Goodnight Mister Tom

Date: Saturday 12th May 2018

Distance: 1.6 miles

Start Time: 14:00

Duration: 2 hours

  • Family Focussed
  • Historical
  • Walk and Talk

Meeting Point: Outside St Paul's tube station, Exit 2, Newgate Street, by Caffe Nero, London, EC1A 7AE

Nearest Station (Start): St Paul's

End Point: St Mary Aldermanbury Gardens, Love Lane, EC2V

Nearest Station (End): St Paul's or Bank

Cost: Free


Telephone: 020 3151 1151

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The family focussed walk, inspired by the much loved children’s book ‘Goodnight Mister Tom‘ by Michelle Magorian, tells the story of Willy Beech who is evacuated outside of London during World War II. This walk explores the City of London and hears what life was like for those who remained in the capital during the Blitz.

The walk starts in the area around St Paul’s Cathedral with a brief overview of the story and what was happening in London during the war and explores the heroic work undertaken by the firefighters as well as a tale of animal bravery. The tour then takes a bird’s eye view of St Paul’s Cathedral to hear about the fire watchers that kept the iconic building safe during the heavy period of bombing. We then visit a church which features in a famous nursery rhyme but also played an important role in propaganda during the war. We’ll see how some of the City’s buildings, including its magnificent Guildhall, were affected during the war and the surprising, historic remains that were discovered due to bomb damage. The walk ends in a charming small garden, close to the starting point.


The walk starts close to St Paul’s Cathedral and One New Change shopping centre where there is a good selection of places to purchase refreshments and free public toilets in the vicinity. There are no planned comfort breaks during the walk but if participants require these they will be advised of the nearest facilities.

Advice Note:

The tour involves mainly walking on pavements but it also includes visiting two parks/ gardens where the route will keep to the path. The tour includes taking a lift to/from one of the stops.

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