This tour was originally created by Valery Danko for EMERGE festival
Ancient bloody cults, Occult architecture and MI15 Astrological charts in WWII - all these matters and many more are brought to life in the Darkside tour, a unique and terrifying journey through the maddened streets of the capital. A must tour for fans of dark stories, conspiracies and bizarre.
Explore the site of the destroyed ancient cult where Romans had a bloodbath
Discover conspiracies behind the astrological clock
Explore London Devils
Discover how British spies hired an astrologer during World War II to write horoscopes
See the Occult church
Find London's smallest public statue
Explore the burial place of the Great Plague victims
Price 184 £ per person
Sights you will see:
City of London St Paul's Cathedral
The location of Mithraneum has been center of London for couple of thousand years. That’s where the legends came and where the Romans built a temple dedicated to mysterious cult. The mysterious cult of Mithras first appeared in Rome in the 1st century AD. It spread across the Empire over the next 300 years, predominantly attracting merchants, soldiers and imperial administrators. Meeting in temples which were often constructed below ground, these were private, dark and windowless spaces. The mythological scene of Mithras killing a bull within a cave, the ‘tauroctony’ is at the heart of the cult, and its full meaning is subject of much speculation. Hear stories about MI15 and Winston Churchill. Why he used horoscopes? Go further to St. Mary Woolnoth Church. The site of the church has been used for worship for at least 2,000 years; traces of Roman and pagan religious buildings have been discovered under the foundations of the present church. Walk to the Cornhill Devils - three devilish terracotta figures are an unusual example of long-lasting revenge. They are intended to mock worshippers next door at St Peter upon Cornhill, an old city church now virtually submerged at street level by office blocks.
See St Olave's church which was a burial ground for plague victims. The plague of 1665 killed an estimated 100,000 Londoners (20 per cent of the city’s population) in seven months, so it’s hardly surprising that there are a few burial grounds still knocking about right under our feet. One such graveyard is St Olave’s churchyard in the City of London, where 365 plague victims were buried. Among them is Mary Ramsay, the woman blamed for bringing the plague to London. Its one of the few medieval churches to survive the ravages of the Great fire in 1666, and also one of the city’s smallest. Finish your tour by London's smallest public statue.
City of London Information Centre, St. Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8BX