David Poyser

David Poyser

David enjoys working with families, as a Dad himself.

David produced, scripted, and Directed award-winning fact-based TV programmes for 20 years for the BBC, the other UK channels, NBC and Discovery – and he became a guide to share his TV Producer’s eye for making our complicated world accessible and interesting.  More recently, he has twice been to the Queen's tea party at Buckingham Palace as a former Mayor of Islington, his London Borough.

Tell him your needs, and he can create a specialist guiding programme just for you, using the skills he learnt in television production.

Recent comments about David include -

David is an AMAZING tour guide!!” (Trevor, Canada)

“The best ever guide we’ve had in 10 years running the program” (Peter, a London-based American running AIFS tours in London)

“I'm not one for participating in organised events with people I don't know, so I was slightly dragged along to this guided walk by my more enthusiastic wife and daughter - it was just the three of us plus our guide, David. However, as soon as David approach us at the rendezvous, I had a good feeling and the next two hours were a pure delight. The tour was informal, but well-prepared and informative, …. I was sorry it had to come to an end and left David with a reignited faith in society and optimism for a better collective future” (Roy, Yorkshire)

"I did just want to follow up and tell you how much we enjoyed our day with David.  David was great, very knowledgeable, and willing to answer all our questions!  While we do wish we could have had better weather, we all loved our visit to Windsor Castle and Stonehenge and the day was a highlight of our trip." (family of four, Georgia, USA)

"This tour had good information, a friendly and enthusiastic tour guide with a sense of humor, lovely sites in central London and it was fun. Would recommend” (Will P, US)

"We have done several London Walks and they've all been fun and interesting. But the Dickens walk with David Poyser was on another level! Superlative! ..." (Sandy from Edinburgh)

Interesting Walking Tour of London. David gave an informative, yet friendly tour of a number of Orwell's spots, along with paired readings by Orwell. In addition, he emailed us an article that directly related to my interest in Orwell. As a local politician, he also had a unique perspective on the UK political scene...(NbptUH, Newburyport, Massachusetts)

Very informative- recommended! This was a very informative and enjoyable tour. David is a friendly and knowledgeable guide and along with the interesting information …. we learnt a lot about the areas of London we passed through. We also now have lots of ideas for further reading...(Rob, Inverness, Scotland)    

David is qualified to guide you around

  • Westminster Abbey - the church where the British Kings and Queens have been crowned for a thousand years, once again in 2024!
  • St Pauls –King Charles and Lady Diana married here, Winston Churchill, Nelson, the Duke of Wellington and Margaret Thatcher had funerals here
  • The British Museum - the world’s largest collection
  • Walks around the 2000 year old City of London, from Roman settlement to Europe’s largest finance centre (see reviews above)
  • Windsor Castle – the home of the Queen; and the Tower of London home to the world’s finest Crown Jewels and 1000 years of torture, rebellion, and heart-breaking execution of beautiful young queens

Though 100% Brit, and very recently Mayor of Islington the historic central London Borough where he lives with his family, David likes to think he can see Britain as outsiders would see it. After working in TV, he spent many years working in Brussels for international organisations.

He's a guide because he's keen to share his inside knowledge of London with visitors to a city he loves.

Languages

English

Top 5 Specialities

Charles Dickens London Tour

City of Oxford Tour

Westminster Abbey Tour

St Paul’s Cathedral Tour

Churchill War Rooms Tour

Guide Calendar Last Update: 20th of July, 2023

March 2024

MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
AM
PM
EVE
 
 
 
 
1
2
3
AM
PM
EVE
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
AM
PM
EVE
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
AM
PM
EVE
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
AM
PM
EVE
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

April 2024

MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
AM
PM
EVE
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
AM
PM
EVE
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
AM
PM
EVE
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
AM
PM
EVE
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
AM
PM
EVE
29
30
 
 
 
 
 

May 2024

MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
AM
PM
EVE
 
 
1
2
3
4
5
AM
PM
EVE
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
AM
PM
EVE
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
AM
PM
EVE
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
AM
PM
EVE
27
28
29
30
31
 
 

June 2024

MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
AM
PM
EVE
 
 
 
 
 
1
2
AM
PM
EVE
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
AM
PM
EVE
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
AM
PM
EVE
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
AM
PM
EVE
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

July 2024

MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
AM
PM
EVE
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
AM
PM
EVE
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
AM
PM
EVE
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
AM
PM
EVE
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
AM
PM
EVE
29
30
31
 
 
 
 

August 2024

MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
AM
PM
EVE
 
 
 
1
2
3
4
AM
PM
EVE
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
AM
PM
EVE
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
AM
PM
EVE
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
AM
PM
EVE
26
27
28
29
30
31
 

September 2024

MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
AM
PM
EVE
 
 
 
 
 
 
1
AM
PM
EVE
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
AM
PM
EVE
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
AM
PM
EVE
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
AM
PM
EVE
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
AM
PM
EVE
30
 
 
 
 
 
 

October 2024

MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
AM
PM
EVE
 
1
2
3
4
5
6
AM
PM
EVE
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
AM
PM
EVE
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
AM
PM
EVE
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
AM
PM
EVE
28
29
30
31
 
 
 

November 2024

MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
AM
PM
EVE
 
 
 
 
1
2
3
AM
PM
EVE
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
AM
PM
EVE
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
AM
PM
EVE
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
AM
PM
EVE
25
26
27
28
29
30
 

December 2024

MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
AM
PM
EVE
 
 
 
 
 
 
1
AM
PM
EVE
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
AM
PM
EVE
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
AM
PM
EVE
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
AM
PM
EVE
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
AM
PM
EVE
30
31
 
 
 
 
 

January 2025

MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
AM
PM
EVE
 
 
1
2
3
4
5
AM
PM
EVE
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
AM
PM
EVE
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
AM
PM
EVE
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
AM
PM
EVE
27
28
29
30
31
 
 

February 2025

MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
AM
PM
EVE
 
 
 
 
 
1
2
AM
PM
EVE
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
AM
PM
EVE
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
AM
PM
EVE
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
AM
PM
EVE
24
25
26
27
28
 
 
Green
means Guide is available,
Red
means Guide is unavailable

Simply put your name and email address in the form below, together with a brief message for the Guide, and hit the green 'Send' button. The Guide concerned will then reply as quickly as possible to discuss your requirements.






    Blog Posts

    Zadok The Priest: A Hymn Sung At Every Coronation in Westminster Abbey Since 1727

    George Frideric Handel's Zadok the Priest has been sung at every coronation since that of King George the Second in 1727. The coronation ceremony takes place at Westminster Abbey when the incoming monarch is crowned by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the head of the Church of England. Westminster Abbey is the royal church of the United Kingdom and stands near to the Houses of Parliament.

    Read more

    13 British Monarchs: From Queen Anne to King Charles III

    The British Royal Family can trace their lineage right back to Cerdic of Wessex (519-534), founder and first king of Saxon Wessex, which is not bad for a family tree. As with all royal families, they inter-married with other European Royals over the years, and many fought and died to retain the English crown (merged with the Scottish crown on the ascent to the throne in 1603 of James VI of Scotland as James I of England).

    Read more

    Islington - A Diverse And Distinctive Part Of London

    When Henry VIII dissolved England’s monasteries in 1534 he handed over Islington and Archway to Thomas Cromwell. However, the unfortunate Cromwell had little time to enjoy his acquisition as he was beheaded in 1540. Today, Islington is a part of London supposedly full of well-off people living in expensive homes who like to feel they are spokespeople for those less fortunate than themselves. In fact, over 40% of Islingtonians live in social housing and almost 30% live in privately rented flats, so homeowners make up only 30% of this diverse Borough. Some of those houses are now very expensive!

    Read more
    See all blog posts posted by David Poyser