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Happy Birthday to The British Museum

Happy Birthday to The British Museum

On the 15th January 1759, the world famous British Museum opened its doors to the public for the first time. Today the British Museum is home to eight million artefacts, from around the world, the oldest being over two million years old, and the most recent from the 20th century.

The Great Rapprochement

The Great Rapprochement

Hands across the ocean to my good friends in the USA! The 21st December, was the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts in 1620. Having arrived on the ship Mayflower they began to build what became known as the Plymouth...

French Impressionists in London

French Impressionists in London

Recently I was asked by a private group in Washington DC to show the first tour in the series, In the Footsteps of the Impressionists, which was attended by 650 delegates! Wow! It seems people cannot get enough of the French Impressionists, on both sides of the Pond!

Off with his/her Head – London’s executions

Off with his/her Head – London’s executions

This virtual tour is NOT for the fainthearted, relating how London’s authorities punished the country’s traitors and criminals.
The last public beheading in London took place on Tower Hill in 1747, a tradition that dates back to 1381 when Simon of Sudbury the Archbishop of Canterbury has hacked to death by an angry mob as part of the Peasant’s Revolt.

Michael’s Virtual Tours

Michael’s Virtual Tours

With this tourist season pretty much cancelled, I have missed guiding and interacting with my clients very much. I know that many of you too are very disappointed not being able to come to London. My colleagues and I have exploring other possibilities to fill this void and are undertaking virtual tours in which it’s possible to watch tours from the comfort of your own home using technology.

JMW Turner Exhibition London

JMW Turner Exhibition London

A little known treasure just outside of London is Sandycombe Lodge, a small villa built by England’s greatest landscape painter JMW Turner (1775-1851). It is located near the River Thames at Twickenham a half hour’s train ride from London Waterloo. Its location was...

London during the Christmas Holiday

London during the Christmas Holiday

Michael Robinson, author of Secrets and Celebrations of London, and registered Blue Badge Tourist Guide, recommends the Postal Museum and the Ride Mail Rail, as an unusual experience.
Did you know that King Henry VIII set up the Postal service over five hundred years ago? Why is it called the ‘postal’ service? When did it become available for the public to use? When were postage stamps first issued? Why are/were some post boxes not red? All of these and many other questions are answered in the museum, which covers the five hundred year history of Britain’s postal service.

NFL Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars

NFL Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars

The final game of the NFL in London in the Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars on the 3rd November at Wembley Stadium. The new stadium opened in 2007 and has hosted International soccer matches, the English FA Cup Final, concerts and many other sporting and musical...

NFL Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams

NFL Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams

The Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams meet on the 27th October in the NFL at Wembley Stadium. The new stadium opened in 2007 and has hosted International soccer matches, the English FA Cup Final, concerts and many other sporting and musical events. The latest of these is the American National Football League who have played two games so far at Tottenham Hotspurs Football Ground and will play a further two matches on English soil at Wembley.