This walk is particularly suitable for those who want to see and hear about a lot of history without doing too much walking. Charterhouse Square to Paternoster Square really isn’t that far at all. The walk doesn’t have a theme per se, but it’s crammed with London’s history. You’ll see hidden gems no other walks show their clients. Things hidden away in little nooks and crannies, or that are right out on display but which people walk past every day without realising what treasure they are missing. We see two of London’s least known yet most touching and important memorials, one of the great medieval halls, London’s most striking guild hall and its old city wall, oldest churches and oldest hospital. There’s also a famous night meat market (which is empty during the day, spacious and semi in the open) which has an interesting history too. We also see areas infamous for their public executions, things relating to the Great Fire, body-snatching and the Tudors. And we avoid busy roads, always heading through squares, churchyards and quiet little spots.
Start: Charterhouse Square, near Barbican and Farringdon stations
Finish: Black Friar pub across the road from Blackfriars station and cafes
Shorter Walk alternative: Finish Paternoster Square, close to cafes, pubs (and the First Dates restaurant!) and St Pauls underground station