Hidden Alleyways and Courtyards: Printing, Priories and Prisons – St Paul’s to Chancery Lane

Date: Saturday 12th May 2018

Distance: 1.5 miles

Start Time: 11:00

Duration: 2 hours

  • Cultural
  • Historical
  • Walk and Talk

Meeting Point: West steps of St Paul's by the statue of Queen Anne

Nearest Station (Start): St Paul's

End Point: Gough Square near Chancery Lane

Nearest Station (End): Chancery Lane

Cost: Free

Email: info@walklondon.org.uk

Telephone: 020 3151 1151

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Exploring the surrounding alleyways and courtyards of St Paul’s Cathedral, we head towards Fleet Street with its impressive former newspaper offices and other reminders of the area’s connection with printing and publishing.

We learn about famous past residents, such as Samuel Pepys, Daniel Defoe and Oliver Goldsmith, and pass London’s notorious first house of correction, Bridewell prison, former royal palace of Henry VIII.

En route we take in one of Sir Christopher Wren’s most famous City churches, a medieval monastery and Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Pub, reputedly one of the oldest public houses in London and a regular haunt of Charles Dickens!

The walking tour finishes in Gough Square at Dr Johnson’s House, the only one of his London homes to survive and the most significant, being where he compiled the first English dictionary.

This walk should appeal to anyone who enjoys history and architecture, especially those with an interest in journalism and publishing. Passing through ancient cobbled streets and alleyways, it will also appeal to anyone keen to explore some of the hidden gems of the City of London.


Many opportunities for refreshment and toilet breaks along the route.

Please consider the weather forecast and the type of walk you are planning to join and wear appropriate footwear and clothing. We recommend that you bring a drink as there may not always be opportunities to purchase refreshments.

Advice Note:

Unfortunately, due to steps along the route this walk is not wheelchair-friendly. Families with children in pushchairs will need to carry the pushchair up and down the stairs or take a long route diversion to avoid them.

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