Enjoy a walk from Old Aldwych Tube Station, visit Maughan Library on the way and finish at St Clement Danes Church.
This will last approximately 25 minutes.
00:00 Old Aldwych Tube Station
Start at the Strand main reception. Turn right and head towards the King’s Language Centre. You’ll also find the old Aldwych tube station, which was used as an air raid shelter during World War II.
0:07 Peacock Theatre (7 mins)
Cross the pedestrianized road. Head up Melbourne Place and turn left at the top onto the Aldwych. Cross onto the right side of Kingsway and take the first right at Portugal Street. As part of the Virginia Woolf Building, you’ll find the Peacock Theatre, which plays host to dance performances, conference, ballet, concerts and award ceremonies.
00:09 Old Curiosity Shop
Turn right towards the Old Curiosity Shop on Portsmouth Street. This 16th century shop is reportedly the oldest in central London, and may have been the inspiration for the Charles Dickens novel of the same name.
00:13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
Cross over Sardinia Street and you can take a stroll through leafy Lincoln’s Inn Fields. This is the largest public square in London and was laid out in the 1630s. Today it’s a great spot for a picnic or a quick game of tennis.
00:14 St John Soane’s Museum
On the North side of Lincoln’s Inn Fields you can visit Sir John Soane’s Museum. This was the home of the neo-classical architect and contains many drawings and models of his projects, as well as a collection of painting and antiquities.
00:19 The Seven Stars pub
Leave the square via Serle Street where you can stop for a rest at the 400 year old Seven Stars pub on Carey Street. A quaint, ancient place, packed full of character, this pub also survived the Great Fire of London in 1666.
00:21 Maughan Library
Head East along Carey Street and you’ll come to Chancery Lane. Turn right, then take a few paces to the left you’ll find Maughan Library, an impressive 19th century, neo-Gothic Grade II listed building. This is the main research library at King’s and a useful place to become familiar with.
00:24 Royal Courts of Justice
Continuing along Chancery Lane you will come to Fleet Street. Turn right to find the Royal Courts of Justice, compromising the High Court and the Court of Appeal where high profile cases are often heard. The courts are open to the public but there may sometimes be restrictions.
00:25 St Clement Danes Church
Opposite the courts, and your final stop on this North Loop tour, is St Clement Danes church on the Strand. The church was built in 1682 by Sir Chrisopher Wren and is currently the church of the Royal Air Force. It is claimed to be the church featured in the nursery rhyme Oranges and Lemons and at certain times of day you can hear the bells playing the famous tune.