Tour Locations | Historical Pubs of London: A Tipply Trundle Through Liquid History
Look at the towering London plane trees all around of you. Planted all over the city they provide shelter from the sun and more importantly the rain with their large broad leaves. These trees are ingeniously pollution tolerant and shed their bark like a snake to help shake off the urban grime.
We're heading under the bandstand where students from the nearby London School of Economics often cogitate on the big issues of the day or perhaps swipe left on Tinder.
Stop a moment under the bandstand to read the metal plaque in the floor remembering this as a historic execution site.
This plaque remembers a rather grisly end for Lord Russell convicted of high treason in 1683. The clumsy executioner Jack Ketch was so distracted in his axe work, that blow after blow descended without any of the strikes proving fatal.
So much so that the victim arose to berate the man for his poor workmanship with the executioner even having to issue a written apology after the event.
Chop! Chop! Let’s not lose our heads over this gory past, and with your back to the way you arrived, carry on straight across London's largest garden square, passing under the canopy of an Indian bean tree and head straight out of the gate on the far side.