Mary Drysdale

Regional Qualification(s):

London

Language(s):

English, German

Phone Number(s):

+44 (0) 7850 144470

Contact guide

Introduction:

As a Londoner I live and explore this great city every day of my life and I love bringing London's past to life for my clients. London is about the present as well as the past - it is a diverse, vibrant, global city with so much to see, experience, marvel at and enjoy.

Before training as a London Blue Badge Guide I graduated in Modern History from the University of Oxford and worked for non-profit organisations, as a teacher of English, in sales & marketing, in executive search and latterly as a fund-raiser. 

My special interests are the British royal family, fashion, women in history, art and design and theatre and the ever popular Ted Lasso.

Popular tours include the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Churchill War Rooms, the British Museum, St Paul’s Cathedral, National Gallery, Victoria & Albert Museum, Kensington Palace, Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace.

My walking tours include Royal London, Westminster & St James, the City, Bloomsbury, Street Art, Wicked Women and Southwark & Bankside.

I also take tours beyond London to Stonehenge and Salisbury, Bath, Kent, the Cotswolds, Stratford and Oxford. My speciality tours include the gardens and country houses of Kent and East Sussex. I am an in-house guide at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club.

All my tours are bespoke, and I am happy to discuss the creation of a new tour to fit the client’s interests.

I love working with families and am undaunted by the challenges of making London accessible to all age groups.

I am an award-winning guide and all my tours are well-researched and are delivered with energy and enthusiasm.

Personal Interests:

History
Art & design
Fashion, textiles, shopping
London on foot
London by bike

Special Interests:

Gardens

Great Dixter, Sissinghurst, Scotney Castle, Groombridge Place, Sheffield Park, West Green, Standen, Hidcote Manor, Kiftsgate, Snowshill.

Decorative Arts/Arts & Crafts

Specialist tours of the Victoria & Albert Museum. The V&A is the world's leading museum for applied arts, decorative arts and design.

History & Prehistory

History is my thing. I love teasing out the stories which bring history to life for my clients.

London Areas in Depth

Westminster & St James, Bloomsbury, Mayfair, the City, Bankside & Southwark, Covent Garden.

Media

Ted Lasso tours of Richmond showing the film locations of the popular Apple TV series.

Royalty

I am a long-time follower of the British royal family and love nothing better to indulge my love and knowledge of the royals with my clients.

Shopping

Any time! Whatever it is you need or desire, I will help you sniff it out in one of London's many tempting shopping areas.

Street Art

Every one is different because street art is constantly changing. Shoreditch and Spitalfields provide the best hunting grounds to marvel at the latest street art scene.

Fashion

All things fashion from current exhibitions, the national fashion collection in the V&A, flagship stores on London's high-end streets to vintage and collectables in London's markets.

Museums

Victoria & Albert Museum, British Museum, Fashion & Textile Museum, Wallace Collection, Churchill War Rooms, John Soane Museum, Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum.

Endorsements:

Windsor & Eton

Driver Guide:

No