June was my busiest month yet, and was lucky enough to meet people from all over the world and show them around London during the week ... and even some born and bred Londoners. Just to reiterate, as well as the regular 'pay what you want' walks that I do each weekend, I do 'private walks' during the week, whereby I put together itineraries for people based on their interests, what they'd like to see and stuff like that. Most of the walks I did are pictured below, and as you can see, we managed to include quite a bit of London ... one way or another.
So, first up, at the beginning of the month, I was delighted to see Gurudhan and Jennie again, who I met last summer whilst they were visiting from Austin, Texas. They were back in London for a flying visit and brought with them, Jennie's daughter Ella. They're outside Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on Bankside. Courtney and Emily joined me for a walk around Westminster, and you can see them outside the side entrance of Westminster Abbey. Julia & Michael were visiting from Denmark, and brought with them their respective parents / parents-in-law. You can see them in front of the iconic Big Ben which presides over one side of the Houses of Parliament. I met Kent and his crew of Chemistry Professors outside the Royal Society, the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence, where they'd spent the afternoon pouring over the journals and diaries of Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton and co. I took their photo outside Buckingham Palace.
I did a walk with Angelise & Caroline around Bankside and Southwark and took the above photo of them outside the George Tavern, just off Borough High Street. Joselito and his family were visiting from the States, and we stopped off at Borough Market for a quick pre-lunch snack. I met Matt & Gin from Australia on the first day of their honeymoon and did a bit of a London Extravaganza all day tour, and bumped in to one of the Queen's Guards along the way. Lastly, you can see Lyn and her daughter outside St James's Palace.
John & Leonie were visiting from Australia, so took the liberty of taking their photo alongside the statue of Arthur Phillip, the first Governor of New South Wales and founder of the settlement which became Sydney. Kevin & Ellen brought a load of their friends over from Texas and as they were all pretty much of a medical persuasion, we ended the walk at the Hunterian Museum. Just before we finished, I took the photo of them in the rather beautiful Lincoln's Inn. Some more guards, this time with Sundar and his family outside St James's Palace, and lastly I did a sort of orientation for a group of American exchange students. We ended up in Trafalgar Square, where I took their photo.
Lorne is the first Canadian Mounty I've ever met, and had a great day showing him and various members of his family around London for the day. You can see them (top left) with St Paul's cathedral in the background. I spent the day with Lynda and Peter from Australia and their friends, and it was them that brought to my attention, the Australian War Memorial on Hyde Park Corner. It commemorates Australians who died fighting alongside the British in both World wars and is made from 200 tons of granite from Western Australia. We also have Debbie and her two kids outside Buckingham Palace and Gisella and her family visiting from Australia, with Nelson's Column behind them.
So ... the last four photos show Kristen and her extended family striding down from Leicester Square, having spent the morning around Westminster. Jeanne and co. stopped for a sandwich in Shoreditch, so that's where I took the photo of them. On the wall behind them, you can see some work by French street artist Thierry Noir. I spent the morning with Carrie and her family and left them just by the Millennium Bridge, as they were going to head over to Bankside for lunch. Lastly we have Jeanine and her family outside Berry Bros & Rudd ... the Queen's wine shop. They were from Texas and just behind them on the wall of Pickering Place which runs down the side of the shop is a plaque stating that the Republic of Texas once had an Embassy there between 1842-45.
So ... there we have it. If you're going to be visiting London in the coming months and would like me to show you around, please feel free to get in touch.
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