Short read: Secret places and hidden interiors…
Long read: “If you want to know London better, if you want to learn some things about the world’s most cosmopolitan city that most people who spend their lives there never learn I can think of no better investment than London Walks” New York Times. Could have been describing this walk. Teems with quirkiness, odd places and passing strange things and people. A taster or two? Try hidden palaces. The King’s Speech Royal Chapel. The hotel where George Orwell worked. The chair with a flying guinea pig. The jewel in the crown – a gothic chapel hidden away from public view and not visited on any other London Walk. Well, you get the idea. What’s not to like? And come winter – hey, all those sheltering, hidden interiors – say hello to the parfait winter London Walk! Guided by Alison, Hilary OBE or Kim, winner of the London Tourist Board’s Guide of the Year Award.
And the rainy day big plus: This walk has three interiors so it’s perfect for inclement Fridays!
IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THE GUIDING
UNEXPECTED LONDON – THE PRACTICALS
Unexpected London takes place every* Friday at 11 am. The meeting point is just outside the exit of TempleTube. N.B. the Unexpected London walk ends in Embankment Gardens, right next to Embankment Tube.
*Except Dec. 27
LONDON WALKS SOUPÇON
“The implications of this are as disturbing as Einstein’s second law of relativity. The _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ is a quiet little late Gothic building, almost as black as it would be in Newcastle. Rearing above it is the glazed white backside of the _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _. Neither part is memorable but the tension between them is. And the tension not only comes by accident but depends on it. Only a sadist would design this kind of affront, yet the affront is the essence of the place: and the final effect is not disgust but compassion for the tired old animal down below.” Ian Nairn