I wasn’t going to blog again, especially so as I have been out on a tour this morning. It was my inaugrial Sacred, Secret Gardens of London tour today and I was showing round a lovely PhD student studying medicine.
Most tourists to London are content with seeing the big tourists sights such as Big Ben, Trafalgar Square or Westminster Abbey. These are mostly in the City of Westminster which is now wholly incorporated into the Greater London metropolis. Whilst I do plenty of tours here, I really like going where no tourist has gone before and this tour gives me the chance to do just that.
Sacred, Secret Gardens takes place entirely in the original old City of London or Square Mile. This is the city that is still built on Roman, Viking and medieval street plans and is a mix of heady sky scrapers and tiny, narrow alleways that you might expect to see in York in England or even somewhere like Dubrovnik or Cairo. This is real London and there are so many hidden surprises here that you could spend a life-time of discovery.
Without tourists, some of the busy streets do swarm with the hundreds of thousands if not millions of office workers that descend on the area in the week but at weekends of holidays the whole place is deserted.
My tour today visits old churches that were wholly or partially destroyed in The Great Fire of London or the WW2 Blitz… and often both. My tourist loved the tour and I expect it will be the highlight of his 2 week stay here. Not many foreign visitors appreciate just how much the British love Christmas and how we shut down completely for it. This mean’t that the City of London today was entirely deserted. We saw 9 people in 3 hours, 2 of them were mounted police and another was one of my love guides, Nigel who was busy giving a Sherlock tour.
So here are a few photos of a very deserted City of London
I hope you enjoyed just a few of the photos of a very deserted London today. Whilst we were touring the gardens and ruins, I took my lovely guest inside one or two of the many old churches still operating very happily in the medieval streets. How glad we were that I did so as inside one in particular, we were treated to a wonderful recital of Ave Maria and I was able to get part of it on video. Can you think of a more wonderful way and place to spend a few moments on Christmas Eve?
I invite you to view my Youtube video which I took below.
I hope you enjoyed this very unusual look at not just the original and oldest part of London that few outsiders get to see but also to see it totally devoid of people which only happens at this special time of year,
Merry Christmas everyone!