Tower of London
One of London's oldest buildings, this atmospheric fortress has myriad stories to tell. A former prison of Kings, Queens and traitors, a site of torture, the site where Anne Boleyn lost her head, and is now home to the Crown Jewels, which are used for the coronation of a new monarch. Come and discover the reason why the ravens must always be resident at the Tower, and meet the iconic Beefeaters in their scarlet jackets - they always have a story to tell!
The royal church, Westminster Abbey, as well as being the site of Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding, has been the site of coronations for nearly 1000 years, is the burial place of Kings and Queens alongside the great and the good, such as the eminent scientist Isaac Newton, the composer George Frederic Handel, and one of England's greatest writers, Charles Dickens. Visit the tomb of the Unknown Warrior, marvel at the stunning architecture of the Lady Chapel, and discover the renowned Poet's Corner.
The must-see places in London - museums, religious sites, and the places that shaped London's history.
St Paul's is the church of the people. The majestic dome tops the masterpiece of one of our foremost architects, Sir Christopher Wren, who is buried in the crypt of his most impressive project. Find out why this dome almost wasn't built, and find out more about some of the national heroes buried here, such as the military leaders the Duke of Wellington and Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson. You'll learn why St Paul's was so important during World War II, and visit the impressive American Memorial Chapel.
St Paul's Cathedral
Travel through time and across the world in the world's first national public museum. At the British Museum you will come face to face with the most impressive Egyptian Pharaoh, Rameses, and then visit his relatives in the Mummies gallery! You'll discover how the Rosetta Stone, a rock inscribed with 3 different blocks of writing, helped unlock the mysteries of the Egyptian hierolglyphs. Meet Greek gods and goddesses at the birthday for the goddess Athena on the Parthenon Sculptures, then peek at an ancient chess set used as inspiration in the Harry Potter films! And be surprised by so much more!
London's National Gallery is a treat! The gallery showcases Western European art from 1200 - 1900, and offers you the amazing opportunity to see famous works all under one roof, such as Hans Holbein's intricate work The Ambassadors, Van Gogh's Sunflowers, and works by Michaelangelo, Caravaggio and Monet alongside English masters. The Fighting Temeraire by JMW Turner, the English artist recently immortalised in the film Mr Turner, is regularly voted as the UK's favourite painting and hangs alongside his contemporary, the landscape artist John Constable.
If there is anywhere else you would like to discover, please email me and ask. Other sites we can cover are Tate Britain museum, Wallace Collection, Churchill's Cabinet War Rooms, Covent Garden, The London Eye, Greenwich UNESCO world heritage site, Windsor Castle, Hampton Court Palace, plus many more!
Can't find what you are looking for? There are many sites in London that I would be delighted to guide you around!
Get an overview of London as a city on a panoramic tour, either by coach or by traditional black cab
London By Road
Do you have a large group, and would like an overview as a welcome to London? The perfect way is on a panoramic tour of London in a coach.
I will hop on board your coach and show you the different areas of the city, helping you get your bearings, and showing you why London is one of the most exciting cities in the world. We will also have photo stops along the route for you to take home your own memories.
Black cab tour
For an overview to London in a small group, what better way than in a classic London black cab?!
Our pre-booked black cab will meet us at your place of choice, and together we will help you get your bearings, discover the fascinating history that made London the city it is today, and take photos of your favourite sights. The beauty of a black cab is its ability to drive down the small streets that cars and buses are not permitted in, along with the expert drivers with their first class knowledge of the best routes across the city!
**Max 4 people, please contact me for prices and more information.
A great way to get to grips with different areas of London is on foot on an in-depth walking tour
City of London
A city within a city, the City of London is the hub of business in London. A strong financial centre, it is also the oldest part of London, being where the Romans first crossed the river Thames and created Londinium.
Many events have shaped its face, such as the devastating Great Fire of London in 1666, and the Blitz bombing during the Second World War, and now cutting edge architecture sit cheek by jowl with some of the oldest institutions and buildings. Come and pick apart the secrets and the clues around the City - perfect both if you are a visitor to London, or if the City is part of your daily routine.
(The Southbank walk runs from Waterloo to Tower Bridge on the southern side of the River Thames, and is one of the most historic and picturesque walks in London.
Follow in the footsteps of Shakespeare, whose Globe Theatre was nestled in the backstreets of Southwark, a stone's throw from the modern working reconstruction of the Globe Theatre. Sir Francis Drake's Golden Hinde replica ship sits in dry dock alongside Borough Market, one of the most bustling food markets in London.
From the antiques heaven of Portobello Market (Saturdays), located in the picturesque Notting Hill area, to the bustling foodie paradise of Borough Market (Fridays and Saturdays, occasionally other days), to the arty, creative Spitalfields market (every day, stalls vary), there are many options for you to explore London's markets.
Petticoat Lane market is the locals' market in east London, Billingsgate fish market and Smithfields meat market (weekdays, both very early!) are working wholesale food markets, and for a Londoner's favourite, Sunday morning coffee and brunch at Columbia Road flower market is a must.
Can't find what you are looking for? London lends itself to walking tours on a variety of themes and areas, so it's impossible to list them all here! If there is an area you would like to discover that is not listed here, please do contact me for more information.
The best way to reach the UNESCO world heritage site of Greenwich is by boat - and rightly so, as Greenwich has a very proud naval history. Home to the historic Royal Naval College, designed by foremost architect Sir Christopher Wren, take some time to marvel at the spectacular painted hall, and peruse the stalls in the lovely covered market.
A walk up through Greenwich Park - home to the 2012 Olympics equestrian events - will see you scale the steep hill to the Royal Observatory, where you will find the Greenwich MeanLine. It is from this point that time is regulated across the world. It also boasts, in my opinion, one of the best views in London!
Muggles are all welcome to come and follow in the footsteps of Harry, Ron and Hermione on a tour of the locations in central London which featured in the Harry Potter films.
From the alleys which inspired Diagon Alley to the location of the Leaky Cauldron pub; from the entry to the Ministry of Magic to the square used as Grimmauld Place, we finish our tour at Platform 9 3/4 where the magical trio take the train to Hogwarts! For more information, click here.
London Like A Local
Get under the skin of London with a passionate Londoner
So you've done the highlights from the guidebook, but what next? Well, how about finding out about how Londoners live, where they hang out, and how they socialise?
These tours are designed to play to your interests, so depending on what you are interested in, I can formulate a tour to show you the parts of London that other tours don't reach. Want to know which pubs Londoners frequent, and what ales to drink? Want to discover some of the only remaining village squares in London? Want to get off the beaten track and see the sort of places that Londoners visit? Look no further! Contact me for more details.
Take your own shots of some of the most photogenic spots of London
Postcards are lovely, but what about taking your own photos to be proud of? Bring your camera and I will take you to some of the most photogenic spots around London.
All the photos on this website are my own, and whilst I am not a professional photography tutor, I will be able to show you some of the best views of the city, and advise you how best to get the shots you crave.
There are a variety of routes we can take, so we will discuss first what you would like to photograph, and I will then take you to the best vantage points to get that magical shot of London! Contact me for more details.
Tours in London
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
The tour was fantastic and Alex was perfect! She engaged the children throughout the tour and we really got a good feel of the city!
— Danielle Smith, USA