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A WALK ON THE MILD SIDE OF THE LAW
"I know it's raining cats and dogs, Madam,"
said the voice at
the other end of
"but I suggest
you hop on over
to the rendezvous
Your man will be
there, inside the
entrance...carrying a brolly." Not
too thrilled at
thoughts of sloshing about in the wet for the
next two or three hours, I hopped the tube to
Holborn as instructed, and found "my man"
surrounded by 20 or so plastic-wrapped
tourists, all of them mustard keen to start
their walking tour of Legal and Illegal
I used to think London's greatest
bargain was the pub lunch. Now I know it has
a rival in these escorted walks which, for
the modest fee of about £5, introduce
visitors to the insider's London. Our guide
this day was an articulate young
author/historian who delivered a wealth of
information with such interesting anecdotes,
we soon forgot the wretched weather. Also, in
view of the rain, he refused our money until
we had been going for half an hour, in case
anyone chose to drop out. Nobody did.
Several companies organize these tours.
I chose London Walks, after picking up a
pamphlet at a city tourist office. Their
particular routes include areas frequented by
Shakespeare, Dickens, Christopher Wren,
Princess Diana, other royalty or Jack the Ripper....
After my morning walk I went for lunch at Ye
Olde Cock on Fleet Street. The food was good
and fellow diners filled my ears with legal
chatter to conclude our tour in an
IF YOU GO: Several companies offer escorted
tours of London. You will find their
pamphlets at tourist information offices. No
reservations are necessary. Simply turn up at
the appointed tube station, even if it's
raining cats and dogs...