Here's how we were blogging five years ago on The Daily Constitutional, a poem by London Walks guide Shaughan…
View From Westminster Bridge
By Shaughan Seymour
Earth hath not anything to show more fair;
Dull would he be of soul who could pass by
A sight so touching in its majesty;
A huge wheel, rising in the air,
That some consider an aesthetic travesty;
This wheel of wonder, without ceasing, rolls
Each gondola replete with gawping proles
Who paid a fee – extortionate – too much
Conceived by Britons, but built by the Dutch,
The steel is German – Sheffield‘s loss it is –
The capsules French ( look like suppositories)
The wires Italian, and the hub is Czech
Apotheosis of Euro-High-Tech.
But wait – what value does this wheel bestow?
Do tourists god-like gaze on us below,
Descend enlightened from Olympian heights
And knowledge-crammed, share with us their insights
Of London and its history? I think not:-
As mystified as ever – not a jot
Of minted information is inside;
The London Eye just took them for a ride.
Our City’s Vintage - we release the cork –
Go take yourselves upon a London Walks!
Shaughan is a distinguished - and stylish - actor (his stage roles range from Frank-n-Furter in The Rocky Horror Show to Sherlock Holmes; his many television credits include Poirot and Miss Marple). A professionally qualified Blue Badge and City of London Guide and the possessor of a fine baritone voice, he usually spices his walks with a song or two.
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.