Changing of the Guard



Oxford University

Cotswolds Villages

Sissinghurst White Garden

Hampton Court Palace

A Private Tour Guide in London

 If you are coming to London with your friends and family, what better way to explore than with your own private guide. Personalise a tour to suit your own interests. Travel with a tour guide who knows both the famous sites and the hidden corners.

My name’s Angela Akehurst. I’m a London “Blue Badge” tourist guide, and below are the tours I offer. I have a spacious tour car for up to 6 passengers, and I also offer walking tours or travel by London’s red buses.

My interests are reflected in this website, but I can also match YOUR interests with an appropriate guide. My colleagues can offer a variety of different languages, vehicles, and special expertise.

For fuller information about individual tour options you can browse the menu above. But remember, everything can be adapted to suit your personal interests and needs. All prices are per private tour, NOT per person.

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Private Tours of London for You, Your Family & Friends

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Tower Bridge; London highlights

London Highlights tours by car

Half Day Private Tour of London – You will see all the highlights, including the Changing of the Guard or a visit to Westminster Abbey.

Full Day Private Tour of London – As well as the above, there will be time to visit the Tower of London, and maybe St Paul’s Cathedral or the British Museum.

Private car tours from £380 – £550


Private walking tours of London - the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace

London tours on foot & by bus

Half Day Private Tour of London – See Westminster Abbey, the royal palaces, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, 10 Downing Street, and the theatre, shopping and restaurant areas.

Full Day Private Tour of London – As well as the above, explore the lanes that Shakespeare knew, see the Tower of London & St Paul’s Cathedral – and some of London’s modern architecture.

Private walking tours from £175 – £280 + bus fares

British Museum - the Sutton Hoo Helmet

London Museum & Gallery tours

Visit some of the world’s great museums and galleries in the company of your own private guide – the British Museum, the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, the Tate Britain & Tate Modern, and the Courtauld Gallery.

Private museum & gallery tours from £180

Popular Tour Destinations

Below are my most popular tour destinations, but you can put together your own combination.

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Private tours to Stonehenge

Stonehenge private tours

Take a tour to Stonehenge by car, and also include the Queen’s residence at Windsor Castle, or one of the cathedral cities of Salisbury or Winchester, or maybe a historic house, a beautiful garden, and a pub lunch. For a longer day, visit the Roman & Georgian city of Bath.

Private car tours from £550 – £795

Private tours to Windsor Castle

Windsor private tours

An official residence of the Her Majesty the Queen, Windsor Castle is steeped in history and filled with beautiful works of art. As well as the magnificent State Apartments, you will see Queen Mary’s Dolls House.

You may like to combine a visit to Windsor with Stonehenge, Oxford or Hampton Court Palace.

Private car tours from £450 – £685

Private tours to Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury private tours

Canterbury Cathedral is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful buildings in England, filled with coloured light from its stained glass windows.

Drive on to Dover to see the famous White Cliffs and the medieval castle that became the Admiral Ramsay’s HQ during the Dunkirk Evacuation of 1940. Or visit Leeds Castle, “the loveliest castle in the world”.

Private car tours from £620

Private tours to Oxford

Oxford private tours

Visit this ancient university, and then go on to see any one of the following – the Queen’s residence at Windsor Castle, Sir Winston Churchill’s birthplace Blenheim Palace, William Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, the lovely Cotswold villages, Warwick Castle or Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey).

Private car tours from £495 – £720


Private tours to Stratford-upon-Avon

Stratford upon Avon private tours

In Stratford upon Avon you can visit the house where William Shakespeare was born, the thatched cottage where his wife grew up, and the church where they were buried.

You could also visit Oxford, or Warwick Castle, villages in the Cotswolds, or maybe a lovely garden.

Private car tours from £720


Private tours to the Cotswolds

Cotswolds private tours

The Cotswolds is an area famous for pretty cottages and beautiful gardens set in a gentle English landscape. Visit one of the many gardens & historic houses open to the public, eg Hidcote Manor or Blenheim Palace, or just potter around villages.

A drive through the Cotswolds can be included in a Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford or Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey) tour.

Private car tours from £660 – £750

Off the Beaten Track

Discover some of England’s most enchanting places

Hidcote Manor garden

Historic houses & gardens

England has some of the finest gardens in the world, and many of them are close to London – Hidcote Manor, Sissinghurst and Great Dixter are perhaps the best known, but there are many small gardens that could be slipped into another tour, such as the Heale Garden near Stonehenge.

Some of the great ‘Treasure Houses’ of England are also only a short drive away – Blenheim Palace, Arundel Castle, Woburn Abbey and Wilton House, to name just a few. And there are many more historic homes, eg Anne Boleyn’s childhood home Hever Castle, or Sir Winston Churchill’s Chartwell.

Private car tours to great houses and gardens from £495 – £695

Sissinghurst Castle garden

Artists, writers, actors & others

Follow in the footsteps of your favourite artists, writers, musicians, scientists, films & television series. Henry Moore, Benjamin Britten, Charles Darwin, Henry James, Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell all had homes that are now open to the public. Alternatively, you can seek out the landscapes that inspired so many artists, or the pub in which hobbits, lions, witches and wardrobes were discussed!

“Downton Abbey”, or Highclere Castle, is currently very popular; did you know that when the 5th Earl of Carnarvon lived there, he was also funding the excavation that discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun?

Car tours from £520 – £660

Jacob Epstein's statue of Jan Smuts in Parliament Square, London

Artists and Architecture in London

I offer walking or car tours to discover London’s architecture, public sculpture, art collections and garden design. I also have a number of walking tours that follow in the steps of artists, and see London through their eyes.

There are several small historic homes open to the public, such as Sir John Soane’s Museum, William Hogarth’s House, Lord Leighton’s House, Emery Walker’s house, or William Morris’s two homes.

In the foreground of the photo above is Sir Jacob Epstein’s statue of Jan Smuts in front of Sir Charles Barry & A W Pugin’s Houses of Parliament.

Walking tour prices from £175 – £280 + bus fares; car tours from £380

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Private tourist guide Angela Akehurst

A Private Guide for Your Family & Friends

My name is Angela Akehurst. I am a London ‘Blue Badge’ tourist guide, registered with the Institute of Tourist Guides. I hold a Private Hire Driver licence, and am a member of the Driver-Guides Association.

I am particularly interested in art, architecture, sculpture & garden design. I like a new challenge…… and I love my job!

Private tours by car

About My Car

My VW caravelle has 6 comfortable passenger seats, air-conditioning, sockets for charging your phone and iPad, and mobile WiFi.

It will carry medium-sized luggage for 6 people, and has a luggage box on its roof when touring.

It is fully licensed and insured for Private Hire work – for more information see the About Your Guide & Car page.