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“In the Shadow of the Tower of London” - Full Guided Walk (Sunday 22nd June)

  • Jun 22, 2014 · 1:30 PM
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“In the Shadow of the Tower of London” 

Stories & Secrets near the Tower of London 

Full Guided Walk 

This is the latest in our fully guided walks conducted by Daniella, a qualified City of London Tour Guide whose services we are using just for this event. This walk will last for about 2 hours and has been organised solely for members of Friends in London. Numbers for this walk have to be limited to a maximum of 45. Please only book if you definitely intend to come and please do not cancel within 24 hours of the walk as this ruins it for our other members who want to come and you may be marked as a “No-Show”. 

Date: Sunday 22nd June 2014 

Time: 1:30 pm. 

Please note the earlier start due to other walks starting from the same location. 

Where: Tower Hill Tube Station. 

We will meet at the Trinity Square exit. 

Nearest Station: Tower Hill on the District and Circle Lines. 

Check the MAP. 

Host: John Pullen[masked] 

Cost: £8 collected at the beginning of the walk. 

The Tower of London has often been described as the icon that defines London. It is also the most popular tourist destination in the capital. They flock there in their droves and of course, what awaits them within the walls is amazing. 

But there is also the area outside the walls – the area that lies within the long shadow that the Tower of London casts. And this is an area of historic fascination. It is an area which is overlooked by the majority of people. And we are going to investigate it on today’s guided walk. 

The first people we will encounter are invaders – the Romans reached Britain and set up the large settlement called Londinium over 2,000 years ago. There are many relics still in existence which will give us a glimpse into the distant past to understand what life in Roman London was like. 

We will then wander through the streets and back alleys with the shadow of the Tower still close by. And we will continue our story by hearing tales about scandalous and famous diarists and about how this area is linked to lighthouses. There are buildings to see which help to illustrate these stories. But there are also tales which uncover the dim and distant past such as the monks and nuns who belonged to the now long lost holy orders. 

From here, we will move further on towards Aldgate and discover one of London’s last remaining Music Halls. This is also the area which was known as Little Sweden. 

For those of you who remember a recent television series called “Ripper Street” you may also recall the hero of the programmes – Detective Inspector Edmund Reid played by Matthew MacFadyen. Well, we shall visit the actual street that was his home. 

Finally, we shall move to St Katherine’s Docks. This is now a very pretty yacht marina with offices, bars and restaurants. But there are stories of intrigue hiding in the past and we shall hear of Royal Queens, Gloriana, elephants and the pub which moved! 

And of course, because you have now come to expect it – there will also be a few executions and murders to add horror and spice to the walk! 

After our very successful previous guided walks, we are once again using the services of Daniella; a professional badged London Guide who will bring all these stories to life. I will of course be there to help out with the organisation of the event and to find a nice pub at the end. So if you fancy joining a really friendly and interesting bunch of people, we shall walk in the shadow of the Tower – whether it is sunny or not! 


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  • Faye

    Lovely informative walk on a beautiful sunny day

    June 24, 2014

  • Anitha

    Fun walk on a lovely sunny day!

    June 23, 2014

  • John

    A big thank you to everyone who came and made an interesting afternoon into a really fun one as well. The latest walk will be posted up soon.

    June 22, 2014

  • Sonya

    Hi, i've just had my status changed to confirmed but unfortunately I am now no longer available. Thank you and have fun

    June 22, 2014

  • ana m.

    i'm afraid i can't make it , feeling v unwell. sorry so much

    June 22, 2014

  • Simon

    Due to last minute family related commitment in morning not sure whether I will be able to get there in time for 1.30.

    June 21, 2014

  • rosemary

    Sorry it,s short notice but I can,t make it tomorrow

    June 21, 2014

  • Michaela

    Sorry. I gate to cancel this but my work schedule changes because of illness of a colleague hope to meet you soon.

    June 21, 2014

  • Rosane

    I'll have to cancel and it would be my first walk also. Sorry about this! Enjoy

    June 21, 2014

  • John

    Hi All
    Just a last minute reminder that if you don't think you can make it for the walk, please change your RSVP now in order to allow our other members a chance to come. Many thanks
    John - Event Host

    1 · June 21, 2014

  • andrew

    I hate cancelling these excellent walks but my work hours have changed, this one sounded particularly good too! ... enjoy people

    June 20, 2014

  • jen m.

    would have been gr8 am sure but it clashes for me with a prior engagement. Hope it goes well and the weather stays fine.

    June 16, 2014

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