Guide London is the public/brand name for the Association of Professional Tourist Guides (APTG) and last December, about 125 of its 500 Blue Badge Tourist Guide members came to the University Women’s Club for the annual Christmas Party. We started with a cocktail reception, quaffing Cranberry Gin Fizzes and White Chocolate Martinis, chatting and catching up with everyone’s news. Then we enjoyed a turkey and salmon buffet meal, followed by Eton Mess and Fruit Salad.
The piece de resistence was the amazing 25th anniversary cake for the association, which featured the River Thames, Tower Bridge, Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London, all sculpted in marzipan, with a tiny Blue Badge guide pointing them out! After a few words from our Joint Chairs the dancing started, lasting until the early hours of the morning. It was especially good that lots of trainees could join us, and also our lovely Anna Simpson, who runs our office, and Bob Elliott, our original Union Representative. A good time was had by all, and it was a great way to end the celebrations for our 25th year.
All photographs taken at the 2014 Guide London/Association of Professional Tourist Guides Christmas Party. Photo: ©Richard Cerquera