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/.
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»
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»
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»
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»
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»
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»
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»