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The genius courtier – Sir Christopher Wren and his churches

After the Great Fire in 1666, Sir Christopher Wren rebuilt 51 churches in the City of London. Many still stand, some were rebuilt after the destruction of WWII and one has even been transported 4,000 miles away! Discover Wren’s magnificent churches and the stories that lie behind them. 

Who inspired Wren and influenced his work?

Read all about it! A walk down Fleet Street

Discover the characters and stories that once made Fleet Street the centre of the press industry. We’ll encounter influential writers and visit historic churches and classic English watering holes (pubs!) – and along the way we’ll see the buildings that were once central to the newspaper industry.

Which journalists' church inspired the shape of wedding cakes across the world?  

The Write Stuff

The journalists of Fleet Street were not the only wordsmiths in the City. For centuries, the ancient streets of London inspired plays, prose and poetry. From Bank to Blackfriars and beyond, seek out the haunts of the city’s writers – from Shakespeare to Grahame, Eliot to Dickens, with Chris WM.

Why did a famous children’s author feel compelled to resign his position at the Bank of England?

Financial institutions in the City

The City is a leading financial centre and has the architecture to prove it. We start next to Cannon Street, where the Romans established London’s first centre of business, we take in Bank Junction and we explore the Liverpool Street area where the most exciting developments are taking place.

Which good spirit from The Tempest looks over the wealth of the City - and why?

From Tiber to Thames – Italian influences on the City of London

We visit a haunting corner of the Roman fort, the site of London’s amphitheatre and the elegant Tivoli corner of the Bank of England. We take in the grand home of the Lord Mayor, inspired by Palladio; the Royal Exchange, influenced by the Pantheon and we finish at One New Change with fabulous rooftop views of St Paul’s Cathedral.

What do Michelangelo and Henry Moore have in common?

What was education for? City of London (East)

Focusing on education in the eastern half of the City, this walk starts at the ruins of Christchurch Newgate Street and takes in many stunning locations from the Barbican to the Victorian Bishopsgate Institute, with its wooden panelled library open to the public. With Sylvia M.

The pupils of John Cass School commemorate their founder every year by wearing a red feather - why is this?

Spooky London Tour 

Listen for the footsteps of the monk who haunts the “Four Weddings and a Funeral” church and stand where the trap door was sprung for England’s last public execution, on this tour of the spookiest locations in the City, with Ian M. Includes trip to a haunted pub!

What's the name of the ghost said to haunt St Paul's Cathedral?

Walk the Walbrook, with Richard C.

Discover the shortest and most mysterious of London’s hidden rivers, from its source in Shoreditch down to the Thames, via the Broadgate Centre, London Wall, the Bank of England and a wonderful array of the architecture of many different eras.

Where can you visit an underground Roman Temple in the City of London?

Visible and invisible women of the City

Beyond men in pinstripes, fearless women from Queen Anne to Emmeline Pankhurst to Elizabeth Fry have changed the face of the City and of the nation. Heroines and role models – both real and fictional, visible and invisible – populate the City of London. Discover them all with Laure T.

Where can you meet four queens in the City?

Criminals, traitors and heads on spikes

For traitors and criminals, life was nasty, brutish and short. Documentaries producer and author Dan P. will show you chilling execution sites, the secret spot where heretics were burned, the haunting shadow of Newgate and the last remaining place where severed heads were stuck on spikes.

Prisoners only went through Traitor’s Gate in one direction. Where did they find themselves on the other side?

What’s up in the City

They say always look up, yet most walks have an altitude problem. Not this one! Clocks and sundials, statues, weather-vanes and a hundred unique stories lurk high above pavement-level. Let your eyes do the walking on a safe, street-level tour offering a glimpse of the City as you’ve never seen it before.

Above one of the City’s most famous streets, a three-metre dragon hungrily watches something. What is it lining up for lunch?

Murder, Mayhem and Destruction in the City

Witness the darker side of the City’s history, from unsolved murders to riots and violent attempts to influence government. This walk is not for the faint-hearted. As it peels back the modern façade of the City, the trick is to keep your head whilst those around you are losing theirs!

Need a haircut, or perhaps you are feeling hungry as you wander along Fleet Street. Where would you go to satisfy your needs?
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