Rick Jones

Rick Jones is a Blue Badge Guide (and pianist and freelance writer) who for most of his working life was a journalist. As such he was for ten years chief music critic for the Evening Standard and he remains Secretary of the Critics Circle (founded 1913). He developed a form of costume journalism in which he reconstructed journeys, mostly walks, by famous individuals in costume. As JS Bach he walked across Germany, as Felix Mendelssohn he hiked across the Highlands of Scotland, as Edward Elgar he cycled across the Malvern Hills and as Shakespeare’s clown Will Kemp he danced across East Anglia. It was these experiences which gave him a taste for walking tours and the tales to be told from them. Meet Rick – here he is talking about his Medical London tours.

All of Rick Jones's Walks

T. S. Eliot – The Waste Land Tour
T. S. Eliot – The Waste Land Tour

Wednesday, 17 April 2024 @ 11.30 am (This walk goes every Wednesday)

"in 20 years of London Walks this is the best one I've ever been on"

The Tate Modern Highlights Tour
The Tate Modern Highlights Tour

Wednesday, 17 April 2024 @ 2.30 pm (This walk goes every Wednesday)

 Guided by arts critic Rick Jones, Secretary of the Critics Circle

Medical Tour: All Around the University – Firsts & Inventions in the History of Medicine
Medical Tour: All Around the University – Firsts & Inventions in the History of Medicine

Thursday, 18 April 2024 @ 2.30 pm (This walk goes every Thursday)

Just a little prick…  from Edward Jenner to AstraZeneca

The City Churches Tour
The City Churches Tour

Friday, 19 April 2024 @ 10.30 am (This walk goes every Friday)

  "Fan vaulting, Bow bells, a Mediterranean courtyard, a sermon timer and a mighty organ beneath Christopher Wren's most beautiful dome"

Shakespeare's London
Shakespeare's London

Saturday, 20 April 2024 @ 11 am (This walk goes every Saturday)

Shakespeare's commute – to the lascivious pleasing of the lute, from his home to the Globe, meeting his friends and enemies en route....

The Changing of the Guard Tour
The Changing of the Guard Tour

Monday, 22 April 2024 @ 10 am (This walk goes every Monday)

"A great walk, loads of interesting facts, an excellent friendly guide with the addition of a great singing voice. Highly recommended" Walker Brian

Tate Britain
Tate Britain

Monday, 22 April 2024 @ 2.30 pm (This walk goes every Monday)

the best of British painting and sculpture over 500 years – guided by professional arts critic Rick Jones

The Nell Gwyn Special
The Nell Gwyn Special

Monday, 06 May 2024 @ 6 pm (Click here for more dates)

"the first great comedienne..."

Other walks in Rick Jones's repertoire.

They run occasionally as 'Specials' but can also be booked privately.

All Around the University – Firsts and Inventions in the History of Medicine
All Around the University – Firsts and Inventions in the History of Medicine

"reputation for medicine is second to none in the world"  Guided by Rick Jones (do click on the Rick link, you'll like what's there)

St David's Day Welsh Walk – by the distinguished Welsh author Rick Jones
St David's Day Welsh Walk – by the distinguished Welsh author Rick Jones

"where they sang, wrote poetry and played rugby"

Shakespeare Birthday Walk with Lute
Shakespeare Birthday Walk with Lute

"Harry Hunks’ place of work..."

The Rugby Tour – to Accompany the Six Nations Tournament
The Rugby Tour – to Accompany the Six Nations Tournament

"with a fine disregard for the rules"

The Nell Gwyn Special
The Nell Gwyn Special

"the first great comedienne..."

The Changing of the Guard Tour
The Changing of the Guard Tour

"A great walk, loads of interesting facts, an excellent friendly guide with the addition of a great singing voice. Highly recommended" Walker Brian

Tate Britain
Tate Britain

the best of British painting and sculpture over 500 years – guided by professional arts critic Rick Jones