Former Guides

Some Illustrious Former Guides

Some of our former guides through the decades:-

Tom Conti guided for us in the 1960s when he was an up-and-coming actor. Most recently he played Albert Einstein in Oppenheimer (2023). He won a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1979) and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for the film Reuben, Reuben (1983). He has appeared in many other plays and films such as The Duellists (1977), Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983), Shirley Valentine (1989), The Dark Knight Rises (2012) and Paddington 2 (2017).

Sir Dai Llewellyn,
or "Dangerous Dai" as fictionalised by JK Rowling, guided for us in the 1960's and 1970s and rejoined us from 1997 to 2004 for private VIP tours of London. Sir David St Vincent "Dai" Llewellyn, 4th Baronet (2 April 1946 – 13 January 2009), was a Welsh socialite and playboy. "Some people may call being a playboy a useless occupation, but I'm not so sure. I've not only had fun myself, but there has been fun for many others."

"As a guide for tour operator British Tours Ltd, Abergavenny-born Sir Dai, 57, is offering the exclusive opportunity to see the London that is only accessible to the city's inner circle.The flamboyant elder brother of Roddy, and son of former gold winning Olympic equestrian Sir Harry, is a member of practically every exclusive club and casino in London and recommends his tour to people with 'a strong liver' ... The flamboyant socialite first charmed foreign tourists with his insight into London's most elite nightlife back in the sixties".
Wales on Sunday, August 24, 2003


Peter Rea was our head guide from 1983 to 2015. Peter was a senior Foreign Office Civil Servant in charge of Protocol for visiting Heads of State. Responsible for accompanying them in both official and personal time, Peter must be the only guide in the world, let alone Britain, to have guided Nelson Mandela, Henry Kissinger, General Colin Powell as well as 17 World Leaders on tour!

Lord Dundas guided for us in the 1970s

Lovett Bickford, guided for us from 2006 to 2015. After university, went on to be a drama director and producer for BBC Television. Many of our clients were thrilled when they learned that Lovett was a director of Dr Who. Lovett's special interests included ecclesiastical Architecture and Stately Homes, many of which he has used as film locations. For example Chartwell (he made a drama documentary on Sir Winston Churchill there), whilst others include Blenheim Palace, Knole House and Dover Castle.

Current Guides