Jenny Draper

Jenny Draper

Welcome to London! I'd love to show you around.
If you're new to the city, I'm going to make you feel like one of the locals- if you've been here for a long time, I'm going to show you something you've never seen before.
My name is J. Draper, and I've lived in London for years, studying all the nooks and crannies and little details that even seasoned Londoners sometimes miss. You might know me from TikTok or YouTube, where I teach fun titbits about my city's history.
We can go pretty much wherever you like in London, but if you're not sure what to see, here are some ideas:

Classic London
Great for a first-time visitor to London. Wanna see all the really famous bits in one morning? Let's do it! We'll start off in the heart of royal London, watch the famous Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, catch the pelicans in St. James' Park, and see Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and the London Eye.
This tour is wheelchair-accessible.

The Tower of London
Surely the most famous castle in the world, right in the middle of London. This is where the King keeps the crowns that sit on his head, and where queens like Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard have lost their heads. We'll get to see how castles and knights worked, and we'll meet its famous inhabitants- beefeaters and ravens!
The Tower is only partially accessible by wheelchair.

Westminster Abbey
Monarchs have been crowned and buried here for 1,000 years. This is where Elizabeth I is buried alongside her sister Mary, and where the Prince and Princess of Wales were married in 2011. It's also the burial place for many great figures in our nation's tapestry- writers like Charles Dickens and Geoffrey Chaucer, and scientists like Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.
The Abbey is only partially accessible by wheelchair.

Churchill War Rooms
Under the heart of British government in Whitehall, this secret WWII bunker lay untouched for decades. Now it's been reopened, perfectly preserved in every detail, even down to 80-year-old sugar cubes left in a desk drawer! This is where the top decisions were taken during the war while bombs and rockets fell above.
This tour is wheelchair-accessible.

How To Read A Painting

The National Gallery is the UK's national collection of Western art, telling the whole story of painting in Western Europe from the 13th century until 1900. We're going to see paintings by Michaelangelo, Van Gogh and Manet and figure out what on earth they're about. A tour for those who wish they'd paid attention in Art History class.
This tour is wheelchair-accessible.

St. Paul's Cathedral

After the Great Fire of London in 1666, this glorious place rose from the city's ashes. There is nothing to compare with this building in the country. I'll show you the burial place of the Duke of Wellington; a man who posed for his own effigy; and a secret that Christopher Wren hid inside the famous dome. As seen in the greatest movie of the 21st century, Paddington 2.
This tour is wheelchair accessible.

Secrets of Covent Garden
The people of Covent Garden love theatre so much that they've rioted over it. The area is packed with dramatic stories about prima ballerinas, arsonists, Victorian barrow boys, and even a young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart! I'll show you a secret alleyway that hasn't changed since the 1800s, and we'll even visit a plague burial ground. Hold your nose!
This tour is wheelchair-accessible.
Gruesome Tales For Grown-Ups

The tale of Smithfield is a tale of blood. Plague pits, surgery, graverobbing, and some of the worst execution methods the medieval mind could devise- it's all happened here. We're going to see a church where so many people have been buried that the ground level has risen around it, and walk through Smithfield's famous meat market. This one is not for the faint-hearted!

Votes For Women

In 1890, the idea of women voting seemed a dangerous absurdity- like a dog riding a bike. Just thirty years later, we had our first female MP. Find out how our courageous sisters did it in this tour through Westminster, the heart of state power. We're going to hear about some of their strange protests and the even stranger arguments against women getting the vote.
This tour is wheelchair-accessible.

Medieval Knights

In an old mansion in Marylebone, you'll find the best collection of armour and weapons anywhere in London. The walls are simply dripping with real swords, halberds, pikes, maces, axes, crossbows and finely-crafted suits of armour straight out of Game of Thrones. But how do you fight in this stuff? How much does it weigh? And how can a mere peasant get the best of a fully-armoured knight on horseback?
This tour is wheelchair-accessible.

The British Library

This is one for bookworms! The British Library has handwritten notes and manuscripts from almost every British writer you can think of, from Jane Austen to Andrea Levy; and incredible historical documents like Shakespeare's First Folio, a copy of Magna Carta, and even lyric sheets handwritten by the Beatles themselves! This tour will take you through the very best of the over 200 million objects in the Library's collection.
This tour is wheelchair-accessible.

Languages

English

Top 5 Specialities

London East End Tour

Westminster Abbey Tour

Tower of London Tour

Churchill War Rooms Tour

Changing of the Guard Tour

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