Walking through the ancient streets of London, you'll learn what lies beneath your feet, from 14th century Black Death victims to a long lost Roman Ampitheatre. Standing by some of the most foreboding locations in the city, I'll tell you about the gruesome executions which took place here, and the partying and revelry which accompanied them! You'll be taken within the shell of a church destroyed in the Blitz, and be led into the park which displays one of the most touching memorials to self sacrifice you could possibly imagine. The walk lasts 1.5 hours and will leave a lasting impression of a different side to London's deep and extraordinary history.
Hi there, I'm Matt, a tour guide lecturer with the best job in the world of guiding people around this amazing city! I am a qualified City of London and City of Westminster guide, and have designed and led tours for the best part of a decade. However, hopefully what makes my tours unique is that each of them focuses on the most unusual aspects of the city, bringing to life old stories, forgotten buildings, lost plans and hidden oddities. So if you're looking for something a bit different to your typical tour of London, join me on one of my walks around London!
Among other places we'll spend some time in and around the area of Smithfield. This was for centuries an execution site where Protestants and heretics were burnt at the stake, and William Wallace - aka Braveheart - was hanged drawn and quartered. It is bordered by one of the most atmospheric medieval churches in London, an ancient meat market, an unusual memorial to the Great Fire of 1666, and so many more fascinating bits of history.
Your guide (Matt) will be easily identifiable with a flag and friendly smile. There are no toilet or refreshment breaks during the tour, so please be prepared. Occasionally my friend Jess will guide.