|City walk: old London wall (Photo credit: tina-m)|
It was 1993 and back then London still closed down almost completely at Christmas. So I soon discovered three of the only things to do!
First - St Paul's cathedral was open for Christmas service. Though not religious I went with a fellow traveller to mass and it was beautiful, complete with splendid boys choir.
Second - I realised roasted chestnut sellers were still out with their carts along the riverside. I tasted my first-ever roasted chestnuts by Tower Bridge.
Third - I discovered London Walks and went on several tours that week. Shakespeare and Dickens was the best! They took us to see all the bits of Elizabethan architecture still left in London - some of which were just a few timbers in a hidden archway. It was a really good walk, and they still run the same tour to this day.
So one of my top recommendations for visitors to London: treat yourself to a mid-week walk.
Shakespeare and Dicken's London - The Old City - walk tour by London Walks
(ps. the Jack the Ripper walk is good too!)
--Post by Tina, the Shakespearean minion