Matthew Shardlake’s London

(4 customer reviews)

Temple Tube

Guided by Andy

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
13 October 2022 Special 2 pm 4 pm Summer Reserve Online
16 November 2022 Special 2 pm 4 pm Winter Reserve Online
21 December 2022 Special 2 pm 4 pm Winter Reserve Online

Short read: Tracing the footsteps of C.J Sansom’s dogged, melancholy ‘hero’ Matthew Shardlake and his ‘side kick’ Barak through the streets of Tudor London.

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Podcast listen: Shardlake’s London with a bonus – Andy got a bunch of his London Walkers to give their favourite London book recommendation.

Longer read: Fan of Tudor London? Look no further, ‘The sights, the voices, the very smell of this turbulent age’ are raised from the page and into the genuine article. We follow in the footsteps of Matthew Shardlake as he trots through Tudor London on his trusty horse Chancery. To Temple Stairs ‘to catch a wherry’ at Middle Temple – a beautiful 16th Century dining hall, to Shardlake’s ‘fine stone property’ in Chancery Lane. We pass ‘under the high square towers of the Great Gate’ of Lincoln’s Inn and Shardlake’s chambers where still today barristers ‘stride purposefully about the precincts’, with ‘the space of Lincoln’s Inn Fields beyond’. Then to Staples Inn with its beautiful surviving Tudor façade, a satellite to Grey’s Inn and its golden age of Cromwell, Walsingham, Bacon, Cecil, Aske and the Queen’s most sadistic torturer Richard Topcliffe. Barak’s home at the Old Barge in Bucklesbury and Guy of Malton’s apothecary’s shop near Budge Row. The Shambles, Bladder Street, The Pope’s Head Tavern, Grey Friars, the ‘Hole’ at Newgate Prison, Paternoster Row and St Paul’s – we re-discover those ‘lost’ streets like a Tudor Rebus cutting through ‘the religious and political chaos of the 1540s with sinister élan’. And finally, we end at THE end for Anne Askew, burnt alive in Smithfield by The Priory Church of St Bartholomew’s so vividly and horribly portrayed in Lamentation. Anyone for a stiff drink? Thought so. I have a recommendation Barak himself would enjoy.


Matthew Shardlake’s London takes place at 2pm  on Wednesday March 16th

The meeting point is just outside   TempleTube.


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If you can’t make the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public In the Footsteps of Matthew Shardlake walk do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have In the Footsteps of Matthew Shardlake – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We’ll tailor it to your requirements. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at [email protected] 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.


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4 reviews for Matthew Shardlake’s London

  1. Ileana

    Exquisite! A gorgeous summer day with a little group of Shardlake fans and an extremely knowledgeable guide! The walk was a real treat and I learnt so much, discovering such peaceful parts of London and gems of history hidden away. Walking in the footsteps of C.J. Sansom’s characters, and generally speaking in the footsteps of history, was so interesting!

  2. Wendy

    A great tour for anyone interested in the historic areas of London but especially linked to Shardlake. Andy was very knowledgeable and an interesting and engaging guide. Two and a half hours flew by! Great value and so many interesting facts to take in. I would love to do the tour again when I’ve re-read all the books! Thanks Andy!

  3. Simon

    Excellent – Andrew was a great guide and fans of Shardlake will love it. Thoroughly enjoyable.

  4. Jo

    Amazing. Andy was extremely knowledgeable abs made the whole tour so interesting and informative.

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