Monday, 28 October 2019

Halloween 2019: Getting My Face On

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Peace and quiet right in the middle of London.

Okay, not Cotswolds/Highlands/top-of-a-mountain peace and quiet.

More like peace and quiet to do as you please. 

Freedom might be a better word. London is the place for that.

An example… at Halloween a few years back I was looking for a place to make my transformation from mild-mannered guide of the respectable Kensington walk into wild and woolly walker of the Ghost trail in the old City. 

Translation: I had to get my face on.

Yet every loo, every vestibule, every corner seemed locked, out of bounds or out-of-order.

The solution? Simple. I merely sat down in the middle of a crowded coffee emporium on Fleet Street and slapped on my ghostly face right there amid my coffee-slurping, muffin-munching fellow Londoners.

Did I attract so much as a second glance?



As if.

Londoners have seen EVERYTHING. 

The sight of a grown man applying white and green makeup over a latte? It's going to take more than THAT to phase a Londoner.

The amount of space, the acreage of peace and quiet that this attitude creates, in which one can indulge in mild eccentricities for which one would be lynched in Newcastle or Reading or Prissy-on-the-Wold, is worth its weight in gold.

Peace and quiet. In Europe’s biggest city. London is a fireworks display of such surprises.



Join me on the London Horror Story Tour this Halloween. I'm leading the tour on Thursday 31st October. Book here…






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Sunday, 27 October 2019

My Tours For The Week Ahead

All the scheduled public tours led by Adam Scott-Goulding for the famous London Walks company this week.


Tours last 2 hours and cost £10 for adults, £8 for students & seniors. 


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Bookings are handled via my online shop Pay A Tour. There are NO booking fees.





Hidden London

Monday 28th October 2019
Friday 1st November 2019

Meet at Monument tube (Fish Street Hill exit) 11a.m

Old City churches, the livery companies, folklore, legend and history - a celebratory exploration of 2,000 years of London history.





Tour ends at Blackfriars tube.





The Rock'n'Roll London Pub Walk with LIVE Music
Last public outing for 2019!

A rock & pop history tour with LIVE music from your guide

Wednesday 30th October 2019  

Meet at Tottenham Court Road Tube (exit 1) 7pm





£10/£8 Pay on the day or book now…








London Horror Story – Halloween Special


Thursday 31st October 2019  

Meet at St Paul's tube 7.30pm

Ghosts, murder and mayhem - 2,000 years of dark history



£10/£8 Pay on the day or book now…










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Saturday, 26 October 2019

Clocks Go BACK - Name That Clock!

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Don't forget that the clocks go BACK on Sunday at 2:00a.m! So it's TIME to play… NAME THAT CLOCK



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Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Halloween Countdown… London's Own Boris Karloff

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Back in 2017 for the London Walks Halloween Podcast, my colleague Andy took a look at the occult influence of the plays of William Shakespeare, while I compared three versions of Frankenstein on the big screen and paid tribute to London's own Boris Karloff.

In the process, I re-familiarised myself with the 1967 album An Evening With Boris Karloff and His Friends - which was released on to Spotify last September.

 It is terrific fun, catch up with it here…





My own tribute to Mr Karloff is on The London Walks Podcast Halloween Special 2017 Part Two…






Karloff's plaque can be found in South London (it's blue in real life, but in a fit of over-enthusiasm I've Halloween-ed it up a bit in my pic)…



It's placed on Forest Hill Road SE23 and it does commemorate a genuine London movie legend. William Henry Pratt (born in south London, raised in Enfield) left England in 1909 for North America where, under the stage name of Boris Karloff, he embarked upon the life of a thesp. Supplementing his initially sporadic acting career with periods of manual labour, it was not until 1931 and his iconic portrayal of The Monster in James Whale’s inaugural “talkie” version of Frankenstein that he became a star.

In addition to his famous horror roles – as The Mummy and in The Body Snatcher – Karloff enjoyed a long and varied stage career, starring in the works of Jean Annouilh, J.M Barrie and J.B Priestly on Broadway. His ghost is said to haunt Hollywood & Vine.





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Sunday, 20 October 2019

My London Tours This Week

All the scheduled public tours led by Adam Scott-Goulding for the famous London Walks company in the week ahead.



Tours last 2 hours and cost £10 for adults, £8 for students & seniors. 



Click the Book Your Tour buttons to pay & reserve your place. 


Bookings are handled via our online shop Pay A Tour. There are NO booking fees.







Tuesday 22nd October

Meet at 2pm Embankment Station

Lambeth and the South Bank - a two-hour festival of architecture…



£10/£8 Pay on the day or book now…





London Horror Story

Tuesday 22nd October 7:30pm

Saturday 26th October 2019 7:30pm 

Sunday 27th October 2:30pm


Ghosts, murder and mayhem - 2,000 years of dark history



£10/£8 Pay on the day or book now…





The Rock'n'Roll London Pub Walk with LIVE Music

A rock & pop history tour with LIVE music from your guide

Wednesday 23rd October 2019  

Meet at Tottenham Court Road Tube (exit 1) 7pm





£10/£8 Pay on the day or book now…









Old Kensington

Thursday 24th October 2019
  
Meet at High Street Kensington tube


A walking tour of London's royal village…











Jack the Ripper


Thursday 24th October 2019

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 25th October 2019

2pm Tottenham Court Road tube (exit 1) 

The history of pop and rock music in London…



£10/£8 Pay on the day or book now…






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