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On a recent trip to London, my wife and I spent a sunny, autumn Sunday afternoon taking a guided London walk (http://www.walks.com). We try to do this each time we are in the U.K. capitol, for these tours explore parts of the city that we would never find on our own. The guides are every bit as interesting as the sights. We have had guides who were actors, historians, professors, archaeologists, or just plain interesting people. Their presentations are as entertaining as they are educational. On a recent tour, we visited Dickens' and Shakespeare's London, with a guide who recited excerpts from the writings of these giants of English literature at sites where the authors had visited, lived, or were prominent in their work. These inexpensive excursions are a great way to spend about two hours on the streets and lanes of London and are highly recommended for any reader who finds himself or herself in that part of the world.