• Tours in colour
    with Mike Armitage

    As a fully qualified and popular guide I can show you all the well-known and less well known site of London, and design a tailor-made tour for YOU
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Your time in London is precious, so don’t waste it.

London is one of the great cities of the world, and I can paint a vivid picture and give you so much more than a guidebook.
As your personal tourist guide, I’ll show you the celebrated sights – St. Paul’s Cathedral; the Tower of London; Buckingham Palace; Westminster Abbey.
And add all the details that most visitors don’t see, and the stories they don’t hear…

 

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  • LONDON

    London is one of the world’s great cities – a place everyone should visit at least once.But many visitors are daunted by its sheer size and the huge number of highlights.
    I can show you the things YOU want to see.
    - all the famous sights, telling you the stories that don’t get told
    - quiet places in Central London that visitors don’t see and many Londoners don’t know about
    - the pageantry and history of the Guard change
    - the highlights of some of the best museums and galleries in the world

    The British Museum
    The National Gallery
    The Natural History and the Science Museum
    Tate Modern
    The Imperial War Museum
    As well as less well known ones like
    - an operating theatre from the 1820s, lost for nearly a hundred years
    - a garden museum in an old church

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  • Windsor

    Windsor, where I now live, is 25 miles west of London and easily accessible by direct train from London. It is a fantastic place for a day or half day excursion, and I’d love to show you its treasures. I am an accredited Castle and Windsor & Eton guide.
    Windsor boasts the largest inhabited castle in the world, which is the Queen’s weekend home. It contains St. George's Chapel, architecturally amazing, stuffed full of history and burial place of ten British monarchs. You may be able to watch Windsor’s own Changing of the Guard ceremony and you can see inside the State Apartments.
    But Windsor isn’t just the castle….
    - the Great Park with thousand year old oak trees;
    - mediaeval cobbled streets, including the shortest street in Britain
    - Eton with an old fashioned high street and Eton College, the school that produced 19 British prime ministers (including David Cameron)
    - the peaceful River Thames decorated old canal boats,

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  • London at War

    In 1940 and early 1941 London was at the centre of world events, as Britain stood alone facing the imminent threat of invasion. London was subjected to the most sustained bombing attack - the whole world was watching.
    And from 1942 there was a friendlier invasion as the US forces built up in Britain, prior to the D Day landings. The traces of the blitz can still be seen after 70 years, from forgotten blemishes on some of London’s most famous buildings to faded signs directing Londoners to air raid shelters. Allow me to tell you the story of Britain’s darkest but finest hour.
    I can reveal where the Normandy landings were planned, and take you to places where the US forces worked and relaxed, while forging the most successful military alliance in history. And I can even show you the graffiti left by a bored GI on sentry duty.Central London has several fantastic war museums all of which I can guide you around
    - The Churchill War Rooms
    - HMS Belfast and of course
    - The Imperial War Museum

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  • London on foot

    The best way to see this fascinating city is by getting out and wearing out some shoe leather. You have time to see the sights, and soak up the atmosphere – not just snatching a quick glimpse while driving past.
    As well as carrying out some of the Essential Westminster Walks for the Association of Professional Tour Guides I have carried out planned walks for a wide variety of clients:
    - A full day London highlights tour with emphasis on street markets & the Beatles for two ladies from South Africa.
    - A half day tour of Westminster and Whitehall for business studies students from a US university.
    - A tour around Royal London for a gentleman from the North of England, bringing his granddaughter to London for the first time.
    - I took a delegation of visiting police officers on a walk through three Royal Parks.
    - I guided year three children around Hampton Court Palace covering curriculum items on the Tudors and Christianity.

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