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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh taken in the Chinese room Buckingham Palace. Photo Credit: © Allan Warren via Wikimedia Commons.

His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1921 – 2021)

The death of Prince Philip at the age of ninety-nine was announced by Buckingham Palace at midday on 9th April 2021. Prince Philip and the Queen had been married for seventy-three years since their wedding at Westminster Abbey in 1947. He was the longest-serving consort to a monarch in the history of the United Kingdom.

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The Boat Race: Cambridge at their stakeboat. Photo Credit: © Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

The Oxford Cambridge Boat Race – Normally Held In London

One of London’s best-known events is the annual Boat Race, a contest between crews from Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Clubs held every spring on the River Thames. The two teams go head to head over a 4.2 mile (6.8 kilometre) course that stretches between Putney and Mortlake.

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Portrait of William III of England by Sir Godfrey Kneller, 1680s. Photo Credit: © Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

7 British Monarchs Who May Have Been Gay

For centuries men lived in one sphere and women in another and they would come together for marriage and having children. It seemed that the sexes co-existed mainly to continue the human race. Love and sex can be very different factors but, when put together, they can produce the most electric sensation. This was no different for kings and queens who were close to their favourites. Many kings – and one queen – may have been gay, members of what we now call the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi- and transexual) community.

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London Blue Badge Tourist Guide Barry Walsh.

Because I’m A Londoner: From Doctor To Blue Badge Tourist Guide

This is part of a series of articles written by London Blue Badge Tourist Guides who used to be key workers in our capital city. Barry Walsh qualified as a London Blue Badge Tourist Guide in 2000 while working for Public Health England. He writes about his life as a guide and doctor.

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A Year Of Live Broadcasts From Guide London’s Blue Badge Tourist Guides

Guide London’s Blue Badge Tourist Guides are used to talking to groups, families and individuals in the open air and at sites like Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London where they are qualified to conduct tours. However, they have had to adjust to the new reality of life during COVID-19 and many have demonstrated their knowledge and skills on the Internet.

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London Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Photo Credit: © Ursula Petula Barzey.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Walks & Tours

Want some exercise but want to be entertained too? There is no better way to explore Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and discover its history than a walking tour with a London Blue Badge Tourist Guide. Hear about the history of the area, the regeneration and legacy work being carried out on the Park. Relive the memories of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and discover little-known stories and fascinating facts and figures.

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South Bank - Festival Pier & Queen Elizabeth Hall

All Change On The South Bank – Brutalism Revisited

The Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery on the South Bank are now closed, preparing for a two-year refurbishment, and will re-open in 2017, which is exactly 50 years since they first opened in 1967-8. They are immune from listing status, unlike the Festival Hall, which is Grade 1 and the National Theatre is Grade 2 listed.

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Walthamstow: An Art-Friendly Part Of London

Step outside central London and you might find the suburbs are brighter than you think. Come out of the underground station at Walthamstow Central, walk around a little and you will find there is plenty to see: bric-a-brac shops dotted around, a long street market and great museums like the Vestry House in the Walthamstow Village area. My top tips for three must-sees in this area are the William Morris Gallery, God’s Own Junkyard and the Street Art.

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St Margaret’s Church. Photo Credit: © Anne-Marie Walker.

A Visit To Barking Abbey Ruins In The East End Of London

As one of London’s blue badge tourist guides, much of my spare time is spent adding to my knowledge of the history and events taking place in Central London. With plenty of extra time on my hands and not being able to travel, I decided it was time to look at history closer to home. So one frigid afternoon, I took Eric out for an extra-long walk, which he just loves. Eric is my bichon frise, still a puppy with oodles of energy, so that means several walks during the day to try and tire him out. My mission that afternoon was to visit the ruins of Barking Abbey in the East End of London.

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Statue of Charles de Gaulle in London. Photo Credit: © Giogo via Wikimedia Commons.

The Long Footsteps Of Charles De Gaulle In London

Charles de Gaulle, a junior minister in a collapsing government and a relatively junior general in an army that was ceasing to exist, landed at Heston airport after a gruelling and perilous flight from Bordeaux, on Monday 17 June 1940. Few of his British hosts knew who he was, Winston Churchill being the exception. During his visits to France, Churchill had immediately noticed “a young, energetic general called de Gaulle.” `(In Gabriel Le Bomin’s biopic of de Gaulle, which features the early days of the two men’s relationship, Churchill is brilliantly played by Tim Hudson – who is also a London Blue Badge Guide!)

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Close up view of the clock on Big Ben from Hungerford Bridge and Golden Jubilee Bridges. Photo Credit: © Ursula Petula Barzey.

Big Ben: London’s Famous Bell

Every tour of London will include a view of the Houses of Parliament and most guides conducting one will arrange for a stop so that people can take a photograph or selfie with Big Ben in the background. This provides the perfect souvenir of a visit to London.

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Lonely Planet London.

18 Books By London Blue Badge Tourist Guides

London remains one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. The city’s blue badge guides help to bring it to life and many have written or contributed to guidebooks. Here is a selection of their work:

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