October London walking tours – from secret gardens to gruesome histories

Qualified London tour guide Muhsin Mustafa is back this autumn with two great new walking tours in the capital.

The first, on 6 October, is an exploration of the hidden gardens in the City of London. Muhsin’s second walk, on 14 October, takes in the locations and tales that contribute to the capital’s more macabre history.

Walking Tour 1: Secret Gardens of the City of London

The City of London, also known as the ‘Square Mile’ due to its size, is the city’s famous financial district and the oldest part of the capital.

Founded by the Romans nearly 2,000 years ago, today, hidden amongst its modern high-rise office buildings are many secret gardens and church yards teeming with stunning greenery, as well as fascinating histories and artefacts.

There are nearly 200 open spaces and hidden gardens of all sizes, each one with a unique character. These not only provide a rich habitat for wildlife, but are also fantastic places for residents, tourists and city workers to visit and enjoy.

Discover some of the City’s best green spaces in this 2-hour walking tour.

Salters Garden is one of the City of London’s many hidden green spaces that sit alongside its ancient history. Photo © Muhsin Mustafa

Book tour

Date: Wednesday 6th October 2021

Time:  11.30 am to 1.30 pm

Venue: tour starts at the Tower Hill Station next to Trinity Gardens Tower Hill Station London EC3V 3LR

Admission: Adults £10 (+ £1.37 fee)

Tickets: available via Eventbrite

Walking Tour 2: Burnings, Beheadings & Body Snatchers

In the run-up to Halloween on 31 October, Muhsin has created a special walking tour around of London’s dark history. Visit the sites where public executions and burnings took place, and the spots where ghosts are said to still haunt.

Stroll through the 800-year-old Smithfields meat market, hearing tales about the likes of Braveheart rebel William Wallace, who were hung, drawn and quartered as ‘traitors of the realm’. Another location and another story, this time on the origins of the Bloody Mary cocktail…

Wander down narrow lanes to discover the oldest hospital in England that is connected to the 18thcentury body snatchers, and into church yards where medieval specters have been seen.

The spot where Braveheart rebel William Wallace was executed in the City of London. Photo © Muhsin Mustafa

Book tour

Date: Thursday 14th October 2021

Time:  2.00 to 4.00 pm

Venue: tour starts in Farringdon, Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6BY

Admission: Adults is £10 (+ £1.37 fee)

Tickets: available via Eventbrite