London Walk: Walk like a Huguenot

Start: Old Street Tube

Finish: Tower Hill Tube

Length: 8.67 km / 5.3 miles

Weather: A hot, sunny day

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This walk is based on Walk 14, Walk like a Huguenot by Ben Richards from the Time Out Book of London Walks Volume 1. I started at Old Street Tube station and ended up at Tower Hill.

In hindsight it may have been a better idea to complete the walk on a Sunday when some of the markets would have been open. My main objective was to see as much of the eastside of the city and Shoreditch, which has been heralded as the new soho, only for Hoxton or even Dalston to snatch it's crown.

Along the route there are three Hawksmoor churches as well as other historically interesting sites.

The Bricklayers Arms is the official start to the walk if you are following the Time Out guide.

 

The ever-so-trendy Shorditch High Street, looking towards the city.

 

Interesting bottle top mosiac outside, on the wall of a pub.

 

Hawksmoor church number 1 – Christ Church on junction of Fournier and Commercial Street.

 

Terraced, Georgian houses on Fournier Street heading towards Brick Lane.

 

 

Looking back to Christ Church.

 

The Blind Beggar pub on Whitechapel Road... once infamous now highly respectable and well worth a visit.

The former brewery tap of the Manns Brewery, where the first modern Brown Ale was brewed. It's also where Ronnie Kray shot and murdered George Cornell in front of witnesses, and as the location of William Booth's first sermon, which led to the creation of The Salvation Army.

 

The Royal London Hospital.

 

A very pretty square alongside Sidney Street. Not sure which square the Eastender's Albert Square was based on, but it could well be this one!

 

Mural depicting the Battle of Cable Street. London's most famous mural?

Cable Street's Jewish population were an obvious target for a demonstration by Oswald Mosley's British Union of Fascists on 4th October 1936. An estimated 300,000 Jews, Irish Dockers, Communists, Labour Party Members, Trade Unionists and residents of the East End came together to oppose the Blackshirts.

 

St George In The East Church. Another church built by Nicholas Hawksmoor.

 

The Town of Ramsgate, Wapping.

 

Enjoying a pint of Young's Bitter in the sunshine.

 

Butler's Wharf, The Shard, the Mayor's 'testicle' & Tower Bridge, en route to Tower Hill tube.