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HiddenCity offers the chance for visitors to London to enjoy a more intellectually challenging tour of the English capital, with cryptic clues and plenty of fun for all the family.
Teams of plucky explorers are tasked with solving a series of clues that lead them around the city, giving them fantastic insights into the local landmarks and attractions and providing a fun and informative way for London tourists to have a great day out.
With a number of different tours available for London guests to enjoy, here we look at the Cryptic Covent Caper, but there are many other great tours available for those who wish to see the city’s myriad sights.
Differing difficulties for lovers of cryptic clues
Anyone can take part in a HiddenCity tour, with a range of options open to those that wish to take part.
The tour works by individuals meeting up at a predetermined spot where they can then register to take part in the tour. The team captain is then sent their first clue by SMS text message and the adventure begins.
To receive the next clue, participants must decipher each cryptic message, which will point them to a specific place in the surrounding area. Every location within the Cryptic Covent Caper – and all of HiddenCity’s tours – is within easy walking distance of the last.
When they arrive at the desired spot, the captain will then send the answer to the previous clue to the tour’s organisers, who will then relay the next clue and the next stop on the Cryptic Covent Caper tour.
For anyone struggling to make heads or tails of the cryptic clues provided, there is also the option to text ‘hint’ and this will furnish them with a more straightforward hint to lead them to their next destination on the tour.
Working against the clock, teams must aim to complete the tour in as swift a time as possible in order to win prizes. However, remember that while the first ‘hint’ is free, every additional hint will mean teams incur a ten-minute time penalty.
Once the final clue is deciphered, teams will make their way to a friendly local pub, where they can chat with any other entrants about their experience and find out their final standings in the timing leaderboard.
Who can take part?
Open to visitors of all ages and abilities, guests on a cryptic adventure are not limited by any restrictions. Great fun for groups of friends, families or even just visitors on their own, the tour is a mind-bending challenge that gets the grey matter working for all those that take part.
Start times for cryptic fun
Visitors hoping to enjoy a cryptic tour of the sights of London can do so from the following times:
- Mondays to Saturdays: 10 am to 3 pm
- Sundays: 11 am to 2 pm
Tours can take up to three-and-a-half hours to complete and will include a total of 13 clues to destinations around the local area that visitors will have the chance to explore. Visitors will also be happy to learn that local knowledge of the area is not needed for those taking part in the tour.
Where do we begin?
Cryptic Covent Caper is the name of one of the most popular tour choices for visitors to the English capital and it gets underway from Benugo Bar & Kitchen at London’s famous South Bank.
Ticket prices for cryptic tour of London
Entry to the Cryptic Covent Caper will cost £25 per team, with no limit on the number of people that can take part.
Other tours are priced accordingly and full details can be found by visiting the HiddenCity website.
Travel to the Cryptic Covent Caper
Visitors planning journeys to central London and the Cryptic Covent Caper might like to make use of the varied public transport options available in the English capital that can get them there.
Bus routes stopping in close proximity to the starting point for the Cryptic Covent Caper (Benugo Bar & Kitchen) include: 1, 4, 26, 59, 68,76, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, as well as several night services for travellers venturing out in the area after dark.
Visitors might also like to make use of the extensive London Underground network, which offers swift and easy travel between many of the city’s major landmarks and destinations. Local Tube stations in the vicinity of Covent Garden include:
- Waterloo (Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern and Waterloo & City lines)
- Southwark (Jubilee line)
- Embankment (Bakerloo, Circle, District and Northern lines)
- Westminster (Circle, District and Jubilee lines)
- Charing Cross Underground (Bakerloo and Northern lines)
- Temple (Circle and District lines)
- Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly lines)
- Lambeth North (Bakerloo line)
In addition, individuals planning to make use of overground rail services can do so via several nearby stations, including Charing Cross, London Blackfriars and London Waterloo East.
Full details of all local public transport options for visitors to the Cryotic Covent Garden attraction can be found by visiting the official website of Transport for London.
Local parking options
For anyone hoping to travel by car during their time in the English capital, there are a large number of parking options available, including:
- Doon Street Car Park (0.1 miles, three minutes’ travel time on foot)
- Cornwall Road Car Park (0.2 miles, four minutes)
- Hungerford Bridge Car Park (0.1 miles, three minutes)
- Waterloo C Car Park (0.6 miles, 12 minutes)
- Tolpuddle Street Car Park (0.7 miles, 15 minutes)
- Q-Park Chinatown (one mile, 20 minutes)
- Shelton Street Car Park (0.8 miles, 17 minutes)
- Baynard House Car Park (one mile, 20 minutes)
Individuals that will be hiring a car to travel the busy streets of London should remember that traffic volumes can be high throughout the day, especially during the morning and evening rush hours.
Drivers should also plan their journeys in advance to avoid the busiest routes, while pre-booking parking spaces is often advisable.
Other nearby attractions
It is not just the cryptic tours of Covent Garden and other parts of the capital that draw thousands of visitors to London every year however, as there are many other fantastic things to see and do, places to visit and historic attractions to take in. Covent Garden is supported by fantastic transport links, making it easily accessible from the Grand Royale London Hyde Park hotel.
Here are just some of the top nearby choices for travellers hoping to enjoy a varied and entertaining trip to London:
- Coca-Cola London Eye (0.3 miles, six minutes travel time on foot/via public transport)
- Churchill War Rooms (0.9 miles, 13 minutes)
- Sea Life London Aquarium (0.4 miles, six minutes)
- The National Gallery (0.7 miles, 11 minutes)
- Westminster Abbey (1.1 miles, ten minutes)
- Palace of Westminster (1.1 miles, ten minutes)
- Somerset House (0.5 miles, eight minutes)
- The British Museum (2.8 miles, 18 minutes)
- Trafalgar Square (0.7 miles, 12 minutes)
- Shakespeare’s Globe (one mile, 14 minutes)
- Tate Modern (0.7 miles, 11 minutes)
- Buckingham Palace (1.6 miles, 19 minutes)
- Big Ben (0.7 miles, eight minutes)
- Jubilee Gardens (0.2 miles, four minutes)
- National Portrait Gallery (0.7 miles, ten minutes)
- Sir John Soane’s Museum (one miles, 12 minutes)
- Jewel Tower (0.9 miles, 11 minutes)
- Prince of Wales Theatre (one miles, 12 minutes)
- Wigmore Hall (2.8 miles, 16 minutes)
- The Royal Institution of Great Britain (2.5 miles, 16 minutes)