Public Walks 30th July- 6th August

The Cutty Sark
Most of the tours I have been doing over the past couple of weeks have been for private bookings. I’m taking a couple of weeks off from 7th August, so here are public tours I shall be doing between now and then.The cost per adult is £10 for each tour. Continue reading “Public Walks 30th July- 6th August”

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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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Two Exhibitions and This Week’s Public Walks

There’s always so much going on in London that choosing what to see can be a challenge. In the last ten days I have been to two very different exhibitions, though both were thought provoking, witty, serious, humorous.

The first was Boticelli Reimagined at the V&A. You may have read reviews in the national press. I loved it. My attention was grabbed from the first room with the range of takes on his Venus Rising. I don’t think I had fully realised how well known this painting is. Boticelli comes over as remarkably well adapted to the C21. As co-curator Mark Evans is quoted as saying, “He goes nicely on a T-shirt.”

It’s fascinating how some images take such a hold on the collective imagination, and the reworkings in this exhibition show the whole gamut, from one I found fairly pornographic, though I believe the label described it as erotic, to Hello Kitty via a dress worn by Lady Gaga to promote a single.

There was too much for me to take in on one visit and I hope to go again before the exhibition closes in July. Continue reading “Two Exhibitions and This Week’s Public Walks”

The Jolly Season

Wherever you turn in London there are Christmas trees and fairy lights. I have posting quite a few pictures of them on Instagram whwere you can follow me @londonbyguide.

It’s the jolly season. The time of year when you meet up with friends and colleagues and eat out in restaurants.

Thanks to the visit to this side of the pond by some jolly people who forsake the warmth of California for the winds of London, winds that are I understand courtesy of Desmond, I had the chance to eat in great company in two places that have been recommended to me but which I have hitherto never tried.

Both can be enjoyed at the end of two of my walks this week.

First Greenwich tomorrow morning. Afterwards you could eat at the Plume of Faethers where last Monday I enjoyed an excellent Thai green curry. I opted for the vegetarian option as did another of my dining companions. There was fish and chips, chicken, burgers, veggie and meat and all was lovely.
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Flaming June

Nearly half way through the year already. Where does it go?

London is welcoming eager visitors, and I and my colleagues are busy busy busy.

I seem to have a lot of private groups over the next few weeks, but I do have some tours anyone can join.

Top of the list, 1st June. Meet at 10.30 by the Tower Hill Tram ready to take the boat to travel to Greenwich the royal way – by river.

Next, 6th June. Maybe you have read Sarah Waters The Paying Guests, shortlisted for this year’s Bailey Prize set in leafy Denmark Hill and Camberwell, just a step from central London, and a welcome breath of fresh air at any time of year, especially summer. We meet outside Denmark Hill overground station.

8th June I’m back in central London with two classic tours. For Westminster Abbey meet outside Exit 4 Westminster tube at 10.45, and for the British Museum I’ll be witing for you on Kingsway outside Holborn tube at 2.15.

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9th June, we can head out of town for an Explorer Day to Salisbury and Stonehenge. We’ll be away all day. Obviously this costs a bit more, but a very reasonable £77 which covers travel, entrance fees and tours. There is an excellent new exhibition about Magna carta at Salisbury cathedral.Meet at Waterloo Railway Station opposite platform 16 outside the main ticket office at 8.45. Continue reading “Flaming June”

The Week in Walks 26th January – 1st February

Just four public walks in the diary for the coming week.

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Working Vessel

First up, I’m back in Greenwich Monday morning, and hoping to be able to loiter for a while at the end of my tour to take some photographs and enjoy the ambience. Although well connected to central London, Greenwich has a different pace. It’s a splendid spot to spend time no matter what season.

We meet at Tower Hill tube by the Tram Car coffee stop for 10.30. It’s a boat ride to Greenwich, and a great opportunity for to photograph London from the river.
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Walks Week Commencing 8th December 2014; Stonehenge, Salisbury, British Museum, Bermondsey for Starters

Wow, it is no time at all until Christmas.
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If you are wondering what to do on Boxing Day, how about a City walk? Walk off the turkey and the Christmas pud with this special walk. There are limited places, so book in advance. Click here for details.

Those of you who joined me yesterday for the Walworth walk may have completed your Christmas shopping away from the crowds at the artists’ open studios.

If you missed it, make a note in your diary for next year. Continue reading “Walks Week Commencing 8th December 2014; Stonehenge, Salisbury, British Museum, Bermondsey for Starters”

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