London, both a historical and modern city, is best explored alongside the facts and tales of a professional guide. As a qualified London Blue Badge Tour Guide, Gavin Webb presents visitors with a list of custom tours for the small group or family, while also providing specialist tours that target the educational establishment, large group or corporate event with coaches. Gavin specializes in local attractions, such as the Tate Modern, Westminster Abbey and walking tours of top London neighborhoods, but day trips to Oxford, Stonehenge and Salisbury are also available.
We caught up with Gavin to find out more about London as a local.
One fact that surprises most visitors is how clean London is given the number of people here.
To see more in Europe and have a better travel experience, hire a qualified local tour guide! Rather than having your head buried in a guide book or following a large tour group, having your own private tour guide means you experience more. Here is what Gavin has to say:
If a visitor to London could only eat one thing, I would recommend one of my favorite Indian restaurants. Most visitors ask for fish and chips, but there are very few genuine fish and chip places in London, although lots of the tourist version!
London is blessed with a lot of green spaces. My favorite park is probably Holland Park as it is usually very quiet and has a lovely Japanese garden hidden in the middle of it. My days off are usually spent studying, but I also love walking in the beautiful English countryside, eating out and enjoying live music and theater.
My favorite museum in London is hard to choose! Despite its name, the British Museum is a wonderful celebration of world culture where you can see how different civilisations have influenced each other over the centuries. Be sure to go with a qualified tour guide, so you get to see the highlights and have them put in context for you. There are a lot of small, specialist museums that are worth visiting too, such as the unique Sir John Soane’s Museum.
If a visitor only had one day in London, they should not miss the Tower of London. It’s a royal fortress that contains the world famous and priceless Crown Jewels, the actual armour worn by King Henry VIII and many fascinating stories of the people who lived or were imprisoned there.
London is classified as an amazing travel destination because it has 2,000 years of history but is also a very exciting, modern and cosmopolitan city. Whether your interest is history, architecture, art, dance, fashion, music or food — London has it all! I love showing the “real” London of today as well as the wonderful historic sites.