ghost stories in Old London town. There are also some that are just made up. Walking tour professionals refer to this type of thing as a "tour mash up" we just see it as opportunity to tell top tales, see some iconic London sites and perform on the streets.
Frost Fair Fibs : Tour of the Thames side looping over London and Southwark Bridges featuring strange tales and fab fibs involving London's mayors, bridges, rivers and folklore.
Holborn Hyperbole (incorporating Clerkenwell charades). Lost erotica, abandoned nightclubs, crusaders, lawyers and dead poets as well as the opportunity to sing Bowie songs, dance techno and pose saucily.
Kings' Road Cons :Tour of Chelsea which might mention dogs on sticks, lavatory humour, secret agents, phantom Eskimos, wombats, ultra violence and suicidal sea captains. All of this plus the story of Diana Dors and John Betjeman, Wellington's duel and the Green Door.
Liars around Blackfriars: Tour of the area around Blackfriars featuring pig faced princesses, herds of feral swine, mafia hits and strange religions. If you fail to spot the fibs you may end up speaking Welsh, dancing Scottish or singing Jerusalem.
Museum mendacity: A tour of Bloomsbury featuring strange ghosts, substance abuse, literary greats and violent street disorder. We cannot of course guarantee the street disorder or indeed ghosts actually appearing but there will be some very hard to spot fabrications and interesting forfeits involving lemon sucking, pop song singing and flowers.
Piccadilly Peccadilloes : A whole series of royal love stories in reverse, peculiar couplings and bizarre love triangles. Expect some of London's top locations as well as Piccadilly warriors, gay Royalty, bonkers fashion, nazi dogs, naval heroes and lovesick gardeners who are all are amongst the cast on this dysfunctional relationship stroll through St James.
Pool of London porkies : Circular tour crossing both London and Tower Bridges featuring tall tales about animals, food, warfare and nursery rhymes amongst others. You may end up impersonating a pirate, meowing like a cat or being led blind fold. You may also win some lovely prizes.
South Bank and Strand sophistry : Charing Cross to Festive Hall featuring daft statues, strange buildings, odd shops and all manner of improbable London stories. You get to be an assassin, walk like an Egyptian and reveal secrets to strangers.
W8 Whoppers : Kensington High Street and Gardens featuring spies, royalty, shopping and some Carry On characters and your chance to insult strangers, joust and start a very small fire.
Wapping Whoppers : Escaped animals, well hung pirates, Art Garfunkel's lost Wapping album as well as murder, mayhem and witchcraft.