Julia MacKenzie

Profile updated 18/06/24

Regional Qualification(s):

London

Language(s):

English

Phone Number(s):

+44 (0)7900 890500

Contact guide

Introduction:

I was born in London and have lived here all my adult life so I know its major sights as well as the more hidden corners. I enjoy taking visitors to the “must-see” locations including Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, the National Gallery and the British Museum. But I also like conducting walks exploring areas connected with the Royal Family, the historic quarters of Westminster and St James’s, the literary and cultural district of Bloomsbury, and the charming Hampstead neighbourhood with its bohemian atmosphere and rich cultural heritage.

As an alumna of Smith College, Massachusetts, I have a particular interest in American connections in London, especially the “Little America” area of Mayfair. And because the Second World War (World War II) has long fascinated me, I like to take visitors to the Churchill War Rooms and other places connected with wartime London. I also offer a London Blitz Walk in the area around St Paul's Cathedral.

I was an editor in the publishing industry before becoming a Blue Badge Guide and worked with major museums and cultural institutions including the Royal Collection (for whom I edited the official illustrated history of the Crown Jewels), the British Museum, the National Maritime Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Imperial War Museum.

I also show people around locations outside London including Windsor and Oxford.

Some recent client feedback:

"Julia is perfect. We hope she can be our guide in other tours." [Churchill War Rooms] Kenneth W, Hong Kong

"This was an outstanding experience. Julia was a delightful guide. Her depth of knowledge about the building and its history was profound. We not only recommend her very highly but we hope to do another tour with her on our next trip to London." [Westminster Abbey] William M, USA

"Julia was fantastic and she is our top choice for the next London endeavour! She is extremely knowledgeable and a very friendly person so we are looking forward to more London discoveries in the future!" [Maritime Greenwich] Ollie S, UK

"I wish Julia had been teaching art history when I was in school!" [National Gallery] Kara J, USA

"Julia was a delight as a guide, weaving together many Churchill and London facts to bring the war years to life. Highly recommended." [Churchill War Rooms] David B, USA

"Julia gave a us wonderful tour of the British Museum. Taking us to various key objects, about which she is very well informed, we got a sense of the scope of the entire collection: a useful foundation for future visits. She is also really nice & helpful, negotiating us through the busy galleries without us feeling rushed. I recommend her very highly." Eric S, USA

"Julia did a superb Blitz Walk tour for us in London." Nicky H, UK

"Thank you for a fun and informative morning in a very special corner of London. Your knowledge is outstanding and you kept our attention from the moment we met. We so enjoyed our time with you." [Hampstead walking tour] Sue A, UK

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