Discover St Giles’s Past: Gin, Gangs and the Great Plague

5 out of 5 stars


25 mins

1.0 km

By Sami Alouani

This tour traces the footprint of St Giles Hospital, we’ll explore the amazing history of the area, which was one of the worst slums in Britain and where the Great Plague began, and understand what the area stands for presently. We will see a range of impressive landmarks, including a Brutalist Tower, a Palladian Church for Leper’s, an ornate Theatre from the Victorian Era and a secret, colourful courtyard known for its astrologers and alchemists. Sami’s tour is narrated by Brett Harding.

8 stops

25 mins

1.0 km


Tottenham Court Road






  • 1
    Tottenham Court Road Tube Station introduction.
    Tour introduction
  • 2
    Center Point Tower
    Centre Point - a controversial, brutalist tower.
  • 3
    ‘Tin Pan Alley’
    Nicknamed after New York’s ‘Tin Pan Alley’. The likes of Elton John and David Bowie recorded here.
  • 4
    St Giles Church in the Fields
    A famous church named after St. Giles, the patron saint of outcasts, beggars and the crippled.
  • 5
    Phoenix Theatre
    A West End theatre designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, and based on traditional Italian theatres.
  • 6
    Seven Dials
    Regarded as one of London’s ‘great public ornaments’, learn about its salubrious past.
  • 7
    Neal’s Yard
    A secret colourful and quirky courtyard, and an excellent location for photographers.
  • 8
    Central St Giles
    A unique landmark designed by Renzo Piano, who also designed The Shard and Paris’s Pompidou Centre.


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Brett Harding

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5 out of 5 stars

Discover St Giles’s Past: Gin, Gangs and the Great Plague

5 out of 5 stars