Tour Guides

Since 1958, British Tours has recruited many of the best tour guides available in England.

Our team of 47 London tour guides, both men and women, are chosen for their enthusiasm, personality, academic backgrounds and professional experience. They are extensively trained by us and qualified and registered with the London Tourist Board.

Many also have in-depth knowledge in specialised areas such as:

Your guide will collect you by car or minibus - or larger parties by coach - from any London location and personally guide you inside places of historic importance. 

We have tour guides speaking most languages including French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese and Chinese

Colin is a Justice of the Peace and a College Lecturer specialising in the Military and Battlefields of Europe.

Harri is a former Detective in the C.I.D. at New Scotland Yard. He is the only qualified Welsh speaking guide in England and also a British Museum guide.

Keith is an Author, Archaeologist and former Museum Curator with many published books on Archaeology & Architecture.

Sylke is a linguist, keen traveller, and specialises in Art, Antiques, England's Gardens and family tours. Sylke is the former Sales Manager of London's prestigious St Giles' Hotel.

Jim is a former Group Captain in the Royal Air Force and Military Attache at the British Embassy in Paris. He was recently awarded the OBE by the Queen.

Sheila studied History and History of Art at the University of London and her many special interests include the Houses of Parliament, Garden History and Victorian London.

Sam, as an engineer and diver, worked on the raising and restoration of Henry Vlll's Tudor flagship the Mary Rose that sunk in 1545. He lives next door to Highclere Castle in Berkshire, better known as Downton Abbey, and has a passion for walking and enjoying our wonderful historical buildings.

Ulla is a St Martin's School of Art Graduate and former Editor of several London Tourist and Shopping magazines. Ulla specialises in the Monarchy, the Social Season, Gardens and Architecture.

Jonathan is fluent in French, German and Italian and specialises in tours of Normandy by Private Plane, London, Hampton Court and his old University City, Oxford. One of Jonathan's many 'claims to fame' is as a leading extra with Hugh Grant, in Hugh's first movie!

Olga loves sharing her passion for History with visitors from all over the world - she guides expertly in five languages!

Nigel graduated in Law and worked in film, commercials and light entertainment with names such as Bob Hope, Tommy Cooper and John Cleese. On leaving the industry Nigel went sailing for 10 years+ skippering his own 48' sailing yacht the length and breadth of the Mediterranean and across the Atlantic to the Caribbean. Nigel's interests include history, architecture, the sea and the arts.

Mark grew up in London and Dorset, the county that features in the novels of Thomas Hardy. He holds a degree in English Literature and his thesis on H.G. Wells is in the British Library! Mark worked in the British Museum for several years and specialises in the British Museum, The National Gallery, The Tate Britain, East London and the Docklands.

Jeremy is an expert in British History (he used to teach the subject) and passionate about it. He has an International career in import and export, working with the Middle East, France and India.

Richard worked for the BBC World, Sky News, ITN. With a background in journalism, he worked as a foreign affair reporter, political correspondent and television presenter.

Geoff ‘s areas of expertise include prehistoric Britain and the history of the monarchy. After thirty years as a police detective in London, Geoff now enjoys "meeting new people every day who are actually pleased to see me!" 

Rod is a published author and lived in Europe for a number of years. Rod specialises in the military history and is currently involved with writing a further volume on the war dead of his home village. 

Nikki specialises in modern and classic art and has led tours all over the world with private adult groups and students. She is renowned for being able to engage with all age groups and tailors her tours accordingly. She has a particular love of all things Royal and knows all the gossip! She's a good all rounder too. 

Mike, as a former BBC TV news correspondent, has reported from many of the world's trouble spots before going on to found a TV production company specialising in history programmes. His special interests are the Royal Navy - especially in the 18 century - and Tudor England. His family home is next to Downton Abbey (Highclere Castle) in Berkshire (although he's not appeared in the tv series yet!) and the Middleton's live in the next village so he's up on royal gossip.  

Alan first guided for us as a student before entering a career in chartered surveying. Alan's interest in historic buildings has led him to Postgraduate studies in building conservation & architectural history. His special interests include Georgian architecture, Parish Churches and Cathedrals - notably St Paul's Cathedral where he has worked as a volunteer guide for a number of years.

David has extensive knowledge of Scotland and Wales, specialises in World War l and ll and has guided many tours to the East Anglian airbases as well as the Normandy beaches.

Steve is an architect who has specialised in restoration work to a number of England's Museums, Art Galleries and Palaces including Hampton Court Palace.

Michael is a London university lecturer in Art and Design history. Michael is a born Londoner and cannot remember a time when he was not exploring the city’s streets, museums and markets. His special interests include Architecture, Fine Art, Museums & Galleries and Sport.

Nick was educated at Eton and is a History Teacher. His special interests include tours of his University City, Cambridge.

Tom studied Modern History at Oxford and his career has included journalism, teaching and magazine editing. Tom has travelled extensively throughout Great Britain and specialises in extended tours throughout England, Scotland & Wales.

Sue is a registered guide in London and the West Country and specialises in tours of Bath, Windsor Castle and country houses and gardens.

Adrian is an author, linguist and former Royal Engineers officer, Army freefall parachute instructor and diplomat who served in Cyprus, South Vietnam, Ireland, Switzerland, Canada, South Korea (as Olympic Attache for the Seoul Games) and Jamaica.

Some illustrious former guides

We have tour guides in other cities - please contact us for more information