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Maitland Simpson

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Scottish by birth, I've lived in and loved London for more than 20 years, (although apparently I've never lost the accent!) Whether you're visiting London for the first time or if you're an old hand who wants to find out more about your home town - I can help you get the most out of exploring this fabulous city. I enjoy working with groups (large or small) adults and children of all ages. As a mother of two (now rather big) children, I feel I can cope with with pretty much most things and find something to interest even the most jaded! Tell me what you're interested in and together we'll find out more - with a smile on our faces and all of London to choose from. Walking Tours a speciality and, as an Institute of Tourist Guiding Coach Guide of the year, if you can provide the driver I'll entertain with the commentary! The Royal Family, Street Art and fashion are three of my particular loves so we could always go off the beaten track as well.

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Theatre, Music, Literature, Fashion
Walking Tours
Museums & Galleries
Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012
Street Art
The Royal Family

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Haute Couture to High Street via boho and punk. I can take you on a fashion walk through several different parts of London to explore fashion on the street and through history

Churches & Cathedrals

From the might of St Pauls to the mystery of the Knights Templar churches: London has hundreds of churches and cathedrals to explore, a blue badge tour guide can have access to almostall of them

Walking Tours

Get to know the hidden London. Suss out the tiny side streets in the Square Mile, explore legal London in the Temple or I can tailor make a walk just for you - maybe Dickens London or wake up an ever so slightly jaded teenager with a grafitti and street art tour in the East End.

Walking Tours

Achingly trendy Bethnal Green, sharp Shoreditch and arty Hoxton,the markets of Spitalfields or wild Wapping - let's be cool together and explore!

Walking Tours

London hosted the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Explore the venues, discover the urban regeneration and hear about Olympics past,present and future with your 2012 accredited guide.


HM The Queen celebrated her Diamond Jubilee in June 2012. Having guided film, TV & press crews round London for William and Kate's wedding in 2011, I'm well versed in all things royal! Let's see her Majesty's birthplace and follow all those important sites leading to her London home - Buckingham Palace -perhaps with a little royal gossip thrown in!

Street Art

Do you know your Roa from your Malarkay, your Banksy from your Jimmy C or have you no idea what this all means? Either way let me take you on a graffiti walk in East London to discover the true artistry of street art. We'll duck down alleys, peek into yards and generally explore the nooks and crannies of the artistic underworld. Just because it's on the side of a warehouse rather than inside an art gallery - isn't it still art? Come explore....


2012 Venues, Windsor & Eton

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