Advance booking is essential. A detailed 3 1/2 hour guided walking tour of the lower part of the River Fleet’s course, London’s most well known lost river with Paul Talling, author of London’s Lost Rivers. Starting off at an Art Nouveau Grade II listed pub which is decorated throughout with multi-coloured marble, mosaics, and bronze reliefs of monks. The pub stands on the site of a Dominican Monastery which stood beside the River Fleet. The walk takes in (a partial) view of the outfall chamber into the Thames,a talk about the London sewer system, the sites of the old prisons, bridges and wells that used to line the banks of the Fleet, the Holborn viaduct which spans the Fleet Valley, Smithfield Market (including a quick look at the derelict parts which is also covered in Paul’s Derelict London book), Hockley In-the-Hole an ancient haunt of thieves and the site of bear baiting where you can now hear the sound of the Fleet flowing beneath a drain cover, finishing up at the St Pancras Old Church where people once bathed in the adjacent Fleet plus a look at a few of the interesting gravestones.
Other interesting points along the route include the Clerkenwell courthouse where The Clash were kept in the cells, the site on Farringdon St where the Labour Party was founded, the street where Charles Dickens located Fagin’s Den ending up at the churchyard where the Beatles shot album sleeve photos.
Please note that this walk is wholly above ground and there will be no subterranean trips down to the sewers! Dogs are welcome.The tour lasts approximately 3 1/2 hours.