LONDON'S LEADING TOURIST GUIDE 

 

HI, I'M MIKE ARMITAGE. 

I’ve been one of London’s leading qualified Tourist Guides for 10 years. 

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. I also guide elsewhere in South East England, such as Windsor, Stonehenge, Canterbury, and Salisbury.  
 
I know my way around this fantastic city and its transport, so you won’t waste your precious time. I am allowed to guide inside most major attractions including the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, the British Museum, and Windsor Castle. I am totally flexible and will give you a custom-made tour, made to suit YOU. 
I help you explore London on foot – the best way to discover the bits that most visitors don’t see. 
I have an insightful and thorough background knowledge of London and its stories from Roman times to 21st century. 
I can pull together an outing around almost any subject, perhaps Royal London, Harry Potter and London, London at War, Rock & Roll London, Georgian London, or anything else. 
COVID-19 
You are in safe hands with me for the duration of the current coronavirus restrictions. 

LONDON'S ATTRACTIONS Westminster Abbey, The Tower of London, Museums & more. 

LONDON'S ATTRACTIONS 

Westminster Abbey, The Tower of London, Museums & more. 

 
 
 

Westminster Abbey 

The royal church in the centre of London, site of coronations, royal weddings and over a thousand years of British history. Westminster Abbey is a stunning example of Gothic architecture, a World Heritage Site and a working church offering daily services for all. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Tower of London 

This is the single most historic site in London, where three Queens have been executed and two English Kings have been murdered. Here you will find the famous Beefeaters, resident ravens, as well as the Crown Jewels, guarded by a detachment of the Queen’s Guards. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Victoria & Albert Museum 

Known to all Londoners as the V&A, this is the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance. Five minutes from central London by Underground, and loved by all of us from the old-fashioned to the fashionista, you can explore art and culture at its finest. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Churchill War Rooms 

Located just below street level in the heart of the Government district are two museums in the same complex, that are a must see for anyone interested in the Second World War.  
 
 
 
 
 
 

British Museum 

Situated in Central London and free to enter, this illustrious museum is a celebration of human culture from around the world. A blend of old and modern buildings where you can see the finest achievements of Ancient Egypt, Greek civilisation, the Roman Empire and marvel at fabulous treasures from the whole world. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

St Paul’s Cathedral 

The Cathedral is probably my favourite piece of architecture in the whole of London, completed in 1710 it is the masterpiece of Britain's most famous architect Sir Christopher Wren. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Westminster Abbey 

The royal church in the centre of London, site of coronations, royal weddings and over a thousand years of British history. Westminster Abbey is a stunning example of Gothic architecture, a World Heritage Site and a working church offering daily services for all. 

The Tower of London 

This is the single most historic site in London, where three Queens have been executed and two English Kings have been murdered. Here you will find the famous Beefeaters, resident ravens, as well as the Crown Jewels, guarded by a detachment of the Queen’s Guards. 

British Museum 

Situated in Central London and free to enter, this illustrious museum is a celebration of human culture from around the world. A blend of old and modern buildings where you can see the finest achievements of Ancient Egypt, Greek civilisation, the Roman Empire and marvel at fabulous treasures from the whole world. 

Victoria & Albert Museum 

Known to all Londoners as the V&A, this is the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance. Five minutes from central London by Underground, and loved by all of us from the old-fashioned to the fashionista, you can explore art and culture at its finest. 

Churchill War Rooms 

Located just below street level in the heart of the Government district are two museums in the same complex, that are a must see for anyone interested in the Second World War. You can see the perfectly preserved 1940s rooms where the British war effort was directed and history made, as well as a museum dedicated to the life and works of Winston Churchill. 

St Paul's Cathedral 

The Cathedral is probably my favourite piece of architecture in the whole of London, completed in 1710 it is the masterpiece of Britain's most famous architect Sir Christopher Wren. 

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LONDON ATTRACTIONS 
 
 
 
 
 
 

LONDON TOURS ARE TAILORED TO MEET MY CLIENT REQUIREMENTS 

I’ve shown below examples of what we could cover in a half day tour, full day tour and a 2 day tour. 
 

HALF DAY TOUR 

Guided walk around Westminster seeing the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, as well as the entrance to Downing Street, home of the British Prime Minister. 
Tour around the Churchill War rooms, 
Walk through Horse Guards parade, St James Park and the Mall for a view of Buckingham Palace. 
Then via Trafalgar Square, and an alleyway of old-fashioned shops finishing in lively, traffic free Covent Garden. 
Here I would say goodbye, ensuring that you knew where you could get a meal, and how to get back to your accommodation. You would have seen lot, learnt a lot and have plenty of great photos. 

FULL DAY TOUR 

The Tower of London in time for the 9 o’clock opening. 
The Crown Jewels before the crowds arrive, the stories and history of the building, photos of the Beefeaters and the Guards. 
Walk across iconic Tower Bridge. 
A short walk to the foodie heaven of Borough Market lunch in the market or at a historic 300 year old pub 
Globe Theatre and cross the Millennium Bridge. 
Views of St Pauls cathedral. 
A short Underground journey 
Highlights of the National Gallery 
Guided walk though the small but exclusive district of St James. 
Finish at Piccadilly Circus. You will have seen a lot of London and be able to find your way around and explore further. 

2 DAY TOUR 

Day 2 
 
A 40 minute train journey from London Waterloo to Hampton Court 
A morning tour of the Historic Royal Palace at Hampton Court, home of Tudor and Stuart monarchs. 
A 40 minute car journey from Hampton Court to Windsor. 
Lunch at one of a choice of eateries in Windsor. 
Afternoon guided visit to Windsor castle, home to the Queen. By going in the afternoon, most of the tour groups from London will have left. 
A 50 minute train journey from Windsor back to Waterloo 
After two days you will know all about the British monarchy both historically and in today’s world, and you will have seen some fabulous building 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

London at war  

Almost one million citizens of Britain and its empire lost their lives between 1914 and 1918. Memorials to these men and women are scattered throughout London from the famous such at the Cenotaph and the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior to small, forgotten ones in a quiet corner of a small church. I’ll explain the stories behind them all. If you are interested in a particular person or unit - famous or otherwise - let me know in advance and I’m happy to carry out a little research to make our tour more relevant. 

Beyond London  

I am qualified to guide in many of key sites outside the capital, and I know South East England very well. From the majesty and Royal connections at Windsor Castle to the mysterious neolithic stone circle at Stonehenge there are so many places to explore. Or perhaps you’d rather see the elegant Georgian architecture and Roman history of the city of Bath, the cathedral towns of Salisbury or Canterbury or the university colleges of Oxford. 
 
 
 

What my clients say of my Custom Tours 

“Mike has an encyclopedic knowledge of all things London - and (bonus!) he does his homework in his spare time to tailor his guiding to the individual guests" Robin, Michigan 
 
 
 
COVID-19 
You are in safe hands with me for the duration of the current coronavirus restrictions. 
 
I wear a mask whenever I travel on public transport and if necessary, will wear a mask or visor for our tour. I have received both of my first Covid 19 vaccinations and have a supply of home testing kits that I use twice a week whenevr I am guiding. I know where public hand-washing facilities and hand sanitiser points are available. I am happy to use remote audio devices if required to help ensure social distancing. I am fully aware of each attraction’s specific Covid-19 requirements and comply with them. I am familiar with more crowded areas and will make best efforts to negotiate them, or if appropriate, avoid them. I am familiar with the most up-to-date public health guidelines and will adhere to these for the duration of the tour. 
 
I receive regular updated information from the Government and tourism bodies. l will apply rigorous hygiene practices, including thoroughly cleaning my hands and using a personal hand sanitiser. I wear a mask whenever I travel on public transport and if necessary, will wear a mask or visor for our tour. I have had both of my Covid 19 vaccinations and have a supply of home testing kits that I use twice weekly whenever I am guiding. I know where public hand-washing facilities and hand sanitiser points are available. I am happy to use remote audio devices if required to help ensure social distancing. I am fully aware of each attraction’s specific Covid-19 requirements and comply with them. I am familiar with more crowded areas and will make best efforts to negotiate them, or if appropriate, avoid them. 
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