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Jackie Clare

Welcome to London !

I’m a Londoner and a native speaker of English. Having raised my family in Flanders, I also speak Dutch fluently. I taught English at the Centre for Living Languages, University of Leuven and practised as a solicitor in London. So a visit to Dr Johnson’s House to explore the writing of his ‘Dictionary of the English Language’ or a Westminster Walk are favourites. Another favourite ? Well that’s London Street Art and exploring where Banksy and other street artists have kept us so thoughtfully amused.

I feel so lucky to be doing a job I love. Every group, every individual, every day is different. Here are some walks and sites I’ve guided:-

London in Quotations – Westminster Walk;  Street Art of the East End; In the footsteps of Dr Samuel Johnson; Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs; Royal Greenwich; City of London – Roman frontier post to 21st century financial centre; Legal London; Marylebone Village; ‘Albertopolis’ – South Kensington Walk; St Paul’s Cathedral (with special focus on the life of Sir Christopher Wren); British Museum; National Gallery; Tower of London; Westminster Abbey (‘Four Great Projects’); Banqueting House (focus on Peter Paul Rubens); Greenwich Maritime Museum; Museum of London Docklands; Dr Johnson’s House.

Out of London, I guide in the cobbled streets of Canterbury, with its world-famous Cathedral and excellent farmers’ market and in Windsor, my childhood home, with its fabulous castle and majestic Long Walk.

Enough about me though, where do your interests lie ? A firm believer in selected and focussed tours rather than overviews, I specialise in bespoke walks and bespoke site visits. So let me create a tour just for you !

Recent reactions

We would like to thank you for the very interesting guided walk through the unknown part of London last week.

We have such good memories of your guiding tour in London!

We enjoyed the tour very much! We will recommend you to our colleagues who are responsible for next year’s study trip to London.

We had a wonderful time in London, thank you so much!!

Your extra information and ideas like Wallace Collection, Westminster Abbey – Evensong… were perfect. Your tour ‘London in Quotations’  including Banqueting House was top and the way you guided us was really impressive!

In summary, the whole group gives you the greatest distinction!

They loved it. Thank you.

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