I am pleased to introduce virtual tours and lectures during the covid-19 pandemic. These allow you to have fun, learn something and maintain social distance!
Please enjoy this FREE virtual walking tour around the exterior of St Paul’s Cathedral! I hope it helps to introduce you to the concept and whets your appetite to book a virtual tour.
1) Special Celebration Tour to prepare for / celebrate the end of lockdown
Sit back and relax on your virtual boat ride up the river Thames, stopping off at historic riverside pubs to soak up the atmosphere, imbibe a little history, enjoy the view and drink a virtual pint / cocktail / glass of wine or two!
Pubs lie at the heart of British life, and some of our oldest surviving buildings are often pubs! This means they have wonderful quirky architecture, old beams, scary cellars, long and wonderful histories and stories of incredibly varied patrons. This virtual tour starts east of Greenwich exploring numerous historic pubs in the docklands, from pubs used by smugglers, to those frequented by Admiral Nelson and the writer Charles Dickens, to neighbourhood locals with nearby statues celebrating community heroes, and even one with its own replica noose on the riverbank!
As we reach the City of London we discover the pub named for the oldest rowing race in the world, and a wonderful pub named and decorated after the monks of the old monastery where it now stands, and where a Queen of England was put on “trial”. As we continue rowing west up river we will learn something about the great river Thames itself, before stopping off at a pub where we can pretend to be James Bond or George Smiley, and at a pub saved by the community in the heart of historic Chelsea. Leaving central London we head further west to find the perfect pub for watching the Oxford-Cambridge boat race and end at one of the last big breweries in London.
Enjoy dipping your toes in the history of the river Thames and its pubs!
2) Virtual Highlights Walking Tours
Virtual highlights walking tours are available of any of the walking tours on my “Themed tours” page ie:
London on Film
A sequel London on Film Part 2; A Virtual Flying Tour that hops about all over London
The Evolving City of London
Christopher Wren’s City of London
London’s Lungs; Explore the Royal Parks
Secret Gardens in the City and Highlights of the Beautiful Royal Parks
Food and Drink
and any of the walking tours on my “A walk around…” page ie:
The City of Westminster; London’s “must see” sights
The City of London, historic London and modern financial centre
Bankside and Shakespeare’s London
Covent Garden; markets and theatre
St James’s; home of the traditional gentleman
Temple and Lincoln’s Inn; secret cloisters of the legal profession
Bloomsbury; intellectual and medical neighbourhood
Notting Hill; vibrant village and film set
The East End (Shoreditch and Spitalfields); working class melting pot and hipsters
The Docklands (Wapping); the river and its docks
The Docklands (Rotherhithe); redeveloped and docks and historic fishing village
King’s Cross; railways, writers and regeneration
Chelsea; bohemian village on the river
Highgate; village on the hill
3) Virtual Tours of Museums and Galleries
Due to legal / copyright issues, I cannot deliver virtual tours of all the museums and galleries where I normally guide in real life. However, where galleries make virtual tours publicly available to all online I can use these as the basis for a tour, for example:
Virtual Highlights of the National Gallery; Paintings by Dutch and British Masters
The National Gallery is the UK’s prize collection of western European art. This virtual tour will look at the some of the highlights of the gallery by Dutch and British masters, including Jan Van Eyck in the 15th century and Rembrandt and Vermeer in the 17th century. We will then jump to the golden age of British painting in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, to enjoy works by George Stubbs, John Constable and JMW Turner. The tour will explore how artistic techniques, attitudes and aspirations developed and were shaped by the context in which painters lived.
Please contact me with details of your group and what you would like to explore and I will advise what is possible in each case.
4) Virtual Lectures
Virtual versions are available of all the lectures / talks on my “Speaking” page ie
The British Love Affair with Tea
Private Lives in the Public Sphere
James Bond – a British Hero
A History of London Shopping
5) Virtual Sightseeing Tours/Day Trips
Virtual sightseeing tours can be made to some of the locations on my “A trip to the countryside…” page, so perhaps you might enjoy a virtual day trip!:
A leisurely meander around the Cotswolds – 2 tours; one focused on the south east corner around Burford and Bibury and the other on the north east corner around Stow-on-the Wold and Chipping Campden
A virtual walking tour around Georgian Bath
A wander around Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon
6) The London TREASURE HUNT and QUIZ
Have fun and explore a piece of the jigsaw puzzle…..
7) Bespoke quizzes and competitions
8) Seasonal Special; London’s Christmas Lights!
London looks particularly beautiful at Christmas, when local communities decorate their neighbourhoods and shops fill their windows with extravagant Christmas displays. Don’t miss out in 2020 just because of covid-19, avoid the crowds of shoppers and let London’s lights come to you on the comfort of your sofa. This virtual tour will explore the best Christmas trees, the best street lights, the best shop window displays, and the best Santa’s grottos from London 2020. Enjoy the stunning lights and decorations and learn a little bit about London at the same time.
Available December 2020 only. Best enjoyed with a glass of mulled wine or a mug of hot chocolate!
Photo: Driving home for Christmas, from Covent Garden Christmas 2019
Format: Live via zoom
Virtual tours and lectures will be delivered live via zoom, using photos, images, videos and maps to show you the highlights points of interest from a virtual walking tour, museum/gallery tour or day trip. The tour will be approx 50 mins long with 10 minutes for questions at the end. Interaction will be encouraged via the chat facility (for larger groups) and via video (for smaller groups).
Technology requirements: access to email and zoom
Fees and Terms
Introductory cost £5 per person in 2020.
From 1 January 2021 the price rises to £7.50 per person
Minimum group size / cost = 10 people from 2021 or £75.
Maximum group size = 50.
Please contact me via email to discuss or book: firstname.lastname@example.org
Confirmation of the booking is by email, once dates and content are agreed.
I will invoice you after the booking (when participant numbers are known). Payment should be made in one go by the organiser to Caroline. Payments can be made by online bank transfer (preferred if you are UK based) or via paypal (international clients).
Cancellation charges: waived at this time.