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Guide London A to Z: Letter I

Guide London A – Z: Letter I London Landmarks And Tourist Attractions

How many London landmarks and tourist attractions can you name that start with the Letter I? Blue Badge Tourist Guide Edwin Lerner continues our Guide London A-Z video series and provides insights on the historical events, famous and not-so-famous landmarks in London starting with the Letter I.

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Association Of Professional Tourist Guides Welcomes 2021 London Blue Badge Tourist Guides At Mayfair Reception

Every year the Association of Professional Tourist Guides (APTG) welcomes those who are training to become London Blue Badge Tourist Guides into the profession.

In order to gain the coveted Blue Badge – the recognised symbol of a professional guide in London – they have to finish a two-year course and pass a series of practical and written examinations set by the Institute of Tourist Guiding.

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Guide London A to Z: Letter H

Guide London A – Z: Letter H London Landmarks And Tourist Attractions

How many London landmarks and tourist attractions can you name that start with the Letter H? Blue Badge Tourist Guide Aaron Hunter continues our Guide London A-Z video series and provides insights on the historical events, famous and not-so-famous landmarks in London starting with the Letter H.

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The Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey in London. Photo Credit: © David Streets.

Westminster Abbey Burials – Famous People Buried Among Kings At Westminster Abbey

As well as being the major royal church of the United Kingdom, Westminster Abbey contains the tombs of many famous people who were not born into royalty. Over 3,000 people are buried at Westminster Abbey – many forgotten by history – but it remains the final resting place for celebrated Britons. Others who are not buried there are honoured with commemorative plaques. Below are some of the famous Westminster Abbey burials.

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Guide London A to Z: Letter G

Guide London A – Z: Letter G London Landmarks And Tourist Attractions

How many London landmarks and tourist attractions can you name that start with the letter G? Blue Badge Tourist Guide Jacqueline Stater continues our Guide London A-Z video series and provides insights on the historical events, famous and not-so-famous landmarks in London starting with the Letter G.

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A promenade concert in the Royal Albert Hall, 2004. Photo Credit: © MykReeve via Wikimedia Commons.

History Of The Proms – A London Institution

Every year in late summer, London plays host to The Proms, a series of classical music concerts held in the Royal Albert Hall, South Kensington. The Albert Hall was built in memory of Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert in 1871 and stands opposite the Albert Memorial in Hyde Park. It has a capacity of over 5,000 and is always packed out for the Last Night of the Proms in September, an event that is as much about patriotism as music.

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William and Mary depicted on the ceiling of the Painted Hall, Greenwich, by Sir James Thornhill. Photo Credit: © Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

British Royals Buried At Westminster Abbey, The Coronation Church

Westminster Abbey is both Britain’s royal and its national church. No monarch has been buried there since 1760, but it was in the Abbey that the funeral service for Diana, Princess of Wales, took place in September 1997, her brother Earl Spencer giving a famous eulogy at this event.

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Two mothers with their young children, pushing prams along the Long Walk towards Windsor Castle in the distance. The Long Walk was commenced by Charles II from 1680-1685 by planting a double avenue of elm trees. The central carriage road was added by Queen Anne in 1710. It is a little less than three miles long. To the south of Windsor is The Great Park extending over some 14,000 acres of which 8,000 acres are forest. The public areas are predominantly woodland or open grassland.

Day Trip To Windsor From London – Things To Do In Windsor

Which is the best place to visit outside London on a trip to the United Kingdom? Windsor is one of the most exciting towns to visit with its large royal park, attractive shops, cosy pubs, and tea rooms. It also has Windsor Castle, the oldest castle in the world still occupied by the family for whom it was built – the British royal family.

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Guide London A to Z: Letter F

Guide London A – Z: Letter F London Landmarks And Tourist Attractions

How many London landmarks and tourist attractions can you name that start with the letter F? Blue Badge Tourist Guide Janice Liverseidge continues our Guide London A-Z video series and provides insights on the famous and not-so-famous landmarks in London starting with the Letter F.

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The Waste Land And Other Poems by T.S. Eliot. Photo Credit: © Rick Jones.

A Walk Around The London Of T.S. Eliot’s Famous Poem The Waste Land

The Waste Land by Thomas Stearns Eliot (T. S. Eliot), who came from the United States but lived in England, is often called the greatest poem of the twentieth century. Its 433 lines depict the London of 1923 in the fragmented form of an abstract painting. Scenes appear like shapes without title or outline. To celebrate the centenary of the poem, I have devised a walk through The City connecting locations mentioned by Eliot. The Waste Land was published as a single entity by Virginia and Leonard Woolf’s Hogarth Press as Eliot was associated with the artistic intellectuals of The Bloomsbury Group.

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Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park_Olympic Rings with velodrome in distance. Photo Credit: © Sarah Wood.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, The Legacy Of London 2012 Olympic Games

I can pinpoint the moment that I knew that the London Olympics were going to be great. James Bond was in Buckingham Palace meeting the Queen. It had to be a lookalike, didn’t it? Then she turned around and it really was the Queen.

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Guide London A – Z: Letter E London Landmarks And Tourist Attractions

How many London landmarks and tourist attractions can you name that start with the letter E? Blue Badge Tourist Guide Robert Woolf continues our Guide London A-Z video series and provides insights on the famous and not-so-famous landmarks in London starting with the Letter E.

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