Famous Square Mile

Now famous as the square mile, a world leading financial centre, this is where London, or Londinium, was founded over 2000 years ago. Discover Roman remains, medieval churches, Victorian markets and award winning modern architecture. Hear how the financial institutions have shaped the culture and language of England and the world. Look inside St Paul’s Cathedral, where Prince Charles married Diana, and climb to the top of the famous dome to the whispering gallery and find one of the finest views over London. Join us for a series of four virtual walks across the famous square mile.

Walk #1 - Liverpool Street to Monument The city of London has twice been largely destroyed, firstly by the great fire of London in 1666 and then by the Nazis in the second world war. Each time it has risen from the ashes like a phoenix to be reborn in wonderful splendour.

Begin your City tour with a walk though streets where churches from C13th stand alongside C21st office buildings. Stroll though a beautiful market which sells magic wands, see London through a cheese grater, walkie talkie and scalpel. Find two mice fighting over cheese and a memorial to the great fire of London.

Walk #2 - Monument to Bank Station has a long history with the sea and sailing, from the early trading days, to being the London home port of the Mayflower ship.  The very name Rotherhithe is thought to derive from the Anglo-Saxon 'Rethra' meaning a sailor and 'Hythe' meaning landing place.

See a pub where Captain Jones is said to have hired his crew, another from where the settlers boarded the Mayflower, and even the burial grounds of Captain Christopher Jones.  There is a church and school from the days of the Pilgrims and memorials built to commemorate those brave souls of the past. No visit would be complete without a visit to the renowned Mayflower Pub.

Walk #3 - Bank Station to London Wall. xxs a history as a place of bawdy entertainment. One city, two mayors. Roman Mithras. Poultry. Names. Guildhall. Roman wall and museum. Practices were allowed which were outlawed elsewhere. There was gambling on bull and bear baiting, dog and cock fighting, drinking, music and dancing. There were many houses of ill repute, some even owned by the Bishop. We will encounter numerous buildings, names and locations that are connected to the Mayflower story.

See a prison where separatists were jailed, recreations of the Globe theatre of William Shakespeare and of a Tudor sailing ship. Visit a Cathedral with links to the beginning of Harvard University, and a market which was around at the times of the Pilgrims.

Walk #4 - London Wall to Blackfriars. The importance of the City of London and the role of the Merchant Adventurers from is often overlooked. They supplied the finance and the organisation for the expedition, chose the Mayflower ship and its crew, and recruited the strangers. Without the finance from the City the Mayflower could not have sailed to America, and we would have no Mayflower story to celebrate.

Visit the wonderful Guildhall which would have been the central meeting hall for the financiers of the Mayflower expedition. Walk in the footsteps the Pilgrims' chief negotiators, the very streets where John Carver, Robert Cushman, and William Bradford lived. Step inside the church where John Smith, leader of the Virginia colony gave his sermon, and which has links with Miles Standish and John Carver. The City of London truly has remarkable Mayflower heritage.

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