British Museum Tours
The London Walks British Museum Tour takes place
 
every Monday afternoon at 2.15 pm
 
every Wednesday* afternoon at 2 pm
*except Jan. 1
 
and every Saturday afternoon at 2 pm
 
Meet your guide just outside the exit of HolbornTube
 
Okay, now a two-parter.
 
First, why you should go on a guided tour of the British Museum.
 
Second, why you should do it with us.
 
1. The British Museum is the big one – the most important museum on the planet. It's an incomparably rich treasure-chest, brimming with things of world historical importance. The Rosetta Stone, the Egyptian antiquities and mummies, the Assyrian lion-hunt reliefs, the Parthenon Sculptures, the Black Obelisk, the Enlightenment Gallery, 4,500-year-old "Ginger" (the "pre-dynastic" red head!), the Sutton Hoo treasure, the Portland Vase, Roman gold, Celtic gold, ivories and enamels, tiles and pottery, an astonishing display of instruments for measuring time – here is civilisation, manifest. Here the past turns on its pivots to face the 21st century. The snag is that you can't see for looking – both because of the embarrassment of riches and the sheer size of the place (the building covers 13.5 acres – set off in the wrong direction and you have to walk three times too far). Indeed, how you see it is almost as important as what you see. "The best commentary on the revolution of Greek art and the quality of its achievement is...simply to come direct to the Elgin room from the Egyptian and Assyrian ones, as if into an explosion of life, even, as in the frieze, of gaiety." Which is by way of saying, to see these things with a great guide – well, you'll never be quite the same again. In short, the secret is to use your time at the British Museum well.
 
                                                                   Photo by Michael Gray
 
2. Why do it with us? In seven words, it costs less and you get more. Or in two words: the guides. Or in two more: London Walks
 
Here are the particulars. By all means: compare. 2010 Update: for the record the British Museum is no longer offering its own in-house tours – but the general point underlying the comparison is absolutely to the, well, point here, so let the, er, points stand. For the time being at any rate.
 
The British Museum's own Blue Badge-guided tours were more expensive
 
London Walks Blue Badge-guided tours cost less.
 
The British Museum's Blue Badge-guided tours lasted 90 minutes
 
London Walks' Blue Badge-guided tours last 120 minutes.
 
There's more.
 
Many of our guides also guide the British Museum's own tours – the BM's shorter, more expensive tours. In short, with London Walks it's more for less with the self-same guides! More guiding for less dosh – no brainers don't come much more howlingly obvious.
 
London Walks guides are the creme de la creme of  Blue Badge guides. Karen won the Guide of the Year Award. Mary won the Best Combined Practical – the guiding equivalent of Baseball's Triple Crown! Brian won a major award. Tom, the former Chief Examiner for the Blue Badge course, won an MBE for Services to the Tourism Industry. Well, you get the picture.
 
Speaking of "the picture", here's a little video trailer of Tom's British Museum Tour.
 
Last but not least, there's this: 
 
 
And this:
 
 
 Nuff said?