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Public Virtual Tours, Talks and Walks

We offer two types of virtual tour. Some are provided by our Blue Badge Tourist Guides (BBTG) working from home. Others are broadcast live from the streets of London, Birmingham or elsewhere, enjoyed by audiences in all four corners of the globe.

 

The list below is updated weekly with talks, virtual walks/tours being offered by our members and are open to the public on a pay per person/per view basis. Please click on the more info link to book your place directly with the guide using their booking platform.

Current Virtual Tours

A History of Plagues and Pandemics

Every Thursday and Saturday 8pm
BBTG Nigel Haynes
Fake news, quack remedies, how to harvest unicorn horn and why we can thank the Bubonic plague for the works of Shakespeare.
Price: £7.50

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The Welsh are the Real English

Monday 1st March 7pm
BBTG Rick Jones
A virtual St David’s Day dragon-ride to places of Welsh influence in London.
Price £10.66

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Lost London

Monday 1st March 7pm
BBTG Russell Nash
The London we have lost and the London that never was.
The only permanent thing about London is change.
So much of this great city has been lost to us. Some by fire or bomb but much in the name of progress. Great churches and bridges. More ordinary but still remarkable places and buildings too. Sometimes even entire neighbourhoods.
The London that never was also features in this virtual tour. Grand schemes and harebrained ideas. Visionary masterplans and bizarre statues that never got built. How the city might have looked.
Price £10.00

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An heir and a spare - illustrated online talk

Tuesday 2nd March 8pm
BBTG Graham Horn
The monarchs we never had. This talk takes a look at the princes who never became king. Early deaths, family disputes and the lack of a clear succession policy all contributed to those who might have expected to inherit the crown but didn’t. Who were they and how might our history have changed if they had ruled?

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Rome’s Western Frontier

Wednesday 3rd March 3pm
BBTG Tess Pike
A journey along the Cumbrian coast with its defences against attack from the Irish Sea, including the natural harbour at Ravenglass, where supplies would have been brought in for the soldiers defending the frontier, and travelling inland to the spectacularly sited fort at Hardknott.
Price £5.00

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All Around the University Medical Tour

Wednesday 3rd March 6pm
BBTG Rick Jones
A virtual tour of the streets around UCL stopping to note firsts and Inventions in the history of medicine.
Price £10.66

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The Best Job in the World: Life of a Blue Badge Guide

Wednesday 3rd March 7pm
25 years ago I accidentally fell into a career that I absolutely love! Before I trained as a tourist guide, I was shy, certainly not a public speaker, and I was labouring under the misconception that I was best suited to a desk job. How wrong could I be... All these years later, I am still passionate about showing visitors and locals around Cumbria and the north of England. Sometimes it’s a challenge, but mostly it’s just incredibly rewarding – in every way. Join me for an insight into the life of a guide!
Tickets are free of charge

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Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield

Wednesday 3rd March 7pm
BBTG Ian Jelf
Come and learn how a Bishop helped a small Warwickshire gain royal favour and pave the way for it to become one of the most favoured places to live in the Midlands up to the present day
Price £10.00

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Old Westminster

Wednesday 3rd March 4pm
BBTG Karen Pierce-Goulding
Price £10.00

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A London Shopping Spree

Friday 5th March 5.30pm
BBTG Karen Pierce-Goulding
Price £10.00

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La Londra di Shakespeare (in Italian)

Sunday 7th March 5pm
BBTG Cristina Apostoli
Un tour virtuale alla scoperta della Londra brutale ed affascinante ai tempi di Shakespeare.
Seguiamo il grande autore per le vie della capitale tra epidemie di peste, superstizioni, medici ciarlatani e tanto altro.
Price £9.00

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A Bloody Virtual Tour of the City

Tuesday 9th March 6pm
BBTG Guy Fairbank
Learn a little about London’s bloody past, as we move ‘virtually’ westwards from Tower Hill to Smithfield. You may need a stiff drink afterwards!
Price £7.00

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Revolt, Rebels & Riot

Tuesday 9th March 7pm
BBTG Russell Nash
Protest in the capital. From Boudicca & The Peasant's Revolt to Suffragette's & #BLM The right to protest has been held dear by Londoners since its foundation. Some citizens have petitioned, some have campaigned. Some, however, have rebelled and some have rioted. Wat Tyler's rebels in 1381 wanted fair taxation. So did the Poll Tax rioters in 1990 The Match Girls in 1888 fought for safe working conditions. The Suffragettes demanded political emancipation. Other mobs have been stirred by bigotry, hatred, frustration and intolerance. Find out about how London has protested, rebelled and rioted over the past 2,000 years.

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Jewish London

Sunday 14th March 7pm
BBTG Russell Nash
The story of Jews in London. A virtual tour that takes you from the ghetto of the middle ages through to the East End shtetl of the 20th century.
Jewish London can be found all around the present city, if you know where to look. Remnants and relics of the past as well as the modern city.
You will travel from the City of London, where Jews were ghettoed during the middle ages to the heart of the Jewish East End. Using maps, video, photos and storytelling for a immersive virtual experience.

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The Story Of 20th Century London Virtual Tour Series

Wed, Mar 10, 2021 – Wed, Apr 28, 2021 7:00 PM
BBTG Russell Nash, Fiona Lukas, Simon Whitehouse, Karen Scott Goulding
A series of eight Virtual Tours Sit back, watch and listen as we take you from Edwardian Empire capital, through triumph, slump, destruction and rebirth.
Suffragettes, building boom, Bright Young Things, mass transport, General Strike, London at war, post-war austerity and the arrival of the teenager, Swinging London, economic strife, Thatcherism, Cool Britannia, gentrification and the London of the future. We have some amazing stories to tell.
Season membership for all 8 walks for just £38

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