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Let me help you enjoy and share our rich,exciting British Heritage. I have never lost my enthusiasm for guiding. I research every tour thoroughly, meeting each individual client's wishes. I can design your programme to the time available and provide you with plenty of ideas, whether it be for large or small groups, young or old or disabled. My guiding experience has covered all ages. I organize specialist tours and walking tours in London and throughout Britain. Tours can be in a large or small coach or in a luxury vehicle depending on the size of the group. My aim is to make guided tours or walks relaxing, informative, fun and flexible. List of my tours or walks can be sent on request
Living in Central London enables me to make EARLY starts with no problem
I can meet individuals or groups at their hotel or point of interest.
GUIDED TOURS IN LONDON can according to interest include - the British Museum, National Gallery, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, the Victoria, Albert Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Science Museum, Natural History Museum, St Paul's Cathedral, Westminster, Kensington Palace, the Tower of London, Hampton Court or Madame Tussauds. These can be part of a half day or full day tour of London.
DAY TOURS OUTSIDE LONDON include
THE BEAUTIFUL ROMAN/GEORGIAN CITY OF BATH combined with visiting STONEHENGE and/or CATHEDRAL TOWN OF SALISBURY and/or WINCHESTER, OXFORD/BLENHEIM PALACE/COTSWOLDS/STRATFORD UPON AVON
ANCIENT UNIVERSITY CITY OF OXFORD include
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON or WARWICK CASTLE.
BLENHEIM PALACE (the home of the Duke of Marlborough/birth place of Winston Churchill) can include a brief visit to Cotswolds or instead a day in the Cotswold
WINDSOR CASTLE and HAMPTON COURT
LEEDS CASTLE/CANTERBURY/DOVER CASTLE
LONGER TOURS can be arranged visiting some of England's spectacular gardens and stately homes and combining visiting some of the above en route on the tour
These can include gardens in the South West of England right down to Cornwall.
Or Chester, the Lake District, Bronte's Parsonage Museum over the Yorkshire Moors or Dales to York to Lincoln and onto Cambridge. Enroute you can visit magnificent Stately Homes like Castle Howard or Burleigh House the home of Queen Elizabeth Treasurer.
WALKING TOURS include -
MAGESTIC MAYFAIR Mayfair and America
SHAKESPEARE'S LONDON - the South Bank and the Globe Theatre
CITY OF LONDON - the Guildhall and the Financial and Roman Square mile
MONASTRIES and DICKEN'S Clerkenwell
CHELSEA - the haunts of artists and writers,
Chelsea Flower show at Charles II Chelsea
LITERARY/THEATRE walk centred near and around
Covent Garden, including familiar haunts of
HAMMERSMITH & FULHAM River side walk via the
River side Studios,the River Cafe famed for the
BBC spotting Jamie Oliver, Lord Roger's office
famed for the Millenium Dome and Lloyd's offices
in the City, here the famous Oxford and Cambridge boat race takes place from Putney Bridge. Ending with the Bishop's of
London's old country residence recently restored
LAWYERS AND LEGAL London
WESTMINSTER centre of Politics and Palaces
OLD KENSINGTON ending at Kensington Palace
OLD PORT OF LONDON AND DOCKLANDS from Tower Bridge to Canary Wharf visiting the haunts of Pirates and the old docks
SPITALFIELDS EARLY LONDON IMMIGRANT AREA going back to 15th/16thC with the influx of the Hugenot and Jewish refugees to present day Bengali community.
REGENT PARK and the Hanorvarian Kings to the Industrial Revolution canal system.
GREENWICH history of the Royal Naval College and the British Empire, the Queen�s House, the Royal
Observatory, where two hemispheres meet. Meet at Westminster Pier and take a boat trip up to Greenwich or return by boat to Westminster.
OLD HAMPSTEAD VILLAGE here we visit a perfectly preserved Georgian village surrounding a hill, so high you can see the whole of Inner London. We will visit the capital�s most elegant 18thC promenade and narrow streets lined with delightful cottage terraces and with their enchanting gardens Inhabitants past and present include writers painters and actors - John Constable, poet Keats, Rex Harrison, Kay Kendal, Judi Dench, the Spice girls, John Galsworthy, the highwayman Dick Turpin, John Harrison, to name a few. You can experience an intimate village atmosphere and magnificent Hampstead Heath. After lunch, the day can finish with an afternoon guided tour of Kenwood House with its beautiful Adam interiors and priceless art collection.
THE OLD JEWISH EAST END meet Alwych Tuble station 10 a.m. This covers the history of the Jewish population in England from 1066 to the end of the 19thC covering the success of the 1656 immigration from Holland to the poverty of the 19thC. The walk takes us through some of the oldest domestic terraced streets in London. You will see the sites of four synagogues, two of which are still active places of worship. We will see evidence of the Jewish occupation and our tour at Bevis Marks the oldest Synagogue.
Or INDIVIDUAL INTEREST WALKS can be arranged followed by Pub Lunch or Afternoon Tea at a famous London Hotel or Venues like the Orangery at Kensington Palace or Fortnum and Mason or a Pub.
GUIDED WALKS out of London include: Oxford University, Shakespeare�s Stratford-upon-Avon, Roman and Georgian Bath,York through the ages, Pilgrim�s walk through Canterbury
ALL THE ABOVE WALKS can be arranged for either 10.30 a.m. in the morning or 2 p.m.in the afternoon. The walks and tours take roughly 2 hr.
PREVIOUS QUALIFICATION/EXPERIENCE: My BAHons degree was centred on the Visual Arts and Architecture and Social History the latter covered our Industrial Heritage and Popular Culture.
EXPERIENCE: I have worked as a Paper Conservator of works of art on paper, for a time at the Royal Library,Windsor Castle, Sothebys, The Governor's Flat of the Bank of England, Burleigh House, Lincs (home of Elizabeth I Treasurer) and was in contact with museums, the antique trade and Auction Houses.
I have worked in Canada, United States and Hong Kong, and travelled extensively in North America, South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand he Far East, Europe and Australia, visiting historical architectural sites, art galleries and museums.
1988 I won a British Council Scholarship to visit Paper conservation Departments in the Museums of the German Democratic Republic.
INTERESTS: are opera, jazz, classical music, travelling and walking.
BA Hons incl study of Paintings Sculpture & Architecture + Social History & the Industrial Revolution in UK, Germany, & USA during the 17C, 18C, & 19C & its effects on society. Dip in Conservation of Works of Art on Paper. Dip Art History, London University.
|Museums and Art Galleries are rich with works of art and ancient monuments from all over the world. All without exception well worth a visit and what better on a wet day|
|Day tours by coach chauffeur driven car - visiting sites and cities like Windsor Castle, Hampton Court, Oxford, Pre historic Stonehenge,Roman Bath, Canterbury, Dover, Shakespeare's Stratford upon Avon, the Cotswolds etc|
|Walking Tours are the way to see London visiting fascintating historical areas that cannot be reached by coach or car|
|Visiting Antique markets and shops the most fascinating is Portobello Road on Saturdays|
|Shopping visiting Oxford Street the longest shopping street in Europe, Bond Street designer fashion and Sothebys, Fortnum and Mason the oldest store in London and unforgettable Harrods|
|Guided tour round St Pauls Cathedral in the centre of the ancient City of London or Westminster Abbey learning the history of Kings and Queens is a must with their connections with The Tower of London|
|Hampton Court/Windsor Castle|
LIST OF GUIDED WALKS
These can be booked direct on my email address or phone. Maximum size of group 30 persons. Rate £8.00 per addult Concessions £6.00 Minimum rate £130.00 regardless of size of group.
THE YEAR OF OUR QUEEN’S DIAMOND JUBILEE join me on walk covering the Royal Connections which includes sites and important events during our Queen’s reigh, Meeting point Green Park Tube Station
MAJESTIC MAYFAIR AND AMERICA visit the most expensive area on the British Monopoly board. Start where many thousands ended their days on Tyburn Tree, visit Little America, see where the Queen was born. See Shepherd Market, a charming complex of alleys that have not lost their 18thC
SHAKESPHEARE’S LONDON 400 years ago William Shakespeare arrived in London and helped build
THE CITY’S SQUARE MILE 2000 years of history, which starts with evidence of the Roman occupation
MONASTERIES, DISSOLUTION and DICKEN’S CLERKENWELL and
CHELSEA – POINTS OF INTEREST AND EARLY RESIDENTS here is one of
LITERARY/THEATRE WALK see a 17thC palace entrance to the River. Dickens first London home. Hear about Nell Gwen mistress to Charles II and England’s first famous female actress. See
LAWYERS AND LEGAL LONDON the Inns of Court could pass for a collection of Oxford and Cambridge colleges right in the heart of London. They are a warren of courtyards and passages ways.
SPITALFIELDS EARLY LONDON IMMIGRANT AREA going back to 15th/16thC with the influx of the Hugenot refugees to present day Bengali community. Meet at Liverpool Street Tube Station.
REGENT PARK and the Hanorvarian Kings to the Industrial Revolution canal system. Meet at Great
OLD PORT OF LONDON AND DOCKLANDS look across the pool of London where sailing ships left to discover the Americas and Far East expanding the British Empire. See the great 19thC docks
GREENWICH history of the Royal Naval College and the British Empire, the Queen’s House, the Royal Observatory, where two hemispheres meet. Meet either at Westminster Pier and take a boat trip up to Greenwich or meet at Greenwich Pier. Meet at St James’ Tube
OLD HAMPSTEAD VILLAGE here we visit a perfectly preserved Georgian village surrounding a hill, so high you can see the whole of Inner London. We will visit the capital’s most elegant 18thC promenade and narrow streets lined with delightful cottage terraces and with their enchanting gardens. Inhabitants past and present include writers painters and actors - John Constable, poet Keats, Rex Harrison, Kay Kendal, Judi Dench, the Spice girls, John Galsworthy, the highwayman Dick Turpin, John Harrison, to name a few. You can experience an intimate village atmosphere and magnificent Hampstead Heath. After lunch, the day can finish with an afternoon guided tour of Kenwood House with its beautiful Adam interiors and priceless art collection.
HAMMERSMITH/FULHAM river side walk - passing the famous River Side Café,where Jamie Oliver caught the eye of the BBC, Richard Roger’s studio, Crabtree Lane the centre of the Bishop of London’s Orchards, Craven Cottage home of Fulham Football and the old country residence of the Bishops of London.
OLD WESTMINSTER this is London at its grandest, where kings and queens were crowned, buried and lived. The heart of government through the ages. The ancient Westminster Hall, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. Down Whitehall passing near to the Cabinet War Rooms and Downing Street.
OLD KENSINGTON the Royal village. Kensington Palace home to King William and Queen Mary, Queen Victoria and late Diana Princess of Wales. Cobbled little lanes and news with charming cottages and old shops. Elegant 18thC squares. Plus Europe’s largest roof garden.
THE OLD JEWISH EAST END meet Alwych Tuble station 10 a.m. This covers the history of the Jewish population in England from 1066 to the end of the 19thC covering the success of the 1656 immigration from Holland to the poverty of the 19thC. The walk takes us through some of the oldest domestic terraced streets in London. You will see the sites of four synagogues, two of which are still active places of worship and view evidence of Jewish influence in the area round Spitalfields Market with its sweatshops and soup kitchens. The tour ends at Bevis Marks the oldest active synagogue in England at 12 noon. When on Monday to Wednesday and Friday guided tours are given by Bevis Marks personnel. Entrance fee £3.00 (2009).
LITERARY BLOOMSBURY includes the Bloomsbury Group - Virginia & Leonard Wolfe, Virginia, Maynard Keynes and the Dicken’s Museum. Visiting enchanting Squares and streets with literary, medical and legal associations. With reference to the first ladies to gain a degree.
OLYMPIC 2012 the area near the site and along the site. About the 2012 Olympics and its other locations for major 2012 Olympic sporting events. GROUP Or INDIVIDUAL INTEREST WALKS can be arranged followed by Pub Lunch or Afternoon Tea at a famous London Hotels or Venues like the Orangery at Kensington Palace or Fortnum and Mason or a Pub.
GUIDED TOURS of the British Museum, National Gallery, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, the Victoria, Albert Museum, Science Museum, National History Museum, Kensington Palace, Kenwood House and Hampton Court, Windsor Castle can be arranged. These take 2 hours.
GUIDED WALKS out of London include: Oxford, Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon, Roman and Georgian Bath, York through the ages, Pilgrim’s walk through Canterbury
Depending on the time allowed the following can be visited in half or a whole day.
HALF OR FULL DAYS
WINDSOR CASTLE/ETON COLLEGE the oldest continuous lived in castle in Europe. This is the sovereign’s weekend home away from the noise of London. See the State apartments and marvel at the unique Perpendicular architecture of St George’s Chapel where many of our kings and queens are buried. Over the 18thC footbridge is Eton, ancient Thameside town. The College was founded 50 years before Columbus discovered America. It is here both Prince William and Prince Harry went to school. We also can visit Runneymede where the Magna Carta was signed by King John in 1215 next to the acre that is forever America
And/or HAMPTON COURT acquired by the Tudor King Henry VIII in the 16thC this is still today a royal palace. Hear the screams of the fifth wife, Catherine Howard, in the haunted gallery; see the kitchens and chapel; admire the state apartments and explore its beautiful gardens.
And/or KEW GARDENS (Botanic Gardens) What began as a hobby for Princess Augusta (mother of George III) back in 1759, has blossomed into the most famous collection of flowers and plants in he world. This garden is a botanical paradise of more than 400,000 varieties, set in 300 lush acres. Officially called the Royal Botanic Gardens, it was given to the nation by the royal family in 1841.
HISTORIC GREENWICH this can be approach by a river boat ride or coach. Visit the elegant old Royal Naval College, the Queen’s House, the world’s largest Maritime Museum with its history of the discovery of the Americas, the South Pole, Australia and New Zealand. Up the hill to the Old Royal Observatory and the Planetarium - the story of time and Space. Visit the bustling antique and flea markets.
EXPLORER DAYS OUT OF LONDON These can be of different combinations depending on choice.
STONEHENGE visit perhaps the oldest monument in Europe? Marvel at the massive monolithic stones that stone age man transported great distances. And then ask yourselves Why and for what reason?
And/or SALISBURY Visit one of England’s most beautiful cathedrals with the tallest spie in the country. Marvel at an extant copy of the Magna Carta and picture the view painted by John Constable
AND/OR PREHISTORIC STONEHENGE, AVEBURY AND OLD SARUM
And/or WINCHESTER the Capital of Wessex. A thousand years ago Winchester was the ancient capital of Wessex and, later of England. Hear about King Albried the Great. Visit the Cathedral with its many Royal connections. Home of Winchester College founded in 1382 nearby is the last home of Jane Austen.
And/or BATH the elegant 18thC Palladian Georgian city with its arcades and crescents, the Assembly Rooms and Pump Room. Visit the amazing Roman baths that take us back centuries. May be participated in the luxury of the newly opened Spa.
AND/or WADDESDON MANOR Baron de Rothschild's fabulous Renaissance-style chateau and 18th C collections.
OXFORD a city of dreaming spires. Explore this beautiful city with its mediaeval colleges, walls, bridges, libraries and gardens with cloisters and quads and towers. The centre of learning of the famous for over 800 years. See where Harry Potter was filmed and the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland
AND/or BLENHEIM PALACE AND WOODSTOCK . Visit the Churchill family home, Blenheim, see Churchill's grave, take tea in the charming village of Woodstock or rent a punt in Oxford and glide along the river.
And/or THE COTSWOLDS with its rolling hills, chuckling streams passing old mills into millpond, stone bridges and thatched stone houses surrounding ancient churches and manor houses. Picturesque villages out of storey books.
And/or STRATFORD-UPON-AVON birth place of William Shakespeare and where he was married and buried. Stroll round the town and see his birth place, visit Halls Croft where his daughter Susanna lived, the grammar school where he was taught and Holy Trinity Church, where Shakespeare and his family are buried.
And/or WARWICK CASTLE Mediaeval magic. Rose out of the age of chivalry - perhaps the most perfect mediaeval castle in the world. Go below into the dungeon or climb to the top of the tower if you dare.
ST ALBANS famous for its Roman site and Roman museum. 600 year old Moot hall; mediaeval and Tudor coaching inns, a rare curfew clock tower, a sprinkling of hall-timbered Elizabethan houses, streets and has one of the oldest traditional street markets in the country.
AND/or HATFIELD HOUSE one of the largest and most splendid Jacobean mansions in the country. It was built in 1607 -12 for the first Earl of Salisbury, who took over his father’s job as Treasurer to Elizabeth I and James I. The Great Hall has a wonderful minstrel’s gallery. Full of 17thC treasures. In the grounds stands the surviving part of the old Palace, where Queen Elizabeth I was living in confinement when her half sister Queen Mary died in 1558.
CAMBRIDGE AND ELY OR SUFFOLK VILLAGES stand under Sir Isaac Newton's apple tree, admire Henry VIII's King's College Chapel, go punting on the river Cam. Combine with Ely's magnificent medieval cathedral or visit Oliver Cromwell's house. Explore local antique shops in the villages, meander through the countryside, sample an English afternoon tea or a drink in a quaint country pub.
CANTERBURY and LEEDS CASTLE Visit the cathedral founded by St Augustine at the end of the 6thC when he reintroduced Christianity into Britain. Be where Thomas a Becket was martyred by the knights of King Henry II. En route visit Leeds Castle, 1278 acquired by Edward I, renovated by Henry VIII set in the middle of a lake and extensive grounds with aviary and maize set in the captivating Kent country side.
AND/or DOVER CASTLE The keys to the Kingdom. With its 2000 year old Roman lighthouse, Henry VII's keep, interior of which has recently been elaborately restored using materials relating to its historical period and the secret WWII wartime tunnels, this is a great day out.
AND/or CHARTWELL set in a beautiful garden with its stunning views of rolling countryside.
AND/or HEVER CASTLE is a 14thC house with a moat. It was elaborately restored after it was bought by the American William Waldorf Astor in l903. It is the reputed meeting place of Anne Boleyn (perhaps born here) and Henry VIII. Famed for its Italian garden..
AND/or PENHURST PLACE Birthplace of Philip Sydney, courtier to Q. Elizabeth I. Tudor country house, formal gardens and toy museum
AND/or SISSINGHURST CASTLE and GARDEN a fragment of a Tudor Mansion. It was the home of Vita Sackville-West and Sir Harold Nicholson. Her study and the long library are open. But the chief attraction is the lovely garden she created.
AND/or KNOLE one of the finest and largest English mansions. The core was built by Archbishop Thomas Bourchier (d1486) as a palace for himself and later Archbishops of Canterbury. Queen Elizabeth I granted the lease to her cousin, Sir Thomas Sackville, later Earl of Dorset. The family acquired the freehold in 1603 and still live there. The upper rooms keep their original fittings and their 17thC furniture is outstanding, as are the many family portraits.
AND/or BATTLE name after the Battle of Hastings won by William Duke of Normandy in 1066. The ruin remains of Abbey Church can be seen. The high altar was erected where King Harold’s body was found. Visitors can walk round the site and listen to the story of this great battle, Harold’s men on the high ground and William’s on the low surrounding area. The town of Battle itself is full of old romantic charm.
AND/ or BATEMANS the home of Rudyard Kipling from l902 until his death in l936. Famed for his many writing which included the “Jungle Book and the Just So Stories”. He was the English first writer to receive the Nobel Prize in The rooms are just as when he and his American wife lived there including his study. It is surrounded by an enchanting garden.
CHICHESTER . Chichester is a charming 18thC town. The Cathedral is mainly 12thC its spire is said to be the only Cathedral spire visible from the Sea. Just a over a mile away is Fishbourne Roman Palace, a lstC building excavated in l961-68. It rivals the imperial palaces of Rome itself in size and grandeur.
And/ or ARUNDEL CASTLE the town is situated by the River Arun and clustered round the castle. The castle was besieged by Henry I in 1102. The Norman castle was finally ruined by the Parliamentarians in 1643-44. It was restored in the Gothic Revival style in the 1790s and 1890s. There are charming walks into the town and along the River Arun.
AND/or PORTSMOUTH goes back to the Norman conquest. Henry VII established a dry dock and declared Portsmouth a Royal dockyard and garrison. This contains HMS Victory restored and fitted out almost her appearance as at the battle of Trafalgar in 1805 against the French, visitors can see the site where Lord Admiral Nelson fell and the cockpit where he died. Nearby is the hull of the Mary Rose, the flag ship of Henry VIII’s navy which sank off Portsmouth in 1545.
DAY TRIP TO THE ISLE OF WIGHT Ferries can be caught from either Portsmouth or Southampton. Experience a Panoramic tour of the Island visiting some of its pretty villages including the small seaside town of Yarmouth . Depending on the request a stop over to see Queen Victoria’s summer retreat at Osborne House. Famous residents were the poet Tennyson and the 19thC photographer Julia Margaret Cameron.
There are many combinations of visits possible on day trips from London. The above are a few recommended suggestions and ideas.
Specialist tours can be arranged.
FURTHER A FIELD YOU CAN DO MANY EXTENDED TOURS which will take you to beautiful historical towns like York, Wells and Glastonbury.
Visit the ancient city of York, Howarth home of the Brontes, en route to Yorkshire drop in on Chatsworth House home of the Dukes of Devonshire or Burleigh House home of Lord Burleigh, treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I and its near by old town of Stamford.
Visit many delightful villages, stop to browse at antique shops, enjoy the beautiful green countryside with its pattern of fields, pop into an old village church and have delightful English traditional afternoon tea or lunch in an atmospheric pub.
Thanks to our temperate climate, the gardens of Britain are amongst the finest in the world these include the many stunning gardens to be found in the South West counties of Devon and Cornwall, whose mild climate is caused by the Gulf Stream.
|Conferences & Incentives||
I have undertaken many incentive tours and conference events both as a Guide and helper/organiser
For these I am suitably place living in Fulham to arrive as early in the morning as requested and similarly to work late
|Castles & Palaces||
I have done a number of extended Tourst of Castle, Palaces, Country House and Gardens both in the South, South East, South West of England and The North. I am passionate about our history
I guide round the following Museums -
|Art/Paintings & Sculpture||
I talk about both Paintings and Sculpture in the above MENTIONED MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES My degree covered art history and the development of our industrial development.
|Stately Homes & Country Houses||
As mentioned above I have done extended tours of England covering both Stately Homes and Country House and Gardens.
I can take and advised visitors where to go shopping on request of their needs whether it be antiques or fashion.
Cardens are a very popular extended tour particularly during the month of May ending up for the Chelsea Flower Show and similarly ending up in July for the Hampton Court Flower, which has increasingly become as popular as Chelsea
|Politics & Government||
I am a qualified Parliament Guide and can provide visitors with detail information about Parliament
|History & Prehistory||
I have a comprehensive knowledge of British History covering from the Late Stone Henge construction thru to the 21stC
Parliament, British Museum, Docklands, 2012 Venues
BA Hons Art History/Social History Dip Conservation