My name is Pete Berthoud and I was an award-winning, professional London Tour Guide.

For those of you who knew me as a guide, I have very good memories of all the tours and of the good people who joined me on them - thank you each and every one. Now the next chapter begins, without any fuss.

I shall be writing more about little known London histories and focussing in 2022 on cards and games that feature or are in some way connected to London. The intention is, as ever, to write about things that make me curious and that haven’t been fully covered elsewhere.

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  • Owzthat - More Outside Sports Tabled Together in 1932

    Owzthat - More Outside Sports Tabled Together in 1932

    Owzthat, the classic cricket game, never had a maker’s or manufacturer’s name on the tin and the inventors name had been forgotten for the last 90 years. Even the date when the first sets ...

  • A 90 Year Old Cricketing Mystery Solved - Owzthat!

    A 90 Year Old Cricketing Mystery Solved - Owzthat!

    For nearly nine decades aspiring cricketers and cricketing fans throughout the world have enjoyed playing the diminutive classic game Owzthat! - two small hexagonal dice in a little blue tin with a si...

  • High Suspense in Mayfair

    High Suspense in Mayfair

    This is what being a telephone engineer involved in 1930s London. Suspending a telephone cable between Conduit & Maddox Streets Twice a year the steel wires which support London's telephone cabl...

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