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"When a man is tired of crime he is tired of London"  Horace Rumpole

They wanted to break out. We break in. Tour the grimmest, the most terrifying places in bygone London. Bridewell, the Fleet and Newgate – names to strike terror into the hearts of every lawbreaker. And indeed honest citizens who, in a moment of weakness, might have been tempted.  Life was nasty, brutish and short for the great majority of people. If the constant perils of fire or disease did not do for you there was always the third horseman of the social apocalypse: crime. Whether you were a victim or a perpetrator. And then there was debt and what that also led to: incarceration in one of the notorious London gaols. Crime was rife both inside and out these establishments. And their hinterlands were no-go areas – none more so than the wilds of the area known simply as Alsatia.

For those caught, punishment was harsh and brutal, even for the slightest of crimes. Murderers and bread thieves alike might face the hangman’s rope but more gruesome means of executions awaited some – all in front of a public audience.

CRIMINAL LONDON – THE PRACTICALS

The Criminal London walk takes place at 2.30 pm on Saturday, August 24. The meeting point is just outside the exit of BlackfriarsTube. The walk is guided by Steve.

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

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LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Criminal London Walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Criminal London Walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. And – always with private London Walks and tours – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is well-nigh perfect. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at london@walks.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they're good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing.

GIVE THE GIFT OF LONDON WALKS

A private London Walk makes a fab present – be it a birthday or anniversary or get-to-know-your-new neighbourhood gift or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.

MIND THE GAP

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