Bleak House Guide September | The City of London
September's Bleak House Guide is a relaxing weekend stroll through the deserted City of London, where winding alleys and medieval buildings jostle with some of Britain's most impressive modern architecture and history seeps from every brick.
This is a city indelibly marked by the Great Fire of London of 1666 and the bombings of the Blitz during the Second World War. More recently the protected sightlines of St Paul's and the Corporation of London's planning policies which secure additional public spaces as part of new developments, have lead to the appearance of odd shaped buildings such as the Cheesegrater and the Walkie Talkie.
The walk starts at Barbican station and ends at Monument station. At the weekend the shops, pubs, coffee shops and even the churches are closed and you will have the city to yourself. This is a walk for noticing details; the flags, motifs and crests marking the huge number of ancient worshipful companies and livery companies, and the red and white branding of the Corporation of London from the striped bollards to the many appearances of the Corporation flag.