Official Guides to the City of London

Francis Pugh




Architecture, Gardens and open spaces, Public art.



I was born in London and am a City of London resident.

I have been a City Guide since 2009 and lead walks that take their themes from my wide-ranging interest in art, architecture and design from 1800 to the present day.

Other themes come from my practical involvement in helping increase the biodiversity of the City as a volunteer in the Barbican Estate's Fann Street Wildlife Garden and as a Friend of City Parks & Gardens. 

Before I retired in 2008 I was a Lecturer in Culture, Policy & Management at City University and from 1994 to 2005 I worked in the V&A Education Department as Higher Education Events Organiser and was responsible for the Museum's programme of study days and academic conferences.




Current walks include:

  • Barbican, city within the City
  • Barbican Landscapes, a Concrete Paradise?
  • Metropolitan Improvements: Smithfield and Holborn Viaduct
  • Towering Ambition: the City today
  • Shopping & Eating, a consuming passion
  • Walls, Gates and Other Barriers: City enclaves past and present
  • City Gardens: enhancing biodiversity
  • Architectural Sculpture: the public face of City commerce

Tailor-made walks can be arranged to suit special interest and educational groups.


Guided Tours


Master of Fine Art, Cornell University

Associate of the Institute of Tourist Guiding

City of London Green Badge Guide, awarded Katrine Prince Prize, 2009

National Trust volunteer guide, The Goldfinger House, 2 Willow Road, Hampstead

Architecture Foundation walk leader

Devised and led guided walks for the former City of London Festival 2010-2015