Working River Thames

When the Jubilee Flotilla progressed down the Thames a few weeks ago it was a reminder of how the Thames was the super highway that linked London to the rest of the world.

Today, there are far fewer boats, but if you look, you may be surprised at the number of working vessels.

Working Vessel

Bring your camera on Sunday morning’s guided walk from Monument station at 10.45.

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Poetry Bombing on the South Bank

It was amazing. Poems fluttered from the helicopter onto a sea of upturned faces. People were laughing and leaping to catch them.

Strangers talked and shared their poems. There were impromptu performances. The Parnassus Poetry Festival is open.

The Poetry bombing idea comes from Chile. After Pinochet was deposed the dropping of poems symbolised the return of freedom of speech. Tonight in London every poem dropped was in English and Spanish regardless of the original language of the poem.

Here’s how SE1, the community site covered it.

Travel Theme: Parks

A picture of a park near my home. You’ll see it if ever you come on my Walworth Walk.
I love the way they have made security beautiful.

Park Entrance

Tours of Embarassment

It is a common misconception that guided walks around London are just for visiting tourists, that if you live in a place you somehow know everything about it.

I was leading a group in the British Museum the other week. A woman looked at the people with me, grinned broadly and said “Ha! I’m with local, that trumps a guided tour.”
To be fair, her companion did look rather embarrassed. How much he knew about the museum I have no idea.

Obviously, I didn’t have the opportunity to sit down with her to examine her statement; why she thought I wasn’t local for starters, and why she thought it was a competition. Or to find out why she thought it was alright to be rude to perfect strangers, who all looked rather surprised, but it does underline some people’s ambivalence to being on a tour.

So I will understand if you turn up wearing a balaclava, or dark glasses on a dull day. But it’d be a shame to leave all this fun to someone else.

A Walk in the City

Next Sunday morning I’ll be crossing the river to lead a walk around the City of London. I call it Fish and Ships, London Walks advertises it as Roaming by the River. So take your choice of title.

It was the first of my walks that London Walks agreed to put on their programme, and over the years it has changed a bit and seen a few changes. For a while, it seemed I was in a battle of wits with The City of London as to how I was going to access the bits of the riverside I wanted to talk about. Although in the City, we get some good views of Southwark.

It starts at Monument station at 10.45, lasts around two hours and costs a mere £9 or £7 for concessions. A bargain!

The Monument

You don’t have to book, just turn up. I’ll be wearing my Blue Badge and my City Badge and carrying a wodge of London Walks leaflets.

Hidden Borough

Received this evening by email, this invitation:

Dear friends,

tomorrow at 5 p.m the Guerilla Architects will open the doors of Great Suffolk Street 55 in London Sothwark to welcome you all.

Please check out the fallowing link on facebook for further information : http://www.facebook.com/HiddenBorough

See you soon,
the Guerilla Architects

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See you there!

Warehouse Adventure Great Suffolk Street SE1

A few weeks ago, walking along Great Suffolk Street in London SE1, I was rather taken by this nineteenth century building.

Victorian Warehouse SE1

In an area that is being regenerated to the last inch, I found it refreshing. I wondered about its future, imagining it converted into luxury flats, or possibly demolished to make room for a new building. I already do some walks around SE1, but I started to think about a new one where this warehouse would feature. Continue reading “Warehouse Adventure Great Suffolk Street SE1”

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