Mary Sewell

Regional Qualification(s):



English, French, German

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Having been a guide for most of my working life, I can offer an extensive repertoire of tours, from Kensington to Piccadilly or Bloomsbury, or Clerkenwell & Islington, for which I have a special qualification. I am a registered City guide and member of the City of London Guide Lecturers Association. Walk with me through the narrow medieval streets of the City, where historic churches and livery company halls nestle below the tall glass towers of multinational companies.

Living in East London, I enjoy this rapidly-changing area - the City, East End, Docklands, Wapping, Limehouse, Shadwell, Bow, Mile End, Stepney Green, Shoreditch, Hoxton, Hackney, Bethnal Green and Greenwich.

"We want to thank you sincerely for probably the best parts of our best trip ever. Your well prepared tour to Wapping was especially wonderful". Marshall Pace, the Pace Society of America, September 2016.

In the area around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, swans swim on waters once contaminated with industrial waste from industries such as gunpowder, rockets, chemicals (plastic was made here for the first time), soap and food for London's rapidly increasing population .

Favourite themes: urban regeneration, contemporary architecture, parks and gardens. I offer tours by coach, public transport, on foot or bicycle. I like adult groups of any nationality, or French and German schoolchildren, who are particularly fond of Sherlock Holmes, Charles Dickens and Jack the Ripper stories.

I have a Palace of Westminster (Parliament) qualification.

I also like to take longer tours as a tour manager, especially of gardens. There is a huge variety of gardens in Britain and the Continent of Europe. For many years, I escorted tours in France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Benelux, sometimes to the Czech Republic or even as far as Russia, Poland, Mongolia, India and China.

Personal Interests:

Street Art
East London, Docklands, 2012 Venues
Garden History

Special Interests:

Street Art

East London is one of the most important centres of street art in the world. It frequently changes, so it is always worth revisiting. I'd be glad to take you on a tour.

Britain Today

I take regular "Regeneration" tours in East London, especially Docklands and Stratford, site of the 2012 Olympic Games.

Conferences & Incentives

History of the Landscape was part of my university degree


"Man and his physical environment" was part of my university degree. Having worked for the Environment Agency for 7 years, I am familiar with environmental issues such as flood defence, pollution, energy, congestion, transport, nature, climate change and sustainability.


I have the General Certificate in Horticulture from the Royal Horticultural Society and the Diploma in Garden History from the University of London. I love taking garden tours.

Industrial Heritage

Industrial history was part of my university degree

London Areas in Depth

Westminster, City of London, Hampstead, Islington and multicultural East London - Hackney, Spitalfields, Docklands, Stratford, Stepney and Bow

Politics & Government

I am a qualified Palace of Westminster guide and take tours of the Houses of Parliament during the summer recess

Regional Tours

I accompany groups around the British Isles and the Continent of Europe, and am qualified to guide in York Minster, Canterbury and Wells Cathedrals

Walking Tours

East London, 2012, Bloomsbury, City, Clerkenwell, Da Vinci Code, Docklands, Parks & Gardens, Greenwich, Hampstead, Jack-the-Ripper, Kensington, Mayfair, Spitalfields, St Pancras, Sherlock Holmes, Soho, Southwark, Street Art, Westminster

Ethnic Britain

I live in East London, which has a fascinating history of immigration and benefits today from its multiculturalism


Parliament, Somerset House, British Museum, York Minster, Wells Cathedral, Canterbury Cathedral, 2012 Venues, Docklands, Virtual Tours

Additional Qualifications:

BSc (Econ)

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