Hampton Court Tour
" Our guide's knowledge of history kept us all captivated. It felt like reading a book you didn’t want to put down."
A Royal Residence
To The Gardens
Viv has a degree in English Language and Medieval Literature from Durham University. She spends part of each year in France, but for the past 25 years London has been home. Following two years of intense training she qualified as a Blue Badge Guide, coming top in her year. She particularly enjoys giving individuals and families in-depth tours of London focusing as much on the hidden and unfamiliar as the well-known - she concentrates as much on the here-and-now as the past. The City's fringes - Bankside and Spitalfields - hold as much appeal as Westminster and St James's. She enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for London's C18 and C19 history and her detailed knowledge of the city's royal connections. She has a particular interest in the great aristocratic landholdings of London, and has created walks around the 'villages' of London such as Chelsea, Bloomsbury and Spitalfields. Viv is currently studying for a part-time Research Masters in the History of the British Country House 1485-1945
Catherine qualified as a Blue Badge Guide in 2009, a City of Westminster Guide in 2006 and a City of London Guide in 2005. Catherine now tutors on the Westminster Guiding Course at the University of Westminster. She works part time at ITN as a broadcast journalist/ news editor and part time as a tour guide. Combining these two story-telling disciplines, Catherine also makes podcasts about unusual sites around London. Catherine used to work in an investment bank for over seven years. She now prefers sharing stories about London with visitors and helping them have a lovey time in the capital city. She has an MA in History of Art, an MA in broadcast journalism and a BA in Drama. She is a counsellor at Childline.
Although raised in the quintessential English picture postcard village, David has lived in London for over half of his life, and now considers himself very much a ‘City Slicker’. Fine Art trained and a former magazine art editor, David brings together all previous experience into guiding the quirky, beautiful, mysterious and thought-provoking within London. A life-long love and understanding of buildings enables David to offer specialist tours of both historic and contemporary architecture. The urban fabric of our multifaceted capital, and how it came to be, provides David with endless fascination, surprise and delight, and is his passion in guiding visitors.
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