Walking Tours and Site Visits
Explore the very best London has to offer in small, private groups.
Tours can be customised around social, historic, architectural and cultural interests.
I also offer tours to areas outside of London to some of England's most historic sites, such as Windsor, Canterbury, Bath, Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford, Salisbury and Stonehenge.
Below are some examples of the walking tours, site visits and excursions that I offer.
Please contact me to discuss a bespoke tour.
St Paul's Cathedral
St Paul's is our national church of commemoration and celebration, where military and political heroes are buried side-by-side with artists and artisans, and where people come together to celebrate and to mourn, regardless of race, religion or creed. Visit Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece, stand beneath and climb its magnificent dome, a lasting symbol of London's resilience. Discover the story of how St Paul's rose from the ashes of the Great Fire of London, how it survived the Blitz during World War II and the enduring connection between St Paul's and the American community here in the UK. Hear about the important and significant events that have taken place here over the centuries, including funerals of notable political and military heroes, the wedding of the century between Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer - the only royal wedding held in Sir Christopher Wren's cathedral, and jubilee celebrations of reigning monarchs. Hear about St Paul's incredible inclusivity, and why it has always been known as the People's Church.
Tower of London
Fortress, Palace, Prison - the Tower of London is a must see on any visit to London. This medieval marvel was first constructed as a formidable and intimidating fortress by William the Conqueror in 1070 and was enlarged and enhanced as a sumptuous palace with 22 towers and covering 18 acres over the following centuries by subsequent monarchs. It has been a prison to traitors, foreign Kings, English Queens and, as recently as the mid-20th century, common criminals. It is also home to the Crown Jewels - a collection of priceless regalia used in the Coronation of the monarch. This UNESCO World Heritage site is protected by the famous Yeoman Warders who live within the walls, and the legendary Ravens. Join me on a visit to discover the history of the Tower, its stories, ghosts and legends and hear about the executions that took place within its walls, and on nearby Tower Hill.
One of four UNESCO World Heritage sites here in London, Westminster Abbey is the Royal Church. The foundations date back to the 11th century, built by Edward the Confessor, completed in 1065. The Abbey has been the site of coronations since 1066, the tradition being started by William the Conqueror following his conquest of England, and the last being that of our current Queen, Elizabeth II in June 1953, who will be celebrating her Platinum Jubilee - 70 years on the throne - next year. See the magnificent Coronation Chair, commissioned by Edward I around 1300 to house the Stone of Scone, and upon which every monarch has been crowned for over 700 years. The Abbey is where royal weddings have taken place, including that of our Queen, Elizabeth II to Prince Philip in 1947, and Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011. Join me to hear the remarkable stories associated with the Abbey and to explore this magnificent Coronation Church - its royal burials, alongside those of poets, scientists, adventurers and the Unknown Warrior - all of whom have made this church a place of pilgrimage for centuries.
Discover this ancient and historic part of London, a "liberty", where wharves, theatres, breweries, coaching inns, prisons and alehouses once thrived and flourished. Today it continues to be an area rich in diversity and culture, with links to Chaucer, Shakespeare and Dickens. Highlights include Shakespeare's Globe, Borough Market and Tate Modern. Join me on a walking tour to discover Southwark's history, past and present.
The legal profession in England is unique: here, the profession is divided into two distinct fields: Solicitors and Barristers. Traditionally, Solicitors dealt with most legal matters, whereas Barristers would be engaged as an advocate to represent, defend or argue a case in court, though there is considerable overlap in the professions today. Historically, Barristers resided in "Inns of Court", where they would live, study and practise. Join me on a tour exploring the four medieval Inns of Court, and step back in time to hear stories about the Knights Templar, Queen Elizabeth I, John Donne and Charles Dickens, all of whom have connections to the inns.
CITY OF LONDON
The oldest part of Greater London, the City dates back to the Roman conquest of 43AD. Originally protected by a brick wall, remains of which can still be seen, and covering roughly 1 square mile, the City has a rich history as the financial centre of the capital, which has been shaped by invasion, trading, immigration, natural disaster, expansion, and later collapse, of empire. Join me on a walk through the ancient streets, where old meets new - where modern-day skyscrapers dwarf ancient stone buildings - to see how the City has changed, and how it has stayed the same, over the last 2000 years.
A royal residence that has been home to monarchs and members of the royal family since the 17th century. Nottingham House was purchased by King William III and Queen Mary II in 1689, and was altered by Sir Christopher Wren into a royal palace. In the centuries that followed, it has been adapted and enlarged by subsequent monarchs, though it remains an intimate, historic residence. Explore the King's and Queen's apartments and see where Queen Victoria was born, met her beloved Prince Albert, and where she lived until she became Queen at the age of 18 in 1837. The palace was once home to the late Diana, Princess of Wales, who has several touching memorials both in and near the palace. Today it is the principal residence of several members of the royal family, most notably the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children.
The first national museum that was freely open to the public, the British Museum opened in 1753, and houses an extensive collection of World Culture - art, objects and antiquities from across the globe. Explore objects that have helped to develop an understanding of ancient civilisations - such as the Egyptians, the Assyrians and the Anglo-Saxons, and other objects which have helped in re-addressing our past, acknowledging our role in painful histories such as slavery and empire. Travel the world and through millennia on a visit to this extraordinary museum.
Housing the national collection of Western European art from the 13th to the 20th centuries, the National Gallery displays some of the world's greatest masterpieces. See paintings by Van Eyck, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo and Rembrandt, as well as works by Vermeer, Holbein, Velazquez and Van Dyck. See Turner's famous Fighting Termeraire, Constable's Hay Wain, and Van Gogh's Sunflowers. Join me to explore the gallery and its collection, hear how it came to be established, its significance as a national collection and how it survived the onslaught of bombings during World War II. See some familiar masterpieces and discover new ones on a journey through the development of painting over 700 years.
EXCURSIONS BEYOND LONDON