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Gowing Private Guiding

Flat 6, 35 Poynders Road, London SW48GA, England
07976840265
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Ranked #54 of 635 Activities in London
Type: Tours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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! « less
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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I came to London for a six-week summer school and I am so glad that I signed up for the Perfect Day in London Trip with John as the tour guide. Apparently being a lecturer for years paid him off. He had a really fascinating way of telling the story and it seemed that he would never get bored of... More

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

My son and I visited Europe for the first time in June 2014 and had the great privilege of touring London with John. Over our several days together, we experienced such legendary sites as Westminster Abbey, London Bridge, Tower Bridge, Tower of London, Trafalgar Square, the British Library and the British Museum, to name only a few. During our extensive... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

My nieces and I recently spent two days with Mr. Gowing in London. He provided us with an outstanding experience, ranging from the Tower of London, Westminster Abby, British Museum and British Library. His well informed, articulate guidance was a delight. His stories brought history to life. He was both flexible and creative with the itinerary (it was a bit... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

We had an absolutely fantastic time with John. Second to none, hands down. Thank you for sharing your invaluable knowledge with such grace and attentiveness. See you next time!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

In 2011 I did a full-day tour with John and my brain hurt from everything we learned (see earlier review). Three years later I asked him again to show myself and a few friends around. We went to Westminster, Guard change at buckingham Palace, the Tower of London with a pint at Blackfriars. Even though I had been to most... More

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Went on a walking tour with John, there were four of us. I have a little trouble with my knee but John was very mindful of it. We did Westminister Abbey, the Changing of the guards at "Buck Palace" rode the Tube and did the Tower of London! John was so informative, tireless and his knowledge poured like an encyclopedia!... More

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Colorado Springs
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22 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

John was a very informative and interesting tour guide for our large group. He kept everyone's interest. We were a large group of almost 45. It isn't easy to keep up with a group that large, but John did an excellent job. On the bus, he entertained us with witty anecdotes and history. My only disappointment was there wasn't enough... More

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Twickenham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014 via mobile

We recently did another walking tour with John, this time in Soho and China Town. Being local to the London area we thought we new Soho well.. Clearly not, John's wealth of knowledge and persona far exceeded expectations again. If you need a flexible and knowledgable tour guide John is you man!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

John Gowing is an amazing Blue Badge certified Guide with tireless enthusiasm and fantastic knowledge of all the sights that we went with him from Stratford, Oxford. Hampton Court, Windsor Castle and practically everything in the greater London area. His voice is a delight to listen to and his manners are so polite and charming too. He is simply the... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

We are a family with 3 boys from 10 to 17. John took us on a private tour of Westminster Abbey just before Christmas. A former English and Sport teacher, he had the professional ability to engage and educate with entertaining stories and explanations. The Abbey is packed with memorials and architectural features and he was able to bring out... More

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