The Ancient City at Night

Bank underground station, London (exit 3, meet by the Wellington statue)

Guided by Peter G.

Walk Times

DayWalk TypeStart TimeEnd Time
Thursday Weekly6.30 pm8.30 pm Winter Summer

Take another look. If I were going to take Julius Caesar, Charlemagne, Dante, Elizabeth I, Adam Smith, George Washington and Claude Monet on a London Walk this would be the one. Because of where it goes and what we see. It’s the oldest part of London; it’s also the most aggressively modern part. After-hours it’s transfigured: crystalline, transparent as a dragonfly, submerged in its past. We can peer into its depths. And then rub our eyes and wonder at a church that “transcends originality,” at the only private house in the country with its own court and cells, at a lost river, at a jewel box of a market (going there is a little touch of Harry Potter in the night), at Dirty Dick’s, at the architectural equivalent of a butterfly collection. And to see it at night – washed in blue and green light – it’s like moving, stunned, through the crevasses of a mountain glacier! And that’s just first impressions, a quick scratch at the surface. The behind-the-scenes stuff – hidden courtyards, dimly lit alleyways and wonderful old pubs* – will take us right down into the depths of London’s ancient past. Guided by Peter*Pubs included, post-walk curry an optional extra.

LONDON WALKS PRACTICALS

The Ancient City at Night walk takes place every* Thursday evening at 6.30 pm. The meeting point is outside exit 3 (by the Wellington statue) of BankTube Stop.  N.B. the walk ends at Dirty Dick’s, very near Liverpool Street Station. *Except Dec. 26 and Jan. 2

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

“If you want to know London better, if you want to learn some things about the world’s most cosmopolitan city that most people who spend their lives there never learn… I can think of no better investment than London Walks”  The New York Times

“We went on the Ancient City By Night tour on a recent visit to London. Our tour guide Peter was absolutely brilliant at bringing the history of the City of London to life. It was a highlight of our visit. His knowledge of his subject seemed infinite and his delivery was so professional. He was funny, clever and engaging and the two hour tour went far too quickly. We enjoyed it enormously and when next in London will be seeking out another London Walks tour – preferably with Peter!”  dtolly (Derby, United Kingdom).

N.B. this walk will not take place on the following dates:

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LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can’t make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Mountain Building & Meteorites in the City of London walks it can always be booked as a private tour. If you go private you can have the The Ancient City at Night 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 privatewalks@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 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.

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