Tony McDonnell

Tony McDonnell

Working as a full time London Blue Badge Tourist Guide for more than twenty years still seems the best job imaginable . London has seen many changes in that time yet retains its inimitable style. The great historical sites and areas remain and still enchant. The sheer variety of its cultural life in terms of its theatres, concert halls galleries or museums is simply breathtaking. The transformation and revival of the old East End, the Docklands, the Southbank or the building of the Olympic Park is staggering. London's diversity in terms of its population has few equals worldwide. Its all these diffuse elements that make the place so rich when it comes to guiding around the place.  Where to start on such a huge canvas? As the son of Irish immigrants to London after the second world war might be seen as providing a particular perspective on London's past and institutions. Extended stays in the US and other parts of the UK have, I hope helped to broaden my experience and enrich my tours.

 Any tour I undertake, be it on a coach, in a car or on foot, I try to bring a sense of exitment and amazement that  this astonishing city still evokes in me. From the Irish contribution to London, to Shakespear's time in the capital. From the complex lives of the Bloomsbury Group to the struggles of working people in the East End. The gleaming towers of Canary Wharf  or the Vanished Empires of Camden Town there is no end to the exitment of exploring - "The Flower of Cities All"- London!   

Languages

English

Top 5 Specialities

William Shakespeare Tour

London Bloomsbury Midtown Tour

Houses of Parliament Tour

Westminster Abbey Tour

St Paul’s Cathedral Tour

Guide Calendar Last Update: 6th of January, 2018

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St Patrick’s Day in London

March will see the feast days of two of the UK’s patron saints: St David of Wales on the 1st and St Patrick of Ireland on the 17th.  St David’s day will see a banquet in the evening at the Guildhall and attended by Mayor of London. St Patrick’s Day, on the other hand, will see a huge procession from Green Park to Trafalgar Square on Sunday the 19th starting at noon and an event in the square that will go on all day.

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