Walk London’s rich history with Richard Cohen

Walk the Walbrook

We follow the Walbrook, the shortest and most mysterious of London’s hidden rivers, from its source in Shoreditch right down to the Thames. This fascinating walk starts in an area that once had a reputation as one of London’s darkest slums, the fearsome Old Nichol, but is now undergoing regeneration through the night-time economy and high-tech start-ups. Shoreditch once housed the open-air theatres that flourished in the golden age of Elizabethan drama outside the city limits and then became a tough industrial area of workshops and warehouses. As we follow the course of the river into the City of London the buildings get bigger and grander as we pass the Broadgate Centre, London Wall, the Bank of England, the Temple of Mithras and a wonderful array of the architecture of many different eras. This is truly one of the most contrastive and fascinating walks you can do in London – a true cross-section of our city’s history.

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