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Mark is a member of both the City of London Guides Lecturer’s Association and the City of Westminster Guide Lecturers Association.
I have always been fascinated with urban development and the influences on the built environment, and where better to feed that fascination than London?
So, after two years of intensive study, I qualified as an Institute of Tourist Guiding accredited tour guide for the City of London and as a tour guide for the City of Westminster and now have the pleasure of sharing the delights of the greatest city in the world with everyone who comes on one of my guided walks.
So, what should you expect on one of my walks?
A quick read of my blog should give you some idea of my style, but suffice to say I’m not an academic or historian, nor an actor filling in between jobs regurgitating someone else’s pre-prepared scripts.
What I am is an enthusiast of the history of London. I research and write all my own walks and I love sharing the fascinating stories that lurk in the city’s past and how they helped shape the amazing city that London is today.
I aim to share these stories in an informative, engaging, but above all entertaining way with those who come on my guided walking tours. These are not street lectures; whilst you will always come away from one of my walks with a few choice nuggets of information to share with your friends, I like above all to have fun on my walks. I hugely enjoy doing this and I want you to enjoy the experience just as much.
Do I succeed? Well, I’ll leave that for others to say!
Walks currently on Footprints of London:
Description: All Londoners know that this is the where the real London lies; The City, the “Square Mile”, the historic beating heart of London founded by the Romans. Nearly 2000 years of history in two hours and a must-do for Londoners and visitors alike, because until you know The City, you don’t know London…
Description: London: a home for the ambitious and a haven for those with need. And ‘twas ever thus. Founded by a multi-national Roman force and described by Milton in 1644 as “the mansion house of liberty”, join me to hear the stories of how London grew into a true global city of around 270 nationalities.
Description: Dickens said “But the streets of London, to be beheld in the very height of their glory, should be seen on a dark, dull, murky winter’s night…” Join me along the paths of his epic night walks to hear how his observations of the slumbering city inspired his legendary themes and characters.
Description: Some mad some bad, some downright dangerous. Some visionary, others so misguided that they couldn’t have found their way with Satnav. And some just in the wrong place at the wrong time. But all with one thing in common; a fascinating story to tell in the history of our great city. Come and meet them!
Description: We take social networking for granted, but how did the Victorians go about it in the days of the horse and carriage and strait-laced social conventions? Join me for a stroll around genteel St James’s to hear the story of the explosive growth (and dramatic decline) of the St James’s Gentlemen’s clubs.
Description: Wolf Hall brought to life the personal and political machinations of this most turbulent period, but the Great Fire rendered physical traces of the Tudor age hard to find in today’s London. Unless, that is, you know where to look… Join me to discover the places that tell the stories behind the stories of Wolf Hall.