Kindertransport statue, Hope Square,Liverpool St station, EC2M 7PY
Walking tour: Sisters in the City A walking tour celebrating the lives of women who’ve made their mark on the City of London over the centuries, from Boudicca to the Suffragettes
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The tour starts at the Kindertransport statue in Hope Square, outside Liverpool Street station's National Rail entrance on Liverpool Street/Old Broad Street. It's next to MacDonalds
There are accessible toilets at Liverpool St station and in the One New Change shopping centre near the end of the walk. There are some steps and uneven pavements in parts of the walk.
From the Romans onwards, the City of London has been dominated by men. The tour enables you to learn about the history of women in the City by celebrating the lives and achievements of some remarkable individuals. These include: Boudicca; an unknown Roman girl buried under a skyscraper; some Medieval nuns who broke the rules; the 18th century feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft; 18th century entrepreneur Eleanor Coade; Victorian cookery writer Mrs Beeton and the Suffragettes. You will visit places connected with these women, and hear their stories.
Jenny Mill is a qualified City of London tour guide and ITG Green Badge guide. She has lived in London for most of her life and loves sharing its history and stories. She leads regular public and private tours in the City, on a range of themes including women's history; literary London (Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Samuel Johnson and Samuel Pepys); Christopher Wren's churches; London's river; and the ancient livery companies. She is also a volunteer at St Paul's cathedral.
The tour starts at Liverpool Street station and finishes at St Paul's cathedral. It takes about 75 minutes, stopping at different places along the route. We will not be going inside any of the places so wear suitable clothing for the weather, and comfortable shoes.
We will be meeting by the Kindertransport statue next to McDonalds in Hope Square, just outside the Liverpool St/Old Broad St entrance to Liverpool Street National Rail station.
Join your tour guide for a tour of Hawksmoor’s finest church, Christ Church, Spitalfields, where we’ll unlock the history of this fascinating area and building, as well as learning a new skill; how to ‘read’ a church. Covering the controversial myth about Hawksmoor and the occult, the tour will explain the social context of the construction of this church and its architectural importance.
Nicholas Hawksmoor, 1729
Livery Hall first built in 1429, much altered then demolished and rebuilt in 1880, destroyed in 1941 except for external walls (W W Pocock). Designed as a showpiece for the craft of carpentry, the third Hall on the site.
William Wilmer Pocock, Clifford Wearden, Herbert Austen Hall, 1956
historical house, livery hall
Coopers' Hall is a late 17th century, timber-framed merchant's house with a Georgian frontage. A Livery Hall since 1957, it features a fine Courtoom, dining room and an impressive staircase spiralling up the entire height of the building.
Nicholas Barbon, 1690
How can architecture help us to understand a world in flux? We can use buildings as markers of change, seeing the impact of global economic shifts on local streets, the rise and fall of public housing, and the march of 'gentrification'.
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