Val lead a leisurely walk with five of us, from St Paul’s round some of the City of London’s gardens, which included several historical sites. We started at the Postman’s Park with it’s GF Watts Memorial wall, passing St Bartholomew’s distinctive church on the way to West Smithfield Gardens (with a history of jousts, tournaments, executions and a market). We then spent some time at the City walls where there is a garden and information on the history of the area.
A lovely secluded garden is dedicated to John Heminge and Henry Condell, actors who published the first portfolio of Shakespeare plays; (on the way passing plaques marking Shakespeare’s lodgings and where Sir John Betjeman lived).
The Barbican was our lunch stop where we made use of the outdoor space to eat our sandwiches and warmed up with hot drinks in the café.
The walk was finished through Fortune Park and Bunhill Fields Burial grounds – another historical site where there are the graves of William Blake, Daniel De-Foe and John Bunyan amongst others; ending at Old Street.