It's once again time to have a look back at the 'Private Walks' around London I did last month. Unlike my regular 'pay what you want' walks that take place each weekend, the 'Private Walks' usually happen during the week and are booked by families, individuals, groups of friends and the odd 'hen doo'. I have set fees and people either tell me areas or sights they're interested in seeing or exploring. Visiting London for the first time can be quite daunting, so often I give people a few suggestions based on their interests, time frame or whatever it might be they hope to get out of the walk. The photos and descriptions below will hopefully give you a bit of an idea.
Beginning top left we have Jennifer and Michael from New York. I met them at their hotel in Westminster and we spent the morning around that area. You can see them outside the National Gallery which is situated to the north side of Trafalgar Square. Next up is Marta and her parents Hans and Victoria who were visiting from Panama. I took the photo of them on Piccadilly, with the entrance to Burlington Arcade just behind them. Terry and her husband Bill from the States were joined by numerous other members of their family and we ended up covering quite a huge swathe of central London by the time we finished. I took the photo of them after a visit to the Household Cavalry Museum in Horse Guards. I spent a whole day with the McConville family from Australia taking in all the major London sights in a bit of a 'London Extravaganza' tour which began in Westminster and ended up dropping them off by their hotel in St Katharine Docks, which is just behind the Tower of London on the east side of central London.
Here we have Barbara and her son Jessie who were visiting from the States, sitting at the base of the statue of Nelson Mandela in Parliament Square. Top right is Simon and his wife Fionn over from Atlanta along with Simon's parents. Rather amazingly, I first met them a couple of years ago for a quick zip around London whilst they were on a layover at Heathrow airport. At that time Fionn was pregnant, and this time I got to meet their now 18 month old daughter. In the centre we have Ann and Thomas who I deposited at the end of their walk in a pub in Soho for a spot of lunch, and bottom right is Lane and his mum who asked me to do an evening/night walk as they were keen photographers and wanted to get some good shots of London at night.
So ... last but not least we have Lisa and Sandra from Germany in St James's Park and Cathy, Isaac and Philip from Hong Kong just by Temple Church.
If you think you might like a Private walk around London, then please feel free to get in touch.
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