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A very apt quote for the day

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

We’ve always enjoyed giving you a choice about how you do our London walks. First an foremost we are fanatical about this great city and have a genuine desire to help people to see more of it.

Our guides range from top flight Blue Badge Guides who’ve done the very demanding course offered by the Institute of Tourist Guiding (we’ll be covering the Blue Badge in a future post) to well known authors who’ve published on topics as diverse as Jack the Ripper, Dickens London and Haunted Britain.

As far as our London Walking Tours are concerned we want to make it as simple as possible for you to find what you want. We won’t make you wade through a seemingly endless rant about how are competitors are all wannabes as it is our opinion that you’re simply not interested in childish name calling.  For that matter neither are we. We simply want to offer you great tours with sensible numbers and to that end we’ll highlight the differences (unique selling points to use adult language) that make our tours different and better.

What we will do is offer you a choice of joining us on one of our paid London walks - such as the Jack the Ripper Tour that takes place seven chilling nights a week, and our ghost walk that takes place on Fridays, Saturdays and on selective Sundays – or you can enjoy one of our free DIY walks in London that are provided as print off and do PDF’s.

These latter include our Harry Potter London Walking Tour and our coming soon Riverside London Pub Walk.

Our aim is pure simplicity. Which is why the following quote from Albert Einsteen in many ways sums up our ethos.

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction.


City of London – walks and facts

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Our City of London walks include a lot of facts and figures about the history and the workings of the City of London.

Greater London occupies and area of around 640 square miles. It is divided into 31 boroughs and 2 Cities, The City of London and the City of Westminster.

It is home to some 7 million people who between them speak around 300 different languages, making London and incredibly culturally diverse place.

The City of Westminster is the Royal City and is also home to the machinery of British Government and home to Parliament.

The City of London occupies and area of just one square mile. But that one square mile is, without doubt, the wealthiest square mile on earth as it is the financial centre of London and home to over 200 banks, numerous insurance companies, investment houses

The one square mile covered by the City of London starts just alongside the Royal Courts of Justice in the west of the city,  encircles the streets as far as Clerkenwell and Shoreditch to the north of London, and goes as far east as the Tower of London with the River Thames making a natural southern boundary.

Many Cities can point to a specific act of foundation or a particular founder be he real or mythical. Not so London. Indeed there is a great deal of debate over how long the area now covered by London has seen human occupation.

But to all intents and purposes the London that we know began a few years after the Roman invasion of AD43. Having sailed up the River Thames the Roman’s found an area where the River was shallow enough to cross and where the banks on either side were gravel, opposed to the marsh that they had encountered on much of their journey up river.

Within 10 years of their arrival in Britain the Roman’s established trading port here and called it Londinium. Thus with the coming of the Romans London was established as a trading city and even today 2,000 years later it is still a place where daily trading is done.

You can enjoy the streets, squares and buildings of that City on our Historic City of London walks such as The Secret City and  The London Story.