Official Guides to the City of London

Chris Ruff




Gardens and open spaces, General city tour, Legal London, The River Thames, Wartime, City churches, The Great Fire of London.


Thanks for dropping by.

The City of London is a part of the capital like no other.  Our City is the original London founded by the Romans in the first century AD which has continually changed and developed since that time.  Today the City is known throughout the world as an international financial centre but there are 2000 years of history at your feet as you discover the 'Square Mile' with its traditions, lovely gardens, Wren churches, buildings ancient and modern and a whole lot more. 

Visit the City

The walks you find listed on my page are all done with the proceeds going to a selected charity. 

The BT Benevolent Fund (Registered Charity No. 212565) is my current choice.  The Fund was first founded as a Post Office charity in 1853 and now serves past and present BT people including pensioners and their dependents who are suffering financial hardship.  The grants and payments made by the fund can make a great difference to peoples lives even if it is just a few pounds.

If you have a group looking for a walk and would like to help the BT Benevolent Fund at the same time, please drop me an e-mail and I will help where I can.

Over £11,000 has been raised so far for various good causes including the BT Benevolent Fund and the NSPCC's ChildLine. BT Benevolent Fund ChildLine


Islington born and bred

City of London Guide (since 1998)

Clerkenwell & Islington Guide (since 1995)

Wembley Stadium Guide and Visitor Host (since 2007)

Institute of Tourist Guiding Registered Guide and Associate (since its inception in 2002)

Accredited Guide to The Postal Museum

Past Chairman of the City of London Guide Lecturers Association (City Guides)

Past Chairman of the Clerkenwell and Islington Guides Association

Former City of London Police Museum Guide

Former Guide at St John's Gate, Clerkenwell 

Freeman of the City of London

Celebration Maker at HM The Queen's 90th Birthday Patrons Lunch in 2016

Games Maker at the Olympic Stadium during the London 2012 Olympic Games

Visitor Host at the Millennium Dome in 2000

Institute of Tourist Guiding

Clerkenwell and Islington Guides


Friends of the City Churches

The Friends of the City Churches is an architectural heritage charity dedicated to preserving the beautiful and unique churches found within the square mile of the City of London

The Friends of the City Churches

Friends of the Watts Memorial

The Watts Memorial to Heroic Self-Sacrifice in Postman’s Park London is a Victorian monument dedicated to people who lost their own life while attempt to save the life of another. It was conceived and built by the Victorian artist George Frederick Watts and unveiled to the public in 1900.

62 people are commemorated on 54 ceramic tablets mounted upon a wall within a wooden cloister. The ages of those commemorated range from 8-year-old Henry Bristow to Daniel Pemberton, who was 61 when he died. The earliest recorded incident is that of Sarah Smith, a pantomime artist who perished in 1863, and all but one of the people who feature died between 1863 and 1827. The memorial is dedicated to ‘everyday’ heroism; acts of life-risking bravery, undertaken by otherwise ordinary people, largely in the course of their everyday life, and usually within commonplace surroundings.

The Friends of the Watts Memorial


Guided Tours

The proceeds of all the walks listed here will be donated to the BT Benevolent Fund (Registered Charity No. 212565).

  • The City's Postal and Telecoms Heritage
  • City War Memorials
  • Bank to Liverpool Street
  • Bank to the Tower of London
  • Barbican
  • Blackfriars
  • Cheapside
  • City Gardens
  • The City in the Blitz
  • Fleet Street
  • The Great Fire of London
  • Alongside the Thames
  • Smithfield
  • The Vicinity of St Paul’s and Paternoster Square

In addition:

From Pillar to Post - GPO London Walking Tours

Join an accredited guide for a walking tour through 350 years of London’s history and reveal how the ingenuity of the postal service shaped the world we live in today. From the coffee houses of the 1600s to electronic communication, walks include the story of Victorian postal reform, the growth of the GPO, the evolution of Mail Rail and the development of post boxes and telephone kiosks.

All GPO walking tours are led by trained and accredited guides for Clerkenwell and Islington, and the City of London.

£10 per person, £8 concessions, £6 for friends of the Postal Museum and free for accompanied children under 12 years old.

Walks start at 11am at Bank Junction (on the steps of the Royal Exchange) near to Bank Underground Station and last around 2 hours.  They end at Farringdon Station which is a short walk from The Postal Museum should you wish to visit it afterwards.

No need to book, just turn up and meet the guide, who will be wearing a Cityguides badge.

Last date for 2019:

Sunday 24th November

Camden Guides are also doing a series of related walks this year, details can be found here:

Postal Museum Walking Tours 2019 

Lord Mayor's Show

Lord Mayor's Show

This is a wonderful day out in the City for all the family.

The Lord Mayor's Show has been taking place since 1215. 

The next one is on Saturday 14th November 2020.

Lord Mayor Elect

The Household Cavalry's State Dress is only worn in the presence of royalty and the Lord Mayor of London.  This custom dates back to the restoration of the monarchy when Parliament refused to pay for the kettle drummers and trumpeters for Charles II so the Lord Mayor provided the money!

Alderman William Russell was elected and the 692nd Lord Mayor of the City of London on 2nd October 2019.  He will take office at the Silent Ceremony in Guildhall on 8th November and on the following day the 9th, as part of the Lord Mayors Show he will ride through the City streets to take the oath of allegiance at the Royal Courts of Justice and be 'shown' to the citizens.