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Quiz Walk: St Paul’s and Guildhall

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Starting in Paternoster Square, just by St Paul’s Cathedral, this walk explores some hidden places in the City of London.  It combines the modern with traces of Medieval and Roman London and includes a superb roof top view of the Cathedral and Central London.      Papa Joe enjoyed wandering around these streets and is sure that you and the kids will love this walk too.

Just under a mile and a half long      Buggy friendly
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 (1) The starting point is the bronze sculpture, The Shepherd and Sheep. 
Explore the square which is dominated by  Paternoster Square Column.  It is sometimes referred to as the ‘pineapple’ because of the gold urn at the top.  I spotted a giant  calendar sundial engraved on the wall of new London Stock Exchange.  Not sure how well it works but it looked very impressive. The square has certainly changed since I came here 25 years ago.  Then you could watch the office workers playing  on the netball court at lunch time.

(2) Go through Temple Bar, the stone archway, on the south side of the square which leads to St Paul’s Cathedral.

(3) Turn left and walk into St Paul’s Churchyard, passing a small round War Memorial and statue, and exit at the far end.  If the Churchyard is closed there is a path that takes you alongside the Churchyard.

(4) Cross New Change at the traffic lights, turn right and after 50 yards enter the shopping centre (One New Exchange) and make your way to the glass lift.
N.B. Free toilets near the Marks and Spencer Food Hall at basement level

 

roof view st paul (5) Take the lift to the 6th floor roof terrace (no charge) for a spectacular view.  You can clearly see Saint Paul’s,The London Eye, Old Bailey and many Wren churches.

Descend down the lift to the ground floor and leave the shopping centre through the exit directly in front of you as you leave the lift.

 

 

Cross Bread Street, turn left and go through a small alley called John Milton Passage.
A blue plaque to the poet is
 on the wall just to the left of the entrance to the alley.

Follow the alley as it curves and you will come to (6)  Bow Church Yard and St Mary Le Bow church.
If you are born within the sound of the bells of this church you are a true Cockney Londoner.  The church has a cafe in the crypt which is open for breakfast and lunch Monday to Friday.

Leave the Churchyard by Bow Churchyard – this is the little passage way running behind the church. Follow the alleyway and turn right when you reach Bow Road and walk down the road until you reach Ye Olde Watling public house at the junction of Watling Road and turn left towards Queen Street. (7)
If the kids have been learning about The Romans in school I am sure that they will tell you all about Watling Street. 

Turn left into Queen Street and continue ahead into King Street after crossing Cheapside.  Ahead of you is the medieval Guildhall.   (8) (Grandma Jacqui has not got it wrong, traditionally it is always called Guildhall never “the” Guildhall!)

If you have time you can explore  Guildhall Art Gallery and Guildhall Library otherwise turn left along side St Lawrence Jewry church and exit into Aldermanbury.  Turn right along Aldermanbury and walk up the street to St Mary Aldermanbury Gardens.

At the garden turn left into Love Lane and on to Wood Street.

(9) The tower is all that remains of St Albans Church which was destroyed in the blitz in World War II.  It is now a private home – I would love to live here.

Opposite Love Lane is a small passageway through a modern block called St Albans Court.  Walk through it and then carry on directly to Oat Lane.  

Carry on to Noble Street (10) , where on the opposite side of the road are remains of part of the old London Wall.

 After you have looked at the wall turn left and walk down Noble Street into Foster Lane, where   The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths  have their hall and often have free exhibitions.

At the end of Foster Lane turn right onto Cheapside and you will see St Paul’s Cathedral, St Paul’s Underground Station and where you started the walk directly in front of you.

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Getting There     Paternoster Square, just by St Paul’s Cathedral EC4M 7DX
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