London Parks and Palaces Tour
At Buckingham Palace
From Hyde Park to Kensington Palace
Philippa is an Oxford educated historian with specialist training in Art History. A qualified teacher with over 15 years experience as a resident guide and teacher at Dulwich Picture Gallery. For the last two years she has been on an intensive course learning about this great city. A Londoner all her adult life, she enjoys all aspects of the city, from the architecture to the food markets, from the parks and riverside walks to the galleries and city churches. Her particular interests are the quirkier, less well-known places which only a long standing Londoner gets to know.
Sarah-Jane Kitching was born and brought up in London. She studied at Cambridge University and qualified as a doctor, working in the NHS initially in Gynaecology and latterly as a General Practitioner. Having gained a First in the History and Philosophy of Medicine as part of her medical training, she has now changed career to pursue her long-standing love of history and of London in particular. After two years of intensive study, Sarah-Jane qualified as a London Blue Badge Guide and was awarded Guide of the Year in 2012. She is passionate about the city she lives in with her family and loves to share its fascinating past and present with others.
Simon Dormandy is a freelance theatre director and teacher of English and Drama. Between 1997 and 2012 he was Head of Theatre Studies at Eton College, where his pupils included actors such as Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston and Harry Lloyd. Before turning to teaching he was an actor, spending five years with The Royal Shakespeare Company, two with Cheek By Jowl, and playing leading roles in major British theatres – including The Old Vic, The Chichester Festival Theatre, The Manchester Royal Exchange, and the Donmar Warehouse – as well as well as on television and film. He is a graduate of Oxford University with an MA in English Language and Literature.
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