Free Tour Horrid History London Pub
Take a free walking tour through London’s first suburb Clerkenwell (settled in the Middle Ages) and Smithfield, a meat market since 1174 and the City of London’s only wholesale food market still in it’s original location – passing the sites of 4 of London’s most important Medieval religious institutions and it’s oldest hospital.
Learn about the bloody and gruesome history of the area and find out the answers to the following questions:
Which spice grown in Clerkenwell was used to disguise the taste of rancid meat?
Where was the river of blood?
What happened to the arms and legs of William Wallace? And why did the Prior of Charterhouse suffer a similar fate?
Where were 40,000 victims of the black death buried and what is there now?
Where did Bloody Mary feast on chicken and red wine while watching protestant martyrs burning at the stake?
And most importantly:
Where can you get a pint at 7 am and what is a “City Boy’s Breakfast”?
We will be stopping for a drink at 5 pubs of exceptional historical and architectural interest and your guide will be happy to give recommendations for local cask ales and gins (don’t forget to bring some money for the drinks!).
This is a FREE 'pay what you can' tour
Duration: 3.5 hours
No tube/bus ticket is needed for the tour
Meeting point: Farringdon Underground/Railway Station, main exit (Cowcross Street) outside Timpson shop — EC1M 6BY
Route: Saffron Hill, The Hat and Tun (pub), Ray Street, The Three, Kings (pub), St. John's Square, The Fox and Anchor (pub), Charterhouse Square, The Hand and Shears (pub), St. Batholomew The Great church, Pye Corner
Finishing Location: The Viaduct Tavern, 126 Newgate Street, London – EC1A 7AA
Appointment: 15 minutes prior to the starting time
Recommended for +18
Not wheelchair friendly unfortunately