Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Hogmanay 2019 - Happy New Year 2020!

DC Editor Adam writes…


A few snaps from my 2019 #tourguidelife…



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I’ve had a lot of fun in 2019 leading guided tours all over London. 

A few highlights… This year I qualified as a Westminster Guide with distinction🏅(very proud to do so) and was then delighted to join the tutor team on the course. 

In October I had a blast leading friendly Norwegian🇳🇴 music fans with Paul Endacott & Music Heritage London in search of London’s rich music history. I’ve added new tours to my London Music Tours repertoire & I continue to meet lots of lovely people from all over the world on my beloved London Walks (I’ve also got new London Walks tours coming in 2020). 

But some of the best fun was had going ON guided tours. Big shout out to New Orleans Architecture Tours for a superb tour of St Louis No1 Cemetery, to Glasgow Music City for a ️ morning of music history & to Hillary of Inside Chicago for her amazing bespoke tour of Chicago back in April.


This little video (above) is accompanied by a song traditional at New Year. It has its origins in my home country 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿, the place where I first fell in love with great storytelling. (Where I come from, you’re never very far from a great storyteller.) Am I a wee bit sentimental? Of course. Sentimentality is the rising sign of #Hogmanay. But my thanks are sincere - thanks to everyone who joined me on a tour in 2019. I’m looking forward to getting out and about again from 2nd January. Come and join me.

Peace & love in 2020

A.S-G, London, Hogmanay 2019
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My Public Scheduled Tours for December 2019 & January 2020



30th December – A Village In Piccadilly – 2.30pm Piccadilly Circus Tube (by Eros)

2nd January 2020 – Inside Covent Garden – 10am Covent Garden Tube

2nd January 2020  – Old Kensington – 2pm High Street Kensington Tube

2nd January 2020 – Jack The Ripper – 7.30pm Tower Hill Tube (by the tram)

3rd January 2020 – Rock'n'Roll London – 2pm Tottenham Court Road Tube (exit 1)

4th January 2020 – The Beatles & Bob Dylan In 1960s London – 10.45am Temple Tube

4th January 2020 – Musical Covent Garden – 2:30pm Covent Garden Tube

4th January 2020 – Rock'n'Roll London Pub Walk – 7:15pm Tottenham Court Road Tube (exit 1)

5th January 2020 – Pink Floyd In 1960s London – 10:30a.m Leicester Sq Tube (exit 1)

5th January 2020 – Women In Music 1722 - 2019 – 2pm Leicester Sq Tube (exit 1)

16th January 2020 – Inside Covent Garden – 10am Covent Garden Tube

16th January 2020  – Old Kensington – 2pm High Street Kensington Tube

16th January 2020 – Jack The Ripper – 7.30pm Tower Hill Tube (by the tram)

SOLD OUT 17th January 2020 – Beatlemania! The Beatles In London 1961-65 – 10am Embankment tube SOLD OUT

17th January 2020 – Rock'n'Roll London – 2pm Tottenham Court Road Tube (exit 1)

18th January 2020 – London Horror Story – 7.30pm St Paul's Tube

30th January 2020  – Old Kensington – 2pm High Street Kensington Tube

30th January 2020 – Jack The Ripper – 7.30pm Tower Hill Tube (by the tram)

31st January 2020 – Beatlemania! The Beatles In London 1961-65 – 10am Embankment tube

31st January 2020 – Rock'n'Roll London – 2pm Tottenham Court Road Tube (exit 1)





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Sunday, 29 December 2019

The Triple - Three Walks This Thursday

DC Editor Adam writes…



As coincidence would have it, my first Thursday of 2020, like my first of both 2017 & 2018, is due to be a Triple – three London Walks tours in one day. Here's how I blogged about it back in 2017…



It's January and, once again, thoughts turn to fitness and shedding a few pounds after the Christmas binge.

Luckily, my job as a tour guide has a built-in fitness plan.

Thursday is usually my busy day and today was no exception.

The day starts with a brisk quarter mile chasing a nine-year-old on a scooter on the school run…




… and from there it's another quarter mile to the tube station. An easy half mile before the day has even started.


The first of today's three walking tours was Inside Covent Garden which, by my reckoning, clocked up some 1,700 steps…



At Covent Garden tube I used the steps…



Confession: I walked down NOT up!

Alighting at Hyde Park Corner I hopped a Sadiq Cycle to Kensington (1.5 miles), snapping this shot along the way (it was the perfect winter day for walking)…



Then it was on to the Kensington walk, which broke the 2,000 steps barrier…




Another Sadiq Cycle back to Hyde Park Corner (another 1.5 miles)…



… in brisk wintry conditions…



Then on foot from Hyde Park Corner to Tower Hill via the West End and along the river, my favourite "commute" of the week.

The final tour was Jack the Ripper, at 1.4 miles and 2,900+ steps the longest of the day…




Bringing my total for the day 34,000+, just over 16 miles covered!





Are you counting steps in January? Drop me a line with your totals, your apps, your gadgets and tips or leave a comment below.


My Public Scheduled Tours for December 2019 & January 2020



30th December – A Village In Piccadilly – 2.30pm Piccadilly Circus Tube (by Eros)

2nd January 2020 – Inside Covent Garden – 10am Covent Garden Tube

2nd January 2020  – Old Kensington – 2pm High Street Kensington Tube

2nd January 2020 – Jack The Ripper – 7.30pm Tower Hill Tube (by the tram)

3rd January 2020 – Rock'n'Roll London – 2pm Tottenham Court Road Tube (exit 1)

4th January 2020 – The Beatles & Bob Dylan In 1960s London – 10.45am Temple Tube

4th January 2020 – Musical Covent Garden – 2:30pm Temple Tube

4th January 2020 – Rock'n'Roll London Pub Walk – 7:15pm Tottenham Court Road Tube (exit 1)

5th January 2020 – Pink Floyd In 1960s London – 10:30a.m Leicester Sq Tube (exit 1)

5th January 2020 – Women In Music 1722 - 2019 – 2pm Leicester Sq Tube (exit 1)

16th January 2020 – Inside Covent Garden – 10am Covent Garden Tube

16th January 2020  – Old Kensington – 2pm High Street Kensington Tube

16th January 2020 – Jack The Ripper – 7.30pm Tower Hill Tube (by the tram)

SOLD OUT 17th January 2020 – Beatlemania! The Beatles In London 1961-65 – 10am Embankment tube SOLD OUT

17th January 2020 – Rock'n'Roll London – 2pm Tottenham Court Road Tube (exit 1)

18th January 2020 – London Horror Story – 7.30pm St Paul's Tube

30th January 2020  – Old Kensington – 2pm High Street Kensington Tube

30th January 2020 – Jack The Ripper – 7.30pm Tower Hill Tube (by the tram)

31st January 2020 – Beatlemania! The Beatles In London 1961-65 – 10am Embankment tube

31st January 2020 – Rock'n'Roll London – 2pm Tottenham Court Road Tube (exit 1)







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Saturday, 28 December 2019

My Tours For The First Week Of 2020

DC Editor Adam writes…

My scheduled tours in London for the first week of January 2020




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• Inside Covent Garden •

Thursday 2nd January 2020
Meet at Covent Garden Tube 10.00a.m

The West End revealed - looking beyond the shops and chain cafés to the rich history of London's playground. Where possible, we'll take in a few interiors, too.


Tour ends in Trafalgar Square

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• Old Kensington •

Thursday 2nd January 2020
Meet at High Street Kensington tube 2pm

A walking tour of London's royal village…





• Jack the Ripper •

Thursday 2nd January 2020
Meet at Tower Hill Tube by the tram 7.30pm


The word's most enduring crime story – social history, conspiracy and gruesome murder make for an intense night.


Tour ends at Spitalfields Market near Liverpool Street station.



• The London Music Tour – Rock'n'Roll London •

Friday 3rd January 2020
2pm Tottenham Court Road tube (exit 1) 

The history of pop and rock music in London…


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• The Beatles & Bob Dylan In 1960s London •

Saturday 4th January 2020

Meet at Temple 10:45am

In search of the two most influential acts in 60s music right here in London


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• Musical Covent Garden •

Saturday 4th January 2020

Meet at Temple Tube 2:30p.m

From Bob Marley to Thomas "Rule Britannia" Arne – all music is here!


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• The Rock'n'Roll London Pub Walk •

Saturday 4th January 2020

Meet at Tottenham Court Road tube 7.15pm


The history of Rock & Pop… with pub stops!




• Pink Floyd In 1960s London •

Sunday 5th January 2020

Meet at Leicester Square tube (exit 1) 10:30a.m

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Pink Floyd - a 60s odyssey

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• Women In Music•

Sunday 5th January 2020

Meet at Leicester Square tube (exit 1) 2:30p.m

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From Marie Loyd to Marianne Faithfull via opera, folk and punk.

Women in music 1722 to 2019

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Friday, 27 December 2019

Six Music History Walks To Launch 2020

NEW for 2020!

"I want to learn new things and I want to get more exercise."


How often have you said that in January?


So come and join me on MUSIC FEST 2020! 


SIX Music History Walking Tours over three days January 3rd to January 5th 2020. Here's the full schedule…



January 2020


NEW! MUSIC FEST 2020


Three Days - SIX Music History Walking Tours


Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th January 2020





Full Programme – book one tour, or book as many as you like…


MUSIC FEST 2020 

FRIDAY 3RD JANUARY

ROCK'N'ROLL LONDON

Friday 3rd January 2020 - 2pm Tottenham Court Road Tube (exit 1)

The history of Rock & Pop in London's West End - Beatles, Stones, Kinks, Who… Clash, Pistols… Bowie, Bolan, Hendrix… and more. The Marquee, The 2i's Coffee Bar, The Saville Theatre, Soho, Carnaby Street and Denmark Street, London's Tin Pan Alley


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"All sorts of cool info."
★★★★★


Princerman TripAdvisor April 2019



MUSIC FEST 2020 SATURDAY 4TH JANUARY

THE BEATLES & BOB DYLAN IN 1960S LONDON*

Saturday 4th January 2020 - 10:45a.m Temple Tube



(* This is a two-hour version of the tour presented on 9th November 2019)


NEW TOUR: MUSICAL COVENT GARDEN

Saturday 4th January 2020 - 2:30p.m Temple Tube




A brand NEW London Music Tour for 2020 – Musical Covent Garden.

From the Opera House to the theatre where Bob Marley became a legend; via the oldest recording studio in Britain (1898) to the hotel where Bob Dylan held court in ’65; from Rule Britannia to On the Street Where You Live – this London Music Tour covers the musical waterfront from Arne to Zappa.

We’ll see…

The Savoy Hotel
The Savoy Theatre
The Gramophone Company’s recording studios 1898-1931
The Royal Opera House
St Paul’s Church as featured in My Fair Lady
The Lyceum Theatre
The Middle Earth Club where Pink Floyd played

From John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera to Bob Marley’s Exodus, there will be cameo appearances from Noel Coward, Alan Jay Lerner, Charlie Chaplin, The Smiths, U2 and – in the best tradition of greatest hits collections – many, many more.



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"What a great 2 hours!"
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LesleyH TripAdvisor April 2019

THE ROCK'N'ROLL LONDON PUB WALK
Saturday 4th January 2020 - 7pm Tottenham Court Road Tube (exit 1)



The history of Rock and Pop in London's West End… with a couple of pub stops along the way!



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MUSIC FEST 2020 SUNDAY 5TH JANUARY 2020

PINK FLOYD IN 1960S LONDON

Saturday 4th January 2020 - 10:30a.m Leicester Square Tube (exit 1)





Discover the origins of one of history's biggest bands - Pink Floyd.

A walking tour for fans AND newbies.

Architecture students Roger Waters, Nick Mason & Richard Wright met at Regent Street Polytechnic in 1963. They founded R&B combo Sigma 6 (later the Screaming Abdabs and then The Tea Set) and were joined in '64 by charismatic painter & songwriter Syd Barrett.
Syd melded the blues singers FLOYD council & PINK Anderson for the band's new name and brought an oh-so English take to their psychedelic sound.

The troubled Barrett has become a cult figure despite leaving the band in '68. His drug use and reclusive final years are the stuff of rock'n'roll legend.

David Gilmour (an old Cambridge friend of both barrett & waters) replaced Syd, and, with Waters as principal writer, they went on to sell millions of records over a period of 15 years of groundbreaking rock music followed by 20 years of very public artistic differences.

Five decades on, Floyd records still sell, new Sydologists join the cult every year and the debate rages on: Waters or Gilmour: which side are you on?

Have a cigar, you're gonna go far... This is Pink Floyd's London.

We will visit…

The site of the UFO ClubThe site of Middle EarthRegent Sound StudiosDenmark StreetThe Regent Street PolytechnicThe BBCSyd’s old flats in the West End & South Kensington

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"Totally brilliant. I was sorry when it ended!"
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WOMEN IN MUSIC Divas, Rebels & Junkies 1722 - 2019
Sunday 5th January 2020 - 2:00p.m Leicester Square Tube (exit 1)







So what’s not to love about a songwriter’s muse? Think Pattie Boyd for both George Harrison’s Something and Eric Clapton’s Layla.

And who amongst us can tear their eyes away from the spectacle of the pill-stoked diva throwing tantrums through a series of calamitous relationships with men who can be described at best as being Not Proper Boyfriend Material. Judy. Amy. Whitney.
But – to borrow from the great Peggy Lee – Is That All There Is?

Where are the rebels? The mavericks? The writers? The virtuosi?

They’re on Divas, Rebels & Junkies – Women In Music 1722 - 2019, the walking tour,

The track listing for this two-hour Musical Walking Tour in Three Acts features… the warring sopranos Francesca Cozzoni and Faustina Bordoni who drove Handel to distraction as they conquered London… the theatrical visionary and outsider Joan Littlewood who revolutionised British musical theatre… the folk purist Peggy Seeger who laughed Lonnie Donegan offstage… little Lillie Klot, the East End rag trade girl who, as Georgia Brown became this country’s finest interpreter of Kurt Weill and the original Nancy in Oliver!… the Harlem girl who was told she was too ugly to be a star and whose life was plagued with self-doubt - Ella Fitzgerald… Marianne Faithfull the convent girl of supposed aristocratic blood who topped the charts then hit rock bottom on the streets of Soho strung out on heroin, only to come back as one of the few true mavericks the British music scene ever produced… alongside Siouxsie Sioux, Marie Lloyd, Dusty Springfield, Jessie Matthews and more.

The tour will end at The Palladium Theatre – we go out at the top – with Judy Garland topping the bill.


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