On Saturday 8th April, fifteen Guild members and their guests met up on a gloriously sunny spring day to join Blue Badge Guide Mo Corcoran on a walk through The City of London focusing on Saints and Sinners.
The walk started at Blackfriars tube station and ended two hours later at the oldest church in London, St Bartholomew the Great in West Smithfield. Included in the Saints, we passed by four livery halls learning about their history; Apothecaries' Hall, Cutlers' Hall, Stationers' Hall and one of the newest livery halls Haberdashers' Hall. For the Sinners we passed by the Old Bailey Central Criminal Court and learnt the origin of the phrase "one for the road" - being the last drink for the condemned prisoners, and for their guards not allowed a drink, this is said to be "on the waggon".
One of the highlights of the walk was the awe inspiring view of St Pauls Cathedral and the London sky line from the roof terrace at the top of One New Change shopping centre. For some of the younger members on the walk, the highlight was seeing them filming the TV show First Dates in Paternoster Square.
Finally one of the most surprising sites is a shrine that has popped up by Sherlock fans at the site where Benedict Cumberbatch faked his death plunging from the old pathology building at Barts Hospital; the walls being daubed in "Sherlock lives " graffiti.
Mo has two more walks planned for The Guild later this year.