Why is the City where it is? Why did it survive and grow? And why did it end up being an incubator of trade and finance?
This walk introduces the history of development of the City as a world centre of commerce in an informative and entertaining way. This is done by looking at particular people, events and institutions that illustrate the changes in the City. It is perfect for those new to City history or who want to look at it from a different angle. It is a quirky personal guide and most definitely not an academic history lesson.
On this walk we will run into Romans, merchants, architects, slaves, rebels and monarchs. We will look at how successive challenges including pestilence, fire and war have affected the City. The walk will take in churches, atmospheric streets and alleyways, pubs, coffee houses, the home of the Lord Mayor and London’s first shopping mall. The walk begins at Monument and finishes at Bank. It is anticipated to take 1.5 hours and whilst not strenuous will require the ability to keep walking for that period. There may be background noise so it may not be suitable for those hard of hearing. There are public houses at the beginning and end of the route and it is convenient for public transport.
Your Guide Laura Miller is a Freeman of the Stationers' Company. She holds an M. A. in History of Art from Cambridge University and an M.Sc in Informatics from City University. She is both an Associate Member of the Institute of Tourist Guiding and a qualified City of London Green Badge Guide.