HELLO, I'M SIMON
I am a qualified tour guide, a registered member and badge holder of the Clerkenwell and Islington Guides (here I am on the right, collecting the certificate - I'm the one who isn't the Mayor of Islington, in case you were wondering).
Apart from conducting my own walks, I have been a tour guide at
Highgate Cemetery and Somerset House for several years. These tours can't be booked here but I'll put details of them up on my calendar.
I've been exploring London's highways and byways for over three decades now, discovering for myself its inexhaustible hoard of history, mysteries, horrors and beauties. I am living proof that the place grabs you and sucks you in with promises of ever more secrets and new perspectives. And, I promise, by far the best way to explore is on foot. Too many details are lost as you whizz by on a bus - and the Tube is a lost cause…
Strolling around, going where the mood takes you - being a flâneur as the French rather coolly put it - is the only way to get under this great city's skin.
I aim to re-create this sense of wonder on my walks, moving away from the obvious routes to look for an unusual angle on things. It surprises me afresh every time, and I want to share that with you.