The Pilgrim - London
YOUR JOURNEY AWAITS...
Behold, intrepid explorer…you have uncovered our secret map into the unknown. Now you’ve enjoyed every drop of that Neck Oil and have stepped outside, you’re ready to explore some extraordinary hidden destinations. By following the guided route below, you’ll unearth wonders that are out of this world.
The Pilgrim – London
From the Pilgrim, walk north along Aveline Street and then Newburn Street, and then north-west on Black Prince Road, before walking north on Newport St and through Old Paradise Gardens. From the eighteenth century, the gardens were a burial ground and gravestones still line the walls.
Now head north to arrive at the Garden Museum, housed in the deconsecrated church where John Tradescant was buried. A pioneering seventeenth-century gardener and plant collector, Tradescant opened ‘the Ark’, Britain’s first public museum. You can climb the medieval tower to get some cracking views of the city.
From the Garden Museum, head east along Lambeth Road and join Hercules Road. The large residential block on this road is called William Blake House. It was in a house on this site that Blake lived, and a plaque commemorates him. Opposite William Blake House, in the Centaur Street railway arch, Blake-inspired mosaics adorn the walls.
Now, return to Lambeth Road and walk north-east and then north on Blackfriars Road, before heading east on Surrey Row, north on Great Suffolk Street, and then east again on Copperfield St. Take a peek at All Hallows Church (currently temporary accommodation). Formerly a recording studio, shoegaze legends Ride recorded Nowhere here, and Depeche Mode were regulars too.
Past All Hallow’s, go north on Great Guildford St, east on Union Street and then join Southwark Bridge Road and head north to Southwark Bridge. Once over the bridge, follow Upper Thames Street and Dowgate Hill to Cannon Street where London Stone can be seen. The story goes that Brutus of Troy, London’s legendary founder, brought the stone to the city, and so long as it remains, London will be safe. It has certainly been within the city walls since the twelfth century, and remains a significant piece of London’s history.