Standard Walks

Our Standard Walks (details below) are of three to four miles, last two to three hours, and cost £8 (concessions £6) per head. Concessionary rates are available for young adults aged 16-18, whether or not in full-time education; students; unwaged; and “super-adults” aged over 65. Walks are free for children aged 11-16 if each is accompanied by a paying adult.  They are unsuitable for children under 11.

Dates and timings of walks are based on your preferences (and on our availability).  Please note in this context that not all of the sites on all the walks are accessible at all times (for example, the Inns of Court are closed at weekends).  If you would like to book a walk with us, please simply let us know which one, and on which date, and we’ll take it from there.  No pre-payment is required.  You can choose either to keep your walk private, to you and your party, or to have us make it public (the cost is the same in either case).  Party sizes are restricted to a maximum of 6-8 persons, to enable everyone to get the most out of the experience.

For further information, or to book, please:

E-mail lostcityoflondon@sky.com;

or

Complete the  electronic form here.

* London Wall – A Story of Survival

Starts at Blackfriars Tube, where the Fleet meets the Thames. Then follows the line of the old City wall, past Ludgate, Newgate and Aldersgate, past Cripplegate and Moorgate, and finally past Bishopsgate and Aldgate – an area substantially unaffected by the Great Fire of 1666. Takes in all of the surviving pre-Fire City parish churches. Finishes at Tower Hill.

* Tower to Temple – The Heart of the City

Starts at Tower Hill Tube and finishes at Temple. First covers Roman, Saxon and Medieval localities on the eastern edge of the City, then the centre – substantially destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666 and rebuilt by Wren on essentially the same street plan as before. And finally the western side, immediately without the walls.

* Historic Smithfield, Clerkenwell and Holborn – Fanfare and Plainsong

Starts at St Paul’s Tube and finishes at Temple, taking in historic Smithfield, Clerkenwell and Holborn on the way. See where “Braveheart” met his end, where monks once offered up silent prayer beside a plague pit, the “Office of the Revels”, the tavern where a queen danced round a cherry tree, and the “Inns of Court”.

* St Paul’s to Westminster Abbey – Priories, Palaces and Parliament

Starts at St Paul’s Tube and finishes at Westminster, taking in historic Fleet Street, Strand, Embankment and Whitehall on the way.

* Aldgate, Bishopsgate and beyond (Historic Shoreditch and Spitalfields) – Priories and Play-Houses

Starts at Old Street Tube and finishes at Monument, taking in historic Shoreditch, Spitalfields, Bishopsgate, Aldgate and the City on the way.  See the sites of the first purpose-built theatres in London – and the first coffee shop!

* Historic Southwark – Shakespeare’s London and so much more

Starts at Monument Tube and finishes at St Pauls, taking in London Bridge and the historic Borough of Southwark south of the river.  See the sites of the notorious “stews”, animal-baiting arenas and play-houses that lay outside the jurisdiction of the City across the river.  And the final resting place of the “Outcast Dead”.

 

 

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