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:

  • Bermondsey and Rotherhithe
  • *Canalside Walk – from Kensal Town to Little Venice
  • British Museum
  • Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and St James’s Palace
  • City of London walk – from Romans to High Finance
  • Ham House
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Kensington Palace and Kensington Gardens
  • Kew Gardens
  • *Mayfair’s Unexpected Sights
  • National Gallery
  • National Portrait Gallery (currently unavailable)
  • St Paul’s Cathedral (not Sundays)
  • Southwark riverside
  • Tower of London
  • Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Westminster Abbey (not Sundays)

Specialist tours and walks:

  • *Legal London – the Royal Courts of Justice and the Temple (not weekends)
  • 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
  • City Churches (not weekends)
  • Arts & Crafts in Chelsea
  • The Bloomsbury Group
  • Winston Churchill – a Life in London
  • The History of the Victoria and Albert Museum
  • **Under Your Feet – what you see in pavements (and the history of the London Hydraulic Power Company)
  • **An introduction to Heraldry

* These tours can be given virtually, via an on-line Zoom call. If you are interested in virtual versions of other tours, get in touch; I can usually put together a Zoom version in a week or so.

** These tours are virtual only

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 for a day trip 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, a 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.  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 https://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): £200

Full day (max 9 hours): £320

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!


COVID-19

I represented the Institute of Tourist Guiding is arranging for Blue badge Tourist Guides to obtain VisitBritain’s “We’re Good to Go” accreditation for providing Covid-safe services, and I was one of the first guides to obtain the accreditation. Although as the UK opens up again the accreditation has been discontinued, I continue to follow the “COVID-19 Guidance for Tour Guiding” published by the Institute. You can accordingly be confident that your tour with me will follow Government guidance and industry best practice. I can help you keep the fun in your vacation!


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