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The Mrs Dalloway BookBench by Fiona and Neil Osborne (One Red Shoe).

Books About Town: Benches inspired by London & iconic books

Books about Town launched in July with benches shaped like open books popping up all over London. The BookBenches feature stories linked to London and are based on a range of iconic books from treasured children’s stories such as The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Peter Pan to classic adult titles including 1984 and The Day of the Triffids.

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Stonehenge

Amesbury makes Stonehenge look like a new build

Archaeologists say that Amesbury where Stonehenge is located might date back to 8820 BC, making the town the longest continuously occupied settlement in Britain.

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27 New London Guides receive their Blue Badge

27 New London Blue Badge Tourist Guides

27 successful candidates from the 2012-2014 London Blue Badge Course, pictured below were presented with their badges by Yvonne Leach, the President of the Institute of Tourist Guiding, at a ceremony at the Founding Museum on 9 April.

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Association of Professional Tourist Guides - New Guides Reception

Reception for new London Blue Badge Tourist Guides

On Thursday 20 March, 25 trainees attended the Association of Professional Tourist Guide (APTG) New Guides’ Reception organised by Sarah Speller.  23 Trainees had been on a “How many ways are there to do a the Guard Change?” walk with Owen Joseph in the afternoon.

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Simon Russell Beale gives voice to Eduardo Paolozzi's Newton statue in the British Library piazza.

Talking Statues: Picking up the phone to Newton

Talking Statues is a project using playwrights, actors and mobile technology to put words into the mouths of several public statues around London and Manchester. The statues will begin to talk on 19 August and in order to hear them you need to swipe your smartphone over signs beneath the statues. Actors lending their voices to statues include Dominic West as Achilles in Hyde Park, Jeremy Paxman as John Wilkes in Fetter Lane and Patrick Stewart as the unknown soldier at Paddington Station.

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London Blue Badge 2014 Guide of the Year: Ruth Rolling

Ruth Polling: 2014 Blue Badge Tourist Guide of the Year Award Winner

Guide London speaks to Ruth Polling, who received the London Blue Badge Tourist Guide of the Year Award (Katrine Prince Memorial Prize) at the Blue Badge presentation ceremony at the Foundling Museum on 9 April.

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London Tourist Attractions

London more popular than Paris with 16.8million visitors

It’s official! London has welcomed over 16 million international visitors in one year for the first time in history, making it one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world. 

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