Profile updated 17/02/24
Bridgewater Canal Green Badge, London, Southern England
I've lived in London all my adult life and love sharing this amazing city with visitors. There is so much to explore and my aim is to help you use your time effectively. I can help you better understand the key sites - Westminster Abbey, St Paul's, the Royal Palaces, The British Museum , The National Gallery and the Tower of London, or provide a tailor made tour just for you, taking in your special interests, be it street art, military history, 18th Century Portraiture or 21st Century Architecture. Or come on a walking tour of the South Bank, Spitalfields, St James's, Shoreditch, the City or Covent Garden - see how Londoners live and experience this international city through a local's eyes. And if you've had plenty of culture, I can advise you on where the best places are to eat or to shop, or just to enjoy the parks and other green spaces which characterise London.
I want you to enjoy your time with me so I aim to tailor every tour to suit you, and ensure that you get the experience you want. Literary, artistic, contemporary, historic: you can find it all on one of my tours. The main museums and galleries are a must, especially for the first time visitor, but I also love to introduce clients to smaller niche galleries and museums such as the Courtauld Gallery, the Sir John Soane Museum, The Churchill War Rooms, The Foundling Museum, the Wallace Collection and the Dulwich Picture Gallery. Through these very accessible sites it's possible to immerse yourself in London's history and culture and the hopes and aspirations of those have who lived in this great city.
Contact me to make the most of your visit.
I am also a specialist Oxford City Guide, an accredited Windsor Castle Guide and a Central Southern England Guide. This takes me regularly to areas to the South and West of London. World Heritage sites such as Windsor Castle, Bath, Stonehenge and Avebury can easily be visited from London, as well as Oxford, Blenheim Palace and the Cotswolds. Add quieter cities, a bit off the beaten track, like Winchester and Salisbury or take in some of the New Forest or the Jurassic Coast or even explore the Isle of Wight. All these places are only a few hours from London and allow for a wide variety of days out for garden tours and country walks to exploring picturesque villages or majestic medieval cathedrals and castles.
I'm very interested in delivering a well balanced interpretation of Britain's History and it's colonial past and the extent to which this has impacted on not only the institutions and buildings which we are able to explore on many tours but also how this history relates to the way other cultures are presented in our galleries museums and private collections. As always, context is critical in making the connections and understanding how some attitudes came to be accepted in the past but which now should be reassessed.
Contact me to discuss your preferences, I am more than happy to help you plan your precious time.
Some feed back on my walks, gallery tours and days out of London and further afield:
"Thanks so much for making our trip informative and incredibly memorable. I'm sure we'll be in touch"
"Alexandra was a very engaging guide, who adapted her tour to the preferences of the three of us> We learned a lot from taking the tour with her."
"Thank you for being our guide; we learnt lots from you and really enjoyed the gallery"
"Thank you for the tour: it was very nice - delightful and, of course, we gained knowledge"
" We love you - thank you so much"
"You are wonderful!" " Alexandra was knowledgable and able to answer all my many questions. A Perfect Guide".
Everywhere you go you can enjoy architectural delights. Even whilst walking around London. Learn why buildings are how they are whilst enjoying them at the same time.
|Art/Paintings & Sculpture
Art reflects the society which created it and I can guide you around galleries with objects dating back thousands of years, or show you the most recent works of art of be displayed.
|Castles & Palaces
There are no shortage of Castles and Palaces to enjoy in and close to London. Royal Palaces are a must, but also it is possible to visit Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. And Windsor Castle and the Tower of London never disappoint.
|Churches & Cathedrals
Churches and Cathedrals come in all sizes from the Sir Christopher Wren's City Churches to the glories of Westminster Abbey and St Paul's Cathedral. Understand more about the ceremony and ritual associated with these sites by visiting them.
In under and hour you can be outside London enjoying the surrounding countryside. Walk along the River Thames or on the ancient walkways which surround the Stonehenge World Heritage site. Or enjoy the New Forest, where wild ponies share your space.
London has galleries and museums for every interest and taste. Some can be enjoyed in a couple of hours, others would take a life time to visit comprehensively. But I can show you highlights of these world class collections, whilst explaining the motivation of the people who established them.
Not only are there parks a plenty in London, but also formal and less formal gardens to visit. Further afield many prize winning gardens can be visited and enjoyed.
|History & Prehistory
As an Oxford educated historian this is a bit of a must for me. I love to contextualise the past and link what has been to the present. Britain is fortunate to have a fabulous historical narrative and many beautiful bulldings and other sites to link to our history.
English Law is respected the world over. It is possible to visit the main civil and criminal courts and also to walk through the Inns of Court where barristers work and also sometimes live. As a magistrate, (Justice of the Peace), I have a personal experience of the workings of the court.
Many fictional characters live in London, so see the sites their creators placed them in. From Dickens to JK Rowling, the range is infinite. Outside London, dip into the worlds of Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy, whilst exploring Hampshire and Dorset at the same time.
World Class Museums are scattered through London. They can be daunting so allow me to filter and interpret the many incredible artefacts the contain.
As a Central Southern England Blue Badge Guide and an Oxford City Green Badge Guide, I am well placed to guide you on your out of London trips. Bath, the Cotswolds, Oxford and Stratford on Avon are a must, as are Windsor and Stonehenge, but you should also take time to visit Salisbury, Avebury and Winchester for example.
This is an important year for the Royal Family which has just welcomed Prince Louis ahead of the marriage of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle. I can explain who's who and also fill you in on the associated ceremony and who lives in which palace or stately home. You can also visit Kensington Palace. much beloved by Princess Diana.
|Stately Homes & Country Houses
Blenheim, Stourhead, Wilton are but a trio of beautiful homes in which I regularly take clients, but there are many more.
Walking heightens your awareness in towns and in the countryside and allows for time to really look and enjoy. That's why I love taking clients on walking tours.
City of Oxford Green Badge, Windsor & Eton, Wells Cathedral