In the shadow of the great modern structures of Centre Point and Central St Giles lies an ancient London district with a long history. The area has hosted a leper colony and was close to London's main gallows. It has seen Elizabethan market gardens, a densely packed and notorious rookery which shocked the Victorians and is now undergoing a transformation with the arrival of Crossrail. On our walk we will sample the elegance of Bedford Square and explore St Giles itself. We will look at different types of housing in the area and enjoy some of the open spaces St Giles has to offer. We will hear about some of the characters who have lived and died in St Giles and get a sense of the long and turbulent history of the area. We will also look at some of the finest parts of London University.
WE START AND END AT THE CHURCH