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Jimmy Hendrix, Rock Icon, Who Lived

Posted by Hazel Baker, Director of London Guided Walks on Monday, July 26, 2021, In : 20th century 

Jimmy Hendrix, rock icon, lived in Brook Street, Mayfair in the 1960s. It served a few purposes for him at the time in that it was a fairly commercial place, there were a lot of shops. It wasn't a particularly residential area meaning he could play music as loud as he wanted at night as he had no neighbours to disrupt. 

It was all happening in swinging sixties London. Carnaby Street was really hitting its mark and Brook Street isn't too far away from Carnaby Street at all. Brook Street was a g...


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When is a Hospital not a Hospital?

Posted by Susan Baker, City of London Tour Guide on Thursday, July 22, 2021, In : City of London 

When it’s a school founded by a Tudor king. In the Middle Ages a hospital was not what we think of today. The word has the same origins as hospitality or hotel, coming from the Latin hospes meaning both guest/visitor and host. A medieval hospital could be almhouses for the poor, a hostel for pilgrims or a school for the poor.


The sculpture by Andrew Brown commemorates the founding of Christ’s Hospital in 1552 by King Edward VI on part of the site of Greyfriars, a Franciscan monastery in th...


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George Frederic Handel in London

Posted by Hazel Baker, Director of London Guided Walks on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, In : Music 

Handel came over to London in 1710, initially. There was the question of the succession looming over the country, and it was pretty clear by this stage that the kings of Hanover were going to be coming in. George, who was going to become George I, was Elector of Hanover at this time and Handel already worked with him. He came over to England on a bit of a sabbatical almost for working with George I, a bit of a cultural scout here for that incoming Royal family. 

He comes in 1710 and it's not m...


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The Bloomsbury Set

Posted by Hazel Baker, Director of London Guided Walks on Monday, June 14, 2021, In : Literary London 

Where is Bloomsbury?


Bloomsbury covers an area based within a quadrangle of streets; Tottenham Court Road is the western boundary and Southampton Row is the Eastern. It reached down to New Oxford Street. I's northern boundary is less obvious, it could be Euston Road but that is often considered part of St Pancras. 


Bloomsbury contains one of the highest proportions of listed buildings and monuments per square metre of any conservation area, including many of the UK's most iconic buildings, such...


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Lime Street’s Brief Moment of Catholicism

Posted by Ian McDiarmid, City of London Tour Guide on Thursday, November 5, 2020,

Lime Street does not have much of historical interest today. It is dominated by two pieces of well-known modern architecture: the Lloyd’s Building, designed by Richard Rogers, and the Willis Building by Foster and Partners. Otherwise, it is undistinguished. In the late seventeenth century, however, this small City lane briefly became the site of religious controversy.


Here in 1686 for the first time since the reign of Queen Mary a Catholic place of worship was opened in England. The new chap...


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Big Game on Ludgate Hill

Posted by Ian McDiarmid, City of London Tour Guide on Thursday, August 13, 2020, In : City of London 

In October 1684 the diarist John Evelyn went to see what was probably the first rhinoceros to appear in England. She had been brought to London by some East India merchants who sold her at auction. The novelty factor allowed them to obtain the enormous sum of £2,320. Evelyn noted in his diary: ’Twas certainly a very wonderful creature’.


The money promised by the bidder never materialised, and the animal became an exhibit at the Bell Savage, which stood on the north side of Ludgate Hill an...


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