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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