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“Twelve Days of Christmas” Full Guided Walk (Thursday Evening - 12th December)

“Twelve Days of Christmas” Festive Legends, History & Fun!

Full Guided Walk 

This is the latest in our fully guided walks conducted by Daniella, a qualified City of London Tour Guide who we have employed just for this event. The walk will last for about 2 hours and has been organised solely for members of Friends in London. Numbers for this walk have to be limited to a maximum of 45. Please only book if you definitely intend to come and please do not cancel within 24 hours of the walk as this ruins it for our other members who want to come. 

Date: Thursday 12th December 2013 

This is a Thursday walk and NOT one of our usual Sunday walks. 

Time: 6:30 pm 

Where: Outside St Paul’s Tube Station. Exit 2. Next to Café Nero. 

Check the Map. 

Nearest Tube: St Paul’s on the Central Line. 

Host: John Pullen[masked] 

Cost: £8 which will be collected at the start of the walk. 

It’s nearly Christmas and due to popular demand we are going to once again trace the legends and stories behind one of the best known Christmas Carols – “The 12 Days of Christmas.” 

Not many people realise that the City of London has many connections with both the carol and the folklore associated with Christmas. For instance, did you know there is a link in London between a 4th Century Saint and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer? 

Or that Moses was responsible for the “10 Lords a-leaping?” 

And even the reason why Santa Claus is Red? 

These and a whole host of other stories will put us in the mood to celebrate and understand some of the more traditional and fun aspects of Christmas. At the end of the walk we shall of course retire to a pub for hot toddies or whatever you fancy. I am planning that hot cider may be on sale at our chosen inn. 

After our very successful previous guided walks, we have once again employed the services of Daniella a professional badged London Guide who will bring all these stories to life. I will of course be there to help out with the organisation of the event and to find a nice warm pub. So if you fancy joining a really friendly bunch of people, let’s get in the festive mood and start our run-up to Christmas in a traditional and heart-warming style. 

And remember, no stories of murders on this walk – just a “sleighing” instead! 

Happy Christmas 


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  • Ed

    Good informative walk as ever, with nice people. Pub too noisy for me. Impaired hearing makes it really difficult to hear what anyone is saying in places like that - everything merges together. But then most places are going to be crowded/busy pre-Christmas.

    December 13, 2013

  • debbie


    December 13, 2013

  • Dorothy

    excellent evening - so many new angles to Christmas! thank you!

    1 · December 13, 2013

  • David

    Thanks John, enjoyed last night's walk and meeting some fab people. Glad I didn't have to sing too much - for other people's sakes! Looking forward to the next walk.

    December 13, 2013

  • Phil

    Daniella and John. Thanks very much - this walk was as good as they always are!!! Merry Xmas

    December 13, 2013

  • Hema

    Another excellent walk as you'd expect from Daniella. Who would have thought the 12 days of Christmas as so many religious meanings. Learned so much more about how we come to celebrate Christmas today from its origins. Merry Christmas to you all and look forward to the next one in the new year.

    December 13, 2013

  • John

    A big thank you to everyone who came and made a very interesting and fun walk into a great evening. We have a full set of new guided walks for 2014 as well as a couple of very popular repeat walks starting in January. Have a lovely Christmas. John & Daniella.

    December 13, 2013

  • Explorer I.

    Really very good. Learned a lot about London, the 12 days of Christmas and some lovely people. Only sorry I had to slip off early to another commitment and could not stay until the end. Daniela was an excellent guide.

    1 · December 13, 2013

  • sylvia h.

    very interesting event, learned lots about the City and Christmas. A lovely seasonal tour.

    December 12, 2013

  • jackie

    John I've sent you an email but in case it's got lost in cyberspace, my apologies that I can't make it to the walk this eve, probs at work! I've amended my RSVP. Have fun!

    December 12, 2013

  • Andy F.

    My apologies also John. can't make it tonight and have changed my RSVP accordingly

    December 12, 2013

  • Jay

    sounds interesting, may be next time

    December 12, 2013

  • John

    Hi Marian
    I'm afraid our next walk after Christmas is scheduled in for January. We will be looking to offer walks every 2-3 weeks in 2014. Keep watching the website for further details. John. Event Host

    December 11, 2013

  • Vikki

    I'm absolutely gutted. An urgent meeting has been called at work and I have to attend. I'm very sorry to be missing this. :-(

    December 11, 2013

  • Marian a.

    Hi John,
    Would you be scheduling another guided walk after Christmas - like 26 or 27th? There are 4 of us looking for an activity around these days because of tight schedule, travelling to Germany. ; )

    December 11, 2013

  • Aka

    Hi john, unfortunately I am now working late so not going to make it :( I have changed my RSVP in order for someone else to take my place. Thanks for the reminder. Hope to come on a guided walk another it sounds fun! :-)

    December 11, 2013

  • John

    Just a final reminder: If you cannot come on the walk tomorrow, please change your RSVP now in order to allow one of the many members on the waiting list to come. Thanks again and see you tomorrow. John. Event Host.

    December 11, 2013

  • Mudi

    Sorry - didn't think I'd make it off the waitlist, so I made plans. Have fun though!

    December 9, 2013

  • Giusy

    Hello, I am italian and I would like find new friends in london to speak english! I am like on theatre, art, cinema, taking pictures...anyone is free this afternoon? Thank you

    December 9, 2013

  • John

    Hi Linda. It is unlikely that we will be repeating the Xmas guided walk this year but as I said in my email, we are looking at ways of allowing more of you to come on the walks. We hope this will come into operation in January.

    December 2, 2013

  • Linda

    I cant make this anymore as it clashes with a work do. GUTTED! Please will you organise it again this month?!

    December 2, 2013

  • Lisa

    Will bring my hip flask filled with Mulled Wine & my pockets full of mince pies :)

    3 · November 24, 2013

  • Explorer I.

    This looks like a really good walk, I'm sure it will be a great learning experience and lots of fun too :)

    November 24, 2013

  • Deni B

    Hi - Sorry, I will be away. Enjoy and I hope you won't all be too 'chilling'.

    November 24, 2013

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