London - There is nowhere else like London... :)

London is one of the world’s great cities – a place everyone should visit at least once.  But many visitors are daunted by its sheer size and the huge number of highlights.


Your time in London is precious, so don’t waste it.

London is one of the great cities of the world, and I can paint a vivid picture and give you so much more than a guidebook.
As your personal tourist guide, I’ll show you the celebrated sights – St. Paul’s Cathedral; the Tower of London; Buckingham Palace; Westminster Abbey.
And add all the details that most visitors don’t see, and the stories they don’t hear…

If your arteries are good, eat more ice cream. If they are bad, drink more red wine. Proceed thusly Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing I didn’t want to upset my loved ones, but I couldn’t carry this alone



    London is one of the world’s great cities – a place everyone should visit at least once.But many visitors are daunted by its sheer size and the huge number of highlights.
    I can show you the things YOU want to see.
    - all the famous sights, telling you the stories that don’t get told
    - quiet places in Central London that visitors don’t see and many Londoners don’t know about
    - the pageantry and history of the Guard change
    - the highlights of some of the best museums and galleries in the world

    The British Museum
    The National Gallery
    The Natural History and the Science Museum
    Tate Modern
    - The Imperial War Museum
    As well as less well known ones like
    - an operating theatre from the 1820s, lost for nearly a hundred years
    - Kensington Palace – a hidden Georgian palace set in Kensington Gardens
  • London at War

    In 1940 and early 1941 London was at the centre of world events, as Britain stood alone facing the imminent threat of invasion. London was subjected to the most sustained bombing attack - the whole world was watching.
    And from 1942 there was a friendlier invasion as the US forces built up in Britain, prior to the D Day landings. The traces of the blitz can still be seen after 70 years, from forgotten blemishes on some of London’s most famous buildings to faded signs directing Londoners to air raid shelters. Let me tell you the story of Britain’s darkest but finest hour.
    I can reveal where the Normandy landings were planned, and take you to places where the US forces worked and relaxed, while forging the most successful military alliance in history. And I can even show you the graffiti left by a bored GI on sentry duty. I can guide you around several fantastic war museums
    - The Churchill War Rooms
    - HMS Belfast and of course
    - The Imperial War Museum or a little further afield, but still on the Underground, the RAF Museum at Hendon

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  • London on foot

    The best way to see this fascinating city is by getting out and wearing out some shoe leather. You have time to see the sights, and soak up the atmosphere – not just snatching a quick glimpse while driving past.
    As well as carrying out some of the Essential Westminster Walks for the Association of Professional Tour Guides I have carried out planned walks for a wide variety of clients:
    - A full day London highlights tour with emphasis on street markets & the Beatles for two ladies from South Africa.
    - A half day tour of Westminster and Whitehall for business studies students from a US university.
    - A tour around Royal London for a gentleman from the North of England, bringing his granddaughter to London for the first time.
    - I took a delegation of visiting police officers on a walk through three Royal Parks.
    - I guided year three children around Hampton Court Palace covering curriculum items on the Tudors and Christianity.

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The Imperial War Museum is especially interesting to children, and recently I have been requested to show small groups of 10-12 year olds around. Not everyone that you meet in London is a rock star, but Uriah Heep founder and guitarist Mick Box kindly wrote in this blog it really was inspiring to have Mike show us around (the Imperial War Museum), and he kept (my 11 year old son)’s interest the whole time we were there, which was just about 2 1/2 hours, and he learnt so much.’

2014 marks the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War. I can take your group on a First World War commemorative walk around Central London, showing you the buildings where some momentous decisions were made, memorials to long forgotten units and the scars of a 1917 attack on the citizens of London.

Almost one million citizens of Britain and its empire lost their lives between 1914 and 1918. Throughout London are scattered memorials to these men and women, from the famous such as the Cenotaph and the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior to diminutive, forgotten ones in a quiet corner of a small church. I’ll explain the stories behind them all. If you are interested in a particular person or unit - famous or otherwise - let me know in advance and I’m happy to carry out a little research to make our tour more relevant.

Many churches, public buildings and workplaces have memorials to those killed in World War One. I can research these for you and try and tell the stories behind the men and women on them.  I have twenty years’ experience of research on the Western Front and access to a number of databases and reference works that may help to tell the stories of the real people behind the names.

The Imperial War Museum will open its brand new World War One Galleries in summer 2014 and I can take you around, and explain the stories behind the exhibits.