Dave Sergeant

The Museum of London, located at London Wall near the Barbican, is the world's largest urban history museum with over a million objects. It tells the story of London from pre-history to the present. It will be moving to a new site in the former Smithfield Market and will close at its present site at the end of 2022 although it will not open at its new site until 2026. So a chance to see it before the closure.

When I walked the Jubilee Walkway in 2020 I failed to find the entrance to the elevated walkways due to building work. Having found an alternative route it seemed appropriate to re-walk this section which passes the museum.

The walk started at Bank tube station by St Stephen's Walbrook and then went down Poultry to reach the Guildhall. They were busy setting up for the Square Mile Relay race that was taking place that evening.

Up to the Barbican where the walk continues on its elevated walkways, or pedways. These were built postwar when the Barbican itself was being built and was an attempt to separate people from traffic, originally planned to cover large areas of London but most never appeared. The steps suggested by the TFL guide is still not available so I entered via another staircase nearby. Yellow lines, now somewhat faded, attempt to stop you getting lost in the maze of passages.

In the centre is The Water, an attractive large lake. Then a view of part of the original London Wall although the bricks themselves are from when it was rebuilt in medieval times.

The entrance to the Museum of London is off the walkways. Outside the entrance is the Aldersgate Flame which commemorates the conversion experience of John Wesley on May 24th 1738 and is close to the exact spot in the former Aldersgate where this occurred.

The museum has an extensive collection showing the history of London and is arranged in four sections - pre-historic, Roman, Medieval and Modern London. I did not have time to do it justice and only briefly viewed the modern section but there is certainly a lot of interest there.

Out of the museum and back down to ground level I made my way towards St Pauls. This blue police telephone box in St Martins le Grand is no longer in use. Paternoster Square, with the Paternoster Square Column, was very busy. Then past St Pauls and down to the Thames where I had lunch in the Anchor and then walked back to Waterloo along the South Bank and home.

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