Immigrant Influences in London "The Welsh in Westminster" - Guided Sunday Walk

Immigrant Influences in London "The Welsh in Westminster"

Full Guided Walk

This is the latest in our fully guided walks conducted by Daniella, a qualified City of London Tour Guide whose services we are using just for this event. This 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 45Please only book if youdefinitely 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: Sunday 2nd March 2014

Time: 2pm.

Where: Embankment Tube Station.

We will meet at the Villiers Street exit.

Nearest Tube: Embankment on the District & Circle Lines.

Check the MAP.

Host: John Pullen [masked]

Cost: £8 collected at the beginning of the walk

London has always been a cosmopolitan city. It has attracted people from all over the world. But it has also been a magnet for those who come from other parts of the United Kingdom. Over the coming months we shall now and again dedicate a walk to one these other close “relatives”. Why start with the Welsh? Simply because this weekend celebrates St David’s Day and he is the patron saint of Wales.

Surprisingly, the area of Westminster has many associations with the Welsh, from historical to the present day. London is home to the oldest and largest Welsh community outside of Wales. It was Londoners who coined the term “Taffys” or “Caws Pobi”. You will also learn a little of one of the oldest Celtic languages on this walk.

We will investigate why many decided to leave the “Valleys”and why a large number of them were dairymen and drapers. But of course, it also attracted the rich, famous and infamous immigrants.

These include some of Britain’s most influential politicians such as Lloyd George and Ernest Bevan. We will hear of how they shaped the country. We will also hear of Princes and Princesses who helped to create the House of Tudor.

Moving forwards in time, we will hear stories of architects and poets. From stage and screen we have two legends; an actor with an unmistakable voice who married the same actress more than once and were both more famous than Mr & Mrs Brad Pitt.

And we shall hear of a professional singer who was also a member of one of the most eccentric comedy teams of all time who influenced Monty Python as well as many others.

Finally, we shall examine one of London’s famous landmarks and discover a Welsh twist that few people know about. So if you thought Welsh immigration only meant Martyn, Terry and myself, then think again!

After our very successful previous guided walks, we are once again using 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 pub at the end. So if you fancy joining a really friendly and interesting bunch of people we will have a “diwrnod yn hapus dewi sant!”



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  • Ed

    Expensive - No. Not by comparison with similar walks. And the cost was known in advance. Disappointing - well, that is subjective and if you were disappointed that is a shame. Not everyone likes the same things. Worth mentioning that John and Daniella have done a number of walks following the same principles, and general comments suggest they are usually enjoyed by the participants. The high incidence of repeat bookings supports a positive case as judged by most participants.

    March 6, 2014

  • Maria

    It was very expensive and shorter than I thought. It was disappointing for me

    March 5, 2014

    • John

      Hi Maria, I'm sorry to hear you were disappointed. The cost was stated on the event site and we aim it to be about 50% of the cost of the full commercial walks in London. Regarding the length of the walk, we aim to have each walk lasting approximately 2 hours as also written on the event site. This one was just over 2 hours. We started at 12 minutes past 2pm and reached the pub just after 4-15pm. I know this because I always make a note of the times. This last walk was number 36 that we have done solely for Friends in London and this is the first time we have had someone who has been disappointed. If you have any questions about our future walks, please feel free to email me to ask any questions you may have and I will be happy to answer them for you. We do hope to see you at some of out future events. Best wishes John, Event Host

      March 5, 2014

  • James M.


    March 4, 2014

  • Ed

    Well organised as usual, and the weather behaved itself - just. Sorry to have missed the last two stops and drink, but headache intervened. Daniella picked out some interesting facts again....

    March 4, 2014

  • John

    A big thank you to everyone who came and made an interesting afternoon into a very enjoyable one as well.

    March 4, 2014

  • Aga

    Hi John,
    Thank you for organizing the walk. It was nice talking to you.

    March 2, 2014

  • Jo

    Brilliant a very knowledgable guide.

    March 2, 2014

  • Barbara B.

    Sorry I cannot make it today...see you again...

    March 2, 2014

  • Roslyn

    An email about this seems to have gone to the whole list as I didn't sign up for it...

    February 27, 2014

    • John

      Yes, that is correct. It is why I asked if any other members would like to attend, there were still a few places available. We tend to get a last minute "rush" so just giving an update to members. This is quite normal and doesn't require you to do anything. John

      February 27, 2014

  • bilawel

    hi friends

    February 25, 2014

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