Official Guides to the City of London

Alison Turner




Crime and punishment, Gardens and open spaces, Guildhall Art Gallery, Journalism and the press, Literary tours, Romans, Samuel Johnson, Samuel Pepys, St Paul's Cathedral, Wartime, Pub tours, Christopher Wren's London, City churches, Christmas Walks, Great Fire of London.


Hello! As well as a qualified City guide I'm a crime novelist and producer of history documentaries for TV including C4's Time Team - experience which I hope helps me to bring a storyteller's ear and eye to my guided walks.

I'm passionate about the extraordinary history of the City of London - the capital's ancient heart - and keen to share that passion and reveal the lesser-known side of the City.

My walks take us into the City's hidden corners to discover its eye-opening stories - the quirky, the unexpected and sometimes gruesome - while always aiming to leave my guests with a smile on their face!

I guide for the City of London Information Centre and also host private tours - for the latter I limit numbers to 15 to enhance interaction and allow group members to ask questions - preferably in a memorable coffee shop or pub!


Guided Tours

Tours cover a wide range of themes (please see the website for dates and details.)

    • Burnings, beheadings and bodysnatching - a walk into the City's gruesome history of crime and punishment

    • The Flame and the Fury - the Great Fire of London and The Blitz of 1940. How destruction by fire reshaped the City and revealed its hidden history

    • City of Words - the City has provided a rich canvas for writers from Shakespeare to T S Eliot, Pepys to Dickens. See the sights that inspired them.

    • Londinium AD43 - what the Romans did for us. The extraordinary stamp they left on London to this day in the shape of ruined temples, public baths, and 7000 seat amphitheatre

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'Educational, intriguing and very fascinating history of London’s darker side!

I went on the crime, punishment and execution walking tour through the City of London with Alison. Cannot recommend enough! Alison had a clear structure and communication from the start, ensuring all of us on the tour understood everything and could follow along the entire tour. Very engaging and knowledgable, I learned a lot and can’t wait for the next one !'

Mathilda, London SW11