Matthew Shardlake’s London

(19 customer reviews)

Temple Tube

Guided by Andy

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
23 August 2023 Special 2 pm 4 pm Summer
20 September 2023 Special 2 pm 4 pm Summer
18 October 2023 Special 2 pm 4 pm Summer Reserve Online
15 November 2023 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 ‘sidekick’ Barak through the streets of Tudor London.

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 Staple 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 2 pm on Wednesday, August 23rd ; 2 pm on Wednesday, September 20th; 2 pm on Wednesday, October 18th and 2 pm on Wednesday, November 15th.

To go on the Matthew Shardlake’s London Walk meet Andy just outside Temple  Tube Station.

The walk ends near Barbican Tube  Station.


Don’t just take it from us…


“award-winning London Walks are unrivalled for quality and range”  American in Britain Magazine

“the best London has to offer” Culture Trip

“by far the most impressive series of walks that I have ever encountered are those offered by London Walks”  Travel and Enjoy


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 Peter or Niamh 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.


A private London Walk makes a very special, thoughtful and unusual gift. Be it a birthday or anniversary or graduation or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that’s special. Memories make us rich.


It’s not even close


Shardlake’s London with a bonus – Andy got a bunch of his London Walkers to give their favourite London book recommendation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

19 reviews for Matthew Shardlake’s London

  1. Tom Keller

    A superb walk for anybody interested in Shardlake or indeed Tudor London in general. I had only read one Shardlake book but I now feel stimulated to read some more! I asked Andy the tour leader how long he’d been doing these walks and he said 20 years – it showed! He’s the consummate professional with countless fascinating stories, historical or just plain funny, along the way. I’m a Londoner and I was taken to so many places I never knew even existed. Brilliant!

  2. Daniel

    What a great way to spend a couple of hours. Andy’s tour, knowledge of the Shard lake novels and presentation skills are just fantastic. This is great tour even if you have not read the
    CJ Samson books. Visited parts of London that even as a retired London Cab driver I never knew existed. I accompanied 8 friends all of whom enjoyed every minute. Thanks Any!

  3. Tracey Farmer

    On probably one of the hottest days of the year we were met by Andy for our Shardlake tour. From the get go Andy was interested in where everyone had come from for the tour and immediately made everyone feel welcome.
    The tour itself was fabulous! Who knew just a stone’s throw off the tourist track where these wonderful places to see, still existing centuries on. We visit London a lot but unless you have an experienced guide you miss so much! Andy’s recounting of the Shardlake books was brilliant and brought to life by showing us important properties and areas where the books are set.
    We all agreed that we would like there to be a part 2 to this tour (obviously a separate tour) so we can see where Guy would maybe have practiced and to include the Charterhouse maybe? We would certainly book it. Saying that we will definitely be booking more tours with London walks for sure.
    Thank you!

  4. Anne

    Just wanted to say how much our bookclub enjoyed the Shardlake walk led by Andrew on Wednesday. He did an excellent job, informative and entertaining.

  5. Sue

    Would like you to know that the walk and tour by Andrew Hallett was excellent. Even if people hadn’t read the books (most had), his commentary on the Inns of Court and surrounding areas was informative and comprehensive. Andrew was articulate, engaging, enthusiastic (he obviously loves his job) and a real asset to London Walks.

  6. Andy

    I’m writing to say how much my group enjoyed the Matthew Shardlake’s London walk last Wednesday. We thought Andrew’s leadership of the walk was masterly – interesting and informative delivered in a friendly, engaging style. We shall certainly recommend the walk to friends.

  7. Susan Platt

    Brilliant afternoon, fascinating tour made live by the knowledgeable and enthusiastic Andy. Got to reread the books again. I had no idea so much ‘hidden Tudor’ remains in London or the peace and tranquility that can be found off the busy thouroughfares or their bloody and brutal histories. Thanks so much, will definately do it again! I am still processing it!

  8. Norma Dixit

    An excellent walk. Our guide Andrew knew both the novels and the walks very well and our group proceeded at an gentle rate. The group was a mixed ability, some older people walking slowly and others a bit faster but we walked only for no more than 5 minutes before something to see appeared and Andrew linked that sight with something in one of the novels. It wasn’t a hard walk but I was astonished at how much of legal London we covered. I think we were all amazed at how much there is to relate to both books and locations. I loved it and would thoroughly recommend it (even if you haven’t read the books). It certainly made me want to read them all again.

  9. Alison

    Such an enjoyable walk yesterday. Andy is an outstanding guide with extensive knowledge, lots of enthusiasm and made this a superb tour. He incorporates the stories of Shardlake to the history, architecture and locations en-route. Absolutely fascinating!
    Highly recommended.
    Alison Feb 2023

  10. Helen

    Excellent tour for everybody who like Sansom books. Andy is great guide and I felt like visit 16 century London. I appreciate these books even more now

  11. Helen

    Excellent tour especially for those who love Sansom books. Now I can understand the books way better, Andy is wondeful guide, this tour is a must for everybody who loves Shardlake. I feel like visited 16 century London.

  12. Susan and Gary Gilhooly

    Just completed this walk and feel keen to recommend this walk to all! It is a fascinating tour of Tudor London with references to the wonderful Matthew Shardlake novels . Andy is a very knowledgeable guide and a wonderful presenter of this fascinating period of London history. Thank you so much Andy for making our afternoon so enjoyable and educational!

  13. Åsa

    History and litterature combined with walking the actual premises of your favourite detective in the company of an excellent, engaging and incredibly knowledgeable guide. Can it get any better? Honestly don’t think so. Go!

  14. Klas Wictorin

    Excellent walk among friends of Shardlake. We got to see fantastic places and hear stories from Tudor London. The guide Andy was extremely well read on history and illustrated the walk with old maps and citations. Highly recommended!

  15. Julia

    Thoroughly enjoyable. Andy has an encyclopaedic knowledge of Shardlake and the Tudor city where he lived and worked so the tour was a delight for fellow enthusiasts.

  16. 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!

  17. 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!

  18. Simon

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

  19. Jo

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

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