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Mike D.

London, UK, United Kingdom

Hi, my name is Mike and I have lived in London for 35 years.

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 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, 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, 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.

And I haven't even mentioned the food and antique markets, the pubs and bars, the regenerated docklands and Olympic Park, spying, World War Two and the Blitz, tea in a smart hotel or a trip on the Thames to Greenwich to see the National Maritime Museum.

Let's go and explore.

A Recent Review of this guide

I would book this tour 100 times over or any tour Michael was leading. He was very informative and his depth of knowledge was incredible. Book him if you are ever in London . . . he is the best!
Leslie Homra

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London Blue Badge Guide

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I guide in English only

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Tower of London and St Paul's Cathedral,...

Castle and Crown Jewels and Sir Christopher Wren's baroque masterpiece

338 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

4 hours

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Hampton Court Palace Private Tour

Tudor glory with private transport and Blue Badge Guide

514 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

4 hours

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Royal Windsor

The Queen's favourite Palace with private transport and a qualified,...

514 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

4 hours

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Royal Windsor and Hampton Court Private,...

Two of the finest Royal palaces in the land with private transport,...

690 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

8 hours

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A private introductory guided tour of,...

Explore London's 2000 year old history from the Romans to the modern,...

419 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

8 hours

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Stonehenge and medieval England

Stonehenge and one of England's glorious Cathedral cities with private,...

1075 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

9 hours

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Royal Greenwich Tour

Royal Palace, Royal Navy, Trade and Time with Private Guide

473 USD per tour

(for up to 8 people)

8 hours

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Portsmouth Historic Dockyards Tour

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A trip through Britain's maritime history.

1014 USD per tour

(for up to 3 people)

8 hours

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The British Museum Tour

One of the world's finest museums to human progress

254 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

2 hours

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