Profile updated 22/07/20
A background in classical music management and touring equips me to deal informatively, efficiently and courteously with a wide range of visitors to London who share my passions for history, architecture, literature, politics and music.
I qualified as a London Blue Badge Tourist Guide in 2001.
I am additionally accredited to guide at Windsor Castle, the All England Lawn Tennis Club Wimbledon and London 2012 Venues, and I was an accredited guide in the Houses of Parliament from 2002 to 2018. I am currently an in-house guide at Spencer House, London.
In addition to guiding, I managed the Training Course for London Blue Badge Guides from 2014 to 2019, delivering the lecture course on architecture and taking students on walks of St James's and Chelsea. I have recently lectured student guides in London on classical music.
Specially devised musical walks that include musical excerpts played through the Vox system include Kensington, Covent Garden and St James's.
My other London walking tours include Westminster, Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Cathedral, the Tower of London, Mayfair, Southwark, Hampstead, Soho and Clerkenwell, while further afield I can reveal the fascination of the Queen's principal weekend home at Windsor and the mysteries of the English Public School system at Eton.
Oxford, Cambridge, Canterbury, Salisbury and Bath also offer wonderful day-trips out of London, if you tire of it, but remember -
"When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life" - Dr Samuel Johnson (James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, 1791)
|Literature - Conrad, James, Forster, Waugh, Martin Amis, Zadie Smith|
|Architecture - Domestic, Commercial, Institutional, Historic, Contemporary|
|Music - Concerts, Musicians, Composers, Venues, Festivals|
|Walking - Westminster, Chelsea, Clerkenwell, Southwark, Greenwich, Hampstead, Soho, Kensington|
|Regeneration - The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park|
As a music graduate, manager and lifelong music lover, I can illuminate London's rich musical life, from the imposing Royal Albert Hall to the vibrant South Bank Centre, via Soho night life and tucked away City churches. London is a musical world-city, and so many composers and musicians have based their careers here, from Handel to Elgar to Jimi Hendrix. There is also the uniquely beautiful English choral tradition, with evensong at Westminster Abbey and St Paul's Cathedral. First feast your eyes, then your ears...
Parliament, Windsor & Eton, 2012 Venues