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Alan Fortune

Alan Fortune is a qualified guide in the City of Westminster and the Borough of Camden.  From 2016-19 he was Director of the course which trains guides for the Borough of Camden.  He currently leads walks in Ealing, Soho, Fitzrovia, Bloomsbury and, St. Pancras.


Elaine Wein

Elaine is a City of Westminster Guide, City of London Guide, A Freeman of the City of London and a London Borough of Camden Guide.  Having lived in Ealing for over 20 years, she has a passion for helping others discover this fascinating and diverse borough.


Guy Fairbank

Born in Kent but a resident of West London for 25 years, Guy is a London Blue Badge and City of London Guide, with interests varying from City livery companies to rock music. Aside from guiding around London’s most popular sites he also helps lead bi-monthly walks around Hammersmith.

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Rachel Anthony

Rachel is a qualified Westminster Guide, normally to be found pounding the streets of Central London. As a long-time Ealing resident, she also enjoys her local history.

Instagram is @culturalcapitalwalks

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AbdulMaalik Tailor

Multi award-winning AbdulMaalik Tailor, a Muslim convert for over 20 years, is Britain's first professionally qualified Muslim Tour Guide. A Londoner from birth and resident of West London for 15 years. He specialises in Muslim heritage in Britain and is the founder of Muslim History Tours, bringing tourists to UK and West London where he has a few tours.  He conducts his tours wearing his distinctive Fez hat. He is also involved in research and delivers talks on the local and national Muslim heritage of Britain. Regularly featured by the media, the BBC, Al Jazeera, Guardian, Londonist are a few to name.

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Paula Pickin

A past resident of Fulham, for almost the last 20 years Paula has been one of London’s iconic Taxi, or Black Cab drivers

As well as holding a Camden tour guides badge, she also holds a Cab guide badge, issued by the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers and does lots of tours of London and beyond in her Taxi.




Chris Firmin

Chris is a longtime resident of West London and is a City of Westminster and Camden Tour Guide, and a member of Footprints of London. Chris has led walks around Richmond &Twickenham Riverside and he is currently developing a walk around Chiswick with a mainly architectural theme.

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Susan McEvoy

Susan was born and bred in Ealing and still lives in the Borough in the lesser known, but historic conservation area of Norwood Green. A love of history led her to become both a Qualified Camden and Westminster Tour guide. Susan has a special interest in social history, and particularly the plight of the 19th century poor. Whilst the poor may have been living in inhumane workhouses, the rich resided in grandeur. Norwood Hall, in Norwood Green, built by the famous architect John Soane, is just a one prime example.

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Freda Dahl-Nielsen

I am an adopted Londoner having lived in Ealing for over 30 years. I love to travel and to find out about places including exploring London. I was lucky enough to discover courses for Guiding and qualified in 2019 as a City of London Green Badge Guide. I am also qualified guide for Camden and Westminster.  I am a volunteer at Historic Royal Palaces including as a Guide for the Garden History Tours.  I am also a volunteer guide at the Foundling Museum.


Carol-Ann Smith

Half French and half British, educated in France, Germany and Italy, Carol-Ann finally chose to settle in the UK over 40 years ago. 

Her love of diverse peoples and cultures, history and the arts led her to become a V&A guide, qualify as a City of Westminster Tour Guide and lately also volunteer-guide at Pitzhanger Manor in Ealing which has been her home since 2000.

Russell Ellingham


Russell is a qualified City of Westminster and City of London Guide and, although originally from the East End, has lived in Shepherd's Bush for over 20 years and loves the area.  As a trained actor and fluent German speaker, his main line of work is as a tour manager for a major operator bringing students from North America for trips around the UK and Europe.


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