I met Petulia from Context Travel in November at World Travel Market and from that chance meeting, I took part in a South Bank Walk as her guest last weekend with a group of tweeting friends, christened the “London Lovelies”.
We were asked to submit ideas for what we wanted to do in advance and Petulia and her team then allocated a suitable guide who would custom design a walk for us. Meeting centrally at Foyles Bookshop outside the Royal Festival Hall, Alice, our guide set the scene for us – drawing in a wide range of sources to explain the significance and development of Southwark, my favourite part of London. Industry, history, the arts – Alice outlined a history of London made palatable with anecdotes, historical facts, all dished with just a little sauce on occasion and enlivened with images from an iPad, printouts and by reading contemporary passages from history. For two and a half hours, we wandered along the Thames, nipping under bridges, hiding from the rain but still enthralled by our clever guide whose face lit up with her enthusiasm for London and its history.
I enjoyed our walk due to the obvious preparation and knowledge of our guide, by being accompanied by my friends and colleagues but most of all, because Alice’s knowledge gave a grid reference to anchor all those disparate nuggets of information that I have picked up over the past 20 years of living in the city, putting them into a timeline, tagged with significance. As such, and as a person who loves history and London in particular, I would deem this a priceless experience and good value at around GBP50 per person. For more information, contact Context Travel on www.contexttravel.com. See images of the walk on Flickr - http://www.flickr.com/photos/suelowry/sets/72157628981378871/.
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For a good place to refuel depleted energy levels, to tweet about the experience (free wifi) and to sip a cocktail or two made from ingredients direct from nearby Borough Market bought fresh that day, end your walk at Quarter Bar and Lounge, London Bridge Street.
Contributer: Sue Lowry
Magellan PR was a guest of Context Travel. For more information, visit www.contexttravel.com, follow on twitter @ContextLondon or on Facebook.
Quarter Bar & Lounge is a client of Magellan PR. For more information, visit www.londonbridgehotel.com/quarter-bar-and-lounge.html. London Bridge Hotel is on twitter: @LondBridgeHotel as is Quarter Bar & Lounge: @Quarter_Bar. Both are on Facebook.
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