This newly-curated tour is seamlessly crafted by the guides themselves, passionate aficionados of the interwar literary landscape. Not only do they recite and perform excerpts that transport you to the London of that era, in so doing Mike and Cindy offer insight into the socio-political climate of the time.
The warmth and charisma with which Mike and Cindy welcome us into this world nurtures a sense of connection and belonging irrespective of biblio-credentials, and when the tour concluded it felt like bidding adieu to family.
Never has learning been more fun! Cindy and Mike were amazing guides, their knowledge is extraordinary and the passion they have for their subject is infectious. Not only did they bring these incredible characters to life in the places they lived and worked, but they showed how their lives were interwoven and regaled us with scandalous stories of what they all got up to!
They gave me enough of a taste of the writers' work, at times moving and at others hilarious, to make me want to go out and read, read, read...
I was delighted to be able to join the 'St James's Tour' on a sunny Saturday morning. Right from the start, the novels of Virginia Woolf, Graham Greene, Ian Fleming, Evelyn Waugh, Aldous Huxley and Rose Macaulay were brought vividly to life. Cindy and Mike are founts of knowledge about literary London, the scandalous affairs of London society between the wars, and the spies that were recruited in the St James's gentlemen's clubs.
This tour wasn't like anything I'd experienced before; the level of knowledge and love of books was astounding. We were treated to great performances of novel excerpts and poems at each stop, and we got to see corners of London I would never have found on my own.
I love literature but I don't like it too dry; this was anything but. Lots of laughter and great stories from start to finish. The tour was extremely well organised and amazingly good value. I really can't recommend it too highly!
I did the St James's tour - and what a great morning I had! This was packed full of interesting information, with books I'd read and books I hadn't both coming alive on the tour... made all the more interesting because of the locations that were so central to the books being utilised so well.
Mike and Cindy really know so much and want to share it with you - but this is far from a dry lesson. It takes you on a metaphorical and a literal journey as you find out about some painful forgotten stories as well as hearing some hilarious anecdotes! I have come away inspired to read some old favourites again, as well as feeling that I will now see the London that I thought I knew in new ways. Highly recommended.