Sinister Smithfields Walking Tour – London’s gruesome past
A walk through this lovely area which was just outside the City of London and escaped the Great Fire of London of 1666. This is Smithfields, with London's oldest hospital, fantastic and charismatic churches, an old Tudor gateway, hidden squares, plague pits and a meat market. A stroll through the back streets and alleys of London, you will discover some real hidden gems and if you like blood and gore, this is the one for you with stories of London's grisly past and public executions. Highlights include:
- A walk through a secret garden with the most delightful and moving memorial plaques
- A look at London's oldest hospital with horror stories
- A tudor gateway
- An execution site where many thousands of people, famous and not so famous lost their lives
- A look at Smithfields meat market.
- A beautiful church 12th century church, St Bartholomew's the Great, where films like 4 Weddings and a Funeral were filmed.
- A look at a 17th century mural by William Hogarth
- A visit to Charterhouse museum, part of a 14th century medieval monastery which opened in 2017
- The site of a plague pit, discovered in 2015 during excavations for London's new railway line, Crossrail.