Gilbert & Sullivan

ENO’s Gilbert & Sullivan Walking Tour

Join a unique guided walking tour of Victorian London, encountering the operettas and history of Gilbert & Sullivan.

Specially curated for the English National Opera by leading Gilbert & Sullivan singer/director John Savournin. This tour will take you on an immersive theatrical journey around Westminster. Part of Westminster City Council’s Inside Out outdoor arts festival this summer. The festival boasts fun and exciting cultural events throughout the city and best of all, events are free for everybody to enjoy!

Along the route you’ll meet a cast of characters played by Ruairi Bowen, Trevor Eliot Bowes, Zoe Drummond, Harriet Eyley, Ossian Huskinson, Bethan Langford and Richard Suart, as well as John Savournin, who will sing live to music newly-recorded by the world-class ENO Chorus & Orchestra, which you’ll hear through special headsets.

So expect to encounter, amongst others, a local bobby, a wandering prisoner of the Tower, the First Lord of the Admiralty – even fairies! – at famous London landmarks.

The tour starts from outside the Savoy Theatre, the famous home of Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic operas. It ends at ENO’s home at the London Coliseum, where many of Gilbert & Sullivan’s works are performed today.

Whether you are new to opera or a Gilbert & Sullivan fanatic, this tour offers a fun, immersive and unique way to experience the music.

Tour times:
10:00, 10:30, 12:00, 12:30, 14:30, 1500, 16:30, 17:00

We have up to 20 spaces available on each tour.

Walking Distance:

Tour price:
Free – but booking essential.

Meeting point:
The D’Oyly Carte Monument, Victoria Embankment Gardens, London WC2R 0BP

End point:
The London Coliseum, St Martin’s Ln, London WC2N 4ES

The route is designed to be easily walkable for all ages and abilities. Please note that there are no formal seating arrangements along the route but there will be short stops to listen to the singers. Please note that the tour will require you to wear over-the-ear headphones. If you have any access requirements, please contact us directly as we will be happy to discuss these with you in advance.


In partnership with Westminster City Council’s Inside Out festival

Inside Out with Westminster City Council

Running Time
1hrs 15mins
Sung in English.

For more information, please contact our box office on 020 7845 9300 or [email protected]

Gilbert & Sullivan Walking Tour 2023 Cast