Walking the streets of London

London is one of those cities which may, at first, appear daunting to the first time visitor, but which turns out to be very easy to get to know because of its accessibility and excellent public transport.

One other thing that I really like about London is that each street seems to have some historical value, and so a stroll around London is always full of interest and seems to be fatigue-free.  Sandra Shevey is a writer of biographies of people such as Marilyn Monroe and John Lennon, and she has used her talent for ferreting out interesting details to providing fascinating and entertaining walking tours of London’s streets and markets.

Sandra now has seven distinct tours that she conducts, and four of these introduce visitors to some of London’s most popular street markets.

Amongst those markets that are visited by Sandra and her guests is Covent Garden, which is located on the fringes of the West End between St Martin’s and Drury Lane.  It used to be London’s main fruit and vegetable market, but that section has moved, and now it is far trendier.

Another popular market is Spitalfields (that name always conjures up an image of streets that are sticky with disgorged phlegm!) and Brick Lane, which is in London’s East End.  There has been a market here since 1638 and the market now operates under cover.  Spitalfields itself has more than a parting acquaintance with horror as Jack the Ripper operated here and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, the author of Frankenstein lived in the area for a while – although, presumably her monster was not made from off cuts bought at the market.

And whilst on the subject of horror, one of Sandra’s walks has nothing to do with markets, but a lot to do with Alfred Hitchcock, the master Director of mystery and death.  Sandra once interviewed Hitchcock and he revealed the London locations of many of his films, so Sandra now takes you to some of those places, talks about Hitchcock’s films and plays snippets from her interview.

If you wish to see a side of London that tourists usually know little about, and let Sandra bring her London to life for you, it is possible to contact Sandra through her website.

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