Myths & Legends of London – a May Eve Special

Tower Hill underground station, London (meet by the Tower Hill Tram coffee stand)

Guided by Kevin

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
30 April 2023 Special 3 pm 5 pm Winter

The walk tells the story of London’s legendary past, explores May Day and  the Celtic Festival of Beltane.

The walk is led by Kevin Flude, a former archaeologist at the Museum of London, who has an interest both in the archaeological evidence as well as the myths and legends of London’s origin.

The walk is one of a series about London’s Myths and Legends which take place on or around one of the significant festivals of the calendar.

On this walk we celebrate May Day, or Beltane – the celebration of the coming of Summer.

The walk begins with the tale of London’s legendary origins in the Bronze Age by an exiled Trojan called Brutus.

Stories of Bladud, Bellinus, Bran, Vortigern and Arthur will be interspersed with how they fit in with archaeological discoveries.

As we explore the City we also look at evidence for ‘Celtic’ origins of London and how May Day may have been celebrated in London.

The  route starts at Tower Hill, then down to the River Thames at Billingsgate, to London Bridge and Southwark Cathedral,  into the valley of the River Walbrook, past the Temple of Mithras, and along Cheapside towards the Roman Amphitheatre and St Paul’s.


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