Looking for something fun to do in London? Well look no further! Matt is a qualified guide lecturer who offers a variety of fun unique tours around London. We caught up with him to find out a little bit more about what he has to offer.
So Matt tell us, what differentiates your tours from others offered in London?
My tours are all completely unique, lovingly crafted by myself and often focus on the more unusual aspects of London's past and present. I've tried to ensure my walks are informative, but not dry, entertaining, but with a purpose and depth. I'm a qualified City of London and City of Westminster guide lecturer ,which hopefully means that I have a wealth of knowledge and a degree of expertise to fall back on. But I also have a playful nature which ensures the tours are fun. Importantly, I limit my group size to ensure more of a personal experience.
And would you say that your tours are catered towards a particular audience?
The tours are catered for just about everyone. Even walking around some of the more famous sites there are so many surprises and of course if you take a more quirky tour - like our Hidden London walk - you will be seeing things which very few people have taken the time to notice. So my tours are catered to the curious, open minded, people who like stories and history, Londoners and tourists alike. Maybe not surprisingly I do have a fair few couples and families on my tours.
So your tours are catered for everyone and anyone, that's great! What would you say people enjoy most about your tours?
One of the most common exclamations on one of my walks was "I've never noticed that before!" This sense of discovery is really exciting for a lot of people, and of course everyone likes to hear a story about something unusual or scandalous. The tours can often be reasonably sociable, or a good chance to catch up with old friends. And of course learning about one's own heritage and understanding the city around us is extremely satisfying.
Which of your tours would you say are the most popular?
Currently the most popular tour I lead is to see the Changing of the Guard. It's a lot of fun for tourists and Londoners alike as it involves people in the ceremony in a unique way by moving around from place to place, with history, anecdotes and even some marching!
For people who know London a bit better, my more quirky tours are very popular. Secret London is full of surprising facts and features, while the Liar Liar tour is completely unique in London in that it focuses on interactivity, competition and separating fact from fiction.
You're clearly very passionate about tour guiding, have you always felt this way?
Yes! I've been guiding for over 4 years now and have loved it from day one. What is there not to enjoy? I walk around with curious people who genuinely seem to appreciate having their eyes opened to the amazing city around them. I not only lead tours, but also design them, which is immensely satisfying, as I'm constantly learning and deepening my historical knowledge of London.
Finally do you have anything you would like to add? Tell new/potential customers?
Of course - come on one of my walking tours once and you may be hooked!
They sound fantastic, we would definitely love to give it a go! Thanks very much for speaking with us Matt!
A walking tour is surely one of the best ways to experience everything London has to offer. These tours make a perfect London day out for visitors and locals alike looking to get a more unusual insight into London and its history!
Follow the links below to find details on Matt’s fantastic, quirky tours: