Fleet Street Walk

Embark on an Unfolding Narrative: The Chronicles of Fleet Street—A Bastion of British Journalism

Dive into a realm where stories are both told and made, and where the streets echo with whispers of the past. Join us for an enthralling walking tour that unwraps the legacy of Fleet Street, the erstwhile nerve centre of British journalism. Be captivated by the towering presence of St Paul’s Cathedral as we commence this tour—this venerable monument silently narrates tales of the unfolding drama in this district over centuries.

Walks last 90 mins
Not step-free
Individual tickets £20

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Embark on an Unfolding Narrative: The Chronicles of Fleet Street—A Bastion of British Journalism

Dive into a realm where stories are both told and made, and where the streets echo with whispers of the past. Join us for an enthralling walking tour that unwraps the legacy of Fleet Street, the erstwhile nerve centre of British journalism. Be captivated by the towering presence of St Paul’s Cathedral as we commence this tour—this venerable monument silently narrates tales of the unfolding drama in this district over centuries.

Among the highlights of this tour are landmarks deeply connected to the heritage of journalism and publishing. St Bride’s Church, often referred to as the ‘journalists’ church’, stands with a spire that is said to have inspired the design of the modern wedding cake. Hear stories of reporters seeking solace and inspiration within its hallowed walls, while also exploring its rich historical and architectural context.

Not far away lies Gough Square, where Dr. Samuel Johnson once resided. While not a journalist in the strictest sense, his lexicographic endeavours provided the scaffolding upon which much of English language reporting was built. The square offers an intriguing side note to the area’s journalistic history.

The Old Bell Tavern stands as an echo of Fleet Street’s heyday, a place where journalists would gather, and stories would unfurl across tables laden with pints and papers. Similarly, we’ll take a moment to reflect upon the area near Fetter Lane, another central point of journalistic activities through the ages, marked by its own series of ups and downs.

Adding yet another layer to this complex narrative are landmarks like Peterborough Court, once the residence of the ‘Daily Telegraph’. We’ll discuss the overarching influence of media magnates who once reigned supreme, commanding not just the street but also public opinion.

We’ll also explore Stationers’ Court, situated just off Ludgate Hill, which served as the base for the Worshipful Company of Stationers. Delve into how this livery company played a significant role in the development and regulation of the early printing and publishing industry.

Our narrative culminates at the lavish Old Bank of England pub, an establishment that carries its own unique past. Here, we’ll reflect on Fleet Street’s evolving role and its enduring contributions to journalism and to the cultural tapestry of London.

With a melange of compelling stories, influential characters, and iconic landmarks, this walk offers a comprehensive understanding of Fleet Street as a linchpin in London’s rich history. Beyond the walls and the cobblestones, you’ll find a narrative woven with ambition, power, and scandal. This isn’t just a walk through a street, but a journey through the annals of Britain’s media history.

Book your spot to be part of this fascinating journey, as we peel back the layers of Fleet Street, revealing the dynamic characters and captivating tales that make it an enduring symbol of London’s multifaceted past. We look forward to guiding you through this revealing exploration.

Your Guide: Jill Dalton

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