Explore the City’s Bloody Past
90 mins linear walk
Individual Tickets from £15
Embark on this 90-minute guided walk in the City of London exploring the horrors of living through the plague and the Great Fire of London.
Walk along the medieval street plan of the City of London. How would people have lived during the great plague? What did they do to try and avoid this deadly disease? Why were cats and dogs no longer safe on the streets? What were Watchmen paid to watch?
We will discuss how Bloody Mary earned her name, was she as bad or worse than her father Henry VIII? and why did people fear her? Were body snatchers a necessity? Did Sherlock Holmes really jump?
“Heretics and Horrors is a very enjoyable guided walk, Sue was informed and informative and made good use of her microphone on a blustery day! I liked that we did not cram too many places/facts into our 90 minutes stroll and had time to listen and observe. I thought I knew the area around St Paul’s and Barts Hospital quite well, but there was lots more to learn about the history. I plan to join the “sister” walk (Bleeding Hearts?) in the future to complete the learning. Ps We ended the walk at Smithfields and I recommend a look around the local streets after, because there are some very nice cafes and pubs!” Belinda
“I have already submitted several reviews on London guided walks, so, as my brother accompanied me on this one, I will merely quote him; ” Bloody hell that was really good, never knew about most of these horrific things or places, when can we go again?” and that from a former diplomatic protection group officer who used to tour London on his motorbike?” Gary
“Enthusiastic and funny city walk delivered by a warm and knowledgable expert. Ensured we came away with a lot more knowledge of our city’s history; feel very informed about the Great Fire of London now.” Mike
“Great time with our guide Hazel. Didn’t bombard us with lots of facts but told real stories of real people really well. Brought old London – and particularly the hidden side of its history – to life. Really knew her stuff! Highly recommended.”Robert
“Fascinating talk and walk – a real eye opener. We saw churches and ornate city gates such as the ones near St Paul’s showing statues of Stuarts Charles 1 and his son Charles 11 that I had not noticed before. Heard about the Great Fire of London when houses were pulled down to stop the spread and Londoners having to camp in nearby fields – more dying then because of poor conditions than in the fire. We heard about heads on spikes, acting as deterrents; walked past the old Bailey, site of Newgate prison where public executions were held nearby. We saw crumbling churches now city gardens and ended up passing Barts hospital and stopping near Smithfield market to hear about Bloody Mary’s religious martyrs burnt at the stake there and the rebels of the Peasants revolt meeting Richard II and the killing of their leader. Nearby is the ancient Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great which I visited too – a wonderful surprise.” Merle