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The Secret Ceremony Walk

The Monument

Guided by Karen

Like seeing something other people don't get to see? Like bragging rights?  Then step this way. We're heading far (enough) from the madding crowd. Maybe 30 visitors – out of the 30 million who visit London annually – will see the ceremony we're going to see, the ceremony Karen's going to guide. (If you're with us that makes you one in a million – that's bragging rights; that's seeing something 29,999,970 people don't get to see.) And that's by way of saying, this one emphatically isn't a ceremony for tourists* – it's a ceremony for the ancient body that carries it out. It's about them and their "custom of immemorial usage in the City" – it's not about tourists. It's a procession and a guard of honour and robes and furred gowns and gold chains and badges of office and the swearing of oaths. It's intimate and strange and rivetting. And – into the bargain – it's a whole lot more than a "mere" spectacle. Because if you don't understand London Livery Companies and ancient London offices and time-honoured ways of doing things you don't understand London. And that's the world – its own world – that Karen will open up to you – that you will understand by mid-day, by walk's end, on September 28, 2016. That's the payoff, the return.** That's what comes of her prepping you for the ceremony itself. Last word: really really special two hours, this. "The world's greatest guide" – in Travel and Leisure's estimation – taking you through the intricacies of a centuries-old London ceremony. Taking you to a ringside seat. Does it get any better than that?

*In marked contrast to the Changing of the Guard, that quintessence of touristy London. The C of the G's the vin ordinaire of London tourist fare. The hordes are welcome to it. Today at any rate. We won't be there drinking that (in). We're uncorking Chateau Lafite.

**That and the photographs you'll get – so whatever you do DON'T leave your camera behind and DO make sure the battery's charged and you've got a spare.

PRACTICALS

The Secret Ceremony walk takes place on TBA at 10 am. Meet Karen outside the Fish Street Hill exit of Monument Tube Stop.

REVIEWS

"by far the most impressive series of walks that I have ever encountered are those offered by London Walks"  Travel and Enjoy

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