Do you long to get off the well-worn London tourist trail and see more of the city’s hidden corners? If so, this walking tour is the one for you. Moorgate is probably not on most people’s lists of top locations to visit, but it’s oozing with history, from the first Roman settlement through to the early 1900s.
As a born and bred Londoner, the city’s history has always fascinated me, and I started to put together tours around ten years ago. It’s really important to me that you not only get to see and hear about the locations and buildings on the route, but you also hear stories about the people who once lived there.
On this walk, I'll introduce you to a slightly crazy Elizabethan Doctor, the most feared man in Tudor England, and an unlucky delivery boy who got a clip round the ear for attending to a call of nature. Along the way, I’ll tell you tales about:
• The Roman city of Londinium
• Medieval Moorgate
• The prelude to the English Civil War
• Victorian architecture
• 20th century espionage
Whether it’s your first time in the capital or you’re a local who’s curious about Moorgate, this tour is a valuable introduction to this London neighbourhood’s rich history.
Allow approximately an hour for this walk if you plan on keeping strictly to the route. There are also a couple of opportunities to explore further which will add another 30 minutes or so if you choose to take them. There are plenty of pubs, cafes, restaurants and food outlets if you feel the need to take some time out during the tour.