Best of Blackfriars Walk
Step back in time to Roman, Medieval, Tudor and Victorian London, and discover the best of Blackfriars on this walking tour of a much forgotten world.
- Discover Roman London to present day
- Follow in the footsteps of Shakespeare & Pepys
- Meet other adventurous souls
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Join our guided walking tour of the Best of Blackfriars and immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of one of London’s most fascinating neighbourhoods. From Roman settlements to present-day landmarks, this tour takes you on a journey through time to uncover the best of Blackfriars.
As you explore the winding streets and alleys, you’ll follow in the footsteps of literary greats such as Victorian author Charles Dickens, famous diarist Samuel Pepys, and playwright William Shakespeare, discovering the stories and secrets behind their famous works. Marvel at modern innovations, award-winning architecture, and medieval priory remains, and stand on the site once belonging to Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII.
Learn about the lost palace once given to Katharine of Aragon as a wedding present by her new husband, Henry VIII, and walk where luxurious Roman villas and a temple to Mithras once stood. The tour also offers a fascinating insight into Victorian engineering and how their efforts connected Blackfriars to the continent, with a lasting impact still visible today.
The Blackfriars area has a rich history dating back to the 13th century when a group of black-robed friars attached to the Order of St Dominic settled in London. By 1276, they had become so prosperous that they moved to the edge of the City of London, an area now known as Blackfriars. The thriving community built a church, cloisters, and other priory buildings, including their own quay.
So come along and discover the Best of Blackfriars on this unforgettable walking tour. You’ll meet other adventurous souls and gain a deeper appreciation for the rich cultural heritage of this vibrant neighbourhood.
- Start: Blackfriars Station
- End: St Paul’s Cathedral