Laurence Summers was born and raised in London and is a qualified Blue Badge tour guide. While he can tell you the history of the top sights in London such as, the Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral, he also offers a few more specialized tours. Maybe you are interested in literature, football, art, music, or you wish to hear the tale of Jack the Ripper or of the Great Fire of London tragedy. There are also several other areas of further distances in the country that Laurence can take you to as well, either by car or train. You can explore the history of the Windsor Castle, the Hampton Court Palace, Stonehenge, or the Blenheim Palace. Wherever you want to explore, Laurence will be happy to accompany you and teach you everything he knows.
Engaging, knowledgeable and entertaining Rachel Kolsky (www.golondontours.com) is a popular prize-winning London Blue Badge Tourist Guide. Focussing on the 'human stories behind the buildings' Rachel's tours are fun an informative, filled with anecdotes past and present. From off-the-beaten-track London and famous personalities to cinemas and shopping, memories of all aspects of London's rich and varied social history come flooding back. Before embarking on her career as Guide and Lecturer Rachel, a qualified librarian, worked as an information professional in the financial services industry for over 25 years being recognized at the industry level with the Information Professional of the Year award in 2006. Her professional organization, SLA, awarded her the Membership Achievement Award in 2008. When not working or guiding she supports her local independent cinema, The Phoenix, East Finchley, where she was a Trustee for over 20 years. Rachel has published four books, Jewish London (2012), Whitechapel in 50 Buildings (2016), Secret Whitechapel (2017) and Women’s London (2018) and she is thrilled to have been a guest lecturer on cruises since 2009.
Before working as a tour guide, Stephen worked as a journalist with multiple national newspapers. Stephen worked for three years as an independent guide in Rome where he lead tours in the Jewish Ghetto, the Coliseum, the Roman Forum, and the Ostia Antica. He was born in the East End of London, and at eight years old began researching his Jewish roots in London. This early interest in his Jewish roots has led Stephen to where he is today, as he continues to conduct several Jewish-themed tours in London. Leading tours is not just his livelihood, but also his passion. Stephen leads tours for families exploring Jewish London, schools whose students are learning about different cultures and religions, and even social clubs who might want to take an educational outing to the Old Jewish Quarter. For the fifth year in a row, Stephen was awarded a Certificate of Excellence and TripAdvisor has welcomed him and his tours into their own Trip Advisor Hall of Fame. Stephen also won the title, Cultural Tour Guide of the Year, by the Luxury Travel Guides in 2017. He is excited to share his knowledge and enthusiasm about the fascinating history and rich Jewish heritage of London during his explorations with you.