Explore Hidden London with Context Travel

Explore the hidden physical remains of London’s past, from Roman ruins to Victorian Pubs

London, England

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Tickets must be bought on the Context Travel Website. We recommend buying in advance.

This walk focuses on the hidden physical remains of London’s past, rather than the more obvious sites and the space between. London does not proudly display most of its history like Rome or Venice, one needs to seek it out, and this walk will try to find some of the physical reminders of that past, now often off the beaten path.

The walk begins at the Museum of London where a few minutes away is one of the hidden gems of London: the remains of the western gate of the Roman fort that once stood here, something not normally accessible to the public, and now incongruously within a car park. You will visit the church of St. Bartholomew the Great, an important part of medieval London (entrance fee £3) and find yourself surrounded by perfect 12th c. Norman architecture that survived both the 1666 fire and the Blitz.

You will then visit Newgate, an area once infamous for its prison. Here, under a Victorian pub lies the cells of the Giltspur Street Compter, an 18th c. debtor’s prison. From there you will take a short stroll to St. Etheldreda’s, another remarkable medieval survival where the crypt and chapel still survive. We may then stop for a quick drink in the famous Old Mitre pub, a 16th c. establishment a few yards away (closed at weekends), which has the remains of a cherry tree by the bar, said to have been danced around by Queen Elisabeth I. We move then to the Silver Vaults, built as a Victorian safe deposit, but now a set of underground silversmiths and shops, little known outside the silver dealing world. 

Further along Fleet Street lay large Carmelite and Dominican Friaries, now recalled in the street names Whitefriars and Blackfriars respectively. The remains of the former we will see under a modern office building and a short walk away in a 17th c. pub. This pub, the Olde Cheshire Cheese is notable for its age and its former regulars, Samuel Johnson, G. K. Chesterton and Charles Dickens to name but a few. You can have a drink or eat here, which will provide a suitably enigmatic end to the walk.

Tickets must be bought on the Context Travel Website. We recommend buying in advance.


10:00 AM to 01:00 PM

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Meet at the entrance to the Museum of London
Museum of London
2 London Wall Buildings
London, EC2M 5UU, England

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Specific meet-up instructions will provided on the purchased ticket.

Tour starts at 10am and the Tour is 2.5 hours long.

Tickets are £5 per person Tickets must be bought at Context Travels Site:


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Tickets must be purchased on the Context Travel Website: http://www.contexttravel.com/city/london/walking-tour-details/obscura-day-hidden-london