From Now Until Christmas

So you’ve written your cards, wrapped the presents, decorated the tree and planned the menu for Christmas Day. What now? You don’t want to twiddle your thumbs until 25th December.

And you certainly don’t want to join the increasingly desperate shoppers in the big stores.

Well, London is your oyster. Tomorrow, Monday 14th I am again taking the boat to Greenwich with a self-selected group for a guided tour.

Royal Naval College

Royal Naval College

You can be one of their number simply by meeting me outside Tower Hill tube station by the Tramshed Coffee Stop for 10.30 and handing over £15.50. That’s £10 for the tour and £5.50 for the boat. If you are over 65, or a full-time card carrying student then you get a reduction of £2 on the tour.

If you are planning a later start to the day, I’ll be outside Russell Square tube station for 2.30 ready to lead a tour inside the British Museum.

Wednesday 16th I’ll be guiding at the Tower of London, meet me at Tower Hill tube by the Tramshed Coffee stop for 11.00. Continue reading

Updates, Flowers and This Week’s Public Walks

My thanks to Kathy for reminding me that I needed to update the Dates for Your Diary page.

London in the spring is a mighty fine place. Actually it’s a mighty fine place at any time, but the explosion of colour we have enjoyed over the last few weeks has been wonderful.

Flowers are everywhere, not least at Chelsea Flower Show, but fear not if you don’t have tix, there are lots of fab alternatives including Vauxhall, Mayfiar and Walworth:

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Public Walks 1st to 6th December 2014

A new month and a new week of walks, culminating on Saturday morning with one on my home patch that finishes at some wonderful artists’ studios.

Monday 1st December:

In the morning I’ll be leading a tour of Greenwich. We’ll be travelling there by boat on the Thames, and finishing just in time for a lunch in one of Greenwich’s many eateries. Bring your camera and prepare to enjoy thsi splendid spot so near to central London, yet a world apart.
Meet at Tower Hill, by the Tramcar coffee stop for 10.30.
gulls
In the afternoon I shall be guiding the highlights of one of the most celebrated museums in the world – the British Museum*, or BM, as it is familiarly known.
Meet me outside Holborn tube on Kingsway for 2.15.

Tuesday 2nd December:

Away from the Christmas shoppers, we’ll be exploring Old Westminster. We’ll see the private and public faces of Westminster: the famous and familiar – Westminster Abbey and the Palace of Westminster – and the quiet streets just a stone’s throw away.
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New Photo Quiz: In and Around Parliament Square London SW1

As promised, another photo quiz, shorter than the last one, and more accessible to everyone as it is a much more visited part of town.
Once again, put your answers in a comments box. This time I’ll give you a week or so before I approve your comments. You’ll see my replies, but not what anyone else has said. So for the meantime all comments on this page will need my approval before they apear. Enjoy!
Whose foot is this?

Picture 1

Picture 1


And whose hand?
Picture 2

Picture 2

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Smith Square, Westminster, London SW1

Home and warm. I have led three London Walks this weekend; two from the main programme and one of my own from the repertory.
I was early in Westminster yesterday morning so strolled and took some pictures.
St John’s Smith Square is a well known well loved music venue. Originally a church, it was gutted in the Second World War and rebuilt for concerts.

St John's Smith Square

St John’s Smith Square

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