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The Making of Pimlico – Garden Village

Pimlico, one stop south on the Victoria line from Victoria station, is special because of one man the speculative builder Thomas Cubitt. In the opinion of the post- war writer Iain Nairn, who lived here, even with the post war additions, Pimlico worked as a neighbourhood, a garden village in the city.
April 28, 2022
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Who Was St George?

Happy St George's Day! When you think of St George, what is the first thing that comes to mind? We all know St. George was the courageous man who saved princesses, slew dragons and vanquished evil spirits. How much do you know about the man?
April 23, 2022
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Happy Earth Day 2022

The theme of World Earth Day 2022 is ‘Invest In our Planet' which is calling for businesses to shift towards sustainable practices. How are we at London Guided Walks doing our bit?
April 22, 2022
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The gate that moved

If you have been around St Paul’s Cathedral in the last 20 years you will no doubt have noticed a magnificent building through which you enter Paternoster Square. However, it has not always been there and has, in fact, moved three times. But why?
April 20, 2022
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Blossoms in London

Every year, cherry blossoms herald the arrival of spring in London. The city's cherry blossom trees and magnolias are a beautiful sight, and their brief blooming period is a cherished time for many Londoners.
April 18, 2022
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Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

When the original Globe Theatre was built in 1599, it was considered one of the most technologically advanced buildings of its time. It soon became one of the most famous playhouses in England. The theatre was home to many of Shakespeare's greatest plays, including "Hamlet," "King Lear," and "Macbeth."
April 17, 2022
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Shakespeare Wasn’t Good Enough

The first ever printed reference to William Shakespeare was in a pamphlet against his work! It shows that by 1592 he was already making waves in the theatrical world for his writing and had created green-eyed monsters from other playwrights. 
April 16, 2022
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British Composers in Short Supply

The number of classical composers the UK produced dipped in the 18th to early 19th century, despite the huge rise in interest in classical music from the public. This resulted in some famous composers visiting and even settling here, such as Handel. We made up somewhat in the late 19th and 20th centuries!
April 13, 2022
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The Steelyard: An Outpost of Empire Under Cannon Street Station

The Steelyard was the one of the main trading sites in medieval London. Nothing remains of this important site, now buried under Cannon Street Station.
April 10, 2022
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