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Remembering Sir John Cass

Sir John Cass has links with education in London going back 350 years and his memory is celebrated on Founders’ Day with a procession of 30 pupils from their school in Jewry Street to St. Botolph-without-Aldgate. Spending time watching this uniqique ceremony will be part of the walk around WHITECHAPEL – an area on the fringe of the City which has a dark and dangerous history. Emigrants have come here for centuries and their history is explored on this walk and we briefly refer to that notorious episode in the 19th century – the Jack the Ripper murders.


 

Secret City Gardens

The City of London is undergoing a transformation at the moment. Towering office blocks are changing the skyline – but at street level there are still over 150 green spaces and restored churchyards where nature thrives. They are protected from the developers and on this walk we pause at some of them to look back at their historical importance in the long history of the City.


 

Soho Stroller

A wicked and sinful part of London? Not really. This walk takes us a mile or two away from the busy financial heart of London to an area that has always had a ‘lively’ and sometimes dubious reputation. Yet in the narrow streets and squares are the reminders that Soho’s history is so much more than night clubs, the film industry and smart restaurants. We start at Tottenham Court Road and finish in Chinatown – but that’s not far!


 

Spitalfields

Over the centuries, the City has attracted migrants from countries all over Europe and Asia....Huguenots, Jews, Germans, Irish, Bangladeshis and many others. These groups settled to the East of the City and their religions, languages and culture have survived and flourished. This colourful ethnic mix is the essence of life in Spitalfields which is now an expanding financial and commercial area with fashionable shops and smart restaurants.


 

The Thames Embankment

This is a walk along the river that recognises the engineering brilliance of the remarkable Sir Joseph Bazelgette in the middle of the 19th century.  At that time, London was suffering from outbreaks of cholera and the Thames was little more than an open sewer.  The walk links two of the greatest buildings in British history, starting at St. Paul’s and finishing near Westminster.


 

Visit to Apothecaries' Hall

In the 21st century, the role of the Livery companies is an integral part of City life, although it has changed completely since the 13th and 14th centuries. Once these companies controlled all the trade and crafts inside the City walls – but now many of them have charitable status. The Society of Apothecaries has one of the oldest Halls in the City. It has remained intact after being rebuilt following the Great Fire. The visit lasts 2 hours and following a break for lunch there will be a short walk around the Blackfriars area. Note: Limited numbers. This walk costs £8 which includes the hall entrance fee.


 

Wapping and the Thames River Police Museum

The ever-popular walk around Wapping never fails to amaze those who think of this area as a forgotten, uninteresting part of the capital. You won’t be disappointed. The old docks are now housing estates but this is where you hear about the exploits of Captain Bligh, the painter J.M.W. Turner and Captain Kidd the pirate. The visit to the Police Museum takes you back to an age when Wapping was notorious for crime, poverty and disease. Now it costs over £1 million to buy a penthouse with a river view.


 

Whitechapel

Sir John Cass has links with education in London going back 350 years and the anniversary of his birth is celebrated on Founders’ Day with a procession of 30 pupils from their school in Jewry Street to St. Botolphs-without-Aldgate. This will be part of the walk around WHITECHAPEL – an area on the fringe of the City which has a dark and dangerous history. Emigrants have come here for centuries and their history is explored on this walk and we briefly refer to that notorious episode in the 19th century – the Jack the Ripper murders.