Diane Williams

Profile updated 11/12/18

Regional Qualification(s):

London

Language(s):

English

Phone Number(s):

07766 050702

Contact guide

Introduction:

London is not just a city. It’s a dazzling variety of experiences waiting to be enjoyed. And to really make the most of your visit, it helps to know someone in the know.

I fell in love with this amazing city over thirty years ago. Today I’m proud to call myself a Londoner. I’m even prouder to be a qualified London Blue Badge guide equipped with the skills and knowledge to make your stay in London as unique and unforgettable as this great city itself.

I’ll help bring the picture postcards to life. At the Tower of London, we’ll walk through 1000 years of royal history, uncovering dark stories of treachery, murder and execution. At Westminster Abbey we’ll see the spot where monarchs are crowned and where they are laid to rest.

If museums and galleries are your thing, I’ll take you straight to the highlights of the vast British Museum Collection or show you the star attractions of the National Gallery.

Love to stray off the beaten track? So do I. Why not join me for a walk in the old City to discover hidden courtyards and alleyways most Londoners have never seen? Or cross the river to track down the bear pits, taverns and theatres of Shakespeare’s Southwark. Or discover one of London's unique neighbourhoods like Bloomsbury, Spitalfields or Marylebone - all with their own distinct character and fascinating stories to explore.

I look forward to meeting you and helping you discover your London.

Personal Interests:

History especially royalty. Shakespeare, Dickens and literary London. Markets. Pubs and afternoon tea. And seeking out London’s hidden gems.

Special Interests:

Castles & Palaces

Follow in the footsteps of kings and queens. Hear stories of intrigue and executions, royal romances and daily life at Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and Hampton Court.

Literature

Discover the London that inspired our greatest writers including Shakespeare's Southwark and the North bank where the young Charles Dickens survived desperate poverty to become the most successful writer of his time.

Shopping

From the chic boutiques of Mayfair and the King’s Road, to the eclectic crafts and fashion of Spitalfields and Brick Lane markets, you’ll find lots to tempt you in London.

History & Prehistory

You’ve seen them in books and in the movies. But nothing beats seeing these iconic London sights for yourself: Westminster Abbey, Tower of London, Changing of the Guard, The British Museum, St Paul’s Cathedral.

London Areas in Depth

Discover London's most fascinating neighbourhoods:

Bloomsbury - a unique neighbourhood which has inspired generations of writers such as Dickens, Orwell and Peter Pan creator, JM Barrie as well as artists, academics and , artists and medical pioneers.

Marylebone - elegant streets and green squares, home to aristocrats and artists, painters and pop stars and one of London's best but least known galleries.

The City of London - 21st century skyscrapers. medieval alleyways and a thousand years of history to explore in London's buzzing financial district.

Spitalfields - walk through atmospheric, Instagrammable streets. Discover stories of Roman settlers, Huguenot refugees and London's most infamous serial killer. Then enjoy a bite to eat and some retail therapy at the fabulous covered market.

Conferences & Incentives

I love guiding corporate/college groups. As well as the usual sights, I am happy to tailor tours according to your interests or location.

Driver Guide:

No