The downloadable city audio tours provider mp3cityguides is to launch its
first guide to London.The tour of Westminster, Trafalgar Square, the West End and Covent Garden
will be the thirteenth from mp3cityguides and will be available on the site
- www.mp3cityguides.com mp3cityguides - from Monday 28th January.
City visitors who download it onto their iPods or mp3players will start
at Parliament Square where they’ll hear about the history of the Palace of
Westminster and Westminster Abbey before moving up through Whitehall where
they will learn about the disreputable property developer Thomas Downing
who built the famous street.
Their audio tour will then direct them through Trafalgar Square, past the
official centre of London - unknown to most Londoners - and up to
Buckingham Palace, once the site of a famous brothel and St James’s Park
which was at one time a leper colony. After learning about where the name
‘Piccadilly’ comes from they will wander down to Piccadilly Circus, find
out why Regent Street was originally laid out, hear about attempts as back
as the nineteenth century, to improve the image of Leicester Square and
learn about George Bernard Shaw found inspiration - and perhaps love - in
Covent Garden piazza.
“I’ve lived in London for most of my life but I was amazed by how little
I knew about the streets and buildings I’ve passed so many times,” says
Simon Brooke, mp3cityguides founder and author of this London - Westminster
and West End tour. “It was fascinating to discover the little known
history behind some of our most famous landmarks.”
The guide, like all others by mp3cityguides costs �7.99 - less than most
conventional guide books and includes a Printed Guide with information
about London’s museums, art galleries, castles and churches as well as its
best restaurants, most interesting shops and coolest bars.