I hold VisitBritain’s “We’re Good to Go” accreditation and I comply with the “COVID-19 Guidance for Tour Guiding” published by the Institute of Tourist Guiding. I support VisitBritain’s “Know Before You Go” initiative, and wherever we go, I make sure I know all the special arrangements in place for parking, opening times, timed entry, social distancing, wearing masks, visitor routes, cafés and toilets. 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!
A popular alternative in these strange Covid days is to do a tour virtually, via an on-line Zoom call. I have teamed up with some chums to run this, and you should look at www.thelondontourgroup.com.
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
- *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 and we can see what can be arranged.
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:
- The Cotswolds
- Hever Castle
- Stratford upon Avon
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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): £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!
If a tour involves significant extra research I may ask for an additional fee and an appropriate deposit.
I hope that these answer most of your questions – if not, feel free to contact me directly by email.