Doing the London Walk invites you to share the joy of discovering London in a series of leisurely walks from Whitehall to Tower Hill, and from there into the streets and lanes of the historic city. You will meet a rich cavalcade of people and events that have shaped the life of London down through the avenue of the centuries:
- The market at Covent Garden.
- The Knights Templar
- The Journalists of Fleet Street.
- Dr. Johnson and his friends.
- Temple Bar.
- Dick Whittington and Bow Bells.
- The Great Fire.
- Sir Christopher Wren.
- Lloyd's Coffee House.
- The Goldsmiths and Merchants of Lombard Street.
- The making of Bloomsbury.
- Samuel Pepys and his Diary.
- Wordsworth and Canaletto at Westminster Bridge.
- Ships on the Thames.
It is great story, told with warm humanity, offset with touches of humour.
You may have the book in your hand as you ramble on, or as an "armchair walker" you may read it in your lounge, on a train or a plane.
Each chapter is independent, so you can start or finish as you fancy.
The author is retired university historian, University College Cork. He has written this book as an act of gratitude to London, and especially to the Manuscript Room of the British Museum for the gracious service he received during years of research for his doctorate.