City Comment - Blog on things to do in London

City Comment - Blog on things to do in London

Although not much is happing at the theme parks, Tussaud Times is currently adding a new interactive feature to the site currently known as Project X. For more information click here or visit the forum.

A new feature has been added to the site, Park & Ride Costs here you will find information of what rides were installed in that year and their cost.

We are currently working on the Gallery which hopefully will be finished by the end of this month. Chessington Guide is back online and has been updated. New pictures added to the closed season section.

London 2012: Jeremy Hunt Unveils Plan For Schools To Host Community Sports Clubs

Every English secondary school will host a community sports club under a £1 billion plan to get the nation active for life unveiled by culture secretary Jeremy Hunt today.

"It is wonderful that the HUY has promoted seminars for such worthwhile causes and helped to assist the fight against childhood obesity. The fact that so many attended the session demonstrates just how valuable this cause is."

Much more people are finding pv panels eco friendly.

The forum has had some background work done which resulted in having to close the forum to new members but we are please to announce that new members can now once again join.

Latest attraction News

Visit Thorpe Park

Thorpe Park is one of the UK's most thrilling family theme parks with some of the best flat/thrill rides, a few a Europe first.

  • New for 2012, Stealth Europe's tallest and fastest roller coaster 0 - 80 in 2.3 seconds.
  • Slammer - the only ride of its kind in Europe that delivers the ultimate free fall experience.
  • London Daily News
  • Rush – You will never find this at your local playground. With the two great roller coasters first is the worlds first record braking 10-looping roller coaster Colossus, and a flaming hot suspended coaster, Nemesis Inferno.
  • Face to Face at the Arts with Alison Steadman at Arts Theatre - West End - Time Out London

Also you will find Samurai, which was recently moved from Chessington and don't miss the explosive drop of Detonator.

"The HUY is an excellent forum to share ideas and key practices and for Sport England to deliver key messages to a high quality audience."

Set in the 500 acre park a great park with many great thrills rides, water rides and roller coasters what more could you wish for from a great Theme park.

see Chessington World of Adventures or Alton Towers

City of London Guide Lecturers Association,

Clerkenwell & Islington Guides Association,

Associate of the Institute of Tourist Guiding.
Philip was educated in the Belgian Congo and at Cheltenham College then worked as a journalist before going to Southampton University to read Psychology and Physiology.

He left to study drama at the East 15 Acting School under Margaret Bury then went into repertory theatre before branching out into

West End Theatre Management.

He has also worked in many West End (Criterion, Cambridge, Shaftesbury, Regent, Albery, Astoria Theatres) and Provincial (Harlow, Watford, Hornchurch) theatres and also ran the fringe theatre company-"Sloane Street Theatre" for several years-premiering new plays by Vanessa Drucker and other up and coming young playwrights.

He also mounted productions at the The Finborough Arms,Earls Court and The Hen and Chickens,Islington and other fringe pubs in Chelsea, and Notting Hill Gate and Ealing producing plays such as "Nevermore", " A Dolls House and others.

He has also worked in television with amongst others, Orson Welles, and on films amongst which were Doppelganger, with Ian Hendry, and others.

After a severe motor cycle accident in 1994 he took the City of London Guide Lecturers' Course at the City University (Studying at the Guildhall under the late Katrine Prince and also the amazing Paul Taylor) whilst waiting for a spine operation.

He received his City of London Guide Lecturer's Badge with fellow class members from the then Lord Mayor of London, Lord Levine of Portsoken, at the Mansion House.

In 2000 he started "City of London Walks" to use City of London Guide Lecturers and to concentrate on opening up the 1,966 years worth of City history not only to tourists but to those City Companies, workers and residents who would like to know more about the City of London and- possibly- why they are there and what they can contribute back.

He has since broadcast for the BBC on both national and local Radio and Television and has also lectured on many subjects on and in the City of London for groups as diverse as the Rotary Club of Great Britain , local Archeological Societies, and for English Heritage at Kenwood house a walk and talk on the Blue Plaque Scheme in Hampstead, and a lecture and guided tour of John Constable's Hampstead both starting at Kenwood. He has also organised and delivered a birthday party at the Ritz, London which started with a lecture on the City's traditions which was followed by an exploration of the City and finished

with a lunch party at the Coq d'Argent,No.1 Poultry.

He has taken tours for Speechley Bircham, Goldman Sachs, Law Publishers in Europe, Japanese Banks, Kokusai UK, Leonard Cheshire Homes, Deloitte., American Express and American representatives, AXA, Slaughter & May, Cambridge University Boathouses, Travelscope International, Associated British Ports, Price Waterhouse Coopers,Lovells, University of Westminster Law Faculty, LPMA, Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, Egg Bankimg and school parties of all ages on introductory walks to the City of London, both Financial, Historical and Legal.

Minster Court, EC3

He has appeared on Television, Film and Radio and has broadcast on the City of London on Radio 4 and on London TV on Sky TV for Hello London!

He is also a location finder and advisor to film and TV companies on the City of London and has also worked with Sony Film Productions, London TV and Russian television companies.

He wrote the special children's' quiz walk for the 2001 Lord Mayor's Show programme and has actively taken part in further shows and came up with the idea that helped establish the free afternoon's walks on Lord Mayor's Day by the City of London Guide Lecturers as a permanent feature of the Lord Mayor's Show each year in the afternoon..

(This web site also contains links to other City of London Guide Lecturers web sites on the news page towards the bottom on other walks.

Since 2001 the City Guide Lecturers have now become an integral part of Open House Day, the City Churches Walk and many other City events.)

Philip is a member of the City of London Guide Lecturers Association and was a member of the committee until resigning in summer 2006 knowing that his work on promoting the City Guides, by becoming part of the Lord Mayor's Show and other City events,

had been accomplished.

He is also an Associate Member of the Institute of Tourist Guiding and a Clerkenwell and Islington Guide. He is currently working for English Heritage at Kenwood House, North London.

The motto for all guides should be

"Look up, look down , look all around and sense what lies within the ground."

Click to hear Philip on BBC Radio 4's "Questions"

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