Andy Catto is a qualified guide who loves the city of London. He really enjoys working with groups of walkers – aiming to provide a bit of education and some information hopefully all delivered in an entertaining fashion.
Andy is interested in bringing the past to life and peeling away the layers of history by telling the stories that built this amazing place – the people who have lived and worked in London over the years, from all walks of life. He will take you off the beaten track, encouraging people to notice clues to the past in the world around us, perhaps in street names or hidden signs.
He has experience of running walks for large & small groups and for all ages of client and receives consistently positive feedback. This often makes reference to his ability to be flexible in his delivery of a tour – he will focus on the particular interests & needs of his clients and certainly does not work from a script!
A couple of recent reviews:
I cannot tell you how very much everyone enjoyed the walk – they all thought you amazingly good! (Lots remarked how wonderful to have a guide with a sense of humour too!) Thank you so VERY much for a great morning! (U3A group)
A three and a half hours walk and every step new sights on very high towers or on tiny street art on Millennium Bridge. Andy made it a great tour with lots of information and insights into this new world. At the end all questions were answered and legs some 10 cm shorter. It´s worth every single penny! (German architect)
Portfolio of walks includes:
- Fire & Water: exploring all aspects of the Great Fire of London. The cataclysmic event that destroyed most of the City
- Read All About It: a stroll around Fleet Street discovering the amazing history of publishing & printing over hundreds of years
- Curiosities of Clerkenwell: exploring the fascinating and revolutionary past of London’s first suburb
- Secrets of the City: the ‘square mile’ loves ceremonial and pageantry and this walk lifts the veil on many secrets
- Revolutions & Rebellions: a walk from Smithfield to London Bridge – through a City that has seen more than its fair share of bloody events on its streets
- Angel Georgian Delights: find out if the Georgians created the modern world and we merely live in it on a circular stroll around Islington
Andy is a City of London Guide and also a Clerkenwell & Islington Guide. He guides at St John’s Gate, Clerkenwell – the museum of the Order of the Knights of St John