London was born and always has been a truly international City. Its first colonists were the men of the Roman legions drawn from all over the empire and it has ever since then been a global community making its living by global trade.
In 1904 when it was at the heart of the greatest empire the world had ever seen, Joseph Chamberlain called it “The clearing house of the world”, but as far back as the 7th Century the Venerable Bede had already described it as “…the mart of many nations resorting to it by sea and land”.
Fast forward to today’s London and over 270 different nationalities speaking more than 300 different languages call this great city home. And it wouldn’t be half the city it is without them.
Whilst it has never been without its tensions, London has nevertheless long prided itself on being a home for those with ambition and a haven for those facing danger or persecution elsewhere; join me to hear some of their stories.
We were lucky enough to join Mark on his inaugural ‘World in a City’ tour through the city of London in the sunshine. ...he is incredibly well informed and passionate about his subject matter. It was a real dialogue; he managed all our questions and comments well. It helped confirm the importance and centrality of the work we are undertaking at the Migration Museum Project. Thank you, Mark – you helped me to fall in love with London a bit more!
Read a tripadvisor review of the walk here.
The walk commences at St Paul's Underground station (meet outside the Caffe Nero directly outside the station - take St Paul's/Old Bailey exit) and finishes on the junction of Fournier Street and Brick Lane (Aldgate East/Liverpool Street stations), walk duration is about 2 hours.
You can check your travel options at the TFL Journey Planner.