Background: My life has been based in London and the South East of England but, with some time working abroad, I am still able to view the area through a visitor’s eyes. England never ceases to delight and inspire me with its wealth of history and its natural beauty, whether in stunning ancient landscapes or cultivated into beautiful gardens.
By combining my earlier career experience with my best loved interests I am well qualified to showcase London and the South East to visitors. My background ensures that I can organise a good quality tour tailored to your requirements and present the country’s delights in an entertaining and informative style.
Special Interests: It’s the social history that really excites me – how people lived in other times and the landscape they created – the coastline of the South East and inland to the Garden of England and northwards to London, the capital.
My special subjects are royalty in South East England, in particular the life and times of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn from Hampton Court Palace to Hever Castle; racy Regency Brighton and the incomparable Leeds Castle with its royal connections in medieval times.
I’m interested in anything and everything to do with all the glorious gardens and country estates that the South East has to offer, notably the great plantswoman Gertrude Jeykll and the significance of her legacy in gardens such as Salutation House in Sandwich and the garden of Vita Sackville West’s Sissinghurst Castle. And more currently Tom Hart Dyke and his World Garden at Lullingstone Castle.
I also guide literary tours of London and the South East, in particular the influence of Kent on its residents such as Charles Dickens, Sir Winston Churchill, Ian Fleming and Jane Austen including of course that lovable character Winnie the Pooh and his 100 Acre Wood in Sussex.