Profile updated 16/02/19
Hello! 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.
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 Kent and 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 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 website or follow the link to my Tripadvisor page.
I am a Member of the Institute of Tourist Guiding (MITG) and also a member of the British Guild of Tourist Guides (where I am on the Executive Council) and the Association of Professional Tourist Guides.
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: