London City Tour
Architecture Through the Ages
Tim Hochstrasser is Associate Professor of International History at LSE where he lectures on early modern European history, culture and political thought. He was educated and has taught at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford. He is particularly interested in the Enlightenment era of European Thought but believes that the relationship between events and ideas can only be fully understood by taking seriously the architecture, town planning, design, art history and music within any period. He tries to reflect this holistic approach to history in his writings and teaching. He has lived and worked in London for many years and regularly takes groups of students out on London walks and expeditions to galleries so that they can experience the material culture of history first hand.
Andrew completed a PhD in Classics at King's College London where he specialised in how the Classical world shaped British politics and culture. His research interests range from Ancient Greece to the British empire, and he has tutored secondary school children in everything from Tudor England to the Second World War. Andrew especially loves the eclectic historical landscape of London which allows one to find ancient ruins or historic pubs amongst the modern city. He teaches ancient history to undergraduates at King's College London and is a keen cyclist and runner.
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.
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