Tuesday 17th January 2012 – Our second meeting of 2012

On Tuesday this week the Freedom Ladies met at Cannon Street Station and took a slow walk to St Paul’s Tourist Information Centre to meet with the Guide for the walk.

The organised walk for the day was not ‘Love and Marriage’ as was expected but Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol.  Peter Yates, an official City Guide trained and employed by City of London Corporation introduced himself and gave us an outline of the tour, which would include places in the city mentioned in ‘A Christmas Carol’ and also Dickens’s connection with the City.

Places visited included St Paul’s Cathedral, Mansion House, St Stephen’s Walbrook, Graveyard, George and Vulture pub, St Augustus Tower and St Paul’s Choir Boys buildings.  Peter took us through the Royal Exchange Building, the ground floor of which is occupied by coffee shops, shops and restaurants. The walk ended at a small set of alleyways, which it is thought is where Scrooge would have lived and worked.

The walk lasted one and half hours and as it was so cold we were all quite relieved when it had finished!  From there we went to have a well deserved and warming coffee and then made our way home.

I found the tour very interesting and informative and felt pleased that we were back doing our walks.

Next week the plan is to visit The Army Museum.