Blog

guided walks around the City of London

Remembering the Early Londoners

As the new office blocks currently going up re-shape the City skyline, it is worth reflecting on those who in past centuries have, in their own way, been a part of London’s remarkable 2000-year rise to prominence. Only a fraction of them appear in history books but that doesn’t mean we should forget them. Many…
Read more

Revelations in the East

Although the City of London remains the main focus of interest for many of the City guides, exploring the East End reveals many extraordinary stories that can be developed into fascinating walks. Bethnal Green, Wapping, Whitechapel, Shoreditch, Hackney – all are rich in history with diverse cultures, traditions, religions and languages. East London offers so…
Read more

The Thames Bridges

Why not join my BRIDGE TO BRIDGE walk on Thursday, 18th May 2017. The walk starts from Tower Hill Station and lasts about 2 hours. We shall cross over Tower Bridge, come back across London Bridge, walk along the Thames Path to Southwark Bridge, then back over to the Southern side of the river before…
Read more

Speaking About London

The question often asked when invited to speak at clubs and societies is…”which subject would you recommend?” That is almost impossible to answer because London offers such a rich source of stories that almost any subject can be fascinating and keep the audience engaged. These talks are often ‘moveable feasts’. All the time there is…
Read more

Behind the Blue Plaques

They are the hidden gems that provide the clues to so much of London’s rich history. Blue Plaques provide tantalising information of people, places and events that have contributed so much to the development of the City. For those on a LONDON FOOTSTEPS walk they offer an invitation to explore the stories behind them. It…
Read more

Documents of Death

It will never be known how many died in the Great Plague of 1665. Some say it was less than 80,000; others put the figure at above 120,000. Yet a year later, the Great Fire of London which completely devastated the City only claimed the lives of around 20 people, an astonishingly low number. These…
Read more

Letters From Arthur to Angela

When, in 1839, Britain’s much admired soldier-statesman, Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington, began to correspond with the richest woman in the land, Angela Burdett-Coutts, a unique friendship developed which was to impact on the lives of so many people throughout the 19th century. Their personal and trusting relationship is revealed in over 800 letters…
Read more

Legacy of Octavia Hill

If the sun is shining and you have a Sainsbury sandwich in one hand and Costa coffee in the other, trying to find somewhere to enjoy a quiet bite outside isn’t always easy. City churchyards are favourite places to relax at lunchtime when the weather permits although finding a spare seat is a problem with…
Read more

Wow Factor at the Walkie Talkie

You may know it as the Walkie-Talkie, a 35-storey office block designed by Rafael Vinoly, the 70-year-old Uruguayan architect who has created one of the most-talked about modern buildings in the City. Its unique shape is either loved or loathed depending on your views about the way London’s skyline is changing. There are, however, many…
Read more

Sharing History in Shoreditch and Hoxton

Some areas on the fringes of the City of London provide rich pickings for those who like to discover the history of a place that can easily be overlooked. There are plenty of gems to find in the South Hackney Conservation area which is why the recent LONDON FOOTSTEPS walk proved so popular and rewarding.…
Read more