Alex Robinson

Alex Robinson

Regional Qualification(s):

London

Language(s):

English

Phone Number(s):

07970 039513

Email:

alexrobinsonbluebadge@gmail.com

Introduction:

Hello, my name is Alex Robinson. I've lived in London most of my adult life - with long spells abroad. You might call me a London enthusiast - and a well-seasoned traveller. I love London and it's a real pleasure for me to share my city with visitors.

I am very comfortable with guiding faith groups. I have studied Christianity, Indian religions and Islam to a Masters degree level - with a research M.Phil degree in Religious Studies from Emmanuel College Cambridge. I have a strong interests in art, architecture, literature from an international and not merely European viewpoint. I can show you London from a Christian, Hindu or Islamic perspective - unlocking some of the secrets of Europe's most religiously diverse capital.

I also specialise in family travel. I've co-authored a travel guide to London for families and was London editor for the big U.S magazine Budget Travel.

I can offer tailored photography trips of London and around. I'm an experienced and widely-published travel photographer and writer. – joint winner of a prestigious National Magazine Award – and have been published by the New York Times, the Economist and Time magazine among others. So if you'd like to find the best angles on our iconic sights or get to know your DSLR better while you're here then I can help you out with a bespoke photo tour of London - tailored for you, whether you're a beginner or a real enthusiast.

I have a multi-cultural, international background. I have lived in Latin America, India, South East Asia and Australia and spent many months working in the USA, the Philippines, Spain and Portugal. I have a strong familiarity with these areas and can reference them in an informed way which puts international visitors at their ease and lends a familiarity of context to what I show them in London.

I offer London sites including St. Paul’s, Westminster Abbey, Tower of London, British Museum, Greenwich, Churchill War Rooms, National Gallery, the V&A and Kensington Palace.

I offer walking tours of the City, Mayfair, Lincoln's Inn (Legal London), Marylebone, the Thames and Kensington. My themed walking tours include Rock and Roll London, Medical London, Legal London High Society London, Magical London and Great Fires of London.

Out of London I offer Windsor, Bath, Oxford, Stonehenge, Salisbury, Stratford-upon-Avon, Canterbury, Kent and the Cotswolds. I am a graduate of Cambridge University and remain a member of Emmanuel College.

Personal Interests:

City of London
Westminster Abbey
National Gallery
St. Paul's
British Museum
Tower of London
Natural History Museum
V&A
Westminster Cathedral
Christianity in London
Hindu London - Neasden and Alperton
Photography in London - from beginner to prothusiast DSLR
River Thames - South Bank walks
City of London walks
City of London churches
Hampstead and Highgate
Religious Art in the National Gallery
Legal London - Inns of Court
Mayfair - the heart of American London
London parks - a green walk through the heart of London

Special Interests:

Photography

Bespoke photo tours in London from enthusiast to advanced-level. I can show you how to get the best angles, the best light and for DSLR users how to use aperture and exposure effectively.

I am an experienced travel photographer published by the Sunday Times, National Geographic and the New York Times among others. I am also a recipient of a prestigious National Magazine Award in the USA.

Churches & Cathedrals

From Westminster Abbey to St. Paul's - unlocking the royal and religious secrets. I have an M.Phil in Religious Studies from Emmanuel College Cambridge and a strong interest in church architecture, art and faith in general.

Galleries

From general tours of the National Gallery, Tate Britain or the Tate Modern to visits of our smaller specialist galleries like the Wallace Collection or the National Portrait Gallery.

Art/Paintings & Sculpture

Tours tailored to special interests - from royal and religious art to art by British painters and sculptors.

Literature

I offer literary tours of London, focussing on the City of London and featuring writers including Dickens, Shakespeare, JK Rowling, John Donne, Dr Johnson, Wilkie Collins and Chaucer.

Walking Tours

Walking tours of the City of London (our financial district), Legal London, Medical London, Kensington, Bloomsbury, Mayfair, Royal London, London Parks and if you want to get some exercise while you're in London I can take you on a longer city hike. Or if you prefer we can tour London by bike.

Religion

I am very comfortable with faith groups. London's religious history is rich and diverse. I have a Masters degree in Religious Studies from Cambridge focusing on Christianity, Islam and Hinduism and offer bespoke tours of Christian London, Catholic London and Hindu London.

Music

I offer Rock and Roll tours with names like Dylan, the Stones, Led Zeppelin, Hendrix and the Beatles and include lesser know iconic sites including where Bob Dylan shot the world's first music video

Ethnic Britain

I come from a strong multi-cultural background having lived in India, Latin America, South East Asia and with many months spent in the USA, Australia, Spain and Portugal. I am very comfortable unlocking the secrets of London's wonderful, diverse communities - from Brazilian churrascarias and Peruvian fine dining, to the mandirs of Alperton and Wembley, the mosques of Woking ad Regent's Park and the melting pot of the East End

Ghosts, Murders & Mysteries

From haunted Berkeley Square to the mysteries of occult London

International Links

I have lived in Brazil, India, South East Asia, Mexico, Australia and Thailand and worked extensively in the USA, Philippines, Vietnam, Spain, Portugal, Peru, Costa Rica and Belize. I have strong familiarity with all these countries. I am also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society

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