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.
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This is a walk
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.
Outside Farringdon Station - main exit from Metropolitan/Circle lines
Tour end: Outside King's Cross station.
Join us to find out more about our incredible journey to create a new museum for London. Apply to join a special tour of the General Market (currently in construction), or come along to meet the architects and take part in free family-friendly drop-in activities.
Sir Horace Jones (1883) and T P Bennett and Son (1963) New Museum of London scheme: Stanton Williams Architects Asif Khan Julian Harrap Architects, 1883
Drop in / Guided tour
community/cultural, museum, library
St John's Gate in Clerkenwell dates from 1504 and was built for the Knights Hospitaller. 19th and early 20th century additions by Richard Norman Shaw and John Oldrid Scott. Grade I listed. Home to the Museum of the Order of St John.
Richard Norman Shaw, 1874
Grade II listed, built as a Welsh Charity School in 1738. A library with a focus on Marxism and Socialism since 1933. Lenin worked here 1902-03 and his office is preserved. Fresco by Jack Hastings in 1st floor. Late 15C tunnels.
Sir James Steere, 1738
Tranquil Clerkenwell, so close to the bustling City has a distinct character and intriguing history. Once centred around great religious houses, the area has been the scene of fierce rebellion, innovative architecture, and major commerce.
religious, museum, historical house, community/cultural
Founded as a Black Death burial ground, the site has served as a Carthusian monastery, Tudor mansion, school and an almshouse, which it remains to this day. The Charterhouse opened to the public in 2017 with a new museum.
Henry Yevele, 1371
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