During the week I do 'private walks' for people, which could be individuals, couples, families or work trips. Often I show first time visitors to London around and give them an introduction to the city, taking in the sights so they can get a feel for the place and get an idea where everything is. Either way, each walk is different and here are a few a did in October.
I did two half day walks with Laura and JT from the States. The first was around Westminster which has a host of well known sights such as Big Ben & Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace to name just three. On the second day, we actually spent most of the morning at the Tower of London. The photo of them on the right is just in front of the White Tower, which built in the late 11th century stands in the heart of the Tower of London. In the centre, you can see Lisa and her family standing inside what remains of St Dunstan-in-the-East, a church bombed during WWII and turned in to a lovely, calm, walled garden in the middle of the City of London.
One evening I did a short walk with the staff of a Soho based company, around the area where their office is based, finishing up in Trafalgar Square. The street they work on, Frith Street, has a fascinating array of characters who throughout history have lived or worked on the street, including a young Mozart, John Snow, the 19th century physician whose studies in to the Soho cholera epidemic revealed that cholera was a water born disease, and the Scottish inventor John Logie Baird who gave the first demonstration of his television set at his workshop in 1926, above what is now Bar Italia. Opposite is the famous Jazz club, Ronnie Scotts where Jimi Hendrix gave his last live public performance in 1970, just two days before he died. The photo in the centre shows Teresa, Karen & Vanessa in front of the National Gallery and on the right Frank and his colleagues in Spitalfields market at the end of a walk that combined the City of London with east London.
Lastly, we have Michael outside St Paul's, the Actor's Church in Covent Garden. In the centre is Sheryl and her friend outside their Hotel in Charing Cross. We spent the whole day together, which included a boat trip down the Thames. Last, but not least is Joe in Fortum & Mason, the rather splendid shop known as 'the Queen's grocer' on Piccadilly.
So there you have it. If you're visiting London before Christmas, or even planning a trip to London in 2015 and would like me to give you a guided tour of London, then please get in touch.
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