London Architecture Tour
A Changing London
Paul was one of the youngest ever Blue Badge Guides to qualify since the profession of Blue Badge Guiding began. A descended from the Shaw & Hardwick family of architects who worked in London throughout the entire 19th century Paul's passions are equally divided between history, architecture and the history of ethnic Britain.
Peter is a London native whose biography reads like a picture postcard book of the capital. Born ‘within the sound of the Bow Bells’, he spent his formative years as a chorister at St Paul's Cathedral, was a John Carpenter scholar at the City of London School, and went on to complete two degrees at the London School of Economics. While studying for the ‘Knowledge of London’, London’s legendary taxi-driver test, he worked as a driver on the city’s iconic red Heatherwick buses. He loves sharing his unique insights and observations of his home town with visitors from around the world.
Alan was born and raised in Scotland but has spent most of his adult life in London. Having achieved an MA in Art History at Glasgow University, he worked for many years in the art world at both an international auction house and an antique dealer. In recent years he has returned to academia, achieving an MA in Classical Civilisation in 2011, and has recently completed a Ph.D. in which he analyzed eighteenth-century attitudes towards the ancient Roman world. In addition to his work for Context Travel, Alan also writes catalogue essays on Contemporary Art for a leading auctioneer. Elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland in 2017, he has just started work on a book inspired by his Ph.D. research, which will be published by Edinburgh University Press in 2020.
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