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Something you should do… walk with Bowl of Chalk


Having new adventures in London are pretty high on the agenda over at TCé HQ and since we’ve celebrated our 2nd birthday recently (the belated card’s in the post right?) – we thought we would get back to our roots –  out exploring the big smoke and burning off the birthday cake.  Cue Jonny from Bowl of Chalk: not a street artist adorning the pavements with artwork using the medium of chalk but an urban explorer who employs  cockney rhyming slang to describe his weekend activities – a series of informative, fun and friendly walks about a lesser-known London.

I opted to try his St Paul’s Cathedral to Monument tour which is an area packed with history and incident – as well as some funny old English traditions. Without giving too much away, we managed to pack in a high point, a bridge with a difference, Christopher Wren’s house (or is it?), a big puddle, a prostitute’s burial ground, a brush with Keats and sheep herding across London Bridge… just to mention a few! The group was a friendly, intimate mix of Londoners wanting to get to know the city in a different way and have lots of laughs on the way around. Audience participation is encouraged bringing a fresh, personal feel to the walk. This is not your standard walking tour and working on a tipping policy (just pay what you want or can) Jonny isn’t your standard tour operator. So if you’re looking for a friendly way to learn more about London, you need not (walk) further. (Words: Laura Thornley, Pic: 

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