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Walking to Westminster...
By Suzanne Bowles
11 March 2012





Ever thought of doing a walking tour?  I hadn't until a friend urged me to join the London Walks.  This award winning group provide all kinds of interesting tours around London and some of the surrounding areas.  There are ghost tours, Westend tours, an Olympics walk, and day-trips to places like Cambridge.  

I wanted to take some friends to see Westminster Abbey and London walks have a guided tour around the area that also takes you inside; past all the queues of people and straight inside.  It was awesome.  I've been there a few times but never had all the features explained so interestingly.  The choir stalls and poet's corner were all pointed out by our guide Mary.  She was so helpful and described The Abbey as "a microcosm of London."       

I couldn't believe that I was standing exactly where Kate stood as she married Wills earlier this year.  But Mary pointed out the historic tile floor, right beneath where they had been positioned, that lies at the alter.  It is one of the finest of it's kind in the world it has just been beautifully restored.  It is so colourful and awesome.

To have all of the tombs of the Kings and Queens of England pointed out and the stories brought to life was such a fun way to see The Abbey and far better than the last time when I led myself around with a guide book.

I was so impressed that I went back for Evensong.  It happens most afternoons at 5pm when the choir sing prayers.  Everyone is welcome, just line up at the gate and they lead you inside, where you sit right beside the choristers.  They are so cute, and sound so angelic, with their lace collars and tunics.  There was one who was very young and looked like he was the new kid!  I just loved it.
 

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Keywords: colourful, fun, See, young, London


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