I will meet my guests in the area of St Paul's Cathedral, and I will describe how and why it came to be built by the great architect, Sir Christopher Wren. Then we will walk around the heart of the City, taking in some of the finest 17th Century Churches including those which are now beautiful and atmospheric gardens. We will take a lift to a superb viewing point of St Paul's great dome and see across the River Thames. We will walk along Cheapside and hear about the famous bells of St Mary le Bow, visit the 15th Century Guildhall and see the exceptional reconstruction of part of the Roman Amphitheatre. We will see Mansion House and hear about past and present Lord Mayors of London and some of the famous prisoners once held in the cells there. We will stand outside the Bank of England and the Royal Exchange and I will talk to people about how they came to be, how they have changed and what they do today. We will explore some of the ancient alleyways, including those where Coffee Houses began and where Charles Dickens set many of his novels. We will visit the stunning Leadenhall Market, which is a Victorian architectural jewel and the setting of many well-known films. Finally we reach the exciting and innovative new architecture of 'the Insurance Quarter' and look at some very novel ways in which architects have used space
I am a qualified City of London Green Badge Guide, accredited by the Institute of Tourist Guiding. I am also a teacher of Photography and can combine my tours with tailored photographic instruction in order that my guests get truly memorable photos. I have a passion for the City, which is also known as the Square Mile, and can give my guests entertaining and informative tours that cover everything from the earliest Roman history of London (Londinium) to the exciting, cutting edge architecture of today's City. I can show people the unseen City, show them where the gold bullion of many countries is stored and show people the best views. I can tell people about how, where and when 17th Century London was consumed, almost, entirely by fire and how there was a second 'Great Fire of London' in 1940. My tours are fun and factual
St Paul's Cathedral, St Mary le Bow, ruins of Christchurch Greyfriars, view from 1 New Change to St Paul's Dome, Guildhall Yard and Roman Amphitheatre, Bank of England, Royal Exchange and Mansion House, Leadenhall Market, architecture of the 'Insurance Quarter' including such iconic structures as The Lloyds Building, The 'Cheesegrate' and 'The Gherkin'
Waterproof Clothing and/or umbrella if the weather is wet
The walk will cover about 1.5 miles over 2 hours at a leisurely pace with plenty of opportunities for questions and photographs. There are few steps and a lift is available for the visit to the Roman Amphitheatre. On days when it is raining or cold please bring waterproof/warm clothing and umbrella
Walk in the Historic City of London