Julia MacKenzie

Julia MacKenzie

Welcome to London! London is my city and I look forward to making it your city for the duration of your visit. I was born here and have lived here all my adult life so I know its major sights as well as the more hidden corners. I can show you the “must-see” locations including Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, the National Gallery and the British Museum. But I also enjoy conducting walks exploring areas connected with the Royal Family, the historic quarters of Westminster and St James’s, the literary and cultural district of Bloomsbury, and the charming Hampstead neighbourhood with its bohemian atmosphere and rich cultural heritage.  

As an alumna of Smith College, Massachusetts, I have a particular interest in American connections in London, especially the “Little America” area of Mayfair. And because the Second World War (World War II) has long fascinated me, I like to take visitors to the Churchill War Rooms and other places connected with wartime London. I also offer a London Blitz Walk in the area around St Paul’s Cathedral.

I was an editor in the publishing industry before becoming a Blue Badge Guide and worked with major museums and cultural institutions including the Royal Collection (for whom I edited the official illustrated history of the Crown Jewels), the British Museum, the National Maritime Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Imperial War Museum. 

If you want to see some of the rich variety of places outside London, I can show you around towns such as Windsor and Oxford. 

Some recent client feedback:

"Julia is perfect. We hope she can be our guide in other tours." [Churchill War Rooms] Kenneth W, Hong Kong

"Julia gave a us wonderful tour of the British Museum. Taking us to various key objects, about which she is very well informed, we got a sense of the scope of the entire collection: a useful foundation for future visits. She is also really nice & helpful, negotiating us through the busy galleries without us feeling rushed. I recommend her very highly." Eric S, USA

"Julia was fantastic and she is our top choice for the next London endeavour! She is extremely knowledgeable and a very friendly person so we are looking forward to more London discoveries in the future!" [Maritime Greenwich] Ollie S, UK

"I wish Julia had been teaching art history when I was in school!" [National Gallery] Kara J, USA

"Julia was wonderful. She was well-versed in the history and provided great vignettes that further brought Churchill's history to life." [Churchill War Rooms] Paula T, USA

"Julia did a superb Blitz Walk tour for us in London." Nicky H, UK 

"Thank you for a fun and informative morning in a very special corner of London. Your knowledge is outstanding and you kept our attention from the moment we met. We so enjoyed our time with you." [Hampstead walking tour] Sue A, UK

 

 

Languages

English

Top 5 Specialities

National Gallery Tour

Westminster Abbey Tour

Tower of London Tour

St Paul’s Cathedral Tour

Churchill War Rooms Tour

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