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 suffered two huge disasters, firstly the great fire of London in 1666 and then the Blitz in the second world war. Each time it has risen from the ashes like a phoenix to be reborn in wonderful splendour.
Begin your tour with a walk though streets where churches from C13th rub shoulders with C21st office buildings. Stroll though a beautiful market which sells magic wands, see 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. Although the City has been occupied for 2000 years, you can still see remains from many periods. London is a continually evolving city.
This walk takes us from the commemoration of the great fire of London in 1666, to hidden church yards and financial institutions and some amazing world leading modern architecture. We will end at one of the oldest banks in the world where bank notes are printed and the gold reserves of the UK are held.
Walk #3 - Bank Station to London Wall. Mayors and money come together in this fascinating part of the City.
We will see the home to the Lord Mayor and the grand Guildhall of the livery clubs. We will walk along streets whose very names, poultry, bread and milk, offer an echo of their former trading and commercial lives.
Walk #4 - London Wall to Blackfriars. Roman history and pageantry come together in this splendid part of the City of London.
We will see Roman remains from the original city walls and a well travelled gateway. Discover the significance of a wardrobe and we will find a postman's handkerchief. We will find both grey and black friars, and no visit to this area would be complete without a stop at the impressive St Paul's Cathedral.
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