Coronavirus Diary 66 – I have an actual tour today!

Today is a very special day, I have my first proper tour since February albeit it at 50% off and possibly the only one of this year.  Two people from the Lake District are staying in London for a few days for a special birthday and out of all the things to see in London, they particularly want to go on a Jack The Ripper Day-Time Walk

I always love Jack The Ripper walks as it is in a very unique part of London, probably unique for the world and it is a very vibrant if not entirely glamorous location.  I don’t just talk about the murders and go to important sites in Whitechapel but I bring in all the social conditions and the lives of the people who lived and worked there such as Elizabeth and John Sodeaux – Two unintended victims of Jack The Ripper.

They are also interested in visiting some of Westminster and Royal related places so we may go there in the early afternoon.

Whilst the £100 will be very welcome, it won’t make a big impact having not earned any money or had any government support since February but it is also worth noting the impact this little tour will have on the wider society.

Two people booking a hotel for a night.  Three people using the local transport network. Three people making use of some independent cafe, eatery or pub.  Two people possibly purchasing local products or tourists related paraphernalia. And as it’s me, no doubt some poor tramp or homeless person will receive something too.

All these businesses and people helped just a little because I get to leave my house for a few hours.  Tour guides make the world go round 🙂

About Stephen Liddell

I am a writer and traveller with a penchant for history and getting off the beaten track. With several books to my name including a #1 seller, I also write environmental, travel and history articles for magazines as well as freelance work. Recently I've appeared on BBC Radio and Bloomberg TV and am waiting on the filming of a ghost story on British TV. I run my own private UK tours company (Ye Olde England Tours) with small, private and totally customisable guided tours run by myself!
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2 Responses to Coronavirus Diary 66 – I have an actual tour today!

  1. YOU my friend are an inspiration to so very many! True mark of humanitarian. As my time in Texas is six hours after, I hope your tour was an unmitigated success!

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  2. Dewy says:

    I’m still waiting ..the cruise ship people have asked us all to sign our contracts for this season coming but haven’t heard anything since we are still in lockdown.

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