City and Village Tour and Outing to Square Mile Curios


 The Vox Wireless Tour Guide System for this Outing made it even better as one did not have to strain to hear the guide! We spent our day in the heart of the City of London, the old Square Mile and after coffee in a Wren church set off to see the Guildhall Art Gallery which was fascinating with amazing art as well as the base of the Roman Amphitheatre.

Some then proceeded to the City of London Police Museum where one could see a Suffragette bomb in a mustard tin and a hologrammatic figure of Catherine Eddowes who was banged up for drunkenness in an 1888 police cell. A few hours after she was let out she became a victim of Jack the Ripper.

We then had free time for lunch with plenty of choice of venues before meeting up to visit the London Mithraeum - the ancient Roman Temple site restored and in the basement of the Norman Foster designed Bloomberg Building. With blaze and light projections the temple rises from the ruins with an atmospheric soundscape of chanting, bells and horns. There is also a display of recent archaeological finds.

What a wonderful city London is and our Blue Badge Guide was excellent. On our return journey members thanked Caroline for arranging a splendid day. This was the last one she will be doing as she is retiring from the Outings Committee. For many years she has given brilliant service and we are so grateful to her for all her hard work. Now she can sit back and enjoy other people's outings!