St Bartholomew the Great


St Bartholomew the Great – the name says it all on so many levels – history, architecture, survival, atmosphere, film sets, and yesterday particularly, acoustics. London’s oldest parish church played host to The Brandenburg Choral Festival of London’s Spring series featuring works by Thomas Tallis and Karl Jenkins – and including my two most favourite pieces of music – Spem In Alium and Benedictus – The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace respectively.

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The venue, the Damien Hirst, the music – I was an emotional puddle by the end of the evening – but a very happy puddle.

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The Brandenburg Choral Festival of London exists as a platform for amateur choirs to perform in Central London venues. Over the year the Spring and Autumn festivals bring together choirs and vocal ensembles of different shapes and sizes, and from every musical background — classical and jazz, a cappella or accompanied, gospel, male voice, choral scholars, community choirs, and a whole lot more besides!

In the next few weeks we will be featuring some of our favourite sites.

The near four hundred years of Roman occupation of London isn’t always easy to spot.


London’s Mithraeum is located in the heart of the City of London but stand at the site between St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Bank of England, and you won’t see any evidence of the Roman temple. Turn back nearly 2000 years in London’s rich history by descending stairs seven meters below London’s current ground level to find where Romans trod the streets of Londinium.

The Temple dedicated to the Roman god Mithras was built of clay bricks and stone and resembled the mythic cave where Mithras killed a bull - the tauroctony - and so was windowless and dark, a The sunken rectangular space with one rounded “apse” end, shaped like an aisled church is today, with two aisles and an altar. It was originally built in c. AD 240-250 .

The London Pass 2018 - our opinion

At South East Tour Guides we are always seeking better ways to make the most of your time in London. We keep an ear to the ground – quite literally sometimes! – to locate and avoid the traffic snarl-ups, we study visit patterns at venues and plan visits outside of peak times, we keep abreast of current venue restrictions and so on – all part of the service to provide you with seam-free sight-seeing whilst you are touring with us.

Recently the London Pass has added a number of new sites to its portfolio and is now representing good value for your money and has fast tracking facilities at more venues than before. This, plus the privileges that are accorded to Blue Badge Tour Guides, means that we can manage your time even more effectively so you see more of London.

Click on the image to purchase your London Passes before you arrive in the UK -we recommend getting the ticket sent to your phone or shipped to you, don’t waste time picking it up in London - and we’ll plan your itinerary to make the most of every moment of your tour.