My interests are history and, more particularly, British Imperial expansion and its impact on the wider world. I have a 1st Class Honours degree in War Studies from King's College, University of London and a Masters degree in Naval History from Exeter.
I am a Blue Badge guide, the highest qualification in the UK and thus allowed to guide almost everywhere that guiding is permitted. I am also a licensed driver-guide with a Mercedes E350 station-wagon and able to take four passengers. Trips can, therefore, be arranged out of London; for instance to Windsor Castle and Hampton Court, Oxford or Stratford, Bath and Stonehenge or pretty much wherever you would like to go.
London is one of the world's great cities with approximately 8. 5 million inhabitants who speak 300 languages and a story dating back to the Roman invasion in the 1st century AD. Based around two centres, the 'City' to the east which is still one of the world's financial powerhouses and Westminster to the west which is the seat of power, both royal and political. In London, we can use the car, or London's great Black Cabs, public transport or we could proceed on Shank's Pony (on foot!).
In the City, the Tower of London contains a thousand years of British history in one site. Castle and the royal palace, prison and site of execution, menagerie and armoury, Beefeaters and Ravens and, most famously of all, the fabulous bling that is the Crown Jewels. You have to see to believe!
Just up the road is St Paul's Cathedral, Christopher Wren's masterpiece, the burial site of British heroes and venue for the Royal wedding between Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales. See spectacular modern buildings set against medieval churches and hidden gardens all squeezed into a square mile on the Roman street footprint.
To the west, we have Westminster set around the Abbey, the church of Coronations since Edward the Confessor, and burial place of Kings and Queens, Writers, Scientists, Artists and Politicians. Close by are the Houses of Parliament, Whitehall, Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace as well as Royal Parks, great shopping, hotels, restaurants, galleries, memorials and theatres.
In the middle, we find Bloomsbury with the British Museum with its extraordinary collection devoted to human progress. London's legal land is also to be found here with its cloistered Inns of Court and the Royal Courts of Justice where the lawyers get to ply their trade.
2020 is the 400th anniversary of the voyage of the Mayflower to the New World. I often do tours for people who are researching their ancestry. If you are interested in your genealogy in this big anniversary year please do let me know and I would be delighted to put together a bespoke trip for you.
Let's go and explore.
A Recent Review of this guide
Outstanding tour with Mike!! Mike was very accommodating from start to finish. We met at our hotel,(which was truly the beginning of the tour)rode the tube to the Tower which was a first and then the real history lesson began! Truly a great experience for first timers in London. Highly recommend Toursbylocals!! Many thanks Mike Laurie and John Toronto
London Blue Badge Guide.
I am also a licenced driver-guide.
I guide in English only