I'm going to roundup two sets of weekend walks in one go here, beginning with the weekend of the 6th & 7th September. I've had quite a few repeat offenders or customers as I should perhaps call them over the last few weeks. It's always nice to see people coming back and trying a different walk, or in some cases, doing the same walk again. This was the case with Libby on the Saturday morning walk from Trafalgar Square to St Paul's. She brought along her friend Elizabeth (visiting from Texas) and were joined by Tony from the Netherlands and Liz and her son Tom from England. You can see them on the left standing in front of the church of St Martin within Ludgate, a possible candidate for one of the churches that feature in the nursery rhyme 'Oranges and Lemons' and the verse "You owe me five farthings, say the bells of St Martin's."
Top right is the afternoon group just by the original site of the Globe Theatre on Bankside, made famous by a certain William Shakespeare. Matt and his mum Sue were back for their second walk with me, as was Lucy. Tony who had done the morning walk and hadn't planned on coming along on the afternoon walk joined us too. He obviously had nothing better to do.
Sunday was a bit of a weird one with loads of people dropping out and then Angela (back for her second walk) and John from Glasgow arriving a bit late. All credit to them for making it at all. You can see Monica from Germany, Rachel from America and Geiche from Germany standing next to Daniel DeFoe's grave in Bunhill Fields Cemetery.
For the weekend of the 13th & 14th September, we begin with Andrew and Cassy from the States on our way through Guy's Hospital. It's an area of the hospital I learned from Matt the week before (he'd studied there to become a doctor) that is known as 'the spit' due to the amount of tuberculosis patients it once housed.
Top right is the Sunday group on our usual jaunt around east London which featured Heidi who was back for her second walk. Finally the bottom photo is the group from the Saturday morning walk outside Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, which featured Chris and Caroline back for their second walk with me.
Stripiest top - Sue
Best moustache - No winners
Tallest - Chris & Matt (joint winners)
Most Irish group - Sun 14th (feat. Brian, Lianne, Nicola & Dermot)
I do my regular weekend guided walks around London almost every weekend, which are run on a 'pay what you want' basis and pretty much follow three different routes. During the week however, I also do 'private walks' which are tailor made for people that contact me. It could be a first visit to London and they want to see some of the sights, or a work outing to explore the area around their office or a family on holiday. They're all different. Here are some of the weekday walks I did around London in August.
Above left is Gayle and her family in one of the Guard boxes outside St James's Palace, and above right is Scott and his family (visiting from the States) outside Benjamin Franklin House on Craven Street, the only surviving Ben Franklin house in the world. He lived there for nearly 16 years from 1757, and didn't actually own the house, he was a long term lodger.
One evening I did a walk with a group of architects around Bankside & Borough. I took the photo of them in the entrance to The George, just off Borough High Street (complete with photo bombers). Top right is Alex and his family (from Texas) outside Buckingham Palace. Bottom left is Gwendy and Patrick next to Syd's Coffee stall in Shoreditch and lastly, Arlene & Chris in Trafalgar Square.
I spent a really nice few hours walking around Westminster with Rebecca and her two sons. I took the photo of them standing outside the Cabmen's Shelter near to Embankment Station. Originally, there were 61 of these small, green, wooden huts around London. They were built between 1875 - 1914 and were designed to provide (as the name would suggest) a place where drivers of Hansom Cabs and later Hackney Carriages could stop to get some food and drink, or even have a break and read a newspaper. Today there are only 13 of these Grade II listed buildings left. The photo in the centre is of Mike and Brian, who I spent a morning with wandering around Hoxton and Shoreditch, as Mike had been born in the area and had been doing a bit of research in to his family history. We visited the church where his great grandparents were married. Last, but not least we have Caroline and her family in Covent Garden.
So ... if you're visiting London on holiday and would like me to guide you around some of the sights or are after something a bit different, then please do get in touch.
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