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Windsor Castle, New Years Eve

Windsor Castle is one of my favourite places to guide around. The world's longest continuously inhabited royal castle, going back almost 1000 years. This time of year, you can get to see the incredibly sumptuous semi state apartments, with my personal favourite being the Crimson Room - although to be fair I'd take any. Thanks to a fire in 1992, the current castle is now in the best shape its been since it's last upgrade / remodelling by George IV around the 1820s. Pictures are of a winter sun setting over the Curfew Tower on the left - where the bodies of miscreants were hung in the 1500s & 1600s and the Salisbury Tower on the right.

Stonehenge by helicopter

As you may have picked up in my blogs, Stonehenge holds a special place in my heart. I can't get enough of the place. So imagine when I was booked to do a private helicopter trip there. Beautiful, sunny, crystal clear sunny day and only just over 40 mins from London. After that, a trip around the London, taking in a birds eye view of my amazing city. Wowzer!

Visit to Vitners Hall

Got to have a good old snoop around the Worshipful Company of Vitners, one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London. Livery companies are trade associations or guilds in which craftsmen from particular trades gathered together to essentially regulate competition within their trade and maintain standards. They also trained the young and looked after members in sickness and old age. They were, in effect, trade unions of an all-embracing kind and remain one of those wonderful peculiarities that exist in the City of London. Along with the Mercers, the Vitners - who are were traditionally responsible for the import, regulation and sale of wine - are also involved with the rather

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