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Dark Side of the City Guided Walk: Fridays

Crime and punishment

Are you ready to learn about London’s grim and gruesome past? Then join us on a tour that tells the tale of crime and punishment, executions and excess. 

Our tour starts south of the sedate St Paul’s Cathedral but did you know its churchyard was once a place for book burning, fiery sermons and hanging, drawing and quartering? On your walk, which takes about 1hr, 45 minutes, you’ll learn about:

  • Paul’s Churchyard, the medieval equivalent of Twitter
  • Paternoster Square and Temple Bar, where people were pilloried
  • The City of London Police: did you know they’re Olympic champions?!
  • Postman’s Park: a place for heroic self-sacrifice and many a sad tale
  • Greyfriars Church: a ruinous church, haunted by a wicked queen
  • Old Bailey: the former Newgate Gaol and a place for public executions - and a daring escapee
  • Smithfield: where martyrs were executed, by burning at the stake - even boiled alive - watched over, it is said, by a sadistic queen
  • Bartholomew Fair: a raucous festival the Victorians finally banned
  • Charterhouse: a peaceful part of London but where death lies underneath.

Please note: children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/guided-walk-the-dark-side-of-the-city-tickets-119721874349

Photos: courtesy of Niki Gorick

Download a copy of our guided walks leaflet here

Daily walks from the City Information Centre start again on September 14th

We are delighted to announce the return of our daily guided walks in the heart of the City of London!  One every day of the week at 11.00 am.  All places must be booked in advance to ensure we maintain small group sizes which can be socially distanced.  We are really excited to be able to take you around the extraordinary Square Mile once more.  Full details when you click on the photos below.

Culture Corridor Walks until October 30th

Come on in to the City!  We are delighted to be working with the City Corporation on a new programme of walks starting on August 29th until October 30th. Following a carefully planned route in small groups using social distancing and technology to give you the best experience, there will be one walk each day from a borough that borders the City: Westminster (Saturdays), Lambeth (Sundays), Camden (Mondays), Islington (Tuesdays), Southwark (Wednesdays), Tower Hamlets (Thursdays), Hackney (Fridays). Thanks to support from the City of London Corporation, all are free. If you live locally, or even if you don't, this is the perfect time to explore and discover what has happened and who has walked these streets in years gone by.  The streets are very quiet so you have the chance to stop and stare without pressure.  Find out more and reserve your place by clicking on the photos below..

 

We are pleased to be working in partnership with the Temple Bar Trust.   You are invited to join six City Guides for series of live broadcast virtual walks around the City. The series will include the fascinating history of Temple Bar, Paternoster Square, St Pauls, the life, and work of Sir Christopher Wren and some of the wonderful but often overlooked statues and sculptures nearby.  Find out more and book here: https://templebartrust.org/walks  

 

 

Note: We try to make our walks as inclusive and accessible as possible.

If you want a walk or lecture for a group of people, then please use our Find a Guide section.