10 Free Walks in Midtown in May 2018

The saying goes, April showers bring May flowers, but we’re not going to lie, so far May has been one big puddle.

The BBC weather forecast promises this will soon change, with the sun due to make a cameo today and a starring appearance for the next 7 days.

Urban wildlife is waking up. The bees on our rooftop hive came out of hibernation last week, and birds are busy: even in the midst of our urban environment, tiny blue tits can be spotted hopping from fences to traffic poles with bits of fluff in their beaks, preparing their nests.

It’s a nice time to tour Midtown, when the streets are fresh and our tour guide can give you a new perspective on the area, filling you in on the history of the area, horrible and otherwise (the Sweeney Todd walk is not for the faint of heart)!

Our walks are always free, informative, and tailored to all fitness levels. Many of them are at lunchtime so you can pop out from the office, or right after work, following with a pint in a landmark pub optional.

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Gordon Riots, Wednesday 2 May, 1pm

The most violent riots in London’s history took place in 1780. Visit sites in Holborn which featured prominently in these events.

The Peasants Are Revolting, Thursday 3 May, 5.30pm

For this tour we go back to 1381 and visit places in Farringdon and Clerkenwell from Wat Tyler’s Peasants’ Revolt

Who Ate All The Pies? Wednesday 9 May, 1pm

We hear about the story of the eighteenth century serial killer Sweeney Todd. This walk visits the site of his barber shop and the place where his victims were made into meat pies.

Hanging Acre, Friday 11 May, 1pm

This walk explores the gruesome history of the area bordered by Gray’s Inn Road, Clerkenwell Road and Leather Lane. We visit locations connected to murderers, executioners and go to the site of the ‘Thieves Kitchen’ and ‘Hanging Acre.’

Pepys Show, Tuesday 15 May, 5.30pm

Samuel Pepys’ famous diary provides a fascinating record of life in London in the 1660s, covering the restoration of the monarchy and the Great Plague. On the walk we see sites in the Holborn area referred to by Pepys in his diary.

Holborn United, Wednesday 16 May, 1pm

The FA Cup Final takes place this weekend in London. To get ready for the big kick-off our walk explores sites in Holborn from the history of football.

Clerkenwell Calling, Thursday 17 May, 12.30pm

Today’s walk explores the origin of some of the street names in the Clerkenwell area.

Museums At Night: Symbols, Thursday 17 May, 5.45pm, BOOKING REQUIRED

A special walk for Museums at Night visiting the Library and Museum of Freemasonry, one of the members of the Museum Mile. The theme of the evening will be based around symbols. It is being held in the Three Centuries Gallery, Grand Temple and Drawing Room of Freemasons’ Hall in Great Queen Street. The tour will include the chance to meet a Freemason in full regalia who will explain to you about the symbols on their regalia and those used in Masonic ceremonies; music inspired by symbols from the Quartet; and we join a tour led by one of the Freemasons’ Hall guides to view the symbols in the Grand Temple. The tour will end at 8pm.

Dr. Feelbad, Monday 21 May, 5.30pm

Today we visit sites connected to Dr Crippen – a notorious murderer from a century ago.

Mary, Mary Quite Contrary, Thursday 31 May, 5.30pm

Today’s walk celebrates Mary Anne Talbot and is an official event for London History Day – an annual celebration of the capital’s extraordinary history and heritage run by Historic England. London History Day takes place every year on 31 May – the day Big Ben first started keeping time. London History Day 2018 celebrates courage, and today’s walk is about the remarkable life of Mary Anne Talbot, a young woman who fought in land and sea battles for Britain two centuries ago, all the time disguised as a man. We go to places connected to the life of this heroic personality.