Literary tours, Magna Carta, Medieval London, Romans, St Paul's Cathedral, Tours for children, Pub tours, Christopher Wren's London, City churches, Driver Guiding, General city tour.
GREAT WITH KIDS!
See the City with a top qualified London guide!
Kevin is a professional tour guide officially registered with the British Tourist Guide Institute. He has the highest professional qualifications in the tour sector. making him part of an elite team exclusively permitted to guide in London attractions and UK sites.
2006 gained British Tourist Guide Institute 'Blue Badge' qualification.
2007 gained City of London Guide qualification.
2009 gained Master’s Degree with merit in London History at the University of London.
2011 gained accredited examiner status for the British Tourist Guide Institute.
2018 gained Tour Operator of the Year award.
2020 gained City of Westminster Guide qualification with distinction.
Kevin is great with kids! He is registered to conduct coach & walking tours and was an accredited guide for London 2012 Olympics. He holds a London taxi licence having passed ‘The Knowledge’, one of the most rigorous and gruelling tests of brain power in the world. Also admitted as a Freeman of the City of London, Kevin is the ONLY London guide to hold all these relevant qualifications.
Kevin was born and bred in south London, his school overlooking the city. He studied production at the London College of Printing, journalism at St Martin's College, guiding at Imperial College and City University, and history at the University of London. Kevin's expertise stretches from history, art and literature (writing on these subjects as a qualified journalist), to music, pubs and football (he has worked within the professional game and is a member of the Football Writers' Association). He has lectured for the James Joyce Society in Dublin (as producer of the official soundtrack to Ulysses), the Institute of Tour Guides training programme, and in 2010 delivered a series of talks on the 'Swinging 60s' for the National Portrait Gallery in London.
KEVIN'S CITY OF LONDON WALKS
‘SHAKESPEARE’S LONDON’ WALK – In the footsteps of the Great Bard.
This walk follows in the footsteps of the great bard through the City of London, taking one of his greatest plays, Macbeth, as a background theme. We start in the northern part of the City where Shakespeare settled with a London merchant family. Then we make our way south through the City , examining Shakespeare connections on the way, and using almost certainly the same route the bard himself would have taken as he made his way to his main place of work on the south side of the river. Next, through Southwark, which had a reputation for low-living, with taverns, gambling, entertainment, brothels, and the location of countless smelly industries. Some parts have remained untouched since Shakespeare’s time. Finally, we reach Bankside where Shakespeare worked at his beloved Globe Theatre. En route, we will uncover a whole host of fascinating talking points, including links to some of other great writers in the English language, the stinky old alleyway that helped to endow America’s foremost university, London’s last galleried coaching inn and London’s oldest Gothic church, all of which have Shakespeare connections.
● Complete your walk with a guided tour of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre (in-house guides).
SOUL CITY WALKIN’ – Events, institutions and individuals behind the City’s history.
Today, the City of London is regarded as the belly of banking, the heart of insurance, the nerve-centre of trading. In short, the business capital of the world. But if we dig a little deeper, we will find ancient street names evoking old trading roots which can lead us on a fantastic soulful journey through the world’s financial torso. There are some strong literary links. Indeed the novelist Charlotte Bronte declared: ‘In the West End you may be amused, but in the City you are deeply excited.’ The wide variety in architectural style reveals the City has suffered its share of adversities. However, like the song says, ‘From the ashes of disaster grow the roses of success’, and the City developed a remarkable phoenix-like tendency to regenerate itself. Thus, we find Roman remains alongside the latest high-tech skyscrapers, and Wren churches defiantly preaching from all corners. Discover the story of the Great Fire of London, how cockneys got their name, and the Princess Pocahontas connection. Plus, the legends behind the Wall of Sacrifice, the men who saved Shakespeare from oblivion, and the site of London’s most notorious prison.
● Complete your walk with a guided tour of St Paul’s Cathedral (tour & entrances £extra).
‘THE HIDDEN TEMPLE’ WALK – Ancient sanctum of legal eagles and knights errant.
This walk examines the ancient law centre of London and the mysterious past practices of its inhabitants. One of London’s oldest and most mysterious churches, this is a hidden medieval gem made famous by its appearance in the controversial book Da Vinci Code. The rare circular nave was built in 1185 and modelled on St Sepulcre in Jerusalem where Christ is buried. See the tiny cell where knights were left to die, the famous effigies, and the grotesques said to be modelled on medieval construction workers. Your guide will also explain the two symbols that seem to appear everywhere: the lamb & flag and the winged horse. Legends abound and will be discussed, including: the legend of the Knights Templar, the legend of the cross-legged knights, and the legend of William Marshall, main mediator in the struggle for Magna Carta. The environs are fascinating too, not least the Middle Temple’s literary links, with Shakespeare, Dickens, Johnson and many more represented. And yet more legends, including the infamous Sanctuary, where criminals clashed with lawyers.
● Note: entrance fee charged to Temple Church. Church opening times cannot be guaranteed.
‘2000 YEARS IN 2 HOURS’ WALK – London through the ages.
London. How did it all come about? This walk examines, in chronological order, some of the main historic events in the development of one of the world’s greatest cities. We start at the River Thames with stories of the mysterious Celts before we move onto London’s Roman remains nearby. Next, we look at the Saxon and Viking legacy. The Norman and Plantagenet dynasties take us onto medieval London (note: A short trip by public transport may be necessary to save time). Then, we find the monastery founded for monks to pray for souls of the Black Death. We find the place where the Peasants’ Revolt came to a pointed end. The religious strife of the Reformation is also examined including the legend of Bloody Mary. How did the Great Fire start? We will find out. When was the ‘London mob’ at its most powerful? We will find out. The effect of the Industrial Revolution and the Blitz on London are examined as we make our way to the Millennium Bridge. We have just covered 2,000 of years, yet from here we see aspects of 21st century London through its ever-changing skyline.
● Complete your walk with a guided tour of the Museum of London (free entry, tour £extra) .