Sunday, 7 December 2014

Walk of the Week: City of the Gallows

Every Sunday we’ll pluck just one walk from the vast London Walks repertoire and put it centre stage.

You can check out the full schedule at

But if you only take one walking tour this week, why not make it…

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT – The City of the Gallows*

2 pm on Thursdays (not Dec. 25) from St. Paul's Tube exit 2

And the city of beheadings, whippings and brandings. Of hanging, drawing and quartering. Of bodies of the executed delivered to Surgeons Hall for dissection (or else hung in chains). Of hundreds of capital offences. Of pillories, pressing with heavy weights, suffocating dungeons and jail fever that killed countless prisoners (and four out of six judges on the bench). Of prisoners awaiting trial with no legal claim to food. Of Londoners going on with their daily life not a stone's throw away from shocking scenes of slaughter. Three further points: 1) There are, to this day, visible traces – horrifying traces – of that London. 2) It all comes down to the guiding, so this one's guided by specialists. Tom's a barrister. Brian has a legal background (and a Law degree).Richard III has an illegal background (a charge sheet as long as your arm, a charge sheet to be proud of). 3) At the end of the walk there's a chance to visit a very nasty prison cell. *You couldn't enter London without passing the bodies of the hanged – or heads on stakes.

Crime and Punishment – The City of the Gallows Walk takes place every** Thursday at 2 pm

**Except Dec. 25

Meet Tom or Brian or Richard III just outside exit 2 of St. Paul's Tube

St. Paul's Tube is on the Central Line

A London Walk costs £9 – £7 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at

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