The Famous Square Mile

(7 customer reviews)

Monument Underground station, London (Fish Street Hill exit)

Guided by Delianne or Fiona or Judy or Simon or Tom

Please note

You must reserve your place online for this walk. Select your date and time on the table below.

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
Sunday Weekly 10.30 am 12.30 pm Winter Summer Reserve Online
Thursday Weekly 11 am 1 pm Winter Summer Reserve Online


Meet your guide – here’s superstar guide Tom Hooper MBE (he’s the former barrister) talking about this walk. This is Part I of a two-part interview in which Tom enlightens and entertains us about what this walk covers, what you get, where it goes, etc.

Short read: 2,000 Years of History  

Long read: The great classic London Walk, the London Walk of Walks! It explores the very heart of the City – the most historic part of the capital. Threading his way through an intricate network of narrow alleys and cobblestone lanes, Simon chronicles the 2,000 years of London’s rich and tumultuous history. And illustrates it by drawing upon everything from street names to ancient customs to the frozen music of London’s great buildings, among which are the ruins of the Roman Temple of Mithras, the Bank of England, the Lord Mayor’s Mansion House, and ancient Guildhall. Guided by Tom MBE, Judy, Fiona or Simon.


The meeting point is just outside the Fish Street Hill exit of Monument Tube. N.B. the walk ends very near St. Paul’s Tube Station.   


The gold stored at the Bank of England cannot be stacked more than 5 feet high and has to be continuously moved around. Why? Because the London clay does not provide a solid enough foundation. Gold is so dense and thus heavy, it would start to sack the foundation of the vaults. In Manhattan, in contrast, the vaults are laid right on top of schist bedrock which is very strong. There is virtually is no limit to how high the stacks can be. (Perhaps just as well because there is more gold in the vaults of the Federal Reserve Bank in Manhattan than there is in Fort Knox. More than 36 countries store their gold there – more than 1/4 of the world’s gold is in those vaults. And well might you ask – how much is in the Bank of England?)


“London’s best city tours” The Telegraph

“Even jaded Londoners find these London Walks a source of astonishing gems of information about the city in which they live.” Daily Mail, Top London Treats

“London Walks was the first – and is the best – of the walking tour firms”  Fodor’s Great Britain

“The Famous Square Mile with guide Simon this morning was excellent. I didn’t want it to end even though it had begun raining. The wealth of knowledge of Simon and his exuberant passion for the history of this famous city was reflected in how he brought it to life for our group. I’ve been on numerous of the London Walks and all are the highest calibre. Take as many of these walks as you can!!”  P. Fuselli  Banff, Canada Feb. 2020


If you can’t make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Famous Square Mile walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Famous Square Mile 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 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 Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that’s special. Memories make us rich.


Don’t just take it from us.

7 reviews for The Famous Square Mile

  1. Alison

    The two hours we spent with Fiona walking around the City of London Square Mile yesterday just flew by. She has a tremendous depth of knowledge about so many aspects of this area, past and present, and she put it across in such an entertaining way. We hung on her every word and learnt such a lot. Thank you so much!

  2. Ira Miller

    The walk today with Fiona was wonderful, entertaining and informative. One of the best walking tours I have done by a ( square ) mile

  3. Gill

    Very much enjoyed the walk with Fiona today, really interesting and entertaining

  4. Jackie Roberts

    I have just done the Square Mile walk with Fiona and have to say it was one of the best I’ve done. Fiona was extremely personable and told and showed us parts of London I never knew about. She threw in a mini ‘quiz’ which was good fun and you didn’t need to be a historian to take part :-). Definitely recommend.

  5. Saley

    Last Sunday (10 October 2021) I and my wife were part of a group of six who went on this walk with our guide Peter G. From the time we met he put us all at ease with his witty (sharp as a splinter, nay, razor sharp), sociable and gregarious personality. We found him to be exceedingly friendly, convivial and knowledgeable, open to dialogue on various subjects and a perfect person for the job. An extrovert (must be his thespian training) and a people person who brought out the best in the dynamics of the group. I cannot recommend him more highly. In future, we shall – without hesitation – join him on another one of his walks. Regards, Fiona and Saley

  6. patricia sheehan

    Ann was a great guide , she knew a lot of the history of the square mile but also had contemporary updates to share and was very personable. the walk was really interesting and I learned a lot about the City of London. would highly recommend this walk

  7. Tonya Wilson

    A wonderful walk back through time and today to understand the change and growth in the city! Educational and entertaining!

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