The Famous Square Mile

(85 customer reviews)

Monument Underground station, London (Fish Street Hill exit)

Guided by Delianne or Fiona or Judy or Simon or Tom

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


Here’s barrister and superstar guide Tom Hooper MBE 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 (brought to you by brilliant guides*)

A dream team of nonpareil guides

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.

*”If this were a golf tournament every name on the Leader Board would be a London Walks guide” 


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 Guildhall, found on the Square Mile in London


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?)

Bank of England, found on the Square Mile in London


“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

Mansion House, also part of our Revolting London Walking Tour


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 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 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.

85 reviews for The Famous Square Mile

  1. Nicola W

    Fascinating walk with Simon ending at a roman temple that I didn’t know was there !


    Very good moment with Simon today.

  3. Josh

    Fabulous tour by Simon.

  4. Janet Richardson

    We were a party of five adults and had a lovely walk round the square mile with Ann on Saturday. She took us through so many hidden places you would never see normally and pointed out so many interesting things. The walk was very informative and varied. I would highly recommend this walk and I would highly recommend Ann Jones. The walk lasted two hours.

  5. Sharon & Carl

    Today’s walk with Simon was truly enjoyable & enlightening..his jovial personality coupled with a grande knowledge & obvious love of this topic shone through.
    History came to life…thank you Simon .

  6. Maya Spinazzi

    Simon was brilliant. A fountain of historical knowledge delivered with clarity and humour. We wanted more!

  7. Matthew Hodgson & Maya Spinazzi

    Simon was brilliant. A fountain of knowledge, pearls of historical insight and delivered with clarity and humor. We weren’t ready for it to end. Thank you.

  8. Laurence DAGNAUD

    Fiona was an excellent, very clever and knowledgeable guide, open to questions . I highly recommend her We had a great time discovering the square mile

  9. Tom McCracken

    My wife and I took this walk with Simon on Aug 27th. Simon’s knowledge and humor combined to make this a wonderful experience. Would highly recommend.

  10. Jimmy

    27 August 2023 – Simon was highly entertaining and deeply knowledgeable. As a Londoner who knows these area well, it was a real eye opener to new discoveries and encounters. Didn’t want the tour to stop. Will be back for more!

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