*London Blue Badge Guide of the Year 2016*
Hello and welcome - I can't wait to show you my amazing city!
This year it has been very odd for me to not be able to invite you to come and join me on a tour of all of my favourite places. I am delighted to say though that we are starting to be able to welcome you all back to this incredible city with (appropriately socially distanced!) open arms. Please get in touch to find out what sites are currently reopen and allowing guided tours, or to ask about a private walking tour for you and your family or group. We are allowed to guide up to 30 people, as long as all government guidelines are followed, and the group is kept distanced according to the "rule of six". I am also offering a wide selection of virtual tours online, using the Zoom platform. If you don't quite feel ready to travel, but still want to do some exploring, I can give you a wonderful tour from the safety and comfort of your living room. Don't hesitate to ask for more details.
I am an award-winning guide offering fun and informative tours of some of London's most memorable and famous sites, including Westminster Abbey, The Tower of London, St Paul's Cathedral, The British Museum and The National Gallery. I also have a wide range of walking tours available: whether you want to know more about the City of London, Bloomsbury, Greenwich, the Docklands, the South Bank, the vibrant West End or the hip East End, I can plan a walking tour to show you hidden corners and architectural or historical gems you might not otherwise notice. Further afield I can make arrangements for a private car to take us to explore Windsor Castle, Hampton Court Palace, Stonehenge, Bath, Stratford, Salisbury, Canterbury, Oxford or even the beautiful Cotswolds.
I have a great 'mixed bag' of a background! I originally trained in musical theatre and performed professionally for several years, and then spent a decade working in very corporate environments - in high-end hospitality and as a Private PA and Executive Assistant. This cross over of both my theatrical and corporate backgrounds with the guiding world gives the perfect mix for companies looking for someone who can accurately pitch their style of commentary for their groups, or can offer something out of the ordinary as a team-building exercise. I'm just as happy exploring with small private groups or families, and I especially love guiding children - their enthusiasm and excitement for things grown ups often take for granted is always a joy to see.
Most importantly, I can help you to really enjoy planning your trip! A tour with me or one of my other Blue Badge Guide colleagues should prove to be a valuable and memorable part of your visit and I look forward to meeting you.
|The history of the City and the Square Mile|
|Haunted London: ghosts and mysteries|
|London's markets and 'foodie' culture|
|Musicals and theatre|
|Corporate tours and team-building|
The Museum of London has some incredible and detailed exhibitions of some of the treasures that have been found beneath the City. Roman writing tablets, shoes and hairpins, Saxon swords and jewellery, Medieval plague pits uncovered during the building of the Crossrail project, and incredible evidence of the Great Fire of London. We can tour the Museum, then get out into the City to see the locations where your favourite objects were discovered. Perfect if your interest lies in what's found beneath the ground rather than what is currently above it!
|Food & Drink||
The great author JRR Tolkien wrote, "if more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world..." We can explore the areas of London where food and drink are the most important things! London's markets are incredible places, past and present: Borough, Smithfield, Spitalfields or Covent Garden all have a fabulous history and all still are buzzing today. Come and indulge your inner foodie with real ales and craft beers, street food from all over the world, and gourmet produce from local growers and specialists.
Along with museums, some of the UK's most impressive art collections are available in the capital. We can explore the treasures of stunning spaces such as the National Gallery, Wallace Collection, Tate Britain or Tate Modern.
|Ghosts, Murders & Mysteries||
London's streets and alleyways hide many a secret story, some more gruesome than others. With me as your guide, we can unravel terrible murder mysteries and explore the chilling tales of London's dark and haunted side!
We are lucky to have some incredible (and mostly free!) museums here in London, including the British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and National Maritime Museum to name just a tiny few. We can plan a highlights tour, or if you would like something more detailed please ask.
With my musical theatre training, where better to head than for Theatreland and the West End. Theatrical themed tours could include Shakespeare's London, or the West End's musical theatre history - if you like I can even throw in a song!
|London Areas in Depth||
Southwark and the South Bank
|Churches & Cathedrals||
From the grandeur and historic significance of Westminster Abbey to the classic beauty and architectural spectacle of St Paul's, or from the towering spire of Salisbury to the spot of the murder of Saint Thomas Beckett in Canterbury - the UK has many spectacular churches and cathedrals to explore. Even the small City of London churches, or the picturesque 'wool churches' of the Cotswolds have incredible history and architecture just waiting for you to discover.
The best way to see London is often on foot! Whether you want to know more about the City of London, the West End or the East End, I can plan a walking tour to show you hidden corners and architectural or historical gems you might not otherwise notice.
Shoreditch and Spitalfields are vibrant areas in the East End of London, famous for food pop ups, 'designer' coffee, hipster culture and some of the most incredible street art you will see anywhere in the world.