A resourceful London tour guide has proved that the Coronavirus Crisis is no barrier to accessing culture, with an engaging series of virtual tours of London. Katie Wignall ‘broadcasts’ go out every Monday, Wednesday and Friday on Instagram, with followers tuning in from as far afield as China to listen to her tours.
Wignall is more used to taking her followers around the streets of London on foot, than making videos about the city, however. With a prestigious Blue Badge Guiding qualification and a successful sightseeing company, the guide is already a veteran of Wignall of the London walking tours circuit.
After being forced to close her business due to the Coronavirus Crisis, however, Wignall realised that she would have to find another way of communicating her passion for the city. Fortunately, inspiration was at hand.
With her husband roped in as a cameraman, and her sitting room posing as a makeshift studio, the London history buff began to deliver live virtual tours to her social media followers. With an assortment of old footage of London and images from Google Maps, Wignall’s tours soon went viral generating coverage in several newspapers.
Indeed, the tours have proved so successful that Wignall is now planning to continue the broadcasts once the lockdown is at an end. “It has changed what I think of in terms of possibilities of tours” she said.
City Countdown tried Wignall’s Mayfair ‘walk’ . The tour proved a delightful way to explore the city with an engaging mix of information and trivia, There was a fascinating section on disused Down Street Underground Station, some interesting titbits about Mayfair’s historic Shepherd’s Market, and a visit to a traditional English pub.
Look Up London”s virtual tours offer a great way to see the city for those who need to get their culture at home. The tours are engaging, informative and choc a bloc full of interesting facts. Even better, guide Katie has an obvious love of the material and a real warmth and charm. If you are interested in London history or culture, then you should certainly check Wignall’s tours out.
The Look Up London Virtual Tour channel can be accessed here.
The company’s Instagram videos are free to watch, but Look Up London has set up a PayPal account for anyone who would like to donate to the company during the lockdown.
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