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Gowing Private Guiding

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Address: Flat 6, 35 Poynders Road, London SW48GA, England
Phone Number: 07976840265
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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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Amazing Guide!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 29, 2015

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 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
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 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 

1 Thank Ann W
Peoria, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

We had John for our tour of Westminster Abbey and St. Paul's Cathedral. He was amazing! His knowledge of history and facts made this so much more interesting than just looking at "stuff". We will definitely book John again for another tour.

1 Thank Gerry E
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

This summer our family of 4 had our vacation in London. It was highly recommended by close friends that we book a tour with John Gowing. They were there a year prior and said he was fantastic. Well they were right! John was so knowledgeable about all the main attractions in London and also many attractions that are not covered... More 

1 Thank Patti H
Arlington, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Went to London in late June with my husband for a "trip of a lifetime" vacation. It was just the two of us on the tour - which was great - really focused on our interests. I found Mr. Gowing on TA. We did a day of London highlights (Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Whitehall). We had a great day! We... More 

Thank Magmosh
London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

John provided a wonderfully informative and entertaining guide of London for family and friends over from Australia. His knowledge of the history of London is second to none- never dull, he brings the story of London and its many wonderful places of interest to life. One of the highlights of the morning tour for everyone, was seeing the changing of... More 

Thank mary b
Algonquin, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

John is one of the most interesting and intelligent people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. As a guide he is entertaining and informative and as a person he is a joy to know. He made my trip to England a visit I will never forget and when I return, I will be sure to use his services... More 

2 Thank Audrey S
Oakwood Hills Illinois, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

My wife and I enjoyed John's wit, humor and encyclopedic knowledge of English history on a six day tour of London and the English countryside. John mixed the past and present into a fascinating collage of characters and events that kept us all entertained. John is truly one of the best professional guides available. He made our trip very enjoyable.... More 

Thank Cody S
Skokie, Illinois USA
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

I recently had the pleasure of being part of a week long group tour of London led by John Gowing. WOW!! John was not only extremely knowledgeable about his city and country, he was humorous, gracious and very personable. He brought history alive with wonderful anecdotes and clever asides which kept us all laughing. This was my first trip to... More 

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