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Address: Flat 6 35 Poynders Road, London SW4 8GA, England
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+44 7976 840265

I am a fully qualified, Blue Badge Tourist Guide based in London. I have...

I am a fully qualified, Blue Badge Tourist Guide based in London. I have wide experience of guiding individuals,family groups, tour groups and groups of students of all ages around the iconic sites of London and locations within easy reach of London such as: Oxford, Stratford, Bath, Windsor etc. I would be delighted to welcome you to this fantastic city and to ensure that you have the best possible experience whilst on your trip. Using a Blue Badge Guide ensures the quality of service that you will enjoy and you should be wary of "Free Tours" (they often aren't!) and "Fully Qualified" without the Blue Badge or naming their qualification, from other guides. Please check out my website to see how I can work with you on making your trip to England the very best experience it can be!

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John Gowing is London

My wife and I spent a day with John on our honeymoon, just over 2 years ago. I can't say enough about John his excellence as a tour guide. The day with John, we both agreed, was a... read more

Reviewed 1 April 2017
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Reviewed 1 April 2017

My wife and I spent a day with John on our honeymoon, just over 2 years ago. I can't say enough about John his excellence as a tour guide. The day with John, we both agreed, was a major high-lite of a two week excursion through London and Paris. John is knowledgeable, thoughtful, and affable to boot. John really takes... More 

Thank Philip H
San Diego, California
1 review
Reviewed 7 March 2017

Besides being obviously extremely knowledgeable, John consistently went above and beyond to make sure our tour group had a great time. We were a group of exhausted college students, bogged down by jet lag, and yet we were each completely enraptured in every story and fun fact John had to tell. He makes history fun (which is quite a feat,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 November 2016

John, is a great guy to have if you take a guided walk. His knowledge of London is second to none and he has a great manner and loves to get to know you during the walk.

Thank Malcolm G
2 reviews
Reviewed 9 September 2016

My family and I used John for 2 days touring in London and he was excellent. Extremely knowledgeable and well as personable. John is now a family friend and I look forward to seeing him again upon our return to England!

Thank Maria L
2 reviews
Reviewed 6 August 2016

John Gowing guided 6 members of my family over two days through Westminster Abby, the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, the Churchill Museum, St. Pauls Cathedral, the Tower of London, London Bridge, and several other interesting sights in London. He has an astounding wealth of knowledge and kept us fascinated the entire time. He kept us laughing and... More 

Thank Rebecca R
Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

John has guided us on two separate trips to London. Both experiences were great. We recently took my parents for their first ever trip to England. My father is in his mid seventies and a bit hard of hearing. John was very attentive to this and my parents thoroughly enjoyed the day and a half we spent with him. He... More 

Thank afenn2
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Reviewed 29 June 2016

With John, we saw Westminster Abbey and St. Paul's Cathedral. Between the two, we had time to stop at a pub with John and experience "true" British culture. The entire day was great! John seemed so knowledgeable about practically anything we asked him. I would recommend him to anyone who wants a deep and detailed knowledge of sites in London.... More 

Thank Bryan L
2 reviews
Reviewed 29 October 2015

A friend recommended John and told me it would be a mistake not to hire him while we were visiting London. I agree. We hired John for our walking tour of Westminster, and the surrounding sites, as well as the Tower of London (which we went to by Tube with John leading the way). He was fantastic. There were 2... More 

Thank gregprysock
Norwich, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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Reviewed 30 September 2015

John Gowing provided expert and eloquent guidance to my group 17 university-age students from the U.S. He not only deeply understands historic sites like Westminster Abbey but also knows how to communicate important historical and cultural information in ways that register and provide food for thought. His walk with our group along the south bank of the Thames afforded John... More 

Thank David S
Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 14 September 2015

We had such a wonderful time, John is so knowledgable, he answered our questions in great detail. Downton Abbey and Highclare were wonderful. The Tower of London,and Westminster Abbey were especially fascinating,just loved them. Stonehendge of course were incredible, and Johns knowledge of historical facts added to it. We visited Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. I would recommend John as... More 

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