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THE CITY OF LONDON - SECRETS AND CURIOSITIES

With a history that stretches back over 2,000 years the City of London has had plenty of time to amass a huge selection of secret and hidden places, and you really are spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing which on to visit first or, for that matter, which order to visit them in!

You can hardly turn a corner without finding yourself confronted by some little legacy of the past that just catches your attention and makes you want to learn more its history, or about the people who put it there.

From the wonders of St Paul's Cathedral, to the tucked away splendor of St Bartholomew the Great, London's oldest parish church (1123) you will find your curiosity well and truly aroused as you make your way around the streets, courts, lanes and alleyways of the ancient and historic City.

The Sailor's Home Coming Window is located on a wall of the former abode of Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman.

THE SAILOR'S HOME COMING WINDOW

Located on a wall in an alleyway in Cloth Fair, you will find the Sailor's Home Coming Window, which was painted by the artist Brian Thomas for the architect Paul Paget. 43 Cloth Fair, on the wall of which this curious relic is located, was, for almost twenty years, the home of the poet Sir John Betjeman.

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The Panyer Boy of Panyer Alley shows the relief of a boy sitting on an upturned panyer pulling a thorn from his foot.

THE PANYER BOY OF PANYER ALLEY

You can't help but admire the Panyer Boy of Panyer Alley who, since 1688, has been sitting on his upturned bread basket trying to pull a thorn from out of his foot! There is an inscription beneath him that tells all passersby that no matter where they have been this is highest point in the City. But is it?

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The statue of King Henry V111 over the main gate of Bart's Hospital

THE HENRY V111 GATE - BART'S HOSPITAL

Above the Henry V111 Gate at St Bartholomew's Hospital in West Smithfield is the only statue to King Henry V111 in a public place in London. The gate and statue both date from 1702. The gate still provides the main entrance to the only hospital in Britain to still stand on its original site.

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The figure on Robert Balthrope's memorial.

THE ROBERT BALTHROPE MEMORIAL

Inside the little church of St Bartholomew the Less is the Robert Balthrope memorial, which demonstrates the dexterity of the of epitaph writer's art when it comes to getting lines to rhyme! Balthrope was the Sergeant Surgeon to Elizabeth 1st. What was a Sergeant Surgeon? Read on and all will be revealed.

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The Sailor's Home Coming Window is located on a wall of the former abode of Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman.

THE SHERLOCK HOLMES PHONE BOX

At the end of the BBC series Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch leapt from the rood of Bart's Hospital. The phone box, close to where he landed, has now become a place of pilgrimage for distraught Sherlock fans.

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