A walk exploring the lesser known streets and alleyways of Covent Garden from the site of a burial ground and workhouse to the site of a leper hospital and rookery.
We will go on a search for Mercers’ Maidens, hear about pubs allegedly linked by their cellars and spot ghost signs recalling a long forgotten trade the area was once famous for. We will also look out for lamp standards which provoked a strongly worded complaint in the press.
Our walk includes an alley where the buildings have hardly changed in 300 years and which is still lit with gas lights and a court once known as Flicker Alley and now full of secondhand bookshops. The walk is about 90 minutes and finishes a few minutes’ walk from Tottenham Court Road tube and a couple of good pubs.
5 star TripAdvisor review from August 2018
“We enjoyed a guided walk of Covent Garden, it was good fun and we learnt a lot of history in the area and some secret places you would never find on your own! We loved the little alleys and private gardens we were shown. Joanna is approachable, chatty and knowledgeable.” See all my reviews here
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All walks can be adapted to start and finish at a venue of choice in the immediate area or to include pub or cafe stops along he way