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Metro Bank hosts Holborn Walk

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The latest retail Bank appearing on London streets is Metro Bank. It has a different feel from most other Banks with its bright spacious entrance areas and bold red and blue colours. Derek, the local Director of the Holborn store (as they call them) is as friendly and as welcoming as the Bank, so when he asked London Personally to undertake a walk starting and finishing at the Bank’s Southampton Row premises, lasting an hour and a bit so we were back for drinks and nibbles before it was too late, I happily agreed.

So, with a mixture of Derek’s colleagues and a number of Metro Bank’s customers in tow we began in Bloomsbury Square… where in fact Bloomsbury’s modern developement began. In 1657 the 4th Earl of Southampton began building in effect his own private suburb and London’s first named development with the name “Square”. We traced the Square’s sometime violent history in the 18th century, through to the demolition of the Earl’s house (which became Bedford House once the Southampton’s and the Bedford’s got together) to the current Regency houses and the rather stern statue of Charles Fox looking north to Russell Square. If they had had trains in the 1660s maybe this union of two great aristocratic families may have been called “the Bedhampton line”!
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LONDON PERSONALLY-The Adventure Begins

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There is great excitement in the Harris household this weekend, as after six months of planning, meetings and drafting with a few heated discussions on the way, and the very hard work of  daughter Claudine who has endured her father ‘s  impatience stoically ,our new company London Personally has been launched and we now have a live website www.londonpersonally.co.uk

London Personally will provide tailor made walks around London for both private clients and for businesses looking for new ways of marketing. It is entirely focused on what the client wants from their walk. No meeting at  a pre arranged tube station for a walk of a defined length and without knowing whether you are in a group of 30 or 50. You choose the date and time and where the walk starts and ends. You decide whether the walk is themed or needs to incorporate buildings or districts that relate to your own personal story or your business.
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