Outside in all weathers, we London Walks guides know a thing or two about battling the cold weather.
In this short series we're sharing our winter weather tips with our lovely London Walkers, a hardy bunch who join us rain or sleet in the winter months.
This is one of my favourite posts of the series so far. It will seem innocuous at first, but it contains a kernel of wisdom that will see you through EVERY winter: you probably DON'T have the flu! The flu is serious stuff. If you've ever had it, you won't ever take its name in vain again!
If it's a cold, you keep going - tissues, Hall's Soothers and paracetamol get me through.
Did have one lady last year who was convinced that there were eucalyptus trees in St James's Park as she could smell them. Didn't have the heart to tell her it was me crunching away on the cough sweets.
If it's flu - and it rarely is the real thing - then you are stuffed. You are laid up and can't move and it's going to take about three weeks to get back on your feet. Happened to me a few years ago - again at Christmas – and I slept downstairs for a week as my coughing kept everyone else awake. Couldn't do anything but discovered Alibi on TV. 24 hour Agatha Christie, Sherlock Holmes and Morse got me through - highly recommended viewing.
Kim, who has worked in the House of Commons and the European Parliament, is another 24-carat Blue Badge Guide: she won the London Tourist Board's Guide of the Year award in 2001.
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