Profile updated 7/12/23
Hello, I am Sue Hyde - The Guide!
There is so much to do on a visit to London and the UK. So what kinds of things can you do with Sue Hyde The Guide?
CHURCHES and CATHEDRALS: St Paul’s Cathedral for dramatic architecture and stunning views and Westminster Abbey - a very unusual church and not to be missed.
WALKS AROUND LONDON: Food and drink in London – Gay London – River Thames – The old and new City of London – Legal London – Royal Parks - Bloomsbury Squares – Hidden London around quirky Clerkenwell – Markets old and new - Walks for working people of London
FAMILY FUN IN LONDON
Catch the exciting ceremony of the guard change, feed the ducks and squirrels at St James's Park; take a flight on the London Eye 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 a red double-decker bus; learn how to navigate around the famous London Underground system; 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 selfie on the famous Meridian time line ….endless opportunities!
MUSEUMS and ART GALLERIES
The history of European Art in the National Gallery; the wonders of human civilisation in the British Museum; gorgeous treasures of art and design in the Victoria and Albert Museum; the story of London in the Museum of London Docklands.
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.
Looking for something different in London??? Let's talk and see if I can design something special for you.
Britain is truly great! Let’s visit magnificent royal palaces at Hampton Court or the Queen’s favourite home at Windsor Castle just outside London. 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
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 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 was amazing with our bus load of 50 college students from the U. S. and two chaperones. She had great histories, fun facts, and spell-binding stories for each of our stops, which included Stonehenge, Cardiff Castle, Windsor Castle, the Tower of London, and the American Express stadium in Brighton. I would totally recommend Sue as a guide for anyone, and I hope all of my future guides live up to the Sue standard." Kelly - May 2023
"Sue was engaging, insightful, and fun. We immediately hit it off since Sue is from Birmingham, England and we are from Birmingham, Alabama. With the Queen’s passing on Thursday of our trip, we were uncertain about our Friday plans, and in fact Hampton Court was closed. Again, Sue sat with us to map out various options, and we landed on a very enjoyable day at Greenwich. In fact, some of the more memorable parts of our week were this side trip that we had not intended to take and that is a direct result of Sue’s ability to pivot and make it a most enjoyable and interesting trip. Sue exceeded our expectations and did an incredible job. " Tim - Sept 2022"
It was a super walk yesterday, and the feedback I've already received has been very enthusiastic for your fantastic knowledge and entertaining way you put it across." Arts Soc London - Sept 2022
"A family group with almost 70 years between oldest and youngest made up of first-time London visitors and repeat travelers, we can be a handful for tour guides. But Sue managed to keep everyone engaged (from the teens to the grandparents!) and made the day fun and educational! Sue's wit, knowledge (of ALL the things), flexibility, and willingness to accommodate our whims made her an incredible part of our London experience. We commented several times throughout the week (after we had spent a day with Sue) that we wished we had her with us. Highly recommend Sue. We will definitely be looking her up again when we return."
Wendy - April 2022
"I have had many experiences with guides. Most have been fine. But I have just returned from a trip to Oxford, Cambridge. St. Albans, and London with Sue Hyde, and she was/is the best guide ever. She is a fount of energy, warmth, sensitivity, and infectious enthusiasm. She is efficient and an uncomplaining solver of any problem you may encounter—or cause." Dr N. S. Chicago Oct 2021
|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!