Profile updated 21/11/23
Welcome! I am a London Blue Badge Tourist Guide and owner of Piper Tours, specialising in tours of London and southern England. I am also a Cambridge University history graduate and would love to show you the places that have shaped London and England's history, and introduce you to the London of today.
Please see me Piper Tours website https://pipertours.com as the one stop place to find out all about me, see videos of me in action, find out all about the tours I offer and see details of my terms and conditions and covid-19 guidance.
I provide a friendly and knowledgeable service to my clients, but you don't need to take my word for it - please see the excellent reviews on my Piper Tours Tripadvisor page.
I enjoy showing my home town to people from all around the world. My background is in history and I have a particular interest in the Tudors and Stuarts and World War 2. I also like exploring “off the beaten track” parts of London from bustling markets to quirky shops and restaurants and striking contemporary architecture. I spent my childhood in the countryside walking dogs across muddy fields and across country estates, so when not in London I love to visit some of England’s great stately homes and gardens, especially in the Cotswolds. When relaxing I am often to be found with my nose in a book, especially anything by Jane Austen and Agatha Christie. Before becoming a guide I spent many years in law enforcement and I remain a fan of detective and spy novels, dramas and films.
I am a Member of the Institute of Tourist Guiding (MITG) and also a member of the British Guild of Tourist Guides and the Association of Professional Tourist Guides (APTG/Guide London)
********* I am experienced at providing virtual tours and lectures if you are no longer able to visit London in person. These allow you to have fun, learn something and maintain social distance! ********
Whether you need someone to help you get the most out of a short 1 or 2 day break in London, or if you have been to London many times before and want to explore new neighbourhoods or some of London's huge world-class museums, then I am here to help!
|Museum and Gallery Tours|
|London on film|
|History & Prehistory||
Romans, Anglo-Saxons, medieval kings and queens, Tudors, Stuarts, World War 2 and the life of Winston Churchill
The life and work of Shakespeare in London and Stratford-upon Avon
|Food & Drink||
The history of beer and pubs.
|London Areas in Depth||
City of Westminster
*The British Museum including the Parthenon Sculptures, ancient Assyria, the Rosetta stone, The Roman Empire, Roman Britain, Anglo-Saxon and Viking Britain (including Sutton Hoo) and Medieval Europe.
|Castles & Palaces||
English stately homes and royal palaces, including:
Secret London gardens
London on Film, including;
|Decorative Arts/Arts & Crafts||
Exploring the decorative arts at the Victoria and Albert Museum, inc;
|Churches & Cathedrals||
Architecture, place in history and famous burials:
Christopher Wren's architecture