London Historians


Hazel Baker

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For a number of years Hazel has shared her passion for London by writing a London blog. Now, Hazel had moved her passion onto the streets of London, providing guided walks and private walking tours to clients. Hazel is a qualified Clerkenwell & Islington Guide. Her walking tours are engaging and enjoyable, exploring themes and digging a little deeper – bringing history to life. “I love a good story. I share factual accounts of people who have lived and loved in London, who used its dark corners to hide from justice and of those who have contributed to making London the world city it is today.”
Hazel offers a 25% discount for London Historians members, for example £6 for an £8 tour.

Fantastic! Hazel is a really knowledgeable and personable guide Rosie O

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Also see her web site & blog London Guided Walks
Mobile: 07545 020406
Twitter: @LookLondonWalks

Tina Baxter

a.k.a. Miss B Takes a Walk
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Tina adores the City of London, and her lively presentation style provides enjoyable and informative walks. She particularly likes the history of early London – the Medieval and Tudor periods, with a special interest in the history of food and drink. The City also offers plenty of scope to follow up others areas of interest, such as modern architecture and the many gardens and open spaces in the City.

Tina is a City of London Guide and is an associate member of the Institute of Tourist Guiding. She is also qualified to guide in the Guildhall Art Gallery and on the Committee of Friends of City Gardens. Tina is also working as a volunteer guide with the National Trust at 2 Willow Road.

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Mobile: 07963 778213

Discovering London

Peter Berthoud is a fully qualified and insured Westminster Guide.

His tours are informative, fun, flexible and inclusive. Peter offers some public walks but the majority of his time is spent writing and delivering personalised tours, for families, companies and educational organisations. All LH members automatically qualify for the maximum discount as a result of being both “Nice & Interesting”! Bookings for all public walks via Eventbrite
Read the latest reviews of Pete’s walks at Trip Advisor.
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Twitter: @PeteBSW1

Secret London Walks

Diane Burstein is one of London’s best known Blue Badge tour guides with 19 years’ experience of leading tours in the capital’s most vibrant and historically interesting districts.
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Aimed at both visitors and Londoners, Diane’s tours explore some of London’s lesser known districts. Visit and click on GROUP BOOKINGS for details of Diane’s wide repertoire of walking tours or email to obtain details of the latest bookable walks and visits for individuals to join. Prices on application but please mention your London Historians membership when emailing.
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Brian Cookson

Brian Cookson is a Blue Badge Guide and author, an expert specifically on the Thames and its bridges, but much more besides. His books include Crossing the River and London’s Waterside Walks.

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Brian offers London Historians group bookings at £90 instead of the standard £125. Contact Brian directly via his web page, here
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Colin Walks London

Colin Davey is a qualified City of Westminster Guide, City of London Guide and National Trust Guide. Colin has lived in London for over 30 years, and has worked in the West End, mid-town, and the City. Doing guided walks has been a natural extension from all the lecturing and public speaking he has done. He spent many years as a partner in a major law firm, and brings Legal London tours alive in a unique way.
Colin offers a 25% discount for London Historians members, for example £6 for an £8 tour.
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Contact Colin via his blog
Twitter: @colinwalklondon

Colin Del Strother

Colin is a London Blue Badge, Clerkenwell & Islington and City of Westminster guide. He holds the Blue Badge 2012 venues accreditation. Some suggested walks he could offer to LH members include:

  • Christian Heritage : From St Paul’s to Charterhouse Sq;
  • From the City to Southwark : From the Monument to the New Globe.
  • Regent’s Park and the Regent’s Canal
  • The Embankment
  • The New River in Islington
  • Little Venice, Paddington Basin and the canal network
  • Pimlico

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Colin offers LH members 25% discount on most walks in groups of minimum four people.
Contact Colin by email or phone 07535 787 745 or 020 8948 1166.


Robert Wynn (Bob) Jones is the author of The Lost City of London, dealing with the history of the City up to the time of the Great Fire of 1666. He also offers a range of guided walking tours on the same theme.

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Details can be found on his web-site
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Vania Gay

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Vania is a qualified City of Westminster Guide, City of London Guide and St Paul’s Cathedral Guide. She is also qualified to guide in the Guildhall Art Gallery.
Vania was born in southern Brazil and has lived in London for the past 25 years. She especially enjoys showing London to international visitors but she is constantly striving to design walks that would be of interest to all. Her tours are informative, enjoyable and can be tailored to suit your requirements. These tours can be adapted to suit the first time visitor or the keen London enthusiast and can be tailored for families, companies or organisations.
Her portfolio of walks includes among other: Gentlemen London, Royal Westminster; City of London for First Time Visitors and Gardens of the City.
Vania’s web site.
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Unreal City Audio

Led by London historian Dr Matthew Green, Unreal City Audio stages immersive, critically acclaimed tours of London as live events and audio downloads. With costumed actors and musicians hidden along the route, they seek to reinvent the traditional guided tour.
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The Coffeehouse Tour, an immersive whirlwind tour of London’s original coffeehouses telling the story of how a bitter black drink made the modern world. Free shots of 17th-century style coffee!
Ghosts of Fleet Street, tracing the rise and fall of the British mass media on one of London’s most depraved thoroughfares. With antique newspapers.
Dr Johnson’s Ramble, a merry lantern-lit jaunt through the literary convivial world of Dr Johnson, Boswell, and his cat Hodge. Featuring pit stops at his favourite taverns.
These tours have been featured by the Guardian, Telegraph, Londonist, Time Out, and the BBC.
A generous 25% discount for London Historians Members – just pay a tenner in cash on the day.
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Rachel Kolsky

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Engaging, knowledgeable and well-researched Rachel Kolsky is a prize-winning London Blue Badge Tourist Guide. Covering all areas of London and specialising in the East End, women’s history, shopping, quirky off-beat areas and the Jewish community, memories of all aspects of London’s rich and varied social history come flooding back. Before embarking on her career as Guide and Lecturer Rachel, a qualified librarian, worked as an information professional in the financial services industry for over 25 years. When not working or guiding she is very much involved with her local independent cinema, The Phoenix, East Finchley, where she is a Trustee. Rachel’s first book, a guide to, “Jewish London”, was published in March 2012 and she has been thrilled to be a guest lecturer on cruises since 2009.
Rachel’s web site: Go London Tours Rachel’s email

Walk the Lines - London Underground, Overground

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Join author and journalist Mark Mason on one of his trivia-packed walks which uncover London’s history by following a section of a Tube line … at street level. When a city is as littered with intriguing curiosities as this one, you need a framework to make sense of it all. What better framework than the Underground system? Join me as we take a stroll along a stretch of Tube line, learning about the secrets and oddities we pass along the way.
Each walk takes approximately 90 minutes and costs £8. Unless you’re older than Churchill was when he became Prime Minister (65), or younger than the number of stations on the Victoria Line (16), in which case you’re welcome along for £6. I’m also happy to arrange specially-tailored walks for private individuals or groups – please drop me an email for details.
More info on Mark’s web site: The Importance of Being Trivial.
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Westminster Walking

Joanna Moncrieff

Joanna Moncrieff is a Londoner and qualified Westminster Guide. Her tours specialise in food, drink and retail. If you wish to learn about historic shops, the best pubs, restaurants in London, or where to find the most cost-effective cream teas, Look no further. Joanna offers London Historians members 25% discount for both public and private walks.
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Robin Rowles

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Robin is a City of London Guide with a growing portfolio of walks. Robin’s walks include highlights tours like Treasures of the City, or thematic walks such as Sherlock Holmes in the City. Robin is also willing to create bespoke walks. The normal price for a walk is £8 but only £6 for London Historians!
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Laurence's Walks

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Laurence Scales is a guide specialising in offbeat historical walking tours focusing on intriguing and amusing tales of discovery, invention and intelligence. Laurence is a volunteer working at the Royal Institution for which he has devised walking tours, and also guides walks and tunnel tours for the London Canal Museum. Surprising life stories, eccentric personalities, startling achievements, and forgotten oddities particularly relating to science, technology and espionage are his passion. Welcoming residents and visitors who want to look beyond the main London attractions he reveals a wealth of lesser known historic sites and offers a double-take on some famous ones.
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Rob Smith

Rob is a member of Clerkenwell & Islington Guiding Association.
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“Despite my 20 years in London” he says “I’m always amazed how you can find a new street that’s got an amazing story to tell. The thing I like best about London is how a tiny thing, like a decoration on a building can tell a really big story. When you’re walking your following the footsteps of Londoners from the past, it makes the history come to life much more than just reading about it”
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Sue Sinton Smith

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Sue Sinton Smith is a fully qualified Clerkenwell and Islington Guide who is particularly keen to show people the less well known parts of Islington and Newham where she lives. Friendly and well informed, Sue hopes you’ll return after your walk to explore some more. Sue is happy to adapt her walks for people with a sight and hearing impairment and can lead the walks in French by arrangement. 25% discount is offered to members of London Historians.
Contact Sue for a private booking or to discuss a bespoke walk. Public walks bookable through Eventbrite.
Tel: 07968 424738
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Richard Watkins

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Richard is a native Londoner, and passionate about bringing to life London’s rich and contrary history. Richard is a City of Westminster Guide, a trained and experienced actor and worked for twenty plus years in the civil service in Whitehall. On his walks, he shows the characters and stories behind the buildings, and explores the great social developments and upheavals as well as the eccentric and funny events. Richard is one half of Check out his walks on the Trails site, or get in touch for tailor-made walks.
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Cabbie Walks London

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Rob Woodford, a ‘cockney cabbie’ invites you get under the skin of London and meet its notorious historical characters. A Lecturer on the Cab Guide Course (accredited by ‘City University’) training London cabbies to become Taxi Guides – his own taxi arrives in traditional black, teak interior, leather seats – enjoy a ‘Classic Tour in style!
Rob, a ‘City of London’ and a ‘City of Westminster’ Guide takes a trip through the heart of London to explore its drinking culture and complex relationship between healing and imbibing, excess and distress in One for the Road
Fit to Rule is a tongue-in-cheek look at our rulers’ connections with Harley Street, whether they were fit to rule physically, mentally or morally.
Walks (2 ½ hours) cost £10 including an exclusive interior tour of the Royal College of Physicians’
Email or call 07853-128823 for bookings offering ‘London Historians’ members 25% discount.

Footprints of London

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Footprints of London is a group of independent guides who have undertaken some professional course of study, and are recognised by and are members of one or more of the guiding associations that cover London. All Footprints guides have considerable experience of researching, creating and leading walks. By using a qualified guide that is a member of a guiding association you can be assured that you will enjoy your booked walk, and that the guide is covered by third party insurance.
Many Footprints guides are also Members of London Historians.
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