“Thank you for giving us a small slice of your vast knowledge. I could listen to you talk for hours.” Ross, Canada
My name is Sarah and I would love to be your guide around London. I am an award-winning and experienced Blue Badge Guide, I do all the must-see London sites and specialise in art, galleries and museums as well as working with kids and families. I’m also a mum of a 2-year-old, an art history graduate, and a lover of books, coffee, art and Italy!
London is the most incredible city. Whatever your interests there is something for you – from the sites steeped in history like Westminster Abbey, to the bloody history of the Tower of London, to the pomp and ceremony of the Changing of the Guard. We have world-class collections of art such as the National Gallery, or The British Museum – an incredible museum of antiquity. There are museums for kids like the London Transport Museum or off-the-beaten track sites like the magical John Soane Museum, and hidden jewels like Sir Christopher Wren’s Churches, or you can just wander the streets and walk alongside the River Thames and take in 2000 years of London’s history.
Whatever your interests, your group size and the age range involved let me know and I can organise with you your perfect itinerary (which will include coffee breaks, places to hide if it’s raining, somewhere kids can run around, or where to change a baby’s nappy!).
I look forward to hearing from you!
What people have said:
“Your tour of the National Gallery was epic. We all loved it. Thanks so much for enlightening us!!” Steve, USA
“I wanted to reiterate how lovely your tour was!! We appreciated not only the content but the way you delivered your explanations with humour, calm and interest!” Nadine, UK
“It’s clear from only the few hours we hung out in London, I know you are going to make one fantastic, inspiring mum!” Nigel, UK
|Student Groups & Children|
|20th Century Art|
|Special needs (inc. Learning and Memory Problems)|
|Tower of London|
|Galleries & Museums|
|Victoria and Albert Museum|
|Art/Paintings & Sculpture||
As I have an MA in History of Art (Modernism and Subjectivities) I particularly enjoy trying to make the art of all periods come to life, and in giving you the tools to enjoy it even more.
London covers all periods and styles of art so let me know what you want and I'll find it for you, whether an introduction for students or something more in depth.
Including National Gallery, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, National Portrait Gallery, V&A: Medieval and Renaissance or British Galleries, Courtauld Gallery, Leighton House, John Soane Museum, Queen's House Greenwich, Wallace Collection, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Contemporary Galleries.
including British Museum, Museum of London, Victoria and Albert Museum, Museum of Childhood, National Maritime Museum
Walking tours are the best way to understand London, walking the streets, passing the locals, and learning how to read the clues to the past that history has left us. Walks include '2000 years of London: The Square Mile', 'Liquid History: How the Thames made London'; 'Royal Westminster', 'The London Blitz', 'Artists in London', 'Bohemians in Soho' and others. DO get in touch for a complete list of walks.
London has suffered two great disasters, the Great Fire of London of 1666 and the Blitz of 1940-41 - is has been rebuilt many times and as a result it is patchwork of stunning architectural examples from many different periods. We could walk through the streets and explore the different architectural styles, and/or pop into buildings to study a period in depth, such as the Medieval Westminster Abbey or Guildhall; the Baroque St Paul's Cathedral; or the Norman Tower of London. We could also explore the wonderful Victoria and Albert Museum to get a better idea of how interior decoration and vernacular architecture has changed in Britain over time.
|Churches & Cathedrals||
including Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Cathedral, the remarkable Wren Churches in the City and City Churches.
|Castles & Palaces||
including The Tower of London, Windsor Castle, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace.
|History & Prehistory||
We can visit Westminster Abbey for medieval history or the National Portrait Gallery for British Historical figures? The British Museum for the Ancient World or the National Maritime Museum for stories of the British Empire. We can find a site to discuss all historical topics.
|Decorative Arts/Arts & Crafts||
at the V&A, the world's greatest collection of Decorative Arts
I enjoy trying to make tours not only fun but also educational and I particularly enjoy engaging young people, especially in museums and galleries. So whether you are visiting with your children or with a school group do get in touch. I also work as a gallery educator for people with special needs, so please contact me to discuss requirements.
I am happy to prepare lectures on a range of topics. I can prepare lectures on aspects of London, historical periods, and art historical subjects. Please get in touch to discuss requirements.
City of London Guide 2006, MA History of Art