Official Guides to the City of London

Andy Ellis

Languages:

English.

Themes:

Architecture, Crime and punishment, Romans, Samuel Pepys, Livery companies, Christopher Wren's London, City churches, General city tour, Financial Institutions, Great Fire of London.

Biography


My Father, who passed away in 2016, worked in Lombard Street in the City in the 1970s. He was something of an amateur guide and would take friends and colleagues on Walks around the City.

In 2019 I found Dad's tour notes and, with a couple of friends,  began following the routes of his Walks.  We bumbled around and often got somewhat lost - this was at a time when I didn't even know where to find the Bank of England!

A friend then asked if I'd organise a Walk as part of her birthday celebrations. I planned the route, walked it to and fro and did my research. On the day itself I had a tour party of ten people. They seemed to enjoy it - I loved it and thought "this is the thing for me".

Accordingly I started to devise my own walks and take people around the City and Docklands.

In 2022 I was delighted to qualify as an official City Guide. 

The rest, as they say, is history!

PLEASE!

While you are here, please look at this charity event being held in the City in 2023: 42up.org.uk

 

Qualifications

Institute of Tourist Guiding Green Badge

Guided Tours

Few of my walks follow any particular theme. They encompass different areas of the City and aim to bring you a gamut of its rich and sometimes peculiar history.

Duration of most walks is around 90-120 minutes though, as a result of recent demand, I also have some which are just one hour.

All walks start and end near an underground or railway station. Several also just happen to finish somewhere handy for a traditional City pub!

A few times each year I also offer a longer tour, not in the City but in the London Docklands. This takes around 3 hours plus a lunch break of 60-90 minutes.

There are several scheduled walks each month, details and booking via Eventbrite.

I can also offer private tours for your family, friends or colleagues - details on my website.

Regular Walks

4th Monday of each month, most months

CITY ESSENTIALS - Monument to Cornhill (Bank underground)
Old churches, new towers, fire and plague, livery companies, slave trade, Loch Ness monster(!), prominent City characters plus how a sewage worker got rich.

4th Wednesday of each month, January to November: three short walks of 60-75 minutes each.

TALLOW and GARLICK – begins and ends at Cannon Street station
Discover the story of Swan Upping, maybe meet a disgruntled ghost, hear the true tale of Dick Whittington and also the connection between aero engines and a 15th century organisation.

CORNHILL CIRCLE – begins and ends at Cannon Street station
Banking, postal service, Romans, the Underground, a dose of Dickens, a mysterious stone and more.

 LUDGATE LOOP – starts and ends at St Pauls tube
More than one Great Fire, bird of prey, clairvoyant cat, a reflective look at the cathedral plus a big nail.
This is a free Walk but you must register via Eventbrite

For dates and bookings please visit Eventbrite

Upcoming Walks

BARTS & BAILEY – St Pauls tube to St Bartholomew the Great (Barbican/Farringdon stations)
Early education; the fate of the Friars, crime and punishment; ghoulish goings on; City’s oldest hospital and maybe its oldest Church.

CITY ESSENTIALS - Monument to Cornhill (Bank underground)
Old churches, new towers, fire and plague, livery companies, slave trade, Loch Ness monster(!), prominent City characters plus a sewage worker who was richly rewarded after committing a crime.

DOCKLANDS NORTH BANK – Docklands Museum to Tower Hill station (3.5 to 4.5 hours)
A lost river, Limekiln Wharf, Limehouse Church,  Limehouse Cut and Basin, Shadwell Park and Basin, Tobacco Dock, Joseph Turner.
Break for pub lunch
Brunel Tunnel, Captain Kidd, Execution Dock, River Police, Wapping riverfront and docks, St Katherine’s Dock, Tower Bridge

FAKE FACTS, FOLKLORE & FRAUD - Monument to Postmans’ Park (St Paul’s tube, City Thameslink)
A foray into some of the City’s folklore, fictions, fake facts and fraud plus a medley of misconceptions, misinformation and myth. Stories about the Great Fire, Plague, a pair of mice, the City’s first recorded streaker, a brave but fictional clergyman and how a bubble burst in the 1700s.

GREAT FIRE – from The Monument to Paternoster Square
Treading the embers of the Great Fire – and discovering some less fiery features along the way.

For dates and bookings please visit Eventbrite