July was also a busy month for my Private guided tours around London and here's my roundup up of some of the walks I did, the people I met and the places we visited. Top left is Pam and her extended family in Trafalgar Square. I met them at their hotel, The Royal Horseguards and we spent a few hours exploring the Westminster area. Next up is Ted and his son outside Liverpool Street station in the City of London where I left them after a wander around Spitalfields and Shoreditch. Bottom left is Dave & Chrissy who came on one of my first ever group walks nearly four years ago. It was Chrissy's birthday and I met them by the Tower of London and we pretty much meandered around the City of London, ending near St Paul's cathedral. They're standing next to one of the old Police Telephone Boxes that although not in use have been left as sort of street antiques around the city. Bottom right is Elizabeth & co. outside St Paul's cathedral after doing a bit of an all day 'London Extravaganza' tour taking in all the major sights, plus loads of other stuff en route.
Above left is Lindsay & Gordon at the Haymarket Hotel where they were staying, and where I dropped them back at the end of our wander around Westminster. Top right Dave (who bore an uncanny resemblance to John Major) and his entourage during our full day seeing London's highlights. Bottom left is Jim & Scott with St Paul's cathedral behind them. Due to a tube strike I had to do a different walk than planned with Ryan and his daughter, and as they were staying in east London, met them there and explored the surrounding area. I took their photo in Old Spitalfields Market.
Above left is Rae and her group with Big Ben & the Houses of Parliament behind them. Top right is Sammy & Ellen as we wandered through Soho on a walk that began in Knightsbridge. I did a walk for two families travelling together from the States (bottom left) around Shoreditch, and took their photo on Great Eastern street. Bottom right is Jennifer and her family in St James's Park in Westminster.
The four photos above show Brad and his kids who had just arrived in London, standing outside St James's Palace. On a rather wet, dreary day I met Pat and his family in Covent Garden and they braved the rain to explore Westminster. I took their photo standing on The Mall with Buckingham Palace behind them. Bottom left is another two families travelling together, this time, on Whitehall. For the last three years, each summer I've done a walk for people who work for CAFOD. They're standing by the statue of Charles I, just to the south of Trafalgar Square. We were lucky enough to be taken in to the church of St James's Piccadilly, shown around and told about what they get up to by the Revd Lindsay Meader.
In this last set, we have Eric & Donna on College Green next to the Victoria Tower to the west of the Houses of Parliament. Staying in the same area, but to the opposite tower, the Elizabeth Tower (aka Big Ben) we have Stephanie and her family. The last two pictures are both in Shoreditch where any kind of walk is inevitably accompanied by street art. We have Allegra and her parents and Dean and Lucy.
I'll be continuing to do weekday walks throughout the rest of the year, so if you're visiting London and would like me to show you around, please get in touch.
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