London - Portrait of a City - Small Group Walking Seminar

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Guildhall, the medieval town hall and the only pre-1666 secular building that survived the fire and the 1940-1 Blitz
Guildhall, the medieval town hall and the only pre-1666 secular building that survived the fire and the 1940-1 Blitz
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What To Expect

This small-group walk focuses on the City of London. Led by a scholar, it looks at how London developed from a Roman town to the bustling financial centre of an empire.

Specifications

Type:
Tours in London
Departs From:
London
Meeting Point:
Tower Hill tube station
Duration:
3 hours
Availability:
daily at 10:00 AM
Product Code:
7217
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Paper voucher printout not required for this activity. You may show e-voucher from your mobile device.
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Description

London has a rich 2000 year old history, but much of it is hidden and hard to perceive by the uninitiated. This walk seeks to bring to light much of this history, looking broadly at the story of the city in a three hour walk.

For the purposes of this walk we will focus on the City itself and see how London developed from a Roman town to the bustling financial centre of an empire.

We will begin at the Museum of London, where we will walk through a timeline of the history of the capital.. As we leave the museum we will pass some of the remainders of the Roman wall and fort that was situated in this area. We shall then proceed to the Guildhall, the medieval town hall and the only pre-1666 secular building that survived the fire and the 1940-1 Blitz. This site was also where the Roman amphitheatre was situated and we may examine the remains here (ticket required). From here we will take the short walk to the third century AD Roman Mithraeum that was originally situated next to a small river called the Walbrook, which no longer exists

We will then proceed to walk through the heart of the city through Eastcheap, once part of the area containing London's medieval market, whose memory only remains in the road names. From here we will walk to the Monument, a large monolith, now undergoing restoration, that commemorates the believed starting-point for the Great Fire of London in 1666, which destroyed most of the Medieval city. This included many of the ninety-six churches that existed in this part of London, and the job of their restoration was given to Christopher Wren whose masterpieces are still a feature of London today. We will continue the walk to one which escaped the fire, but not the Blitz, All Hallows-by-the-Tower. The church is the oldest known in the City of London area and contains remains from the Roman, Saxon, medieval and modern periods. It was also the place where Samuel Pepys watched the Great Fire spread across the capital, and where William Penn was christened and where John Quincy Adams was married.

From here, depending on your interests and on the time left, we may continue to the Tower of London, where we will see the last vestiges of a Roman walk, or head towards the Lloyd's building and Tower 42, to discuss the development of the city in the last century.

Highlights

  • Museum of London

  • The Guildhall

  • Roman Mithraeum

Includes

  • Services of a docent

Excludes

  • Meals and drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • Children below 12 years old are not permitted on this tour.

  • Minimum of 2 passengers per booking is required. Private walking seminars are available for solo travelers.

  • Tour will be operated as a guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 6 guests.

  • Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 8 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 20% Cancellation Fee (80% reimbursement): between 4 to 7 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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