With a history that stretches back over 2,000 years the City of London has had plenty of time to amass a huge selection of secret and hidden places, and you really are spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing which on to visit first or, for that matter, which order to visit them in!
You can hardly turn a corner without finding yourself confronted by some little legacy of the past that just catches your attention and makes you want to learn more its history, or about the people who put it there.
From the wonders of St Paul's Cathedral, to the tucked away splendor of St Bartholomew the Great, London's oldest parish church (1123) you will find your curiosity well and truly aroused as you make your way around the streets, courts, lanes and alleyways of the ancient and historic City.
Located on a wall in an alleyway in Cloth Fair, you will find the Sailor's Home Coming Window, which was painted by the artist Brian Thomas for the architect Paul Paget.
43 Cloth Fair, on the wall of which this curious relic is located, was, for almost twenty years, the home of the poet Sir John Betjeman.
You can't help but admire the Panyer Boy of Panyer Alley who, since 1688, has been sitting on his upturned bread basket trying to pull a thorn from out of his foot!
There is an inscription beneath him that tells all passersby that no matter where they have been this is highest point in the City. But is it?
Above the Henry V111 Gate at St Bartholomew's Hospital in West Smithfield is the only statue to King Henry V111 in a public place in London.
The gate and statue both date from 1702. The gate still provides the main entrance to the only hospital in Britain to still stand on its original site.
Inside the little church of St Bartholomew the Less is the Robert Balthrope memorial, which demonstrates the dexterity of the of epitaph writer's art when it comes to getting lines to rhyme!
Balthrope was the Sergeant Surgeon to Elizabeth 1st. What was a Sergeant Surgeon? Read on and all will be revealed.
At the end of the BBC series Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch leapt from the rood of Bart's Hospital.
The phone box, close to where he landed, has now become a place of pilgrimage for distraught Sherlock fans from all over the world.
On a wall in Postman's park you will find a series of plaques that remember long ago sacrifices by men, women and children.
These "Everyday Humble Heroes" all gave their lives endeavouring to save the lives of others.
In the centre of Cornhill there stands a very impressive statue of a man in a wide-rimmed hat.
He is, or was, James henry Greathead and his ingenuity made the London underground possible.
A little way along Cornhill, by the south-east corner of the Royal Exchange, you will find an old water pump.
It dates back to the year 1299, and was paid for by several local institutions, including the Bank of England.
On the door of number 32 Cornhill, you will find a series of eight carved panels. Carved by Walter Gilbert, in 1939, they are easy to walk past without noticing they are even there.
However, to miss them would be a great pity, since each panel depicts a scene from the eventful history of Cornhill.
On the rooftop of number 54 - 55 Cornhill there perch a trio of devils that look menacingly down on passersby below.
They date from the 1890's and, according to tradition, they are the result of a feud between the architect, who designed the building, and the then vicar of the neighbouring church of St. Peter-upon-Cornhill.
If you pay a visit to the delightful church of St Michael's, Cornhill, you will encounter a wooden pew that boasts an intriguing carving.
On it, St Michael stands over a cowering devil and drives a spear into the devil's mouth. This, reputedly, remembers an event from the church's distant past when the devil came by unannounced.
On the corner of Philpot Lane and Eastcheap you can see a building that was built in the 1860's for a spice merchant.
There is an extremely curious feature on the Philpot Lane side of the building in the form of two mice that appear to be fighting over a large piece of cheese. Why are they here? Read on.