Another from the Romantic archives at The D.C…
This note arrives from London Walker Marian de Flamingh…
She begins… “Having just completed a delightful Shakespeare's and Dickens' London Walk with David, he told us that you might like to hear our tale…”
And we DID – especially in the run-up to St Valentine’s Day.
“On 1st February 1999, I decided to try the Legal London Walk. At the given tube station I realised that the walk that had just commenced was not Legal London (there were two walks departing from the same station at the same time) and was informed that if I was quick, I might be able to catch them up.
Running over the road, I caught the tail-enders and got chatting to a very interesting Australian man called Ron, who was over in London for a holiday. We enjoyed the walk and each others company so much we agreed to meet the following week for one of your walks around Westminster.
This was the start of a special friendship and then a relationship, which led, after just three months, to an engagement. Ron then moved over to the UK in January 2000 and we got married in the following April.
Our (then) £5 walk fee was definitely the best £5 investment that I have ever made and I certainly got more than I bargained for.
To mark the anniversary of our meeting, every year on, or as near as possible to the 1st February, Ron and I travel up to London to try another of your London Walks, as they have become very special to us. We also recommend them to any visitors to London that we meet.
This is a great opportunity to tell you how interesting we find the walks. As one who worked in London for seven years, even areas I think I know, are opened up with surprises and points of interest. You take us down paths that we would otherwise pass by and put flesh on the bones of the history, bringing it all to life in unbelievable colour.
Your guides are brilliant - so knowledgable and entertaining and speak with such passion. "Tire of London and you tire of life" - you bet.
With thanks and long may the walks continue.
Marian de Flamingh
A London Walk costs £9 – £7 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.