Explore the City's Ancient Alleyways in the Footsteps of Charles Dickens
Stop here at the entrance to the thoroughfare. Look across the street to your right. Do you see the magnificent classical building with the grand portico and Corinthian columns? That's Mansion House. It was built in the 18th century and since then has been the home of the Lord Mayor of London. In 'Gone Astray', Dickens imagines himself coming to Number 1 Poultry when a dinner is being prepared and looks in through the kitchen window. He writes, ‘my heart began to beat with hope that the Lord Mayor or the Lady Mayoress,... would look out of an upper apartment and direct me to be taken in. But nothing of the kind occurred'.In 'A Christmas Carol', Scrooge's clerk, Bob Cratchett, also looks into the window to watch the sumptuous Christmas feast laid on for the Lord Mayor.
We'll continue walking now. First, turn to face the way we were going. Do you see the domed building just up ahead, on the other side of this intersection? Make your up the left pavement in that direction.