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Autumn Walks and Tours


I’ve scheduled some walks and tours for the Autumn, so those of you who want to have a stroll around some of the key London sites and hear history and tall tales about these places, click on one of the links below.

If you can’t make any of these dates, join my mailing list and I’ll send an email as I add new dates.

cartouche384Sunday morning in the British Museum
8 October and 5 November, 10:30
Discover the treasures of the British Museum, from ancient mummies to monumental sculpture. “Intelligent, articulate and friendly.”
Discover the City of London
Saturday 14 October, 10:00
Walk the layers of London’s history, from the Romans, through the medieval and the Tudors, to the Victorians and the present day.
Rock n Roll Soho
Saturdays, 30 September, 28 October, 25 November 10:30
Discover the heart of rock ‘n’ roll London in the ’60s and ’70s – the places, clubs and venues that were the setting for the music that defined a generation. “Fun and informative.”

Rock ‘n’ Roll London

bm001 - 1 (2)One of the shocks of middle age is realising just how old some of the music is that one listens to. Like all right-thinking people, one of my favourite tracks is the Clash’s ‘White Man in Hammersmith Palais‘ – which is now nearly 40 years old. It’s chastening to think that track is as distant from the present as punk was from Ambrose and his Orchestra and Al Bowlly.

The other shock is that the places associated with this music have become sites for visitors. In just the same way as one would go and see parts of the city where Shakespeare or Dickens lived and worked, so one can now go and pay one’s respects to the venues where the Beatles, or the Rolling Stones or David Bowie once performed. Continue reading