St. Paul's Tube, exit 2 | Map

Guided by Sue

The ancient, hidden village of Clerkenwell clings to a hillside barely a stone's throw away from St. Paul's Cathedral. Its very name – the clerks' or students' spring – is redolent of antiquity; and indeed this tiny hamlet serves up brimming draughts from the deep well of its history. Mystery plays and plague pits; riots and rookeries; bodysnatching and bombing; jousting and jesters; bloodshed and burnings; monks, murder, and medicine: Clerkenwell has a tale or two to tell. Tracing its narrow alleyways and ancient squares, we take in here a Norman church; there a magnificent Tudor gateway; round that corner venerable Charterhouse, London's only surviving mediaeval monastic complex; let alone Hercule Poirot's London flat and the trendiest house in town. And that's not to mention a sprinkling of superb old pubs. Pubs that are what pubs should be – traditional, time-honoured, hearts of oak! N.B. the walk takes about two and a half hours and ends at Farringdon Station.

THE SECRET VILLAGE PUB WALK – THE PRACTICALS

The Secret Village Pub Walk walk takes place at 7.15 pm on Saturday, April 20. The meeting point is just outside exit 2 of St. Paul'sTube.

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

 "London's best city tours" The Telegraph

"the best in the capital" Visit London

"the unfailingly fascinating London Walks..." San Francisco Chronicle

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Secret Village Pub Walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Secret Village Pub 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.

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