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Romans, Markets & Bloody Bishops : Secret History of Bethnal Green

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Bethnal Green Tube Station

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E2 0ET

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Bethnal Green is only minutes from the City of London but it has a history all of its own. On today’s walk we will begin with its founding by the Romans nearly 2,000 years ago and start by “going down the Roman”

It is an area which has some interesting stories to tell and secret corners to uncover. And some of these will include world famous boxers as well as infamous and feared gangsters. There were also fascist organisations based here who would try to rule the area with an iron fist. These confrontations would result in some of the worst riots seen in London… and of course it was home to the notorious Kray Brothers!

But it is not all violence – we have some intrigue as well as we learn the true story of The Blind Beggar and hear exactly what is strange about the Barmy Park. But back to murderous intent because we shall also learn all about the Bloody Bishop!

The Second World War was responsible for the deaths of many Londoners who remained behind in the capital. The Blitz killed many thousands of them. However the story behind the largest civilian loss of life in the war is as strange as it is tragic. We shall visit the exact point where it all happened and see the cause of it as very little has changed in over 70 years.

But let’s finish on a brighter note and hear that Bethnal Green is home to the largest collection of toys and childhood memorabilia in Britain. It is a great place which you will want to go back to and visit.

Finally Bethnal Green is also home to some of the most famous markets in the world - including the flower market where we will end the walk so that you have a chance to buy some blooms.


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Outside Bethnal Green Tube Station.

There are 3 Exits - we will be at the top of the one marked "Roman Road"

You can check travel options at the Transport for London Journey Planner.

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