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As you head out of lockdown, you might fancy a London Walk but don’t fancy sharing your space with lots of others. This walk is full of interest, charm and history, but is also nicely off the beaten track. You start by standing in a stunning courtyard to gaze at the beautiful Apothecaries Hall built in 1670. Then it’s on to a big courtyard which was once a Shakespearean theatre. You then head into what is called the King’s Wardrobe area. It’s a time capsule of quiet leafy spots and yards, where Shakespeare once lived. And of course you’re told where the Wardrobe name came from. You then head through forgotten places with wonderful names like Hanging Sword Alley (no longer an alley so plenty of space). You head past  some historic olde inns, and then it’s time to see Dr Johnson’s House, tucked away in a gorgeous Georgian square, before you enjoy the beautiful tranquillity, green space and lovely architecture of the Inns of Court. Then it’s a stroll through London’s oldest and largest square. And you finish at Dicken’s Old Curiosity Shop. Or do you? All will be revealed.

Start Blackfriars station
Finish Holborn tube station