PIN Robin`s Tours

A unique insight into London’s history and culture

Robin Spencer is one of the most interesting and respected tour guides available in the city today. An ex-history teacher from one of London’s nearby boroughs, Robin provides a fascinating insight into the life and times of past generations of Londoners and their deeds – great and small. A grandson of the locally famous Battling Jack Gray (a welterweight boxer from the East End) and from a long line of river dwellers, Robin’s heritage provides the back-drop for his highly informative tours.

History on the Hoof

Ably accompanied by the impeccably turned out Buster the terrier, Robin conducts tours of up to forty people and will take them on a variety of walking tours – each one unique. If you don’t learn a catalogue of thought -provoking facts, then you are just not listening. Information is delivered on a kaleidoscope of subject matter that will captivate the audience and should provide enough motivation to launch further forays into London’s little known places. Customised tours are also available.

Our favourite tours include:

- The Southbank Tour : from Wren to Winston Churchill
- The Blitz Tours : surviving a deadly aerial bombardment
- Booze, Brothels & Bards : no cod-piece unturned
- Classic Rock Tours : Soho as you have never seen it

All tours leave from easy-to-find locations in Central London and last for approximately 2 hours and lucky groups are often rewarded by a visit to a local hostelry at the conclusion.

Not a lot of people know this, but ……

- St Pauls Cathedral was hit by 11 incendiary bombs in one day on 29th December 1940 during the the Blitz, but escaped serious damage.

-The Bankside Gates outside the Globe are covered with the works of numerous wrought iron smiths from all over the world, each symbolising an element of Shakespeare’s plays.

- London Mayor, Dick Whittington saved the lives of countless tanner apprentices from hypothermia by introducing the Tanners Act preventing unscrupulous employers from sending the boys out to work in freezing conditions.


  • History
  • , Culture
  • , close to river
  • , Westminster
  • , Tours
  • , The Striking South East


Lucy is a TripTide stalwart and has been with the company since inception. She is a font of knowledge of all things in our metropolis but she has a special penchant for London's historical past. She says:"London is a multi-layered confection of hi...


Riverside Building, , Belvedere Rd., Bishop's, SE1 7PB (View on Google Maps)
Meeting Place

from £10.00-20.00 per person

customised tours are also available

Recent Reviews

"Southbank Tour"

Robin is clearly an expert on a range of compelling subject matter. he spell-bound his audience with some captivating material against a fantastic backdrop of the river-side skyline - I cant wait for the next one

Reviewed by Peter 8 years ago