Open House Festival

The Fleet beneath your feet



Farringdon Station, Cowcross Street, EC1M 6BY

A walk along and around a stretch of London's most famous hidden river. The River Fleet is underground these days, but it's left its mark on the landscape. Discover the layers of history in this less explored corner of central London.

Getting there






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Accessibility notes

This is a walk


About the tour and guide

Starting at Farringdon Station, this walking tour follows part of the course of the hidden River Fleet, the most famous of London's subterranean rivers. The walking tour weaves its way up the Fleet valley to King's Cross, exploring this little known area of central London. It takes in a medieval priory, urban redevelopment projects from the 19th and 21st centuries, and one of the London's loveliest inner suburbs ,and looks at the role of water in shaping the form of the city.

Guide: This tour is led by Alison Porter, a graduate of the Open City Golden Key Academy in 2022. A Londoner by birth, and a geographer by education, Alison earns a living in health related academia, and enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for the multi-layered streets of London.

Tour meeting point:

Outside Farringdon Station - main exit from Metropolitan/Circle lines
Farringdon Station
Cowcross Street

Tour end: Outside King's Cross station.


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