Guiding during and beyond the Covid-19 pandemic

Mike Armitage

Profile updated 18/06/21

Regional Qualification(s):

London

Language(s):

English

Phone Number(s):

01753-860524, 07503-932036

Contact guide

Introduction:

'A very memorable day with a very memorable guide!!'
Rob & Phil, California.
Hi, I’m Mike Armitage and I have been one of the leading guides in London for ten years
Your time in London is precious, so don’t waste it.
London is one of the great cities of the world, and I can paint a vivid picture and give you so much more than a guidebook.
I’ll show you the celebrated sights and attractions – St. Paul’s Cathedral; the Tower of London; Buckingham Palace; Westminster Abbey; the British Museum; Kensington Palace and many others
Qualified to guide all the major sites in London, I delight in showing visitors the hidden corners and fascinating details of both the historic and modern city. I also love meeting visitors to the UK and talking with them. As well as Britain and its history, I have recently had conversations as diverse as British road markings, the difference between ale and beer, where the London-set episode of Columbo was filmed and whether Ringo Starr was a better drummer than he is normally given credit for.
About 70% of my clients are Americans, but I also take pleasure in showing British people some of their own capital city, and learning from them.
I am particularly interested in the history of the First and Second World Wars and enjoy taking visitors to the Churchill War Rooms or the Imperial War Museum, as well as pointing out the still visible traces these conflicts have left in London.
As a Windsor resident, my expertise in guiding the Queen’s favourite home, Windsor Castle, the town and Eton, is second to none
I pride myself on my flexibility and will tailor any tour to YOUR requirements.
I don’t operate rigid itineraries and certainly don’t have fixed commentaries.
I manage group sizes from individuals, couples and family groups all the way up to large groups of 25 and conduct tours on foot, on public transport, in cars, and on coaches.
Let me know what your interests are and the make-up of your family or group and I’ll pull together a tour for a half or full day, or several days.
Born and raised in North London, I have lived in Windsor for 25 years. I spent much of my working life as a customs officer at Heathrow Airport and in central London to working for the British government, prior to training as a guide.
Married to Laura, I have 4 children, one of whom is a primary or elementary school teacher and the other three are studying at various universities around England.
I have a passion for wildlife, and for many years I helped to run the local Wildlife Watch Group for 7-12 year olds. When not showing clients around London and elsewhere, I delight in walking along the Thames and around Windsor Great Park. I also enjoy visiting the battlefields of France and Belgium, watching old, black and white movies, and researching my family tree, and peoples’ military service.
I obtained an endorsement to guide the 2012 London Olympic Games, and still consider the 2012 Olympics to be the best three weeks I have ever spent in London.
I try to remain cheerful despite following the mixed fortunes of Fulham Football Club.

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Personal Interests:

Kensington Palace
London in World War II
Museums
Windsor & Eton, Windsor Castle
Americans in London in WWII
Walking Tours
World War One
Harry Potter London tour

Special Interests:

Lecture Subjects

London in Second World War; The Blitz; Americans in London in WWII; The Battle of the Somme

Stately Homes & Country Houses

Kensington Palace

Military

London in Second World War; The Blitz; Americans in London in WWII; World War 1 Battlefields

Walking Tours

Royal London, Harry Potter, Westmister at War, The Unknown Warrior, Zeppelin Attack! Windsor & Eton town and many others.

Sports & Pastimes

London 2012 - the Olympic Park.
English Football

Museums

Imperial War Museum; Churchill War Rooms; HMS Belfast; Raf Museum; Battle of Britain No 11 Group control room, Uxbridge; Science Museum; British Museum and many others..

Endorsements:

2012 Venues, Windsor & Eton, Virtual Tours

Driver Guide:

No