A Historic London Walking Tour: Liverpool Street to Borough Market

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In a bustling city like London, navigating its renowned attractions independently can be quite overwhelming. Skip the itinerary planning and take an action-packed walking tour from the historic Liverpool Street station to the iconic Borough Market. Get the camera ready, put your walking shoes on and wander along some of the capital’s most incredible sights on this tour.

St Helen’s Bishopsgate Church

Take a short walk from the Montcalm Hotel near Liverpool Street towards your first stop at St Helen’s Bishopsgate Church. As the largest surviving parish church in the City of London, this renowned attraction boasts stunning architecture which is worth admiring. Take a good look at its intricate stained-glass windows and ornate cravings and look out for the cannon dating back to the Napoleonic Wars, repurposed as a bollard!

Leadenhall Market

Next, walk to the historic Leadenhall Market boasting beautifully preserved and eye-catching Victorian architecture. Admire the unique decorative roof design of the covered market, and shop for traditional jewellery, flowers, and quality wine if you prefer. As you walk along its cobbled floors, recognise the spots where scenes from the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone film were originally shot. (Look out for the blue door used as an entrance to the Leaky Cauldron and take some cool pictures here!)

Philpot Lane Mice Sculpture

Continue your walk along Philpot Lane (a side street close to Monument Tube station) and you’ll come across London’s smallest public sculpture! Even though its origin remains a mystery, this permanent sculpture depicts two mice eating a piece of cheese and is worth a quick stop for some interesting photos.

The Monument

Another highlight of your walking tour is The Monument! Commemorating the Great Fire of 1666, this magnificent 202ft column is one of the city’s most loved attractions. Capture its splendid architecture on your camera and if you can’t get enough of its beauty in one visit, plan a separate tour of this historic icon, easily accessible from The Montcalm Royal London House Hotel. If you’re feeling adventurous, climb 311 steps to its top for breathtaking 360-degree views of the city.

Southwark Cathedral

Crossing over the iconic London Bridge and passing through the Southwark Gateway Needle, you’ll come across the historic Southwark Cathedral. Admire its stunning Gothic architecture and explore the tombs and memorials scattered throughout its incredible interiors, including an alabaster Shakespeare memorial.

Borough Market

Make the last stop at the famous Borough Market to satiate your appetite after a fulfilling walking tour. With a history spanning over a millennium, it is one of the oldest food markets in the city, featuring over 100 stalls selling fresh produce and artisanal delicacies. Soak in the culture and feast on the aromatic street food delights to conclude a well-spent day.

When it comes to the best walking tours in London, a self-guided walk from Liverpool Street to Borough Market, near our Finsbury Square hotel, simply stands out. Whether you’re interested in exploring unique architecture and historical gems or taking in some culture at popular markets, this fascinating tour is for you!