Hi! My name is Sarah and I’ve been a guide for 15 years. And I still love it.
I’d love to work with you to work out the things you would enjoy to do most in London, whether it be the highlights or things that are more off the beaten track.
So, what type of tour would you like?
Do you fancy a fun, light but informative highlights of London? I can do that.
Do you like in depth, historical tours? No problem, I have an MA in Art History from UCL and am a freelance lecturer.
Do you have kids? I specialise in family tours and love trying to engage distracted tweenies or super cool teens.
Do you particularly want art galleries and museums. I’m an art specialist as well.
…And if you want a tour I don’t feel I can do justice, I’ll find someone excellent who can - I’ve been training Blue Badge Guides since 2009 so I know a lot of them.
And, what do you want to see?
London highlights? I’d recommend a Royal Westminster morning and a Tower of London and St Paul’s morning. Perhaps including the Churchill War Rooms.
Do you have more time? Then I’d recommend the British Museum of Ancient Civilisations or a Shakespeare’s Bankside walk.
Do you want to get out of central London? Then try the beautiful Maritime Greenwich or the wonderful Hampton Court Palace.
Do you want some art and museums? Definitely the National Gallery of Western European Masterpieces (a gallery of masterpieces) and Tate Modern (the challenge of Modern Art!), and the British Museum again!
Do you want some more quirky things? Try a Hidden London walking tour (one of my favourites) or an off the beaten track gallery like Tate Britain or Leighton House.
Do get in touch to talk about what you want to do in London, and I look forward to hearing from you,
|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.
Virtual Tours, Workshops for Kids and Thematic Talks
Please see biography for more information
City of London Guide 2006, MA History of Art