Walking around the neighbourhood

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August 21st 2011
Published: August 22nd 2011
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Scott and I spent a very plesant Sunday morning strolling around London City on a walking tour called 2000 years of history in London's Square Mile. It was extremely interesting to learn what history is moments from your door just across the river. We started out at the Mounument, and learnt how there really wasn't a lot of fire fighting going on during the Great Fire. The next interesting point was a beautiful garden in a church ruin up from the old Billingsgate Fish Market, it almost felt tropical. Onwards we walked closer to what is now the city area with the Gerkin and other iconic buildings; like the inside out building and the Leadenhall Markets. One amusing story was about how they use to make little shoes for the geese so they could walk to the market and there was one goose called Tom who escaped the chop and became a mascot of the Leadenhall Markets. We walked down the old banking road Lombard Street and past many of the old guilds that still exisit today. Down through a few alley's and we past by some extremely old pubs, one was where the term 'TIPS' was born (To Insure Prompt Service). The next stop and final point on the walk was Guildhall, beautiful building in the heart of the city - like a major's hall. Pretty impressive building and history, all the former majors names were written in the stain-glass. Including people like Dick Wittington and the likes. There was also an wicked Roman Amputhetor display, as the Guildhall was built over the top of this ancient site. We were then off to the Museum of London to take a peek at a Street Photography exhibition before ending the day at the Seven Dials pub for a couple of cold ones. History at our door step


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