About Us

“John, you and your guide friends are amazing! I put my trust in your capable hands and you exceed every time.”

– Barbara Diener, Travel Advisor, Atlanta USA.

Update – July 29th, 2021 – The UK is open for travel, without self-isolation, once more! See HERE for details.

My name is John Blakey and I am a Blue Badge Guide, tour planner and writer. My guide colleagues and I very much look forward to ‘showing off’ our great city and beautiful country to you: I have a small team of superb guides in London, all over England, Scotland and Wales, chosen not only for their knowledge (all Blue Badge Guides are incredibly knowledgeable) but also for their personality… I have never liked the type of tour where a guide simply spouts facts, so we would not inflict that upon you! All our guides are engaging, love storytelling and entertain as well as educate.

We will customise your private guided tour to suit you, whether you would like a local friend to show you how to get around, where to shop, a jaunty tour to keep your children happy, or whether you would like like deep history and cultural tours of museums and art galleries.

Whether you are staying in London, Oxford, Bath, Salisbury, Stratford Upon Avon, The Cotswolds, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, York, or Wales or Scotland, we can organise your tour with an expert local guide for superb private walking or driving tours.

We are not travel agents – in fact, a lot of travel agents come to us to provide guides for their clients; we pride ourselves on being the best that we can be at two things – giving you, agent or individual, the best guides and best customised itineraries for your private guided tours in England, Scotland and Wales. Having said that, we can advise on hotels and restaurants, and send links to you to make it very easy to make your own enquiries or bookings, or if you prefer to have an agent book your travel, hotels and tickets, I work with an excellent UK based ‘Virtuoso’ travel agent who will combine with me to take the strain from you.

As well as private guided walking tours in London, we can arrange tailored private tours in saloon cars for up to four passengers, MPV’s for up to 6, or in mini coaches for larger groups. You can tour London or further afield, including overnight tours in the rest of England. We can also arrange day trips and tours from cruise ships. Please Contact Us to ask for a quotation.

We have guides who are qualified to guide your tour in English, French, Dutch, German, Spanish and Russian. And if you are planning on visiting France, Italy, Ireland, Wales or Japan, I can put you in touch with my ‘sister’ companies in those cities.

If you would like to know more about what exactly a Blue Badge Guide is, please go to FAQ’s for more information.

My Blue Badge (pictured in the upper right hand corner of the site) is a bit battered now, but it makes me hugely proud: it means it has seen some action, which is testament to the fact that my guests have also enjoyed some real adventures and created memories they will never forget.

Please see my article, ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ on the wonderful  We LOVE England website! And welcome to all you lovely We LOVE England fans! If you would like to follow me on Instagram, it would be great to see you @john_blakey7