London

London

London is our current series.  We will be uploading episodes regularly and the final episode will be uploaded in August 2021.

Let the 26 episodes in our London series give you the background you need to make the most of your trip. Find out who was crowned at Westminster, buried in St Paul’s or beheaded at the Tower and hear the stories behind these events. Discover the history of Shakespeare’s Globe and the London of Charles Dickens. Learn about the royals and their palaces and take informed trips to Hampton Court and Windsor. We’ll tell you what to look out for in London’s museums and galleries and help you discover the city’s parks, theatres, shops and markets. In short, the 26 episodes of our London series provide all the research you would do yourself if only you had the time!


London Episode 01 Introduction

Welcome to London

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Red buses and royalty, St Paul’s and Piccadilly, London is one of the world’s most popular city break destinations. Here is an overview of the series, offering some geographical, historical and cultural details to whet your appetite for the remaining 25 episodes when we will tour all the main sites, telling you the stories behind them and introducing a wealth of colourful personalities who have influenced the city over the centuries.

Useful link:
https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london

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London Episode 02 St Paul’s Cathedral

A Symbol of the city

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We begin our tour of London at St Paul’s Cathedral, which stands as a symbol of the city and which has so many links to its past.  Hear a little of the history of the cathedral itself, listen to stories as varied as Catherine of Aragon’s (first!) wedding, Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and the funerals of Nelson, the Duke of Wellington and Winston Churchill.  Find out too what to look out for when you visit.

Useful links:
https://www.stpauls.co.uk
https://www.visitlondon.com

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London Episode 03 The City of London

Where it all began

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This tour of the Square Mile, starts with some stories from its history: medieval days, the plague, the Great Fire and the subsequent rebuilding of the city which became a world centre of finance. We’ll hear from many Londoners, such as Dick Whittington, Samuel Pepys and Christopher Wren, and visit some of the places you might want to look round today, including a number of churches and such venerable institutions as the Guildhall, the Royal Exchange and Mansion House, not forgetting the Bank of England Museum.

Useful links:
http://www.guildhall.cityoflondon.gov.uk
http://www.theroyalexchange.co.uk
https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/museum
https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/about-us/about-the-city-of-london-corporation/mansion-house
https://ststephenwalbrook.net
https://www.stlawrencejewry.org.uk
https://www.greatstbarts.com
https://www.stmarylebow.org.uk
https://www.visitlondon.com

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