Rick Jones

Rick Jones

Hallo everyone! My name is Rick.

No tours this week beginning twenty-fifth
of April but from Monday May the second
I'll be bookable again for either
scheduled or unscheduled walks and tours.

Mondays 10am The Changing of the Guard  I do this walk with Franz Joseph Haydn the Austrian composer who came to London in the 1790s and honoured this great city with a dozen works known as The London Symphonies. I tell the story of these 18th century masterpieces as we go. London as elsewhere was gearing up to the confrontation with Napoleon and the marching soldiers on The Mall, the Changing of the Guard, inspired the Military Symphony. We march with the present day version en route. Drumroll please! There's a Surprise in store. And a ticking Clock.... and a Miracle when a chandelier fell.....  £15 / £10 concs. Start from Piccadilly Circus fountain.

Wednesdays 11am The TS Eliot The Waste Land Centenary Walking Tour. The greatest English language poem of the twentieth century was published in 1922. We visit locations in the City of London which the poet addresses in its 433 lines - St Magnus Martyr, King William Street, St Mary Woolnoth, the Cannon Street Hotel, the public bar in Lower Thames Street and London Bridge. £15 / £10 concs.  Start at Backfriars tube.

'This was an excellent tour [TS Eliot Waste Land Centenary Tour] from a top notch guide. I was only somewhat familiar with the Waste Land poem, having only recently read it in anticipation of this tour that I was attending with my son who is an has studied the poem at Uni and loves it. It’s a credit to Rick that both of us were fascinated and thoroughly enjoyed the tour..'

Wednesdays 2.30pm Tate Modern Highlights Tour. Starts at the entrance to Tate Modern Gallery. Bonnard, Matisse, Picasso, Braque, Ernst, Moore, Pollock, Krasner, Sutherland, Twombly, Richter, Klein, Shonibare, Hamilton, Beuys, Mondrian, Leger, Lichtenstein, Fougeron, Duchamp..... in that order. £15 / £10 concs.

Thursdays 2pm Medical Tour - All Around the University: Firsts and Inventions in the history of Medicine. The first vaccination, anaesthetic, antiseptic, antibiotic, neurosurgery, pathological anatomy, artificial insemination, celebrity fund-raiser, teaching hospital and women's school of medicine. Start at Russell Square tube. £15 / £10 concs.

Fridays 10.30am City Churches Tour with optional Organ Recital. St Mary Abchurch, St Mary Woolnoth, St Mary Aldermanbury, St Vedast, St Mary-le-Bow, St Mary Aldermary and St Stephen Walbrook. A 45-minute organ recital ensues. £15 / £10 concs. Start at Cannon Street tube

Saturdays 10.30am Shakespeare with Lute I start this tour at Southwark Cathedral with half an hour's lute-playing just as the audiences at William Shakespeare's shows from 1592 to 1612 would have enjoyed. I then show you to the Shakespeare window and William's brother Edmond Shakespeare's grave before taking you on a walk through Southwark to the original Globe Theatre site and the present replica, across the river to the Blackfriars Playhouse, William Shakespeare's home by St Paul's, and finishing at the Shakespeare Garden near Moorgate tube. £15 / £10 concs. Start at the entrance to Southwark Cathedral.

“Who knew - a few strums on a lute (brilliantly played I might add!) combined with just a few utterances in Rick’s sonorous voice and are transformed into early Elizabethan England!  As he whisks you through 16th century London, Rick brilliantly brings to life, not just Shakespeare himself, but through carefully curated  pithy and engaging anecdotes, the economic, and social context of The Bard’s  whole world. Unique and excellent, thank you Rick!” SG, London

You can book any of these these through Londonwalks (http://www.walks.com) or my website (http://www.rickjonesguide.co.uk/tours.php)

The tours last 1.5 - 2 hours and cost £10 seniors and students, £15 everyone else.

 

• BRITISH MUSEUM<br />
We interpret the Rosetta Stone, meet Ramses II, follow the Assyrian lion hunt, hail the Easter Island statue, revere the Aztecs, whisper over Gebelein Man (four millennia dead), reflect on the Mildenhall treasure, admire the Anglo-Saxon craftsmanship in the Sutton Hoo hoard and suggest an appropriate move on the Lewis chess board.

• ST PAULS CATHEDRAL<br />
As a former chorister, I know Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece better than most and can tell the stories of the choirs, the priests and the state events which the vast dome served with the intimate knowledge of experience. Meet St Paul's tube.

• THE TOWER OF LONDON<br />
Let me show you round the thousand year old castle where the worst excesses of kingly power were exercised, the tortures, the beheadings, the betrayals. Let me show you the diamonds, rubies, emeralds, pearls, sapphires and amethysts the Crown Jewels which someone once tried to steal. I'll introduce you to the Line of Kingsin their armour and the beautiful Norman chapel where William the Conqueror worshipped.

Book me here or through my website www.rickjonesguide.co.uk

Here's a little advertisement for the Moonploy Tour https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBPRkrUzunQ&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR2Z2oWzi99VKerWapBd0ruqkR2-wV2su26HQhqzHf2l4t4FAxGpRP7hf5E

I'm on instagram @rickjones593<br />
I'm on Twitter @RnbJones56<br />
I'm on film: https://www.facebook.com/100045459611322/videos/184852856373367<br />
and here's a tour of St Paul's (click the cog top right for my narration) https://poly.google.com/u/0/view/cK5_BnOJ4pY

 

Top 5 Specialities

William Shakespeare Tour

Tate Modern Tour

St Paul’s Cathedral Tour

Jack The Ripper Tour

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