Jenny Draper

Regional Qualification(s):

London

Language(s):

English

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Introduction:

Welcome to London! I'd love to show you around.

If you're new to the city, I'm going to make you feel like one of the locals- if you've been here for a long time, I'm going to show you something you've never seen before.

My name is J. Draper, and I've lived in London for years, studying all the nooks and crannies and little details that even seasoned Londoners sometimes miss. You might know me from TikTok or YouTube, where I teach fun titbits about my city's history. I've worked in museums and heritage my whole adult life, and now I'm taking the plunge and starting out on my own!

Drop me a message at jdraperlondon@gmail.com and let's get planning your visit!

Special Interests:

Ghosts, Murders & Mysteries

Gruesome Tales For Grown-Ups- The tale of Smithfield is a tale of blood. Plague pits, surgery, graverobbing, and some of the worst execution methods the medieval mind could devise- it's all happened here. I'll take you to see a church where so many people have been buried that the ground level has risen around it, and walk through Smithfield's famous meat market. Not for the faint-hearted!

London Areas in Depth

Covent Garden- The people of Covent Garden love theatre so much that they've rioted over it. The area is packed with dramatic stories about prima ballerinas, arsonists, Victorian barrow boys, and even a young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart! I'll show you a secret alleyway that hasn't changed since the 1800s, and we'll even visit a plague burial ground. Hold your nose!
This tour is wheelchair-accessible.

Churches & Cathedrals

St. Paul's Cathedral- After the Great Fire of London in 1666, this glorious place rose from the city's ashes. There is nothing to compare with this building in the country. I'll show you the burial place of the Duke of Wellington; a man who posed for his own effigy; and a secret that Christopher Wren hid inside the famous dome. As seen in the greatest movie of the 21st century, Paddington 2.
This tour is wheelchair-accessible.

Theatre

Shakespeare's Footsteps- Bankside is where England's greatest writer put on his most famous plays. Together, we can walk the same streets that Shakespeare trod in the 16th century, make a pilgrimage to the site of the Globe Theatre, and see some modern tributes to the Bard. And see a pirate ship as well. Because why not.
This tour is wheelchair-accessible.

Art/Paintings & Sculpture

How To Read A Painting- The National Gallery is the UK's national collection of Western art, telling the whole story of painting in Western Europe from the 13th century until 1900. We're going to see paintings by Michaelangelo, Van Gogh and Manet and figure out what on earth they're about. A tour for those who wish they'd paid attention in Art History class.
This tour is wheelchair-accessible.

History & Prehistory

A Brief History of London- Want to get to know London in a short space of time? Lived here for years, but never explored its history? We're going run down the city's greatest hits, from the Romans to the Great Fire and the Swinging Sixties. With an expert hand (moi) to guide you through the whole thing, we'll zoom through 5,500 years of history in about two hours. Hold on to your hats!
This tour is wheelchair-accessible.

Votes For Women- In 1890, the idea of women voting seemed a dangerous absurdity- like a dog riding a bike. Just thirty years later, we had our first female MP. Find out how our courageous sisters did it in this tour through Westminster, the heart of state power. We're going to hear about some of their strange protests and the even stranger arguments against women getting the vote.

Birds & Animals

The Natural History Museum- The one with the dinosaurs! The Natural History Museum is one of the greatest collections in the world for everything natural- not just Stegosauruses and Icthyosaurs, but blue whales, dodos, and even a piece of the Moon! Even the building itself is a cathedral to nature, with animals and plants carved and painted into every available surface.
This tour is wheelchair-accessible.

Driver Guide:

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