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Alleys, Eels and Aisles: Exploring Eastcheap - guided walk
Tue 4 April 2017, 14:00 – 16:00 BST
Explore more of London’s trading story on this guided walk through the City’s often narrow, twisting alleys, where merchants have been making deals since the Romans founded this great commercial centre. We start our walk at The Monument, memorial to London's epic destruction and remarkable recovery in the late 17th century.
Discover life in the area around one of the city's ancient market streets, a place where craftsmen learned their trades, goods were brought to market and tight communities worshipped together; the inn where Shakespeare set some of his most celebrated scenes, the shop where Harrod learned about shop-keeping, and where the Great Fire of 1666 first swept away the ancient vestiges of our historic city.
Where fish-wives once haggled and spices were sniffed, today insurance is the principal commodity - and modern risks include your parked car being burned by a modern building!
We'll find the smallest outdoor sculpture in London, a green oasis in the heart of the world's premier business centre, Thames Bawleys, Roman wharfs and warehouses, and more besides.
We shall also discover how wealth continues to be invested, as we look into the near future with the 'Scalpel', 'Gotham City' and two dramatic buildings by Eric Parry.
After the walk, there will be an option to stay for a drink in a lovely basement bar Old Tom's Bar.