HENRY VIII DIY RUNNING TOUR: LEG 1 OF 7

from St Paul's Station
to:St Bartholomew's Hospital, West Smithfield
DISTANCE: 0.4 miles

TOTAL DISTANCE: 0.4 miles

The only public statue of Henry VIII in London,

St Bartholomew's Hospital, West Smithfield

Henry viii's london

directions LEG 1

Start at St Paul's station with your back to the cathedral and Co-op.

 

Turn left and keep running straight along Cheapside/Newgate Street (the main road) until you reach Glitpur Street on the other side of the road.

 

Cross the road and go up Glitpur Street. Keep following the road as it becomes West Smithfield. 

 

As the road veers to the left, take the pedestrian-only path and turn right back on to West Smithfield.

 

Follow this road round to the edge of St Bartholomew's Hospital until you see the statue of Henry VIII above the entrance to the hospital.

MAP LEG 1

1st stop - what's the story?

This is the first stop of our running tour - the only public statue in London of King Henry VIII: (arguably) the most notorious King of England.

 

Henry reigned between 1509 and 1547. He was responsible for the separation of the Church of England from Rome, and subsequently shut down countless monasteries and catholic institutions. This statue remains today to commemorate the fact that Henry didn't shut down St Bart's Hospital. 

 

In his personal life, Henry is renowned for having 6 wives. Your running tour is based on a journey that remembers each of his wives in turn. Next stop, Catherine of Aragon!

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