Americans in London: how they changed and influenced London

by Stephen
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  • Location
    London, England
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    • English
  • Live - Presentation
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Join this tour to hear about some of the many Americans who have come over to London and made a real difference here. From Harry Gordon Selfridge who shook up the retail world and Charles Tyson Yerkes who we have to thank for a large part of the tube network through to Waldorf and Nancy Astor who became British politicians. Many artists and writers have settled in London, such as James McNeil Whistler, John Singer Sargent and T S Eliot. And a number of Americans such as Joseph Losey and Sam Wanamaker came to London having been blacklisted in the McCarthy era of the 1950s. Plus we have musicians who found a special bond with London such as Paul Robeson, Judy Garland, Mama Cass Elliott and Jimi Hendrix. A fascinating exploration of Americans in London.


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Join Stephen on this live virtual tour to explore just how much these Americans influenced and changed things in London.

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Stephen Benton

Stephen is a Londoner by birth, he has lived here most of his life. He is fascinated by how and why London is like it is. He is an urban explorer, always on the look out for something new or unusual.

He has been guiding on the streets for over 9 years and is a qualified City of London, City of Westminster and Clerkenwell & Islington guide. And in the last couple of years he has started doing tours on-line. He is therefore well placed to show you around the wonderful city that is London even if you are thousands of miles away.

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