Rick Jones

Rick Jones

Good day, Traveller!<br />
My live walking tours this week are:<br />
Every weekday at 2pm Tate Modern Highlights Tour<br />
Tuesday 11am Shakespeare with Lute<br />
Wednesday 11am TS Eliot ~The Waste Land Centenary Tour<br />
Thursday 11am The Iron Lady in Chelsea Tour<br />
Friday 10.30am City Churches with Organ Recital

You can book these through 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. Here is a Tripadvisor review of my Tate Modern Highlights Tour from Michelle, Thursday 12 August: 'We spent a very enjoyable 2 hours with our guide, Rick Jones. He offered and took us on a « highlights » making it really interesting, catering to our tastes. He was very knowledgeable and has given us a taste for more.<br />

•TATE MODERN<br />
We start where the impressionists end with Matisse and The Fauves before Picasso and the Cubists seized the baton. Dali and Magritte spearhead the Surrealist reaction, Boccioni longed for war with other Futurists while Duchamp stuck a toilet in a gallery and invented Conceptual Art. Meanwhile Pollock rolled naked on the canvas demonstrating Abstract Expressionism. We cover Warhol and his Marilyn Monroe fixation and the later Pop artists Lichtenstein and Paolozzi. We celebrate the younger talents Shonibare and Neuenschwander and intermittently engage with centenarian Joseph Beuys who planted trees and called it art.

• SHAKESPEARE TOUR WITH LUTE<br />
We start in Southwark Cathedral with a little lute music. We continue to the original sites of The Globe and The Rose theatres and we visit the latter-day replica Globe built by the American actor Sam Wanamaker. We cross the River Thames and visit the site of the indoor theatre which Shakespeare used in winter and his London residence by St Paul's Cathedral. The finale takes place at the Shakespeare Garden by the Guildhall and the epilogue at Moorgate tube by the Globe pub.

• THE WASTE LAND CENTENARY TOUR<br />
We visit the locations mentioned in the greatest poem of the 20th century, TS Eliot's The Waste Land, written 1921. A crowd flowed over London Bridge...up the hill and down King William Street to where St Mary Woolnoth kept the hours ....up Queen Victoria Street, past the Cannon Street Hotel to a public bar in Lower Thames Street and so on, telling the story of Thomas Stearns Eliot as we go. Meet Blackfriars tube.

• THE IRON LADY TOUR<br />
We visit Chelsea where Baroness Margaret Thatcher, the nation's first woman Prime Minister, lived, shopped and went to church before she swept to power in 1979. We visit too her grave where I'll recite, as she did once and because imitation is flattery, the poem Ulysses by Alfred Lord Tennyson. Her journey from shopkeeper's daughter to world statesmanship was an odyssey. Meet Sloane Square tube.

• CITY CHURCHES TOUR<br />
We visit half a dozen of the most beautiful churches in the City of London including St Mary Aldermary, St Mary-le-Bow, St Vedast-alias-foster, ST Giles Cripplegate, St Lawrence Jewry and St Stephen Walbrook where the tour ends in time for the 12.30pm free organ recital which you may or may not wish to attend.

• THE MEDICAL TOUR: ALL AROUND THE UNIVERSITY<br />
We tour the streets around the University of London (UCL) where the greatest advances in medicine were researched and carried out including the first vaccination, anaesthetic, antibiotic, desalination and artificial insemination. We meet the first women doctors and the pioneers of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). Meet Russell Square tube.

• 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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