Walk 7 - The city at war

Meet at Barbican Tube Station on Aldergate Street.  Please see maps below


On this walk you'll see where the first bomb fell on the City of London in Word War II. You'll hear about the devastation of the night of the 29th December 1940 when the incendiary bombs fell on the city and created a great firestorm. You'll be able to discover at first hand the architecture of the Barbican which began in the 1960's, and see the Roman remains which were uncovered in one of the City's many bomb sites.

World War II

A quick guide to using the maps

The map on the left shows The Barbican Tube Station in street view and on the right is a Google Map. If you are not familiar with these maps, then here are some tips:

  • In street view, click the navigation circle on the left to change direction.
  • Use the plus/minus symbols to zoom in/out, or click the corner for full screen: Expand Street View to Full Screen and see a wealth of other information including photos in full screen, click photos.
  • In street view, hover your mouse over the image, it changes to a circle or square. Click to move to that spot.
  • On the right map, you can use similar controls to street view. You can also select the type of map by clicking on one of the white viewing boxes at the top.
  • If you get lost, then refresh this page to reset the maps and start again.
  • Your browser needs Flash to work with Street View. Apologies if you are using an iPhone or iPad.


Quiz Question

You will be entertained by a great many historical tales and interesting facts on this walk.
Pull back the curtains of history to reveal the answer to the following question:


"Where did the first bomb fall on the City in World War 2?"


The answer to the question is:
Fore Street
And the date was
25th August 1940.

To discover hidden London, contact:

Jane Buxton
Official London Tour Guide
07715 035071



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