About Caroline

“a tour with Caroline is like a day out with a particularly knowledgeable favourite friend”

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Piper Tours is run by Caroline, a proud Londoner.  I am a London Blue Badge Tourist Guide, the highest tourist guiding qualification available, and a Cambridge University history graduate.  Let me show you the places that have shaped London’s history and explore the London of today.

I am a Member of the Institute of Tourist Guiding (MITG), the Association of Professional Tourist Guides and the British Guild of Tourist Guides.

I enjoy showing my home town to people from all around the world.  My background is in history and I have a particular interest in the Tudors and Stuarts and World War 2.  I also like exploring “off the beaten track” parts of London from bustling markets to quirky shops and restaurants and striking contemporary architecture.  I spent my childhood in the countryside walking dogs across muddy fields and across country estates, so when not in London I love to visit some of England’s great stately homes and gardens, especially in Kent and the Cotswolds.  When relaxing I am often to be found with my nose in a book, especially anything by Jane Austen and Agatha Christie.  Before becoming a guide I spent many years in law enforcement and I remain a fan of detective and spy novels, dramas and films.

I provide a friendly and knowledgeable service to my clients, but you don’t need to take my word for it!  Since January 2015 Piper Tours has been listed on Tripadvisor – please click on the link in the sidebar on the right to access my reviews.  It is my honour to have been described as “a tour with Caroline is like a day out with a particularly knowledgeable favourite friend”

Me and Paddington

If you want to get to know me, you might like to watch the below videos, made by APTG/Guide London (one of the membership bodies for Blue Badge Tourist Guides) during the coronavirus lockdowns of 2020.  The first is titled London Against the Odds, and it looks at 2 occasions when London was sorely tested; the Great Fire of London of 1666 and the Blitz of 1940-41.  Please enjoy the whole video, or I appear from approx 18 minutes in, talking about the Blitz

And if you want to watch something a bit silly, watch this video of me hosting a competition to decide who was the most useless British monarch ever?!

If you want to enjoy a guided tour by me around one of London’s most famous landmarks, St Paul’s Cathedral, then please watch the below video: