Heretics and Horrors City Walk

Explore the City’s Bloody Past

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90 mins linear walk


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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?

  • Start: St Paul’s Cathedral
  • End: Smithfields
  • Suitable for all age groups. Please note all children must be accompanied by an adult.


Heretics and Horrors Walk Reviews:


“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


“It was a nice day so enjoyed a nice tour walk around St Paul’s god exercise whilst learning history.” Fabian


“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


“Very cheerful and experienced guide. I’d definitely do another.” Ian


“Hazel was brilliant, informative and funny” Jennifer


“This was an excellent walk. Hazel was a really engaging, knowledgeable leader, who came up with some fascinating stories about London life. I would definitely go on another of her tours.” Dan


“Intelligent , interesting and entertaining exploration of an area of London I thought I already knew quite well. A friendly and very knowledgeable guide caused time to pass all too quickly.” Mark


“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


“Lovely walk around the city. Our guide Hazel is really knowledgable and her enthusiasm is contagious. Really recommend it.” Jose


“It was excellent and l learned a lot Hazel was a most engaging guide full of interesting information I will definitely go with her again” Pat


“It was lovely to see Hazel again and this was my first walk of the year. As usual it was very informative and entertaining and I hope to go on many more walks now.” Stephanie


“Wonderful guide in Hazel and an easy paced walk for all abilities. So interesting and makes you very keen to go on further walks.” Shirley


“Another fascinating walk around the city led by Hazel who is always brimming with obscure facts enthusiasm and charm.” Stephen


“Very enjoyable walk given by a well informed and humorous tour guide. A pleasure to attend and we would attend more of these.” Elise


“An excellent walk as always. Fascinating facts and stories and the opportunity to explore different parts of the city. Hazel is a wonderful guide.” Meryl


“Really interesting walk and talk. History made fun by Hazel, our very engaging and knowledgeable guide. Highly recommended to people of all ages. Will definitely look for another walk!” Deborah


“Enlightening, Informative talk. Very little to walk actually, around St Paul’s and Ending at Smithfields.” Louise


“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


“Thoroughly enjoyed hearing historic information about the places I walk through every day. Well worth time and cost.” Julie

Your Guide: Hazel Baker