Private Walks - March 2014
Alongside my regular 'pay what you want' weekend guided walks in London, I also do 'private walks' during the week, whereby I put together itineraries for people based on their interests, or what they'd like to see. As you'll see from the photos and brief descriptions below, from some of the walks I did in March, they can pretty much take any shape or form. If the idea interests you, please get in touch as I'm sure we can sort something out.
So, first up (from left to right) we have Carrie, her mum and brother outside the Market Porter pub in Borough Market, which was the end point of a shortish walk Carrie organised for her mum's birthday. In the centre, we have Silvio & Regina from Brazil, who I met at their hotel in Mayfair and explored around Mayfair, St James's, Piccadilly, Whitehall and numerous other central London locations. I took the photo of them outside Admiralty House at Horse Guards Parade (Silvio had worked the Navy). On the right, outside Buckingham Palace is Jenn & Jason who where visiting London for the first time from the States. Rather amazingly we actually saw the Queen earlier on that particular walk and Jenn managed to even get a photo of her, as she drove past.
There you go ... The Queen. Aside from not having a passport, the Queen doesn't have a driving license either, which I think must be why she spends a lot of time sitting in the back of cars.
Above we have, starting on the left, Nellie & Kang Wee from Singapore on St James's Street, just in front of St James's Palace, followed by Holly & Margo on the southbank with the silhouette of Big Ben in the background. They had popped over on a day trip from France and I left them just by the London Eye, as they'd booked tickets to go up ... or around. It was a nice day for it. On the right is Jennifer, who I met in the City of London, and we explored the area around St Paul's cathedral, Fleet Street, Temple and Smithfield. I took the photo of her in the courtyard of Somerset House.
One Thursday, I took 34 school kids (and their teachers) on a walk that started at the Tate Modern on Bankside, through Borough (where we stopped for lunch at the market) and Southwark, over the river and through part of the City of London to finish on the steps of the Royal Exchange. I met Kerry, Anna and Emilie at their apartment in Shad Thames, just south of Tower Bridge and spent a whole day together, which included a pub lunch and cup cakes in Covent Garden (see above centre photo). Last, but not least is Polly & John, who spent a morning with me during their short trip to London. I took the photo of them outside the replica of Francis Drake's ship, the Golden Hinde.
I'd also like to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone that has, over the last couple of years, taken the time to write rather nice reviews about my walks on Trip Advisor. At the current time of writing, Bowl Of Chalk is placed in the 'Top 3' activities in London.
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