Official Guides to the City of London

Stephen Willis

Languages:

English.

Themes:

Gardens and open spaces, Literary tours, Romans, Samuel Pepys, Livery companies, Evening walks, Christopher Wren's London, Public art, City churches, General city tour, Lectures and talks, Virtual tours, Great Fire of London.

Biography

I would love to have the chance to share my love of London with you!

For as long as I can remember I’ve loved introducing others to places, people and aspects of life I’m passionate about myself. That led me to become a secondary school teacher following a Music degree at Cambridge University. But some time ago I swapped the classroom for the world beyond, and now I love showing people round fascinating parts of London, whether landmarks known all over the world for their historical and cultural importance or corners even Londoners might never have noticed before.

I’m a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. I feel very fortunate that my ancestors lived and worked in the Square Mile for generations from the 1700s to the 1900s, and that’s what sparked my interest in the wonderful and unique City of London and led me to train as a City guide.

I’m also a very keen and active musician as a clarinettist, pianist, composer and conductor, and for 9 very happy years I sang as a Gentleman of Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace.

I would be delighted to hear from you either to discuss a general tour or something more bespoke.

Guided Tours

  • ‘Music for a while shall all your cares beguile’: Music in the City of London
  • Royal London
  • The Ward Clubs of the City of London
  • Invaders, Settlers, Traders, Commuters

Reviews

‘Music for a while shall all your cares beguile’ for the London Gardens Trust: “Stephen was utterly brilliant. He did beguile!” Sarah Y, SW London 

Royal London: ”Fantastic tour! Lots of interesting facts. Stephen was excellent!” S. Whitney

Royal London: “Stephen was a brilliant tour guide! Very personable and professional. He told wonderful tales.” B. Rosen, USA

Heritage Walk for the United Wards Club of the City of London: “Thank you so much for your clear, interesting and delightful walk in the City.” / “What fun we had! I learnt so much. Thank you.” / “You were a wonderful host and guide and your vast amount of knowledge was impressive. The whole ‘adventure’ was conducted in a happy atmosphere that was felt by the whole group. Such a lovely, companionable and refreshing trip around a part of London we thought we knew well but obviously did not. Thank you for all your hard work and for making the day so enjoyable.”