London is a city whose history spans over two thousand years. Within its borders are some of the most important and iconic buildings and landmarks in Britain. In 1716, the poet and dramatist John Gay published his Trivia: or The Art of Walking the Streets of London. His advice warned of cheats, pickpockets and wig-snatchers and how the walker should resist the harlot's lure.
Nowadays I'm pleased to report that walking in London is a far more civilised affair. Let me invite you to join me on one of my private walking tours and discover the well known, and not so well known sights of this great city. You can choose from one of my suggested tours, or if you have a particular interest I will be pleased to design a bespoke tour for you.
I'm Ian Grover and I'm a fully qualified tour guide, registered in London with the City of Westminster, and a member of the City of Westminster Guide Lecturers Association (CWGLA). Because these are private walks we are not restricted to the rigid timetables of organised tours. You choose the time, place and duration and I will be pleased to be your personal host and guide as required. I am fully licenced and have full public liability insurance.
My walks fall into two categories. For a general overview of the "must see" sights of London my Highlights Walks are an ideal way to introduce you to the most well known and iconic London landmarks. These walks generally last around two hours and are a great way to discover the real London through the eyes of a local.
I also offer a selection of Themed Walks covering a range of interests exploring various aspects of London's past. Whatever your interest you're sure to find a walk to whet your appetite. All walks are booked privately for those who prefer a more personal experience. Ideal for individuals, families or small groups who would rather work within their own sechedule.
If you want to explore further afield then I also offer a selection of Day Trips to some of the most popular destinations that are easily accessible from London. The cities of Bath, Oxford and Windsor are a stone's throw away and contain some of this country's most iconic sights. The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty enjoys breathtaking countryside, picture book towns and villages, historic manor houses and delightful country inns.
A leisurely walk through the exclusive and aristocratic streets of Mayfair and St James's. Explore over a hundred years of motoring history in the heart of London. Hear about a group of playboy racing drivers fondly remembered as "great drivers and even better dancers". Learn about the "finest luxury car salesman in the trade". Discover how Count Dracula was involved in London's first drink driving incident. All this and much more whilst exploring one of the most elegant areas of this great city.
A stealthy walk through the shady world of espionage and intrigue. Fact and fiction combine as we explore the world of James Bond and his creator Ian Fleming and compare this with tales of the real life "spooks" that operated in London from the Cold War onwards. Our tour through the streets of London reveals stories that will delight James Bond aficionados and thrill those intrigued by the amazing stories of spying, murder, double crossing and deceit.
Come with me and discover the stories behind the wealthy and titled individuals who played a key part in developing London during the 17th and 18th centuries. Enjoy the gossip, see where they lived and loved, plotted and deceived, and made and lost fortunes. Meet the "Father of the West End", once suspected of being the real father of King Charles II, and hear how the marriage of a 12 year old girl to a 21 year old baronet created one of this countries greatest dukedoms.
Join me and discover the stories that lie behind a thousand years of royal history in the heart of London. Our current Queen Elizabeth II can trace her lineage back to William the Conqueror. Along the way London has witnessed royal births, coronations, weddings, divorces, executions and endless scandals. See where a king was beheaded in front of a crowd of thousands, see where Henry VIII indulged his passion for jousting, and visit a chapel containing the heart of a queen of England.
Explore the seat of democracy right here in the heart of Westminster. Hear how we have moved from the divine right of kings to a democratically elected Parliament. Discover why the Queen is banned from entering the House of Commons and why it is illegal to die in the Palace of Westminster. Wherever there are politicians you can be sure to find intrigue, plots, dirty tricks and scandal and Westminster has plenty of stories to keep you amused and entertained.