Clowning around in Clerkenwell
Stroll through Clerkenwell’s Little Italy. Explore the history of the once vibrant Italian community and follow in the footsteps of Joey Grimaldi, the most celebrated English Clown, who lived, worked and died here. The extraordinary story of Joey’s life, loves and work unfolds as we walk from sites of his early days near Chancery Lane to the musical grave that marks his final resting place near Kings Cross.
From Black Dwarf to Spare Rib
Newspapers, novels, booksellers and revolutionary magazines. Fact and fiction converge on this walk through Clerkenwell and Finsbury. Discover George Gissing’s Nether World, meet the inspiration for Miss Haversham and see where Oliver Twist first met Mr Brownlow. We pass the home of the first ever magazine, the site of Farringdon’s famous book market and pause where Lenin edited revolutionary ISRA (Spark) .
Walk on Water… without getting wet!
Clerkenwell is rich in water. Water for Gin, water to power mills, to flush away sewage and grow vines and strawberries. From its heyday as the River of Wells to the degradation of the Fleet Ditch, the once mighty River Fleet is now hidden from view; but within a short walk from Farringdon Station we can hear the Fleet still as it flows beneath our feet, see the Clerks Well that gave the area its name and what remains of the Coldbath.