What sort of tours do you do?

I specialise in small groups, on walking tours or visits to some of London’s great sites or museums, in particular:

  • British Museum
  • City of London – from Romans to High Finance
  • Ham House
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Kensington Palace and Kensington Gardens
  • Kew Gardens
  • Legal London – the Inns of Court
  • National Gallery
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • St Paul’s Cathedral
  • Tower of London
  • Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Westminster Abbey

Specialist tours and walks:

  • London in the First World War
  • The Romans in London
  • The Bible in the British Museum
  • The Grand Tour in the British Museum
  • William Pitt the Younger’s London
  • The Unexpected Sights of Mayfair
  • City Churches
  • Arts & Crafts in Chelsea
  • The Bloomsbury Group
  • Winston Churchill – a Life in London
  • The History of the Victoria and Albert Museum

I can arrange bespoke tours to a particular place or area in London, or covering a particular theme.  Just let me know what interests you.

I can also take you out of London to:

  • Bath
  • Canterbury
  • The Cotswolds
  • Hever Castle
  • Oxford
  • Salisbury
  • Stonehenge
  • Stratford upon Avon
  • Windsor

What does a typical tour involve?

How long does it last?  This is up to you, but for most people, two hours or so is enough to get a proper feel for a particular site and its attractions, without getting too tiring.  But a fun day could involve a walk, and highlights tours of a site (the Tower of London, say, or Westminster Abbey) and a museum or gallery (the National Gallery or the British Museum, for example).

Where do we meet?  For a museum, gallery or other site, we normally meet at the entrance.  For a walking tour we normally meet at a convenient Tube station.

What do we see?  On a two-hour tour of a museum or gallery, we will look at around 20 pictures or objects.  On a walking tour, we will typically have about 15 stops to look at points of interest.  But it’s your tour – you could choose to cover more in less detail, or less in more detail (when I may make an extra charge for additional preparatory research).  Look at the Gallery for pictures which I have taken on walks or visits to major sites in London, which will give you an idea of the sort of things you might see.

How do I book you?

Just send me an email (rowanfreeland@aol.com).

You can check my availability at http://www.guidelondon.org.uk/guides/rowanfreeland/

How much does it cost?

Morning (max four hours, up to 1:00pm) or afternoon (max 4 hours, after 1:30pm): £195

Full day (max 9 hours): £310

English public holidays – +50%

If you need a car/van and driver, I can obtain a quotation for the cost.

Admission fees, drinks and snacks and other incidentals – and my lunch – are of course extra!

I usually ask for a 10% deposit to hold a booking.  If a tour involves significant extra research I may ask for an additional fee and a larger deposit.

I hope that these answer most of your questions – if not, feel free to contact me directly by email.