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LONDON DISCOVERY WALKS, Talks & Events!

A place to explore London’s localities – its urban villages – as defined by their:

CULTURE, HISTORY, ARCHITECTURE AND PUBLIC SPACES.

We explore the past, asking how each neighbourhood has come to acquire its unique character in the present day, and look towards the future, asking what is the changing face of London.

Your qualified London Tour Guides and Event Organizers are:

ROBERT

Draws on his experience working as an Architect and being a passionate explorer of London to create a series of guided walks that combine's London's built environment with its large expanse of open spaces. Creating a sense of place while promoting London as a future National Park City.

DENISE

An Events Facilitator and budding London socialite.

Each walk and event promises to surprise, inform and entertain you. We look forward to meeting you at our upcoming tours and events.

Upcoming events (4)

Part Four - Gimson's Kings and Queens - online event - reading & social chat!

Hi Guys! I hope that you are all safe and well. I have raided my book shelf again and this time have come up with Gimson's Kings and Queens! I am inviting you to a reading (myself narrating) followed with a group chat. They say: Gimson's Kings and Queens is the most entertaining and instructive book on the English monarchy you will ever read. For lovers of history, the experienced and the novice, the serious and the silly... Gimson's Kings and Queens whirls us through the lives of our monarchs - from 1066 and William the Conqueror right up to Queen Elizabeth II and the present-day - to tell a tale of bastardy, courage, conquest, brutality, vanity, vulgarity, corruption, anarchy, absenteeism, piety, nobility, divorce, execution, civil war, madness, magnificence, profligacy, frugality, philately, abdication, dutifulness, family breakdown and family recovery. Written in Andrew Gimson's inimitable style. Kings and Queens is both a primer and a refresher for anyone who can't quite remember which were the good and bad Edwards or Henrys, or why so-and-so succeeded to the throne rather than his second cousin. Today we will cover: Edward lV - Edward V - Richard lll - Henry Vll & Henry Vlll For added interest I will add a slide show of these Goodies & Baddies! To attend in the first instance RSVP. You do not need a Zoom account. But to stop Zoom bombers (persons hijacking the event - doing weird things). All you have to do is click on the location link and enter the meeting password:[masked] - Please log in around 5 minutes before it starts. We have a form of etiquette, for example when you first enter the 'meeting room' you will be muted, I will unmute you as we start. However, when you are not speaking it is recommended that you mute yourself - this is so that others do not get a lot of background noise. So that we can have unlimited time I pay to use Zoom. In order to cover my cost including Meetup subscriptions, may I request a small donation say £1 - however this is not expected as such. If you can please paypal me (no fees) by clicking the link: https://paypal.me/DeniseG711?locale.x=en_GB Why not have a virtual drink together too - glass of wine or beer - Coffee 'n' Cake ;) Stay safe :)

Let's virtually visit Florida - with an online tour of St Augustine!

Wish we could be here! 😎 However, today we can virtually be there as our dear friend Toni who is a resident of St Augustine is going to take us on a virtual tour - this will be aided with a slide show of photographs that she has taken and Toni is going to tell us some history - we are in for a treat! Little bit of background: St. Augustine is a city on the northeast coast of Florida. It lays claim to being the oldest city in the U.S., and is known for its Spanish colonial architecture as well as Atlantic Ocean beaches like sandy St. Augustine Beach and tranquil Crescent Beach. Anastasia State Park is a protected wildlife sanctuary. The Castillo de San Marcos is a 17th-century Spanish stone fortress with views of the St. Augustine Inlet. Founded: September 1565 Population: 14,576 (2018) To attend in the first instance RSVP. You do not need a Zoom account. But to stop Zoom bombers (persons hijacking the event - doing weird things). All you have to do is click on the location link and enter the meeting password:[masked] - Please log in around 5 minutes before it starts. We have a form of etiquette, for example when you first enter the 'meeting room' you will be muted, I will unmute you as we start. However, when you are not speaking it is recommended that you mute yourself - this is so that others do not get a lot of background noise. So that we can have unlimited time I pay to use Zoom. In order to cover my cost including Meetup subscriptions, may I request a small donation say £2 - however this is not expected as such. If you can please paypal me (no fees) by clicking the link: https://paypal.me/DeniseG711?locale.x=en_GB Why not have a virtual drink together too - glass of wine or beer - Coffee 'n' Cake ;)

Part Five - Gimson's Kings and Queens - online event - reading & social chat!

Hi Guys! I hope that you are all safe and well. I have raided my book shelf again and this time have come up with Gimson's Kings and Queens! I am inviting you to a reading (myself narrating) followed with a group chat. They say: Gimson's Kings and Queens is the most entertaining and instructive book on the English monarchy you will ever read. For lovers of history, the experienced and the novice, the serious and the silly... Gimson's Kings and Queens whirls us through the lives of our monarchs - from 1066 and William the Conqueror right up to Queen Elizabeth II and the present-day - to tell a tale of bastardy, courage, conquest, brutality, vanity, vulgarity, corruption, anarchy, absenteeism, piety, nobility, divorce, execution, civil war, madness, magnificence, profligacy, frugality, philately, abdication, dutifulness, family breakdown and family recovery. Written in Andrew Gimson's inimitable style. Kings and Queens is both a primer and a refresher for anyone who can't quite remember which were the good and bad Edwards or Henrys, or why so-and-so succeeded to the throne rather than his second cousin. Today we will cover: Edward Vl - Mary l - Elizabeth l & James l For added interest I will add a slide show of these Goodies & Baddies! To attend in the first instance RSVP. You do not need a Zoom account. But to stop Zoom bombers (persons hijacking the event - doing weird things). All you have to do is click on the location link and enter the meeting password:[masked] - Please log in around 5 minutes before it starts. We have a form of etiquette, for example when you first enter the 'meeting room' you will be muted, I will unmute you as we start. However, when you are not speaking it is recommended that you mute yourself - this is so that others do not get a lot of background noise. So that we can have unlimited time I pay to use Zoom. In order to cover my cost including Meetup subscriptions, may I request a small donation say £1 - however this is not expected as such. If you can please paypal me (no fees) by clicking the link: https://paypal.me/DeniseG711?locale.x=en_GB Why not have a virtual drink together too - glass of wine or beer - Coffee 'n' Cake ;) Stay safe :)

Angela Burdett Coutts & Duke of Wellington: Two online talks from the NPG!

Let's have another virtual night out at the National Portrait Gallery! My colleague and friend Jean and I are collaborating again this time to deliver two talks that we gave @ the NPG! We now know that the National Portrait Gallery will not be re-opening until 2023. But fear not we are going keep it virtually open - just for you ;) Today we are going to talk about two (very famous in the day) persons - one some of you may not heard and the other I am sure you have. Part one: Angela Burdett - Coutts Philanthropist; daughter of Sir Francis Burdett and heiress of the fortune of her grandfather Thomas Coutts, whose surname she adopted. Close friend of many leading writers, actors, politicians and scientists. Highly influenced by Charles Dickens, she spent much of her inherited fortune on projects for the education and housing of the poor. This is a fascinating tale - so much so that I am amazed that a film has not been made about her! Part two: Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington [masked]), Field Marshal and Prime Minister The most famous soldier and statesman of his day, Wellington's early victories were in India and the Spanish Peninsula. In 1815, he was hailed as the man who achieved peace in Europe when he led the campaign to defeat Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. He later became leader of the Tory party and, as Prime Minister, from[masked], he carried an important, if controversial, act that allowed Catholic emancipation in Britain. However, he was vigorously opposed to the recasting of electoral boroughs that led to the reform of the House of Commons and the slow spread of democracy. This resistance ended in the fall of the Tories and made way for Earl Grey's Whig government that eventually passed the Reform Bill in 1832. These two characters have an interesting connection ;) All will be revealed on the day! You will view the portraits via a slideshow and the event is being staged through Zoom. To attend in the first instance RSVP. You do not need a Zoom account. But to stop Zoom bombers (persons hijacking the event - doing weird things). All you have to do is click on the location link and enter the meeting password:[masked] - Please log in around 5 minutes before it starts. We have a form of etiquette, for example when you first enter the 'meeting room' you will be muted, I will unmute you as we start. However, when you are not speaking it is recommended that you mute yourself - this is so that others do not get a lot of background noise. Whilst you're waiting you might fancy taking a tour of the BP exhibition, here's the link: https://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/bp-portrait-award-2020/virtual-exhibition As usual afterwards we'll have a social chit-chat, feel free to have coffee'n'cake or a glass of Vino! Hope to see lots of you there :)

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