Early Access Tower of London Tour
Jane Hickey is a prize winning Blue Badge guide for London and day trips out of London. She grew up in her father’s hotel in Dublin, Ireland and despite early attempts to branch out she has consistently returned to the hospitality industry in various guises. She has lived in London all her adult life, qualifying as a chartered accountant with PWC where her clients included the InterContinental Hotel Group. Following a spell in finance with Trusthouse Forte Hotels she returned to the consultancy arm of PWC working in the Tourism & Leisure Group, looking at investment opportunities in the industry. She spent time in Hungary and Poland with PWC in the 90s privatizing state owned hotel and leisure groups. Having taken a break to raise her 3 children she then undertook an intensive 2 year course in London launching her guiding career. Since qualifying as a guide she has undertaken further courses in the City of London, Windsor & Eton, and she is currently studying for a Certificate in Early Medieval Art and Architecture at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Jane very much looks forward to showing her London to Context Travel visitors and particularly enjoys looking after family groups.
Fiona is an English Literature graduate, with a background combining theatre, teaching and circus skills. She is enthusiastic, charming and friendly. Over the last ten years she has qualified as a City of London guide, a Westminster Guide and a London Blue Badge guide – winning awards each time! She is a native Londoner who can decode today’s streets to unlock the story of this great city.
Emma was born and brought up in London. She studied history and law at Cambridge University then became a Barrister at the Inner Temple. She joined the Government Legal Service with responsibility for human rights cases and later worked in the Court of Criminal Appeal. She left legal practice to bring up children George and Claudia and returned to work in 2007 founding a small art tours club. She took a degree in History of Art at Birkbeck College, London University specialising in British Art of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She became a Blue Badge Guide to London in 2016 after studying for 2 years and taking lots of exams. She has decided not to do any more for the time being. While she has intimate knowledge of the major tourist sites, she also knows the hidden away nooks and crannies of London with its endless fascinating treasures for all “studious and curious” travelers.
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