Danny Parlour

Profile updated 5/12/19

Regional Qualification(s):

London

Language(s):

English

Phone Number(s):

+44 7872 935948

Contact guide

Introduction:

To me London is the greatest city in the world and it gives me great pleasure to guide people around this vast metropolis, that spreads over 600 square miles! One of the best things about the city is the wealth of things to see and do for all - especially families.

I was born and raised in South London, spent my twenties living in East London and now live within walking distance of
King’s Cross - all of which has given me a great understanding of the city.

Before guiding I had the privilege of spending most of my working life within some of London's finest royal palaces, such as H.M. Tower of London, Kensington Palace, Hampton Court Palace and the Banqueting House. Allow me to give you a royal welcome!

I'm very much an all-rounder and am happy to guide people of all ages and interests as a group, family, couple or an individual visitor. London really has something for everyone on all budgets and is changing all the time and is an exciting place to be.

The city has a history that spans over 2,000 years. Allow me to help break it down for you and make sure that you get the most out of your visit. I'm very flexible and happy to tailor a tour and/or put together an itinerary and make suggestions based on your specific requirements.

As a fully trained, professional Blue Badge Tourist Guide I'm qualified to provide tours of many of the top sites and areas, museums, attractions and religious spaces found in the city and beyond... for example Stonehenge, the oldest pre-historic monument in the country, or Windsor Castle - the oldest and largest lived in castle in the world, favourite home of H.M. Queen and wedding venue of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. We could visit the city of Bath, one of the most beautiful historic cities in the country, largely made of yellow limestone, where you'll find the only hot springs in the UK or Dover, the site of Dover Castle where you can learn about the many invasions of the country and explore the tunnels used during WWII for defence.

In London itself, perhaps it's your first time here. For a half day tour, I'd suggest we start with the area of Westminster located in the centre of London, where some of our most iconic buildings and spaces can be found including Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, St James's Park (where Changing of the Guard takes places), Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden.

On a full day tour... we could continue to Borough Market for lunch via a black taxi or even on-board a Thames Clipper (boat) and from there head to HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. For Harry Potter fans I can point out lots of Harry Potter film locations on the way! There's so many to be seen across the city, which makes sense as he was in London the most after Hogwarts and Privet Drive! Remember to book online a few months in advance if you're planning to visit the Harry Potter Studios, it's tips like this that I can help with.

Theses are just some examples of the kind of places where I can guide you and provide you with a tour of.

Please contact me for more information and I look forward to welcoming you to London and the UK!

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What people say:

“Thank you so much for all of your help while we were in London. We loved our tours, especially the Changing of the Guard. It was such a special experience, Also, Danny is a fantastic tour guide. Sydney absolutely loved him. He's the best! Hope the rest of your summer is great.”
Rachel, Tower of London

“I truly cannot thank you both enough for organizing my tour with Danny. He is an incredible guide... enthusiastic, extremely knowledgable, personable, and just so lovely to be around — I felt like I was touring the city with a friend (that was of course a London expert!).” Therese, Changing of the Guard and Westminster Walk.

“We all had a fantastic time and Danny was a great hit. He was extremely knowledgeable and the guests are still talking about the venue and its history. It truly is a spectacular place.”
Henry, Banqueting House

“Our guide was not only knowledgeable but friendly, patient and nice. He provided all of us with not only a glimpse of English history but incorporated anecdote which made the history more palatable. Surprisingly, the children learned a lot. If you ever need a guide I would highly recommend Danny.”
Candy, Changing of the Guard, The Royal Mews and London Eye

“I’m emailing to tell you what a fabulous day we had with you. I would assume its not easy to guide a three generational family - (2) 73 year olds, a forty six year old, an 14 year old and an 18 year old for 9 hours and keep them energized, curious, engaged and happy! You are a fabulous guide! We learned so much on our walking tour of London with you. As you know, my husband and I are familiar with London - and WE learned a lot we didn’t know! My daughter who has been to London before learned a lot…. And my two granddaughters who have never been to London were mesmerized by what they saw and the stories you told! You were a particularly terrific guide for them. You were clear, appropriately :-) played to your audience, were able to reach each of us at the level we were and keep us excited, curious and engages. You are charming, funny (with a quick smile) and extremely knowledgeable about your wonderful city and its history. Weaving in the Harry Potter locations and stories, and culminating the trip at station 9and 3/4 was brilliant! You truly helped facilitate our trip and helped to make it extremely memorable! THANK YOU!”
Lois, Full day tour inc; Westminster Highlights, Changing of the Guards, Tower of London and Harry Potter film locations.

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Instagram: dannythetourguide

Personal Interests:

Art/Paintings & Sculpture
Churches & Cathedrals
Walking Tours
Museums
Shopping
Diversity
Parks and Gardens
Architecture
History
Royal London

Special Interests:

Churches & Cathedrals

Our churches and cathedrals are open to all no matter what religion you are. Let me give you a tour of Westminster Abbey; our royal church, the places where many of our royal burials, coronations and weddings have taken place for nearly a thousand years.

Or perhaps we could visit St Paul's Cathedral and marvel at the classical splendour, built by Sir Christopher Wren in just 36 years following the Great Fire of London in 1666.

Castles & Palaces

Working for Historic Royal Palaces within a number of roles for so many years has given me a real insight into many of our great royal palaces. Let me give you a tour of the mighty Tower of London, where the crown jewels are kept, or Kensington Palace home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their family.
We could visit the Banqueting House on Whitehall home to the famous ceiling paintings by Rubens and the place where King Charles I was beheaded in 1649 or we could head further afield and visit Hampton Court Palace; pleasure palace of King Henry VIII in the 16th century, or Windsor Castle; the oldest inhabited castle in the world.

Museums

You might like to visit the British Museum, home to the Egyptian mummies, Parthenon Marbles and over 50,000 other items. I'd be happy to give you a highlights tour.

Driver Guide:

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