Musicali tea at Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Musicali-tea: a weekly event at the Church of The Holy Sepulchre in the North-West of the City near the Old Bailey.

Musicali events feature a musical performer followed by a short talk by a City of London Guide.

I had the pleasure of giving a talk recently and hope to go back and give a second one.

Details of this and other events at:

Musicali is free but must be booked in advance.

Holy Sepulchre Church, Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2DQ, corner of Holborn Viaduct and Giltspur Street. City Thameslink station is nearby.


Half-Marathon 2023

Andy Ellis and Warren Forsyth (right)

On April 2nd, City Guides offered free short walks to the public to complement the annual London Half Marathon.

Walks started from locations in Walbrook and Cheapside as well as Tower Hill where I was stationed along with fellow guides Katie Davies, Rosalind Pearson and Warren Forsyth.

Our stops included the Merchant Navy memorials, Tower of London, public executions, Port of London Authority, Trinity House and the Roman Wall.

Andy & Katie Davies


In the course of 3 hours we entertained around a dozen small tour parties. It was most enjoyable and we got good feedback.

One intrepid lady came on the walk twice with a different guide each time.

Andy, Rosalind Pearson, Pat Honey and Katie

She remarked that it was interesting how two guides could present the same tour stops in very different ways. Am glad to report that she enjoyed both tours.

London Guiding Day

Local London Guiding Day – Saturday October 8th

This is the day when, across London, newly qualified guides are unleashed on an unsuspecting public.

The City Guiding “Class of 2022” will be providing free 60 minute tours every hour at least, hopefully every half hour, from 10 to 4.

The theme is “Leaving their mark” – about people, organisations and events that have left their mark on the City of London.

These will depart from outside the Co-op by exit 2 from St Paul’s Underground.

You may either just turn up or, to secure a place, may book via Eventbrite (for free): details at


There is a transport strike on the day affecting trains nationwide. You can, however, still get into the City. It is believed that the following are running:

Croydon Tramlink (doesn’t go to City but might help make a connection)
Docklands Light Railway
Elizabeth Line (some disruption)
London Underground (some disruption; Richmond and Wimbledon District line may be affected as these are part run by National Rail; also Wimbledon station is closed for engineering works)
Southern Railway (limited service, check on the day).

There may be a skeleton rail service by other rail companies. Bus services unaffected.

Check Transport for London and National Rail for information nearer the time.