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 in the Americas and Asia. I've co-authored a travel guide to London for families and was London editor for the big U.S magazine Budget Travel. As well as guiding I am a widely published travel photographer and journalist.

I love London and it's a real pleasure for me to share my city with visitors. And while I'm an enthusiastic Londoner I see the city from a global point of view. I know what Americans love about the city, and what entices Brazilians. I know where Indians can find those Bollywood film locations, where the Thai Buddhist temples are and which London borough has Vietnamese as its second language. I know all the major sights and the best pubs and restaurants, the quirky back streets and the secret shops and where you can capture those fabulous London views.

I studied Christianity and Asian religions to a Masters degree level at Emmanuel College Cambridge and have guided faith groups from all over the world including Filipino Catholic groups, Episcopalians from the States and Buddhists from South East Asia.

I have a strong interests in art and galleries, architecture, literature, castles and palaces, churches and cathedrals, ethnic and international Britain and music. As an internationally published and multi-awarded photographer I can offer guided bespoke photography trips. So whether you'd like to find the best angles on our iconic sights with your smart phone or get to know your DSLR better while you're here then I can help you.

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

I offer walking tours covering:
Rock and Roll London
Bloomsbury - from Dickens to Virginia Woolf
Mayfair - American London
The City of London Financial district
Westminster - from Parliament to Palace
Medical London
Legal London
Great Fires of London
London and Napoleon - from Wellington to Nelson
Shakespeare's London
The Thames - from Westminster to Roman 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
The Museum of London
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
Apsley House
The Wallace Collection
London & The Napoleonic Wars
Churchill's London
Kensington Palace
Science Museum
Royal Palaces
Medical London Walk
Central London Walks
Hampstead

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

Castles & Palaces

I have guided extensively in Hampton Court, Windsor, Kensington Palace, the Tower of London and around Royal London in general

Museums

While I guide frequently in the big museums - like the National Gallery, British Museum and V&A and I love exploring the smaller museums like the Museum of London, the Wallace Collection, Apsley House and the Horniman Museum

Medicine

I offer a medicine themed walk around Smithfields and St. Barts Hospital showing how medicine evolved from the medieval monasteries

Royalty

Tours of all of London's Royal Palaces currently open to the public including Windsor, The Tower of London and Kensington Palace, with the Changing of the Guard

Stately Homes & Country Houses

In London and the South East

Driver Guide:

No