Profile updated 15/08/18
I am Sue Hyde - The Guide! Let me show you London. It’s an amazing city and there really is something for everyone to discover by foot or with transport.
If you want that close-up and personal picture of London, let’s do a walking tour: What London do you want to see? The River Thames and its magnificent bridges? Old historic alleyways that Charles Dickens knew? Royal parks and royal palaces? Have you loved watching The Crown TV series? I can take you on a tour of the key London locations and scenes from The Crown - let me reveal how much is fact and fiction!
Foodie London? Elegant shops and Georgian squares of the West End? Modern skyscrapers next to a medieval castle in the City of London? There are endless possibilities on the streets of London.
As your own personal guide, I will uncover the stories of those awe-inspiring sites that make London so special. Royal London: The Tower of London, Westminster Abbey or Kensington Palace. 2018 is going to be a fantastic year for Royal London with the birth of a new baby for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and an Anglo-American wedding at St.George's Chapel, Windsor for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle - let's visit all those royal sites together!
London is a rich cultural hub, full of wonderful museums and art galleries: the history of European art in the National Gallery; Twentieth Century art wonders in Tate Modern; Showcasing the history of human cultural achievement from across the world in the British Museum; let me reveal gorgeous treasures of art and design in the Victoria and Albert Museum and tell the story of how London became London in the Museum of London. For fans of World War II history, a visit to the Churchill War Rooms, the fascinating hidden bunker where Sir Winston Churchill directed the war, is a must.
Want to see what is outside London? Not a problem as Britain is truly great! Let’s visit magnificent royal palaces by the river Thames at Hampton Court or the Queen’s favourite weekend home at Windsor Castle. Let’s drive past the rolling green fields of England on the way to the stunning cathedrals of Canterbury or Salisbury, the ancient spiritual site of Stonehenge, historic Bath, academic Oxford or Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon and not forgetting the stunningly beautiful gardens and villages of the Cotswolds in the English Midlands.
I can design a tour to match your group’s special interest such as food, art, literature, a special commemoration etc. Why not consider a guided tour as a personalised gift for a family member or friend?
I'm a Member of the Institute of Tourist Guiding (ITG), the Guild of Registered Tourist Guides and the Association of Professional Tourist Guides (APTG).
Here are a few recent comments:
"Thank you for inspiring Ava and Sara and delighting and informing us for a day....Your capacity for storytelling and turning history into a fascinating mystery to be solved enhance their interest in what otherwise might have been a dull day.
Juliette also was delighted and deepening her interest in an area that already interested her greatly." Judith - July 2018
Thanks again for spending time with my Mom yesterday. She had a fantastic time seeing Westminster Abbey and the V&A with you and thoroughly enjoyed the day." Branden Denver via London May 2018
"Your kindness, unconditional acceptance, patience and understanding towards our Aspergers' kid (the vomiting teenager :)) make you super-special. We have traveled a lot in Europe, many many times with private guides, and you are exceptional in your relationship with our son. You are effortlessly joyful & deeply knowledgeable in relating with all of us (two groups over two summers, different people in each group), but particularly insightful with our son on the spectrum - that is not effortless. Thank you for making our last two trips to London the most special, most memorable, ever. You. Are. The. Best." Laura from Florida, July 2017
|I love social history and uncovering the stories behind the streets and the buildings in this city that oozes history. I can’t walk down a London street without trying to spot those hidden details in architecture and then I just have to go home and find out their significance. As a linguist, I am fascinated by the influence of London on the English language – what did King Charles II have to do with shopping malls for example? London today is only ours in passing, but how was it for those aristocrats and ordinary folks like me who passed through before? I want to bring history alive for my guests through walking tours and visits to sites that have played their part in the rich tapestry of London and the UK. I love those hidden gems tucked away from the well-trodden paths - Shepherd Market in Mayfair, Wapping by the Thames, Clerkenwell just beyond The City, Spitalfields the embodiment of immigration into London.|
|Castles & Palaces||
Let me tell you the stories behind the palaces and castles in London and beyond including Kensington Palace, The Tower of London, Windsor Castle and Hampton Court.
|Churches & Cathedrals||
Let's visit some of England's greatest churches and cathedrals to get a different perspective on the history of England up to present day. Visits to Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Cathedral, Canterbury and Salisbury and Wren's City of London churches.
|Food & Drink||
Love London? Then love its offerings of food and drink through street markets at Borough, Spitalfields and Clerkenwell.
London is not just about government and aristocracy, it's about real people who worked to make it a great city. Come with me to see London's ghosts of industry past - Wapping, Docklands, Clerkenwell and Spitalfields.
Walking tours give you the close-up and personal picture of areas of London. Tours include Westminster, Covent Garden, Chelsea, Mayfair, Greenwich, Wapping, Clerkenwell, Spitalfields, and of course the City of London where it all started 2,000 years ago.
I have long experience of working in the university sector in UK and overseas, so if you have educational groups, I can show them London with an educational twist to the tour!
|Business & Finance||
I offer walks in the City of London - especially beneficial for students studying Business and Finance.
|Conferences & Incentives||
I can design tours for companies offering incentive packages. I understand the need for excellence in customer service!
National Gallery, Tate Modern, Natiional Portrait Gallery, Victoria and Art Museum
Museum of London, British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, Churchill War Rooms
Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard, Horse Guards Parade, Kensington Palace, the Tower of London, the Banqueting House where King Charles I lost his head, Hampton Court and of course Windsor Castle.
|London Areas in Depth||
Westminster, Clerkenwell, Covent Garden and Aldwych, Bermondsey and Bloomsbury, The City of London
Let's visit the rolling hills, quaint villages and glorious gardens of the English countryside! Afternoon teas - village pubs - a patchwork quilt of fields and hedgerows!