Open House Festival

Tyrants, Colonialism and Slavery walking tour

Parliament Square, SW1A 0AA

A diverse walking tour, with a qualified guide, in the heart of Westminster where we visit some statues and places that have a significance to tyranny, colonialism and slavery. The walk is accessible to all and ends in Trafalgar Square.

Getting there




Victoria, Waterloo

Additional travel info

Buses 3, 11, 12, 24, 53, 87, 88, 148, 159, 211 and 453 all stop near Parliament Square




About the tour

On this walking tour we are visiting various buildings and statues associated with colonialism and slavery. We stop at the Treasury to hear about a huge debt; the largest ever in British history that had to be paid to end slavery (but where did it end up?), we hear about the Royal who was elbow deep in blood, the savagery of a man called “Lord Vulture” and how did he meet his end? The bigoted and unpleasant views of a famous war time leader and we stop at one statue to hear about the explorer who had a very dark secret and to finish we end with a stunning statue dedicated to a man who dared to defy colonialism.

About the guide

I’m Caroline Mongan, a cheerful, friendly, qualified City of Westminster tour guide who loves guiding and curating walks that explore London’s fascinating history and culture. I’ve been featured on the BBC and I run regular public, private and corporate tours in London. My walks include: a range of diversity walks, Royal London walks, Christmas Lights walking tours, An American in London walking tour, Murder Mayhem and Mystery walks and a wonderful walk entitled The Thames: A Love Story.

About the walk

The tour starts at Parliament Square, by the statue to Churchill (nearest tube Westminster) the walk lasts approximately one hour and ends at Trafalgar Square. Please wear suitable clothing for the weather on the day and comfortable shoes.

Contact details

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