London is an international City in a continual state of development and growth. A growing city relies on engineering to support its development and to meet the challenges that arise. But the relationship between London and the engineering that continues to shape it is a longstanding one.
This virtual tour explores engineering ventures - mechanical, electrical and civil - that have engineered change in the City, London's ancient heart. We consider tunnels and bridges, but also we take in telecommunications, an innovative Victorian mains power enterprise, and a post-War civil engineering project that was defeated by London itself!
Meet Your Guide
I was born in Bethnal Green, in the East End of London, in 1964 - and I'm still here! A lifetime in London keeps me in tune with the city's rhythms, and this gives authenticity to my work.
I qualified as a City of London guide in 2013, but also I guide a lot in the East End, where I teach tour guiding through my local authority.
Through my virtual tours my aim is to evoke the experience of being on London's streets. The setting of the tour is as important as the topic, and we get to know the character of the area as we go.
My specialist areas are literary London, espionage and intelligence, crime and the law, business and trade, and philanthropy. Also I'm a medievalist by training, and am developing a collection of pre-modern London tours.
Preparing for your Experience
You'll need a device with a reliable internet connection which has a good broadband signal. Please do ensure that you're using a device which has good audio output.
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The presentation is based on a slideshow with a live commentary, as if we were actually on the streets. You're welcome to make comments and to ask questions as we go, just like you would if we were walking together.