Between September 1940 and May 1941, London was bombed nearly every night, with tens of thousands killed or wounded, and millions of homes destroyed or damaged. Night after night, the population of the world’s biggest city was forced into shelters, basements and tube stations as the Luftwaffe tried to destroy the city and the moraleContinue reading “Our tours: Exploring the London Blitz”
Our friend, and fellow guide, Marc Blake has only gone and published a book. Called ‘Spirit of the Blitz’ this young adult thriller is set during the height of the bombing of London in WW2 and will make a perfect addition to any mystery fan’s bookshelf. During the Blitz of 1940, many thousands of LondonersContinue reading “Spirit of the Blitz”
As part of the research for his talk on the life of Churchill, Don has been plotting various locations associated with Sir Winston on the map below (it’s still very much a work in progress, so it’s being added to all the time). You can see, for example, the addresses where he lived in London,Continue reading “Winston Churchill locations”
Our latest ‘chat’ – the five of us talking about our favourite and least favourite British monarchs. Spanning 1,000 years of history, it includes Tudors, Plantagenets, Stuarts, an anglo-saxon and even a Windsor. Click on the link to see the whole conversation.
Yesterday evening (25 August) we did our first virtual tour for charity, a ‘trip’ around the British Museum looking at seven of its treasures with a connection to Britain. Attendees donated what they felt they could afford, and all ticket money went to Prostate Cancer UK. We’re very pleased to announce that £630 in ticketContinue reading “Our first charity talk”
This time eight years ago, London was getting ready to host the Olympic Games. They turned out to be one of the most successful Games in recent history for a variety of reasons: 8.8 million tickets were available for events, and on the busiest day over 3 million spectator journeys were made in London alone Continue reading “London 2012: What happened next”
Emma Matthews shares some of the tales from her ‘Discover Legal London’ virtual tour. (Sign up for our newsletter to be informed when her next tour is scheduled.) The Royal Courts of Justice is an imposing neo-gothic building in the heart of Legal London. It was opened by Queen Victoria in 1882 and houses overContinue reading “Things You Didn’t Know About Legal London”
The execution site in modern-day Trinity Square, witnessed three times more beheadings, than the more famous Tower scaffold. Tim explains more about it (from his Tales of Tower Hill tour).
One of the treasures of the British Museum, this 4th century mosaic found in present-day Dorset in the south of England is the earliest known representation of Christ from Britain or the Roman Empire. The mosaic – only the central roundel is on display in the museum although the floors from two rooms exist –Continue reading “The Hinton St Mary Mosaic”
‘All the world’s a stage & all the men and women simply players …’ from ‘As You Like It’ is one of William Shakespeare’s most famous speeches. It is unexpected however to find a 20’ totem pole with the whole speech engraved upon it and the seven ages of man from birth to senility cutContinue reading “The Seven Ages of Man Sculpture”