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Laugh Like a Hyena - 3 June

April 17, 2019
Laugh Like a Hyena - 3 June

GenerationTusk Comedy Night – are you ready to laugh like a hyena?

The fantastic line-up features Josh WiddicombeSuzi Ruffell and Ed Gamble with more names to be announced soon!

 

This inaugural GenerationTusk event takes place at the Comedy Store in Central London on Monday 3 June.The night will be hosted by the inimitable Ivo Graham.

 

Join us for a great night and help support Tusk’s mission for a real and lasting impact across Africa!

 

Ticket Price
£20 pp (plus Eventbrite Fee £1.86 / 5%)

BOOK NOW:  http://bit.ly/2VCTAsb


Event Timings

June 3
Doors open: 6.00pm
Start: 7.30pm
End: 10.00pm
Bar: Throughout the evening
Food: Diner Menu & Pizzas

 

 

BOOK NOW:  http://bit.ly/2VCTAsb




 

GenerationTusk's event is sponsored by Emso

 

GenerationTusk

GenerationTusk is a group of committed next generation supporters with a real drive to promote conservation across Africa. It is run by a small committee, keen to organise events with the mission of raising vital funds for projects supported by Tusk and determined to spread awareness of the challenges facing Africa’s people, habitat and wildlife today.

We aim to create a strong community of next generation conservationists who are committed to raise funds for Tusk’s projects across Africa.

 

To become part of GenerationTusk and be kept up to date with news and events, please follow us on Instagram.

 

For any further information about how you can get involved, please visit https://www.tusk.org/get-involved/generationtusk/

 

Hyena Image Credit: @Yaron Schmid  

 

Feast of St George 20 April 2019

April 12, 2019
Feast of St George 20 April 2019

Come and celebrate the best of English culture at the Feast of St George, 20 April 2019

If you want to see me in a Victorian bonnet, now is the time! I am very proud to announce I will be partaking in the festivities by providing three Dragon Quests where wanna be knights hunt down the name of our St George's dragon with Edith Baker (me) and Julius Drake and three 20 minute talks on St George MythBusters. 


Come and join me:

St. George MythBusters 12.15pm, 2.45pm and 4.15pm
Come and hear more about the myth of St George in the Dance & Storytelling Tent. If you’re unable to make it, come and celebrate St George's Day 23 April, 7pm with our Dragon walk.BOOK NOW

Dragon Quest - 1pm, 3pm and 5pm

Calling all wannabe knights! Your quest, should you choose to accept it, is to find out the name of our St George’s Dragon.

Pick up a free Quest Sheet from the Knight’s Training Camp, the Dance & Storytelling Tent or the Information Tent. Quests can be taken on individually or as part of group. 

Group Meeting Point on the North Terrace. You will be met by Dragon Experts Edith Baker (me) and Julius Drake who will take you on your adventure. Follow the flag and don’t stray off! 


Date: Saturday 20 April 2019

Time: 12 noon - 6pm

Venue: Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DN, United Kingdom

Cost: FREE, no tickets required


Trafalgar Square will be filled with the very best of English music, food and culture. There will be entertainment on the main stage featuring West End Musical Choir and special appearances from London’s world-famous Pearly Kings and Queens.

Fans of English sitcom ‘Only Fools and Horses’ can see a life-size replica of Del-Boy’s yellow Robin Reliant. Sci-fi fans will be able to experience Dr Who’s Tardis.


What else to expect on the day:

  • A great line up on the main stage of traditional and contemporary acts
  • An array of dance and storytelling sessions
  • 5 x 40 minute comedy shows in the comedy tent
  • Handmade in England art and craft area
  • Walkabout performances
  • Tasty array of food stalls
  • The Tardis and Only Fools and Horses robin reliant activations
  • Knights Training Camp art and craft area, face painting
  • Dragon’s nest and baby dragons
  • The Dragon’s Quest

See full event details here: https://www.london.gov.uk/feast

Download our free Dragon Guide

 

St George's Day Walk

April 12, 2019
St George's Day Walk

It's back!

Celebrate St George's Day 2019 with us on our dragon walk.

The City of London is surrounded by dragons. On this walk we explore the city of London in search of these elusive beasts.

Although dragons occur in many legends around the world, different cultures have varying stories about monsters that have been grouped together under the dragon label. Some dragons are said to breathe fire or to be poisonous, such as in the Old English poem Beowulf. Which dragons will we find?

Start: London Bridge Station, Tooley Street exit across the road. Keep an eye open for our Dragon Walk sign.

Finish: Tower of London. Post-walk drinks optional.

Tour Duration: c.90 mins. No step-free access

Topics include: the Romans, Great Fire of London, Dick Whittington, T.S. Eliot, Harry Potter, Tower of London and England's patron Saint George.

Start: London Bridge

Finish: Tower of London

Duration: 90 mins

BOOK YOUR DRAGON WALK TICKETS NOW

 

It's oh so quiet...

October 2, 2018
It's oh so quiet...

So, you may have noticed that I am not offering many tours in October and November. Well, that's because something unexpectedly wonderful is happening...

I'm getting married! 

Who knew my guiding would lead me down this path. I met my future husband several years ago when he came on one of my guided walks in Camden. Like many other people he came back time and time again until he had done all the walks I had offered which finally led to him asking me on a date. 

Our first date was a most memorable evening. Why? Not because of the fancy Southwark restaurant or the expensive wine but what happened after... With neither of us wanting the night to end we decided to take a walk. After taking his arm we walked down Blackfriars Road and ran across St George's Circus to read the inscriptions under the iPhone light. My bare heeled legs didn't notice the January evening air as we explored the streets of Elephant and Castle and North Lambeth. There was magic in the air. Hours past and finally Waterloo Station appeared. It was time to go home. 

Four years later we are getting married in Greenwich where we now live. Who knows, you may see some new Greenwich walks upon our return from honeymoon! You can see our 2018 future walk dates here.


 

Unusual Work Christmas Parties

September 25, 2018
Unusual Work Christmas Parties

Need to organise a Christmas works do with a difference? 


Being a small business owner, one thing I don't miss are those awkward Christmas work dos, where you're sipping a glass of paint thinner disguised as white wine while trying to look like you are having a good time.

If you need to organise your work’s Christmas do, give them an experience they can share and remember with our Christmas corporate events. This is your chance to get out of the office and to explore an area of London you all perhaps think you know very well...but do you?!

Unusual work Christmas parties in the City of London:

A Victorian Christmas Tour - St Paul's to Somerset House
The City of London is awash with narrow atmospheric alleyways which remind us of its rich historic past. On this private Victorian Christmas tour we have the opportunity to explore their evocative nature. Find out more

A Christmas Carol Walk - Monument Tube to Bank Station
We explore the streets and landmarks in the City of London which world-famous author Charles Dickens knew so well and who wove into his most famous Ghost Story; A Christmas Carol. Find out more

Unusual work Christmas parties in central London:

Soho-Ho Treasure Hunt - Soho options (Golden Square or Soho Square)
Santa hats at the ready! Come and explore wonderful Soho, brimming with theatrical gems and quirky history on our Soho-Ho Christmas Treasure Hunt. Think you've got what it takes? Let it show, let it show, let it show! Find out more

Christmas Lights Walk - Covent Garden - Oxford Circus
Explore London by night on this 90 minute guided Christmas tour, when we walk among the illuminated streets in all their glimmering splendour. We discover hidden passages, fashionable Mews and meticulously decorated designer shops accompanied by historical stories of those shopping and living in the area. Find out more

Christmas Instagram Workshop - Somerset House - Leicester Square
Capture iconic London at Christmas. I'll point out unusual or little-known historical facts about the site and find elements that you will love. Find out more


Our corporate clients include software and fintech companies, creative agencies, international banks, hedge funds, insurers, accountants, councils and smaller private companies who want to make their clients and staff feel special.

See our full list of unusual Christmas party ideas:

www.londonguidedwalks.co.uk/unusual-christmas-parties.php

 

Pancakes in Covent Garden

February 13, 2018
Pancakes in Covent Garden
If you have a love of pancakes then you are sure to enjoy Pancs in Covent Garden.

No matter whether you prefer savoury or have a sweet tooth there is sure to be something that suits your palate. We ventured down to the lower level of Covent Garden Market, following our noses to the warm and welcoming smell of Pancs. 



Having chosen Duck Confit Panc containing duck, stilton, rocket, mustard and honey and a Chicken Teriyaki Panc with chicken, pepper, lettuce and teriyaki we say down on the raised bench to watch their creation. With wooden cutlery we tucked in! The light golden pancakes were firm without being tough. The duck and stilton combination worked well. I was worried that with the honey it may be too sweet or there would be too much liquid. We needn't have worried. The pepper and lettuce added a nice contrasting texture to the chewy pancake and chicken in the Chicken Teriyaki Panc. Other savoury options include Mexicana Beef Pacs with coleslaw, beans pickle and chipotle.




We did manage to leave a little space for dessert. We chose to share the very green matcha mille layer pancake cake. Would this thousand layer pancake cake taste as good? The texture was light, the thickness of the filling was spot on. It was the perfect level of sweetness with a familiar dry matcha aftertaste.



If you are a pancakes for breakfast kind of person then the breakfast Pancs are just right for you - Royal Panc (salmon, egg, cheddar, spinach and hollandaise) or the Benedict Panc.


Pancs address: 32 Market Building, Covent Garden London, WC2E 8HD
Opening times: Monday - Sunday 10.30am - 8pm
If you can't get there perhaps give Deliveroo a go!


 

Pancake Day in London

February 13, 2018
Pancake Day in London
It is Shrove Tuesday! While Brazilians donne their carnival colours and Danish children dress up and 'hit the cat out of the barrell' we English partake in pancake races.

If you are stuck for something to do today then you are spoilt for choice for pancake-related events in London:

Parliamentary Pancake Race, Westminster

Now celebrating 21 years of tradition, the parliamentary pancake race in Victoria Tower Gardens where MPs, Lords and members of the Parliamentary Press Gallery willingly swap their warm woolly hats for distinctive white chefs’ hats. It really is a sight guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Find out more  Here's a short video of the fun



Leadenhall Pancake Race, Leadenhall Market, City of London
Watch competitors from City law, banking and accountancy firms race round the iconic Victorian market while they attempt to successfully flip a pancake in front of the crowds in an attempt to claim the highly desired frying pan trophy. 12 noon - 2.30pm

Inter-Livery Pancake Race, Guildhall, City of London
Every questioned what the livery companies in the City of London do? Well, part of that answer is pancake racing! Each Livery-staffed team is drawn from companies which are linked to pancakes; the Poulters provide the eggs, the Fruiterers the zesty lemons and the Cutlers the forks. Money raised from the event is donated to the Lord Mayor’s Charity. 12 noon - 1pm Read more

Better Bankside Pancake Day Race
Each Shrove Tuesday local businesses compete with their neighbours in a pancake flipping relay. All proceeds from entry fees will go towards a local charity Paintings in Hospitals, a charity that uses visual art and creative activities to improve the health and wellbeing of patients, carers and the public. Donations welcome. 12.30pm Read more

Camden Market Pancake Race
Grab a pan and race across the market’s cobbled North Yard for at chance at being crowned the fastest flipper. To help raise money for the C4WS Homeless Project at Camden Market’s first ever pancake race. 

 

Winter Lights Festival 2018, Canary Wharf

January 16, 2018
Winter Lights Festival 2018, Canary Wharf

It’s back! From tonight Canary Wharf will be illuminated by sculptures, structures and installations as part of the Winter Lights Festival, an annual celebration of light technology and art.

Over 30 cutting edge installations and artworks provided by artists from across the world including UK, Greece, Australia, New Zealand and USA. They will be on show both indoors and outside from 5-10pm across Canary Wharf estate where you can also enjoy an array of over 300 bars, shops and restaurants and not forgetting Canary Wharf’s ice rink in Canada Square where a special offer for 2 for 1 will be available during the festival. You can buy your tickets here: http://www.icerinkcanarywharf.co.uk/

I am particularly looking forward to seeing Amanda Parer’s Intrude, huge inflatable and illuminated white rabbits in Jubilee Park. 

In past years, what I found interesting was to leisurely walk around Canary Wharf at night; a place which has the reputation of being full of men in dark suits walking in what could be described as a human version of an ants nest. The illuminations drew in a wide variety of people all seeming to enjoy the unexpected freedom of movement compared to the crowded streets of central London for Lumiere London 2018.

For more information:

TUESDAY 16 - SATURDAY 27 JANUARY

5-10pm
Throughout Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf
London
FREE


Website: https://canarywharf.com/arts-events/events/winter-lights-2018/

Downloadable brochure: https://canarywharf.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/canary-wharf-arts-events-winter-lights-2018-brochure.pdf

Restaurant Offers: https://canarywharf.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/canary-wharf-winter-lights-restaurant-offers-2018.pdf

Twitter: @yourcanarywharf

Instagram: @canarywharflondon


Here are some photos from previous years:












 

Christmas Gift Vouchers

December 19, 2017
Christmas Gift Vouchers
There's less than a week till Christmas!

If you tend to leave it all to the last minute, we have the perfect solution - avoid the pain of christmas shopping and buy a gift voucher for your friends, family or colleagues.

Buy online, your gift voucher will be emailed to you for you to either forward or to print out yourself.
Prices start from £25. All Christmas gift vouchers are valid until 25 June 2018. 

Choose from a variety of gift vouchers:

Walking tour gift vouchers options:
1. for two people to join others on a guided walk

2. for a private tour where they choose the tour and a date and time to choose them. For up to 10 people.

Treasure hunt gift voucher options:

1. for two people to join others on an organised treasure hunt

2. for four people (a team) to join others on an organised treasure hunt

3. for a private treasure hunt where they choose the tour and a date and time to choose them. For up to 12 people.

See all our christmas gift voucher options

 

Who's your favourite Scrooge?

December 14, 2017
Who's your favourite Scrooge?


There is one question whilst doing my Christmas Carol Tour which I always get asked: who is your favourite Ebenezer Scrooge?

Hmmm….who do I think plays ‘a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping….old sinner’ the best? 

It’s fair to say there is plenty of choice:

  • 1910 Marc McDermott - A Christmas Carol (silent film)
  • 1938 Reginald Owen - A Christmas Carol
  • 1951 Alastair Sim - Scrooge (UK) & A Christmas Carol (USA)
  • 1962 Mister Magoo - Mister Magoo’s Christmas
  • 1970 Albert Finney - Scrooge
  • 1983 Scrooge McDuck - Mickey’s Christmas Carol 
  • 1984 George G. Scott - A Christmas Carol
  • 1985 Cosmo Spacely -A Jetson Christmas Carol
  • 1988 Bill Murray - Scrooged 
  • 1988 Rowan Atkinson - Blackadder’s Christmas Carol
  • 1992 Michael Caine - The Muppet Christmas Carol
  • 2000 Vanessa L. Williams - A Diva’s Christmas Carol
  • 2009 Jim Carrey - Disney’s A Christmas Carol 

When I conjure up an image of Ebenezer Scrooge ‘where the cold had ‘nipped his pointed nose, shrivelled his cheeks, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue’ I tend to see Jim Carrey’s Disney’s 2009 version. Perhaps this is unfair as being the most contemporary of the Christmas Carol films it has been seen more recently. Also this is a digital animated adaption where the actor’s facial features are imposed onto a character’s physical features. For those of you who are no fan of animated films be not alarmed. It s directed by Robert Zemeckis, director of Back to the Future, Forrest Gump and The Polar Express. The level of detail in this production is staggering and being animated means the world in which Scrooge lives and visits can be more imaginative. But close you eyes and you will hear a Scrooge of Christmas Past. Clearly Carrey has mimicked who is for me the epitome of Scrooge: Alastair Sim. 

In the same year Elstree Studios were busy filming African Queen, MGM was churning out musicals Show Boat and An American in Paris and Disney had released Alice in Wonderland, George Minter Productions were filming both at Nettlefold Studios, Walton-on-Thames and on location (St James’, Hyde Park and Southwark). Alistair Sim is the embodiment of Scrooge - a walking corpse. He is the Scrooge for ‘no children asked him what it was o’clock’ and ‘even the blind men’s dogs appeared to know him; and when they saw him coming on, would tug their owners into doorways and up courts’.

Notable credit, however, goes to Michael Caine who put on a jolly good show as Scrooge in The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992). It’s a hard pill to swallow being upstaged by a pig with ringlets and a frog with ping pong ball eyes. Remove the furry stars and you’re left with Caine’s deeply felt take on the tragedy of Scrooge’s life — a life to that day wasted in the idle pursuit of monetary gains, years he can never regain. Why is Michael Caine not my favourite Scrooge? He simply cannot sing. Many an actor has gotten away with sing-talking in their career and Michael Caine is one of those. Even though the notes are rarely hit, it kind of suits an old man on the route of redemption and being in tune isn’t half as important as singing from the heart.

Who is your favourite Scrooge and why?


Come with us on our Christmas Carol walking tour in the City of London. Explore the icy alleyways and dark court-yards haunted by Scrooge as he went on his business, wringing money out of his customers, and treating with disdain the poor and those who would try to help them. Get your Christmas Carol Walk tickets now

Other blog posts you may enoy:
Why did Charles Dickens Choose the name Ebenezer Scrooge?

 
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