Rick Jones

Rick Jones

Rick Jones specialises in the arts. Before becoming a Blue Badge Guide he worked as an arts journalist for different newspapers and magazines including the Evening Standard (where he was Chief Music Critics for ten years) and is today the secretary of the Critics' Circle. He is a graduate in Modern Foreign Languages from the University of East Anglia and a post-graduate in singing and lute from the Royal College of Music. He is an expert on Shakespeare and plays the lute at the beginning of most Shakespeare tours. He is an authority on the Restoration Theatre expressed through his Nell Gwyn Tour. He is also an aficionado on the American poet TS Eliot and his Waste Land Tour visits locations in the City of London mentioned in Eliot's poem of that name. He is always delighted to guide groups in Tate Modern Art Gallery on a tour which embraces the entire artistic scene of the last hundred years. His love of arts extends to the healing arts and his Medical Tour - All Around the University explores the contribution the creative mind makes to medicine. His Quack Doctor Tour follows the rounds of an unqualified doctor in Shakespeare's age. Rick's Changing of the Guard Tour includes references to the Austrian composer Joseph Haydn who was inspired by Britain's military as the army squared up to Napoleon in the 1790s. As a former cathedral chorister in London, Rick has a knowledge of St Paul's Cathedral second to none. He is keen to celebrate the tercentenary of the architect Sir Christopher Wren this year and loves to show groups the many churches Wren built in London besides St Paul's.

Below are Rick's scheduled tours bookable through www.walks.com.

Monday am Changing of the Guard with Joseph Haydn

Monday pm Quack Doctor Tour 

Wednesday am TS Eliot The Waste Land Centenary Tour 

Wednesday pm Tate Modern Highlights

Thursday pm Medical Tour All Around the University - Firsts and Inventions in the History of Medicine 

Friday am City Churches  

Saturday am Shakespeare and his Lute 

 

Unscheduled tours bookable on an ad hoc basis are:

Margaret Thatcher in Chelsea

The Rugby Tour of London: 200 Years since William Webb Ellis picked up the ball and ran with it..

The Nell Gwyn Tour or the Story of Charles I, II and III

Victoria and Albert Museum Tour 

National Gallery Tour

St Paul’s Cathedral Tour

Westminster Abbey Tour 

Tower of London Tour  

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

Changing of the Guard Tour

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