Sunday, 26 February 2017

#London Walks Walk of The Week: Slavery & The City @GuidedbyIsobel

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…

Slavery & the City

Saturday 4th March 2017


Monument Tube, Fish Street Hill exit

Guided by Isobel

Forging, Breaking & Burying the Chains.

Pace Winston Churchill – this may have been London's finest hour. And before it, its worst. Because London was a leading actor in – profited enormously from – the slave trade. But a few good men and women took the evil on and saw it off. Their names ring down the centuries, the great and the good who fought for freedom: Wilberforce, Wedgewood, Wesley, Blake, John Newton, Cowper. And that's not to forget the lesser known who began the cause: Granville Sharp, Thomas Clarkson, James Phillips and Oladouh Equiano.

Truly, here in the bosom of the City beat the heart of compassion, answering the slave's cry, "Am I not a man and a Brother?" Amazing Grace indeed. "Spots of time" (and place) don't come any more important than this one. Which is why it's important to go and see where – to go over the ground, literally and figuratively – to travel back. To bear witness. N.B. the walk takes about two hours and ends at St. Paul's cathedral, a minute's walk from St. Paul's Tube.

To go on the Slavery & the City walk meet Isobel at 2.30 pm on March 4. The meeting point is just outside the Fish Street Hill exit of Monument Tube.

About Your Guide…


Isobel is an artist, journalist, linguist, prize-winning Blue Badge Guide and London Walks' token aristocrat. One of her ancestors introduced the waltz to this country.

A London Walk costs £10 – £8 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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