Lovely Camberwell in Autumn

Only a stone’s throw from central London, Camberwell and Denmark Hill is a delight. A neighbourhood of contrasts, with one of the best parks in south London (in all London?) gracious terraces of the late Georgian period and a secret wild garden. Add a plethora of great pubs, a great Greek bakery, a sublime chapel, and more than one art destination and you have a winner. Continue reading “Lovely Camberwell in Autumn”

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Animal Lovers’ London

Leading a tour of Greenwich yesterday I was delighted to see two mounted police officers coming our way. We weren’t in trouble, but meeting police horses on tours, or police dogs, or any horse or any dog has to be a plus.

The officers had ridden over from nearby Lewisham and were relaxed about stopping and talking to us. One of the horses was called Livingstone, the other Young Rupert. I carry packets of mints in my bag for exactly this type of encounter, so soon most of us had rather slobbery hands and Livingstone was very aware I was the keeper of the treats.

Much as people love going on holiday, those with pets often miss them, so having a cuddle with a police horse or a friendly dog is welcome. I’m surprised how many conversations about pets take place on guided tours. Continue reading “Animal Lovers’ London”

Hey Ho

Hey ho, it’s back to school they go. Meaning London is quieter as well as cooler. The crowds in the museums and galleries are thinning out and there are hints of autumn in the air.

For a Keatsian moment visit the British Museum. You could contact me to arrange a private tour, or come on a public tour. I’ll be there this afternoon, 22nd August, meeting outside Russell Square tube at 2.15, and again next Monday,27th August, at 2.30.

The City is endlessly fascinating. Such a small area packs an impressive punch. I am always happy to lead bespoke tours around the Square Mile on a variety of subjects and themes. st-pauls.jpg

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This week’s public walks, 4th-9th June inclusive

The sun is shining, the skies are blue, it’s not too hot – perfect for getting out and about and exploring.

These public walks are ones where you just turn up at the start point, pay £10 (cash only) and join the tour. There is no need to prebook. I’ll be wearing my Blue Badge, the badge only qualified, professional guides are awarded.

Monday 4th June:
Greenwich, meet 10.15 outside Tower Hill tube, opposite the tram coffee stop. The tour finishes in Greenwich at 1pm. We take the boat to Greenwich so there is an additional charge of £6.50 for this tour.
British Museum, meet 2.30 outside Russell Square tube opposite where Barry sells freshly squeezed orange juice and other refreshments.

Barry in winter
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Keep Blue Badge Guided Tours in Parliament

Some of you follow this blog because you have been on my tours and enjoyed them, tours that include the Palace of Westminster. I qualified as a Blue Badge Guide twenty years ago. In 2000 I took an additional course and passed the written and practical exams to allow me to guide in Parliament.

However, the future of Blue Badge Guides in this building is under threat. There are plans to replace us in just five months with non-professional guides who will learn a script.
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