Profile updated 15/09/20
Hello, I am Sue Hyde - The Guide!
WELCOME TO LONDON
There is so much to do on a visit to London and the UK and 2020 is no exception. So what kinds of things can you do with Sue Hyde The Guide?
2020 is the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower to America. Let me take you on a special walk to discover London’s crucial role in the story of the travellers who left Europe to find a new life across the Atlantic in 1620.
Palaces and castles that tell the rich history of our royal families up to the present day: Windsor Castle, Hampton Court, Kensington Palace, St James’s Palace, all the stories from the Tower of London and not forgetting the best place for photos at the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace.
CHURCHES and CATHEDRALS
St Paul’s Cathedral for dramatic architecture and stunning views of the City of London.
Westminster Abbey, the Coronation church and final resting place of great kings and queens, is also where we commemorate so many famous British scientists, musicians, politicians, poets and writers. This is a very unusual church and not to be missed.
WALKS AROUND LONDON
Are you a fan of The Crown Series? Series Four is released in 2020 so join me on my special Secrets of the Crown walk.
Mayflower 400 - Food and drink in London – Gay London – The river Thames Walk – The Square Mile or old City of London – London Architecture Tour – Legal London – Royal Parks - Bloomsbury Squares – Hidden London around quirky Clerkenwell – Immigrant London in Spitalfields
FAMILY FUN IN LONDON
Catch the royal guard change outside Buckingham Palace; we can feed the ducks and squirrels at St James's Park; take a flight on the London Eye , a cable car over the famous river Thames or a boat trip along the river; messy but delicious street food; look for weird and wonderful ancient stuff in the British Museum; ride on the top-deck of a famous red double-decker bus; learn how to navigate around the famous London Underground system; pretend to drive a train on the driver-less trains around the Docklands; pretend to sail the oceans aboard ships like HMS Belfast, the Golden Hind or the Cutty Sark in Greenwich and whilst we’re in Greenwich let’s take a photo on the famous Meridian time line or learn how to steer a ship into port on the simulator at the National Maritime Museum….endless opportunities!
MUSEUMS and ART GALLERIES
London offers rich pickings of museums and art galleries: the history of European art in the National Gallery; the wonders of civilisation in the British Museum including huge Egyptian statues, powerful Assyrian art or beautiful marble sculpture from Ancient Greece; 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.
WORLD WAR II and CHURCHILL
Let me guide you around the place where Winston Churchill directed the war – the secret underground control centre known as the Churchill War Rooms as featured in the 2018 movie The Darkest Hour.
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 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 and not forgetting Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon.
SAFE HANDS WITH SUE HYDE THE GUIDE
I am fully up to date with British government guidelines on guiding safely in a Covid-19 world and I have the official endorsement Good To Go.
I can design a tour to match your family or 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?
You are in safe hands with me. I'm a Member of the Institute of Tourist Guiding (ITG), the British Guild of Tourist Guides and the Association of Professional Tourist Guides (APTG).
Come – let me show you London and beyond!
Here are a few comments from some of my recent tours:
"Sue is incredible! We organized a corporate tour at the British Museum for 20ppl. The British Museum asked Sue to deliver the tour, to our luck: she wasn’t just knowledgeable and courteous, but she was also funny and energetic, and you could really see she loved what she did. Everybody loved the tour! I fully recommend Sue; esp. if you ever want to invite your colleagues over for a couple of hours in the British Museum!
EP Corporate Group - Oct 2019."
“Sue Hyde was a great Tour Guide. She was great with the children and so knowledgeable.”
Tour with a Dance Group - June 2019
"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
|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.|
|Greenwich and its history of time and the sea.|
|British Museum and how it helps us understand human civilisation|
|Shakespeare's London and how he made his money|
|Locations for Netflix's The Crown series|
|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.
|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!