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Stories of Fleet Street Guided Walk: Tuesdays & Thursdays

Printing, pubs and Pepys

Called the Street of Shame, there’s more to this road between the City of London and the City of Westminster than its newspaper heritage. Follow the trail left by monks and monarchs, press barons and literary giants along the highway and down its twisting alleyways.

On this literary walk you'll:

  • Walk along narrow lanes south of St Paul’s Cathedral, learn about the important Blackfriars’ Monastery and come across a 17th century livery hall
  • Hear stories about Bridewell Palace and Hospital and the infamous Fleet Prison
  • See a plaque to the renowned writer Edgar Wallace
  • Admire the spire of St Bride’s Church, the inspiration for wedding cakes
  • Learn about the dominance of the newspaper barons and compare the architecture of the impressive Daily Express and Daily Telegraph buildings
  • Meet Samuel Pepys, whose famous diary has left us with a unique insight into 17th century life, and Samuel Johnson - and his cat Hodge!
  • Discover another hidden place of worship, the Whitefriars Priory
  • Find out all about the infamous Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Our walk ends in Fleet Street, where your City of London Guide can direct you to the nearest Tube station - or a local watering hole. Please note: children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Photos: courtesy of Niki Gorick 

Nearly all the regular walks and tours offered on this website are just turn up and pay or free. For these walks no advanced booking is possible. There are only a few tours that need to be booked in advance (Smithfield Market, Leadenhall Market walks and Guildhall and the Roman Bath House tours) because of restricted numbers.

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