Thames River Cruise
A Lesser known London
Peter is a working London black cab driver whose biography reads like a picture postcard book of the Capital. Born ‘within the sound of the Bow Bells’, he has spent his whole life living and working in London. He spent his formative years as a chorister at St Paul's Cathedral, later graduating with Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Social Policy from 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.
Maurizio is originally from Cortona, Italy. He studied as an interpreter and continued on with a second University Degree in Languages and Visual Arts in Siena (with Honours). He worked as teacher, interpreter and guide in Italy until 1990 the year when he settled in London. Since then he qualified as a Blue Badge Guide and City Guide. He receive a third University Degree in Philosophy and Theology University of Louvain (Belgium) London campus (Allen Hall). He attended visual arts courses at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate Gallery and City Lit. He has become an Art Expert for Tate Galleries. Alongside with his guiding, he is also tutoring and lecturing for the Tate Galleries and the Institute of Tourist Guiding (History of Art).
Alan Montgomery 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 PhD in which he analysed 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 PhD research, which will be published by Edinburgh University Press in 2020.
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