Official Guides to the City of London

Robert French

Languages:

English.

Themes:

General city tour, Literary tours, Religion, The Great Fire of London, The River Thames, Financial Institutions, Journalism and the press, Medieval London, Romans, Samuel Johnson, Samuel Pepys, Christopher Wren's London, Evening walks, Christmas Walks.

Biography

I'm Robert French, a native Londoner, raised in the South East London suburb of New Eltham, not far from where Henry VIII was raised.

I'm a qualified guide for the City of London and Clerkenwell and Islington.

I love to show people some of the great things we have on offer and draw out what's happened over the ages.  I like quirky links between people and places, literature, singing and humour, so I try to keep my tours entertaining and light-hearted, but grounded in fact.  I love to research new topics, so if you have a particular topic you want to focus on for a team event or private group tour, please do let me know.  I've done several such tours recently and really enjoyed them - who would have thought "City Computers, of the History of Accountancy in the City" could be fun, but it was!

Qualifications

I'm qualified as a City of London and Clerkenwell and Islington guide.

I have a good grounding in the workings of the City and its instituations through my other job as a finance manager - I'm a qualified management accountant and have been Head of Treasury for a major UK corporate.

Put that together and hopefully you get an enjoyable and insightful tour!

Guided Tours

Recently: Charles Dickens in the City, Roman London, London's River, City Computers (The Accountants' Tour), City Ages (the City through history), Great Fire of London. 

I specialise in commissions and themes, but am also happy to do a general introduction to suit.  For me it's important that the group has fun and gets what they want out of the walk.