Friday Evening, 30 September 2016
William Shakespeare's Blackfriars – An Elizabethan City Walk ©
Big Smoke takes you on a journey through Blackfriars, a neighbourhood that the great Bard knew intimately. Shakespeare owned a theatre and a house here, and his spirit still haunts its higgledy-piggeldy streets, tucked-away courtyards and forgotten alleyways.
Meet: 6.30pm at St Paul's Cathedral – in front of the main west steps by the statue of Queen Anne.
Cost: £10 per person


Great Fire of London

September has marked the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London. Big Smoke would like to thank all those people who turned out for the two Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of London walks to mark this special occasion.


I also guide walks for clubs, societies and special interest groups. Recent bookings have included:

Harlots, Harridans and Heroines Disorderly Women in the City of London
Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA)

The Bloody Awful Pub Walk
On Hallowe'en for the Early Modern Society, University of London

Paved With Gold In the Footsteps of Dick Whittington
Central London Branch of the Historical Association

Highbrows & Lowlifes Bohemian Bloomsbury
London School of Economics and Politics (LSE)

The Jubilee Walkway Tower of London to Covent Garden
For the Mayor of London's Walk London initiative

Inns and Taverns of Olde London A Fleet Street Afternoon Pub Walk
The Friends of the City Churches

Doctor Johnson's City Georgian London
A photographic walk for Sutton Camera Club

The Guildhall Art Gallery The City of London's Best Kept Secret
The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers

Roman amphitheatre at Guildhall Art Gallery
Roman Amphitheatre, Guildhall Art Gallery
Photograph courtesy Niki Gorick

Insider's London The City and Bankside
Children's Wish Foundation

The Story of Smithfield Markets, Martyrs and Monks
City of London Visitors' Information Office at St Paul's Cathedral

Shakespeare's London The Elizabethan City
The Friends of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

If you are interested in booking a walk for your group please contact me to discuss possibilities.




Karen Chester's City of London Guiding Badge and Link
Dragon and link to Big Smoke Home Page
Big Smoke Walks make great presents: for birthdays, retirements and fun family days out.