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"Sir, if you wish to have a just notion of the magnitude of this city, you must not be satisfied with seeing it`s great streets and squares, but must survey the innumerable little lanes and courts.It is not in the showy evolutions of buildings,but in the muliplicity of human habitations which are crowded together, that the wonderful immensity of London consists."

From Boswell`s life of Johnson.
ROYAL LONDON:
Take a walk through the beautiful St.James` Park, once a favoured playground of King Charles 2nd, it was through this that his Father, Charles 1st walked to his execution in 1649. Happily we now live in less turbulenttimes, with a royal wedding this year and the Queen`s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 this walk has a contemporary relevance. You`ll see royal residences:
Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, St.James`s Palace and hear stories about their past residents. We`ll take in a little window shopping at some of the exclusive emporiums which for centuries have serviced the needs of London`s high society. Depending on the time of day you`ll also catch the spectacular ceremony of Changing the Guard.
Having served in the Guards myself, I have taken part in many ceremonial events: Changing of the Guard, Trooping The Colour, The Queen`s Golden Jubilee, and state visits by overseas heads of state. This gives me a personal perspective on London`s ceremonial, I`ll even bring my bearskin hat if requested!
The Mall
 
Changing The Guard
CITY OF LONDON, GLOBAL FINANCE CENTRE:
Almost 2000 years ago London was founded by the Romans as a trading post and that what it`s been doing ever since. Many of it`s most famous financial institutions began in the age of exploration and discovery when merchants and and venture capitalists founded the first joint stock companies in the City`s coffee houses. Our walk, which follows the modern city`s medieval street pattern takes in some very modern architecture, Sir Richard Roger`s Lloyd`s Insurance building, Lord Foster`s Swiss Re building (gherkin) not to mention an amazing Victorian market, used as a location in `Harry Potter and the Philosopher`s Stone`. You`ll hear about the past and present of these cathedral`s of capitalism,and learn about future developments as the City strives to reinvent itself for the 21st Century.
City of London

BEATLES WALK:
On this walking tour you will also require a zone 1 and 2 travel card. See the Abbey Road Studio where the Beatles made 90% of their recordings and that famous zebra crossing! We then track the `Fab 4`across London, taking in film locations, former homes and Apple offices, the registry office where Paul married Linda and the night club where John met Yoko. Takes approximately 3 hours.

Beatles walk

THE SOHO SCENE:
Take a wander through this exotic corner of London. For centuries Soho has had a reputation for the bohemian and alternative. Bars, restaurants and nightspots, a mixture of Georgian elegance and Twentieth Century brashness. Famous people from the worlds of art, science and medicine have lived there and of course Soho was the birthplace of British pop and rock. The Beatles, Stones, Who, Floyd, Zeppelin, the list goes on..... See where their favourite watering holes and clubs where, the recording studio where the Beatles recorded `Hey Jude` , not forgetting `Ronnie Scott`s`, the most famous jazz venue in Britain.

Ronnie Scott's

SOUTH BANK WALK:
For centuries London`s south bank was a place of unbridled pleasure, well provided with inns, brothels (many regulated by the church) bearpits and theatres. In the 21st Century the area is once again an entertainment centre with the Tate Modern Art Gallery, the South Bank Centre and the new Globe Theatre at it`s heart. Our walk beside the River Thames and through winding alley ways, takes in the site of the original Globe, the infamous Clink Prison, the remains of a medieval bishop`s palace, one of London`s oldest markets and much more. we finish at the George Inn, London`s last surviving galleried coaching inn.

The Globe Theatre
BLOODY SMITHFIELD:
Once a Roman refuse tip, then a medieval livestock market, this patch of real estate just outside the City of London has played host to jousts, gruesome executions, not to mention the anarchy of St Bartholomew`s Fair. We`ll walk through the splendour of central London`s last wholesale meat market, see it`s oldest hospital, where apparently Sherlock Holmes met Dr Watson, an ancient church which has appeared in blockbuster films and the site of a 14th Century plague pit. Don`t get lost in this warren of lanes and alleys, there`s sure to be a ghost!
St Barts Church

JACK THE RIPPER WALK:
Surely one of the most notorious series of murders ever committed, yet perpetrated by person or persons unknown. The best way to come to grips with the story is to walk the same mean streets, pass murder sites, hear the evidence and learn about some of those suspected at the time. This walk covers a fascinating district to the east of Central London and I`ll tell you something of it`s history, there`s even an opportunity to steady frayed nerves at a hostelry once frequented by the Ripper and his victims!

Jack the Ripper
CLERKENWELL:
A fascinating area whose past includes medieval monasteries like the Priory of St.John, whose gatehouse still stands, a centre of industry and a hub of political radicalism. Lenin published his magazine Iskara in Clerkenwell, Charles Dickens used to bank here, his eponymous hero Oliver Twist attempted to pick pockets on Clerkenwell Green and GF Handel attended concerts nearby in 1710. Now popular with designers, architects and a smattering of celebs, it is now one of London`s most vibrant and sought after locales.
Priory of St John Gatehouse

MEDICINE, MURDER, DISSECTION AND DISEASE:
Until the 19th Century London`s mortality rate exceeded it's birth rate yet by the same period it had become the World`s largest city. Medicine has always been a part of London`s story, how could it not be in a great metropolis reliant on the movement of goods and people from the four corners of the Globe? A city of which Jane Austen said `Nobody is healthy in London, nobody can be`. Hear about London`s plagues and contagions, it's medical innovators, it's quacks and criminals and how medical developments and institutions have helped shape the Capital. This walk traces London`s medical history back to the medieval period, sometimes revelatory, sometimes macabre but always fascinating.

Royal College of Surgeons
A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE:
What links `Jack The Ripper`, Thomas Barnardo, The Elephant Man, and Joseph Stalin? They all spent time in London`s East End. On this walk I`ll show you where, I`ll also explain why Home Secretary Winston Churchill had cause to visit the area. You`ll see once notorious watering holes popular with the Kray Twins, another infamous for it`s links to 1930s extremists. Not forgetting the tragedy of the 1943 Bethnal Green tube disaster, a civilian disaster so bad that at the time news reports were heavily censored.
The Blind Beggar Pub
CITY OF SHIPS:
The ancient manor of Wapping, now the locale of bijou apartments and warehouse conversions, once lay at the heart of London`s Dockland, itself the hub of a great mercantile empire. Few areas of the former Dockland are as atmospheric as Wapping High Street, cobbled streets, early 19th Century warehouses joined by precipitous catwalks and nestling in between, taverns once frequented by mariners and dock workers, it could be a scene from a Dickens novel. Indeed Charles Dickens knew and wrote about this area and some of the picturesque inns from his era remain. On this walk through an area dominated by the former St.Katherine and London Docks, you`ll hear about convicts, the world`s first police force, the notorious `hanging` Judge Jeffries, Captain Kidd and Execution Dock and learn about life in a busy Victorian dock. If you want you can even stop for a beer!.
Wapping High Street

MEMORIALS WALK:
There are few more powerful and tangible links with the past than memorials commemorating those killed in war and the past 100 years have been the bloodiest in our history. 2014 marks the centenary of the start of the First World War and the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Both World Wars saw the introduction of mass conscription into the armed forces and there is not a town or village in the United Kingdom without a memorial to the dead of the local community. London`s war memorials are some of the most important in the Country, architecturally and as a focus for commemoration of British and Commonwealth war dead on Remembrance Sunday each November. This walk, which culminates at Sir Edwin Lutyens`s `Cenotaph` in Whitehall, takes you past some of the Nations most significant World War memorials and statues.

The Great War, the `war to end all wars` as it was optimistically described at the time, has left it`s marks on London. Some literal, it was the Capital`s first experience of aerial bombardment, some more sculptural and poetic, the great national war memorials to the dead. In this walk you`ll also see the former homes of some of the principal figures on the British side, learn about the first `Unknown Soldier`, marvel how a double VC winner lived to die in his own bed and hear how if the wisdom of a British war hero had been heeded, some of our modern conflicts may have been avoided.

Guards' Memorial
Tower Bridge
 
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