Spitalfields lies at the heart of London’s East End. The area is as old as London itself. Its many layered patterns of immigration have created a rich mixture of cultures, all of which have left their mark. We shall explore the narrow streets of restored C18 Huguenot weavers’ houses, Nicholas Hawksmoor’s splendid Christchurch, Brick Lane and its restaurants and Spitalfield’s famous Market Hall.
Start: Liverpool Street Station
Now one of the Capital’s most interesting and popular locations, this walk starts north of the River at St Paul’s Cathedral and from there across the Thames to Bankside to follow the River pathway eastwards passing landmarks such as Tate Modern, The New Globe Theatre, Southwark Cathedral and Borough Market., ending at the George Inn Borough High Street The walk will also reveal the rich and chequered history of this area from medieval bishops, to prisons, the Elizabethan theatre heartland, to Victorian commerce, and its 21st century popularity.
Start: St Paul’s tube.
Re-discovering Wapping, a walk from St Katherine’s Dock to Shadwell Basin
Once a riverside fishing village, then part of the bustling London Docklands, and now a quiet residential area ,Wapping's proximity to the river has given it a strong maritime character, which it retains through its riverside pubs and old river steps. Signs of the old docklands heritage can still be found in the cobbled streets, sections of dock walls and gates, and old warehouses, some of which have been converted into sought after apartments. The walk follows the river along the Thames path, with fine views across to the southern shore, passing the site of Execution Dock for pirates, the HQ of the oldest police force in the country dating from 1797 and some of the oldest pubs in London ending at the Prospect of Whitby in Shadwell Bassin