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Brian Cookson

After qualifying as a Russian Interpreter during National Service, I obtained a BA in Russian and German at Oxford University. I spent most of my working life as a computer consultant, mainly working for IBM. When I retired, I qualified as a London Blue Badge Guide. I lead guided walking tours all over London and have written two books - 'London Waterside Walks' and 'Crossing the River', published by Mainstream. Information on my tours and lectures can be found at http://www.lonwalk.ndirect.co.uk/.

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by Brian Cookson in London
29 Apr 2016
Leadenhall market

Explore the City's Ancient Alleyways in the Footsteps of Charles Dickens

Distance 1mi
Duration 40min
8 ratings

On this walk we will see actual places that Dickens visited as well as places mentioned in his novels. Starting at St Paul's Cathedral, which dominated London in Victorian times, we wend our way through ancient alleyways and churchyards, such as... More»


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Locicon 5 Cheapside
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by Brian Cookson in London
16 May 2016
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Greenwich - Where Time Begins

Distance 1mi
Duration 30min
5 ratings

On this walk you will learn how Greenwich Mean Time (or GMT) became the standard from which all the world's times are worked out. You will hear of the murder of an Archbishop by the Vikings in the 9th Century and discover Queen Elizabeth's Oak... More»


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by Brian Cookson in London
02 Dec 2015
Woburn walk

Bohemian Bloomsbury - Literary London

Distance 2mi
Duration 50min
5 ratings

Encounter literary greats like WB Yeats, T S Eliot and George Bernhard Shaw, on a walk that starts with the architecturally spectacular Fitzrovia, named after a descendant of Charles II and his mistress, Barbara Villiers. It's just a stone's throw... More»


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by Brian Cookson in London
11 Nov 2015
Clerkenwell walking tour 4

Rebels, Radicals and Rough Justice - Historic Clerkenwell

Distance 1mi
Duration 50min
3 ratings

The walk starts at Farringdon which was the terminus of the first Underground Line in the world. The title – Rebels, Radicals and Rough Justice- characterises the rest of the route. We will be following the footsteps of Wat Tyler, leader of the... More»


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by Brian Cookson in London
02 Nov 2015
Westminster heart of the nation

Westminster - Heart of the Nation

Distance 2mi
Duration 40min
3 ratings

This walk covers the great palaces of the monarchs and the Archbishop of Canterbury. We walk from the Golden Jubilee Bridge through Whitehall Gardens to the Banqueting House in Whitehall, the last remaining building from the ancient Palace of... More»


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by Brian Cookson in London
18 Aug 2015
Prospect of whitby

Wapping and the old London Docks

Distance 2mi
Duration 40min
6 ratings

The most famous building in Wapping is a pub, The Prospect of Whitby, which was a favourite with pirates and smugglers as well as with Charles Dickens and Samuel Pepys. This ancient village which stretches between the Tower of London and Limehouse... More»


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by Brian Cookson in London
19 Nov 2015
Tower bridge and the gherkin

Southwark - London's Historic Entertainment District

Distance 1mi
Duration 40min
7 ratings

On this walk we follow in the footsteps of Chaucer and Shakespeare across London Bridge to the south bank of the Thames. Here is the district of Southwark, which used to have a murky reputation, as it provided the entertainment, manufacture and... More»