Happy New Year!

I’ve hung up my Blue Badge for the rest of 2015. It’s been a great year, and I have loved guided you around all the various places. Yesterday we were blessed with warm sunshine and minimal wind at Stonehenge following a visit to the ever wonderful Salisbury cathedral.

This morning at the Tower of London the skies were grey, but it stayed dry.

Being a London Registered Blue Badge Guide is such a privilege (though I might not have said that during our gruelling two year training). A couple of weeks ago I walked around Vauxhall with my friend and fellow guide Hilary. I was in Estate Agent Mode as she and her husband are looking for a new address in London. I wish I had had the forethought to video her reactions. At one point she grabbed my arm and said “Look at that building!” I think lunch at the Bonnington Café may have been the final brick that put Vauxhall high up on the list of desirable areas.

If you want to know what she saw, you can join me 2nd January at 2.30 for Viva Vauxhall!. The walk starts outside exit 2 of Vauxhall tube, lasts around two hours, and costs just £10, or £8 if you are over 65 or a full-time card-carrying student. I’ll be wearing my badge, and carrying a bunch of London Walks leaflets.

Monday 4th January I’ll be leading a tour around Greenwich, meeting outside Tower Hill tube by the Tramshed coffee stop for 10.30. There will be additional charge of £5.50 for the boat trip to get us to Greenwich.

At the moment, the rest of the week is a series of private walks – remember you can contact me by leaving a comment on this site if you would like a private tour – then on Saturday 9th it’s C the City, a great walk around the City of London themed on the letter C. We meet at St Paul’s tube, exit 2 for 10.45.

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