Category: Walks

Martin Benet and the Black Friar

The title “Martin Benet and the Black Friar” might sound like an Agatha Christie novel from the 30’s, but it is actually a walk of 5.4 km around the lost churches of St Benet and St Martin in the City of London. It starts and ends at a gorgeous pub called the Black Friar. So […]

Taking The Michael

The Archangel Michael, in the Catholic Church, is the leader of the Army of God in their triumph over the forces of Evil. He is also an important figure for Jews and Muslims. But in cockney rhyming slang – the native patois of the City – Michael has other associations.  I apologise in advance if […]

Cheapside Treasures

One of the best places to explore old parish boundary markers in the City is Cheapside. In medieval times, Cheapside was a bustling marketplace; it’s wide street filled with hawkers, pedlars and shops of all kinds. It is still one of the main shopping centres of the City with the huge New Change mall at […]

Nine Gates to the City

“When the embodied living being controls his nature and mentally renounces all actions, he resides happily in the city of nine gates, neither working nor causing work to be done” Bhagavad-gita 5.13 In Vedic literature, the “city of nine gates” is a metaphor for the human body. There are nine entrances, or gates, to our […]

The Eight (Deadly) Hallows Walk

Before the Great Fire of 1666 there were eight churches in the City dedicated to “All Hallows”, meaning “all the saints” rather than one saint in particular. It seems the bankers and traders of the City 400 years ago already knew something about hedging their bets. It’s a circular walk of just over 4.5  kilometres […]