Happy New Year. Why not blow away the cobwebs by taking one of many London walks that will show you the hidden places of this magical City?
A good starting point for this London Walking Tour is Temple Underground Station.
Turn right out of the station and then swing left along the Victoria Embankment. Having crossed over Temple Place pause to admire the ferocious silver dragon that stands on a plinth by the road. He is the guardian of the City of London and marks the boundary where the City of Westminster ends and the City of London begins.
Continue past him and go left through the first gate you encounter.
The arch ahead might look familiar if you’ve seen the new Sherlock Holmes movie as it features in the film.
Keep going up the incline of Middle Temple Lane and pause in the courtyard on the left. To your left is Middle Temple Dining hall which dates from the 1570’s. A little further along go right through the arch and enter Pump Court. High up on he wall on the left is a sun dial that dates from the 1680’s and on which you will read the motto “shadows we are and like shadows depart.”
Keep ahead through the cloisters and on your left is one of London’s true treasures Temple Church which was built by the Knights Templar in 1185. It features in the film and the book of Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code.
Go clockwise round the church and when on its other side cross to the railings where, on the ground, you will find the tomb gravestone of author Oliver Goldsmith.
Backtrack and, at the end of this first walk, go right and out through the fate onto Fleet Street.
Take a stroll along Fleet Street looking our for the magnificent clock on St Dunstan’s In The West, which dates from 1683 and where two giants still chime the hour.
If you keep going all the way along Fleet Street and then over and up Ludgate Hill you will come to St Paul’s Cathedral.
On just a short walk you will have seen much, explored some lovely old parts of London and ended at one of her iconic sights and sites.
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