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!

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

UPCOMING WALKS

Friday September 30th: Barbican

Sunday October 9th: Bishopsgate

Wednesday October 12th: Cannon Street Circle and Ludgate Loop  (short walks of just one hour)

 Saturday October 15th: Great Fire

Saturday October 22nd: Docklands North Bank [to be confirmed]

Details and booking via Eventbrite.

ALSO

Saturday October 8th: free tours for  London Guiding Day