From the Reformation to the Hanged, Drawn & Sherlock Holmes’d…
Whoa! Smithfield. More history than any other comparable acre in London. The Romans used this “smooth field” as a cemetery in the 3rd and 4th centuries. It was the site of public executions. And witch burnings. The Peasants’ Rebellion climaxed here. On 23 August 1305 William Wallace (‘Braveheart’) was hanged, drawn and quartered here. Knights jousted here. The oldest hospital in the United Kingdom – the second oldest in Europe – is here. You’ve got half a dozen pre-Great Fire houses and buildings (there’s no other concentration of those anywhere else in London like this one). There’s, of course, the market. Livestock market first, then, since 1868, today’s cold meat market. There are ghosts. There’s dramatic evidence of the Zeppelin bomb. There are street names that sing: Cow Cross Street, Giltspur Street, etc. There are people names that sing: Ben Franklin, John Milton, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, Rahere, to name but a few.
SMITHFIELD PUB TOUR – THE PRACTICALS
The Smithfield Pub Tour takes place at 7.15 pm on Saturday, November 30. Meet Kevin just outside the exit of BarbicanTube Stop.
LONDON WALKS REVIEWS
“the unfailingly fascinating London Walks… If you can’t find one [of their tours] that captures your fancy, maybe you really are tired of life.” San Francisco Chronicle
“The best walking tours in London” The London Guide
“The best walks are conducted by London Walks” Toronto Globe & Mail
WANT A PRIVATE SMITHFIELD PUB WALK?
If you can’t make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Smithfield walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Smithfield walk – 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 very special (and unusual) gift – be it a birthday or anniversary or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that’s special. Memories make us rich.