16 May 2010

Quirky London 4 of 20: The oldest house

Where is it? Cloth Fair, just south of Smithfield Market.

What's quirky about it? It's said to be the oldest surviving house in London, a miraculous survivor of the Great Fire, the Luftwaffe, and the even worse Developers. It's been sympathetically restored quite a bit, apparently, but would be instantly recognisable to its original inhabitants of the 1590s.

Why bike there? Cloth Fair (right) is a pioneering bike contraflow street, so you can legally ride the wrong way up a one way street. The ancient church of St Bartholomew opposite does some funny bun-throwing stuff every Good Friday.

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