The Bank of England was originally founded to supply money to King William III (aka William of Orange) to fight in wars. But the bank was heavily involved in slavery from day one. When it was set up in 1694 it underpinned the whole system of commercial credit, and its wealthy City members – from the Governor down – were often men whose fortunes had been made wholly or partly in the enslavement and kidnapping era. 

Meanwhile in Ethiopia, coffee was being invented and proceeded to conquer the world. See one of the first coffee houses in the City and find out its story. See a statue you’ve never seen before that represents the enslavement era but which most people don’t know about (or have passed but never noticed!). Hear stories of ships, sailors, priests, and plantations to name but a few.

Come for a walk with Avril Nanton, your professionally qualified guide, to see some of the sights and hear stories about people you’ve never heard off before. This tour includes information on:

-John Newton – slaver and abolitionist


-Coffee and its beginnings

-The church that conducts Christian services in Swahili

-Statues and Monuments in the City

Meeting Time: 10.45am

Tour Time: 11am

Meeting Point: Bank Station, Exit 3, outside the Royal Exchange 

Tickets: £10 adults, £2 child

If you’ve never been on a walk in London before, then visit the website Avril’s Walks and Talks to find out the best guide to walking around London.