A Walking Tour of London
As we all know London is steeped in history, with its abundance of historical and modern architecture, its old churches and buildings, many designed by the renowned architect Sir Christopher Wren, These buildings are dotted between the parks and alleyways and the river Thames flows between them all. The wonderful array of historical sites now sit alongside the many new skyscrapers which make up the ever changing London skyline such as the Shard, designed by Renzo Piano, the Heron Building designed by Kohn Pederson Fox and of course the Gherkin designed by Norman Foster, but it is also a city with secrets, unusual stories, hidden treasures and folkloric tales. In amongst all this there are numerous memorials and public art displays that will take you by surprise.
Buying a Home in London
If you are considering relocating to and finding a home in London it would be well worth spending some time embarking on one of the many guided walking tours as it is a fascinating way to take in the many sights, sounds and smells of London. As the historic heart of London is the City of London with over 2,000 years of history this might be the best place to start.
City of London
At just one square mile, the City of London is a great place to see Roman remains next to modern architecture such as the Shard and the Heron Tower, two of the tallest buildings in London. The best way to explore London effectively is with an experienced qualified guide which you will find on www.cityoflondon.com. These walks include highlights such as Guildhall, Mansion House, the Bank of England and the Royal Exchange. Other walks will take you through the contrasting scenes that London has to offer. One moment you will find yourself walking through Devonshire Square and then the next moment and a few minutes to the East of the wealthy domain of the city you will find yourself in an entirely different area – The East End of London with Petticoat Lane Market being one of your first port of calls and the beginning of the East End. This area has a totally different story and its own unique history with an ever changing population. It is no longer seen as pre-dominantly populated by East Enders with the Kray brothers and other gang leaders dominating the scene. Following the Second World War the area was inhabited mainly by the Jewish people, now there is only one Jewish business and one Synagogue left which is nestled between the East London Mosque and the main inhabitants are Bangladeshi. Many historic building remain such as: the Bell Foundary which supplied the Liberty Bell to the USA, The White Chapel Art Gallery and The New London Hospital which though it has maintained it’s Victorian façade has now grown to become the biggest hospital in Europe.
This is just one example of how a walking tour can illuminate the changing face, sites and sounds of London. There are many fascinating areas to choose from on these tours and, as we say, we would highly recommend one or more tours as a starting point to getting to know London.