Contrasting stories of rags and riches in London districts a stone’s throw from each other but worlds apart. Visit the atmospheric streets of Spitalfields and discover the story of banking in the Square Mile with a coach tour and a visit to the Bank of England Museum.
We begin at 10.30am with morning coffee and biscuits included near Liverpool Street station. For centuries the City was a closed shop. Only Livery Company members could ply their trades - foreigners, whether from Deptford or abroad, had to settle outside the walls. Huguenots, fleeing France, brought silk weaving to Spitalfields just outside the City. Their grand Georgian houses, some of the best preserved in the country, would go on to house successive waves of new arrivals from the English countryside as well as the four corners of the Globe. We’ll see a soup kitchen for the Jewish poor, Hawksmoor’s Christ Church and the sites of some of the Ripper murders.
We’ll break for free time to buy lunch in and around Spitalfields Market (or come Monday or Tuesday if you’d like to add a group lunch). In the afternoon enjoy a fascinating little coach tour telling the story of banking plus a visit to the Bank of England Museum or if you prefer, the beautiful City of London Art Gallery.