“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!