Blue Badge Guide and author Rachel Kolsky leads a walk through the little-known area in and around High Holborn, where courtyards and historic churches link to tales of the Mercers’ Maiden, former Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli’s childhood, and a road once part of Cambridgeshire. Close to London’s diamond quarter – named after a favourite courtier of Elizabeth I, Christopher Hatton – is the city’s original Little Italy where Italian ice-cream vendors and organ grinders contributed to a colourful street life over the course of the 19th century, supplanting the pickpockets so vividly portrayed by Charles Dickens in the backstreets and alleys of his novel Oliver Twist.

This is an approximately 2 hour walking event.

Ending place: Near Farringdon station

This event has been organised by the London Fundraising Committee Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.

Meet outside Chancery Lane tube EXIT 4

High Holborn (South side), London, London, WC1V 6DR

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