A good tour guide can change the way you see a place by opening your eyes to things you wouldn’t have noticed and leaving you with lots of memorable and fun facts.
Henrietta Ferguson is one of those guides. I met Henrietta when she took me on a special Royal Warrants Tour in London, which I wrote a piece about for the Escape travel segment in the Sunday Telegraph.
Henrietta is a Blue Badge Guide based in London and she creates bespoke tours based around pretty much anything you like, with her speciality being luxury.
She’s also about to launch a new “Top Secret” Espionage tour that she’s been working on with a former secret agent. That’s one I definitely want to do next time I’m in London.
She’s such a great guide I knew that I just had to ask her Ten Questions… .
What’s the best thing about your job?
Meeting different people from all over the world, everyday!
If you could change one thing about your job what would it be?
What’s something about your role that you wish people understood?
I can’t control the traffic and the crowds.
What’s your favourite thing to do on your day off?
What’s a cheap and cheerful food secret you (usually) only tell your friends?
Five Guys (burger restaurant)
If money was no object, where would you go for lunch or dinner?
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
Where do you take a friend when they come to visit?
The Crab Tree Pub by the River Thames
What’s the best shopping experience in town?
Bond Street or Spitalfields Market.
Is there a local tourist cliché that’s actually worth doing?
The Changing of the Guards. It’s always exciting to see the guards march. You can’t help but smile and march with them to the beat of the band music. And it’s free!
Is there a tourist attraction nearby that you can’t believe you still haven’t visited yourself?
No of course not 🙂
To check out Henrietta’s tours and find out more, visit Henrietta Ferguson’s website