A proud holder of the prestigious London Blue Badge Tourist Guide qualification, (amongst other guiding qualifications), I can offer you private tours of the very best locations that London has to offer. Included are the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Cathedral, the British Museum, the National Gallery, Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace (during summer opening). . . . the list is long.
I also guide further afield in wonderful places such as Windsor Castle, Hampton Court, Bath and the Cotswolds. If required, I can arrange a car and driver for your exclusive, private guided tours out of London.
I also love offering themed guided London tours. How did London develop from a muddy Roman foreshore to become one of the world's most important financial hubs? I'll show you how and where it all began.
Intrigued by our royal family? Join me in a walk around Royal London - the palaces, the stories, the history, the pomp and ceremony, the scandal and the gossip. . .
Love architecture? I'll show you medieval churches, lead you through ancient alleyways and reveal the beautiful churches of Sir Christopher Wren which are a unique feature of the City of London, even parts of the ancient Roman wall which can be found in some very surprising hidden places. Lots of world-class contemporary architecture too.
London was founded on the banks of the River Thames - but why? I can take you on a river-side walk to show and tell you about the history of London's global trading past. Or we could cross the Thames and discover what happened on the south bank; the "wild" side of Southwark, with its early theatres and other more dubious places of entertainment, all within the shadow of the Shard.
Want shivers down your spine with tales of London's grim and grisly past? Later on, after dark, we'll take torches and discover Smithfield's gruesome history. Just be mindful not to linger in the shadows for too long. .
. . . And that's just a little teaser of the themes I cover in my London tours.
Why don't you email me and tell me what interests YOU and I'll compose a private tour just for you!
Architecture, churches, 17th Century coffee house history, in-depth financial history, Royal London, The Great Fire, literary London, the River Thames - or what about a highlights tour with a bit of everything? If you want to snap and dash (photos of everything) we can do that too.
I am proud to be one of the few official fully-qualified City of London Guides & Lecturers who is also a St Paul's Cathedral guide. I have in-depth knowledge of the history of the cathedral and its construction after the Great Fire of 1666. I'm also something of a Sir Christopher Wren fan. It would be my pleasure to personally guide you through this world-famous cathedral with its London landmark dome, and take you on a walking tour down alleyways to discover some of his other hidden gems.
But if it's art you're after, I'm also an official guide at one of London's best-kept secrets; Guildhall Art Gallery. With its important collection of Victorian paintings, it's historic London art and hidden Roman amphitheatre, it is well-worth discovering and we could include it in a City of London tour.
About me: Guiding is my passion. I'm also a dog-owning, country-walking, museum-junkie, old books on London-collecting knitting nut that drinks rather a lot of tea, preferably from a London-themed mug with a slice of something nice on the side.
Coming to London? Great! Feel free to get in touch and let's work out how to make the most of your time.
It's my job and my pleasure to show you the wonders of London so that you go home with precious memories to cherish forever. And a few photos of course!
Looking forward to hearing from you,
With warmest wishes
A Recent Review of this guide
Vivien gave us 2 wonderful days of touring London. She was very knowledgeable about the history and customs of the sights and people. She also saved us much time and knew where and when we would have less congestion. We will recommend Vivien to anyone going to London.
Proud holder of the London Blue Badge Tourist Guide qualification.
Member of the Institute of Tourist Guiding (MITG).
City of London Guide & Lecturer - Institute of Tourist Guiding (ITG) accredited.
St Paul's Cathedral Guide - Institute of Tourist Guiding (ITG) special accreditation.
City of Westminster Guide - University of Westminster, London.
Windsor Castle accredited guide.
Windsor & Eton accredited guide.
Guildhall Art Gallery Guide - City of London.
Accredited to guide inside Westminster Abbey, The Tower of London, British Museum, the National Gallery, St Paul's Cathedral, Windsor Castle, Hampton Court.
Member of The English Speaking Union.
Life-long member of the Tufty road saftey club.
Passionate about London history - Passionate about guiding.
My tours are mostly walking tours using public transport and/or taxis when required, but I can hire a comfortable vehicle and a driver if requested.