Ancient London: Knights, Nuns and Notoriety

Ancient London walk by Blue Badge Guide Sue JacksonThis is a jolt of the pure stuff – the best sort of London Walks alchemy. The alchemy that results when you mix alleyways that tourists never find with London history that would do the Sorcerer’s Apprentice proud. Here we’re in an urban enchanted forest, a place where 13 knights performed three deeds of bravery – one above ground, one below ground, and one in the water.

A place where there’s a centuries-old peep hole – still there – to keep nuns safe from prying eyes. A place of a Maypole and 11,000 beheaded virgins and the most spectacular statue in London and a show-stopping garden with a fountain whose waters mimic the tail feathers of an ostrich. Let alone Bedlam, an outrageous prioress, Bluebell Girls, black magic, Geoffrey Chaucer and traitors’ heads.

Walks start at 2.00pm every Sunday from Tower Hill Underground Station (District and Circle lines).

Cost: £10 per adult, £8 concessions (seniors over 65, full-time students, Walkabout Card holders). Children under 15 go free if accompanied by their parent(s).

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