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Joolz Guides: London Fun Facts – Walking Tour: Clerkenwell & Smithfield


One of my favourite walks is around Clerkenwell and Smithfield Market. I love this area of London!

There is so much history here that I cannot possibly squeeze it all into one video but here is a nice walking tour which you could do starting at Farringdon.

Farringdon Station was the terminus of the first subway (underground) line in the world, serving the area of Smithfield, London’s oldest meat market, which has existed for 1000 years. It was famous for wife selling in the 18th and 19th centuries and also martyrdom.

William Wallace (or Braveheart) was hung drawn and quartered here and many protestant martyrs were burnt.

It was also where Watt Tyler’s peasant’s revolt came to a head in 1381 amongst many other things!

For St Bartholomew’s church see my other video on Splendid Churches…

Then head over to St John’s Gate, the only existing remains of the Priory of the Knights of Saint John and then on to Clerkenwell Green where you will see The Clerks’ Well and where Oliver Twist gets blamed for stealing a handkerchief!

This brought a lot of memories back, as many years ago Adam had clients in the area. Later he worked nearby. A fascinating area with huge history

There are several good pubs and restaurants in the area and nearby

Do not know if it is still there, but 40 years ago there was this great old fashioned cafe that served some of the best bacon sandwiches ever, it was at the Faringdon Road end

Some years later Adam frequented The Hand and Shears, which in those days served superb roast beef sandwiches, plus there is this recent review for Trip Review

Small and toward the outskirts of the city, this pub is one of my favorites. It has a cosy, historic atmosphere. Friendly staff and good beer. Not good for wine, but good for beer.

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