Cheese night walk

Posted on December 22, 2013 by Toothpicker There have been 0 comments

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Top left: Borough market; Top middle: All Hallows by the Tower; Top right: The oldest street art 'The Two Mice Eating Cheese' on Philpot Lane; Main: St Paul's Cathedral


City Lit, the centre for adult education recently launched a new Dark London walks series, which sounded very interesting. I signed up for one of the six walks: Cheese Dreams, partly because of my love for cheese but I was also curious to know more about the connection between cheese and London.

Our guide of the evening was the animated Henry Ellot from Curiocity, who also brought a variety of soft and hard cheeses for us to taste along the route! The walk started at the historical George Inn on Borough high street, and eventually ended in the City of London.


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Top left: Cheshire Cheese pub; top right: Bank station; Main: The Royal Exchange building


I never imagined that there would be a strong connection between cheese and the history of London, but what we learned on this walk was quite fascinating! Here are two of the cheese stories that are related to London:

Samuel Pepys became well known for his diary that recorded the Great Fire of London in 1666. He was worried that the fire would destroy his house and possessions on Seething Lane, so he buried his valuable belongings in a hole underground including wine and parmesan cheese ( though no one found out whether he managed to retrieve his cheese after the fire)! There is a bust of Pepys in the Seething Lane garden ( currently closed for renovation), and he is buried in the nearby St Olave Hart Street.

London’s tiniest public statue or earliest street art, ‘The Two Mice Eating Cheese' can be found on Philpot Lane in the City. It is rumoured that when this building was being constructed around 1862, an argument broke out when a construction worker accused another of eating his lunch. During the row one of the men fell to his death. It was later found that mice were the culprits and so this art work was added to the facade. Honestly, if Henry didn't point this out to us, it would be hard to spot it or make out what it is! Again, it proves that London is a city full of amazing stories and surprises!


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Main, middle left, middle: Leadenhall market; Middle right: Milk Street; Bottom left: Cheesemongers at Leadenhall market; Bottom right: Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese


Usually during the day, London is bustling and crowded, so it is not easy to appreciate the city's beautiful architecture. At night, however, we were able to walk around the streets freely and appreciate what this historical city has to offer. The walk ended at the traditional and atmospheric, Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese pub on Fleet Street. And after all the cheeses we have had, we could not leave without having some wine and enjoy the company of other cheese lovers. It was a perfect end to a fun and informative 'cheesy' walk!


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