Discover the secrets of the City of London
- Saint Paul's Churchyard, London, EC4M 8AB
- (Exact address will be provided after booking)
Join Don as he peels back the layers on the City of London’s history, from the Roman’s Londinium, to the 21st century skyscrapers that define the modern capital in this enjoyable walk through the back streets and hidden courts of the City.
On the way, hear about the medieval and the Tudor cities, see the devastation caused by the Blitz and the 1666 Great Fire, admire the ingenuity of Victorian engineers, and walk in the footsteps of Shakespeare, Pepys and Dickens (not to mention Harry Potter!).
From Roman remains to 21st Century skyscrapers, by way of medieval buildings, Tudor monasteries and Victorian ironwork, join Don on this walk and explore 2000 years of history, walking the streets where Dickens, Shakespeare and Pepys once trod.
You'll see hidden courts and alleyways, the ruins of the Great Fire and the Blitz, and the very best view of St Paul's Cathedral, bar none.
Starting near Sir Christopher Wren’s Baroque masterpiece of St Paul’s Cathedral and finishing across the river by the reconstructed Globe Theatre, highlights include:
- The ancient Roman amphitheatre, hidden for centuries until it was rediscovered in the 1980s
- Christchurch Greyfriars – once a seat of learning that rivalled Oxford University, now an English country garden in the shadow of St Paul’s
- The Royal Exchange, where England’s wealth was created – now an upmarket shopping centre where a lot of wealth is spent
- The alleys and courts known to Dickens, where Mr Scrooge hoarded his money
- Leadenhall Market – a triumph of Victorian ironwork, and with a history stretching back before Shakespeare
- London Bridge, with its iconic views downriver to Tower Bridge and the medieval fortress (and UNESCO World Heritage Site) Tower of London
- The Monument to the Great Fire – if it’s sunny (and the group has the energy) you'll climb the 311 steps to put us on eye-level with the City’s skyscrapers
- The remains of the original Roman wharf at St Magnus the Martyr
- Guildhall, the medieval building that is the City’s ‘town hall’
- G F Watt’s wonderfully eccentric ‘Memorial to Heroic Self-sacrifice’
- Borough Market – the foodie’s paradise
- Historic riverside Southwark, with the sites of the original (and modern) Globe, the Rose Theatre, a bishop’s palace and Shakespeare’s brother’s grave
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