As a proud holder of the prestigious London Blue Badge Tourist Guide qualification (amongst other guiding qualifications), I am able to offer you tours of the very best locations that London has to offer, whether it be the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Cathedral, the British Museum, the National Gallery. . . . . . .
But I also guide further afield in wonderful places such as Windsor Castle, Hampton Court, Bath and the Cotswolds - I can always arrange a car and driver for your exclusive, private guided tours out of London.
I specialise in themed guided London tours. How did London develop from a muddy Roman foreshore to become one of the world's most important financial centers? I'll show you how and where it all began.
Intrigued by our royal family? Let me show you historic royal London, where they live, where they lived, even where they shopped!
Love old buildings? 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. Lots of world-class contemporary architecture too.
London was founded on the banks of the River Thames - 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 it's 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 grisley 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.
Or perhaps email me and tell me what interests you and I'll compose a 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?
I am also 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.
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 to show you the wonders of London so that you go home with precious memories to cherish forever. And a few photos of course!
With warmest wishes
A Recent Review of this guide
Vivien is FANTASTIC! She gave my family of 5 (including 3 sons ages 15, 12 & 8) a guided tour of the Tower of London followed by a river cruise on the Thames and a walking tour of Westminster. The tour was both informative and entertaining -- Vivien is a human encyclopedia of knowledge. The best part to us was how well she related with the kids and kept them engaged and interested. I would give her 10 stars if the rating system went that high.
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.
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
Passionate about London history - Passionate about guiding.
My tours are mostly walking tours but if a vehicle and driver is required I can arrange this.