The Houses of Parliament, Westminster, the Thames and the London Eye
Richard Bartelot SouthernGuide The Blue Badge
Richard - SouthernGuide - showing filmcrew around Westminster Abbey

SouthernGuide is me, Richard, a registered professional tourist guide since 2010. I hold the internationally-recognised top UK tourist guiding qualification, the Blue Badge, for London and the South and South West of England, and I have the approval of the Institute of Tourist Guiding to guide in English or French. I am sorry if you are disappointed to find that I have suspended the bulk of my website with its ideas for some of the best tours in England and how to book them. This is because I am not accepting enquiries for tours at the moment.


Meanwhile, I am putting my experience to use as a director of the Institute of Tourist Guiding, and as the Chair of its Membership Committee, supporting the efforts of the UK tourism sector and tourist guiding to recover from the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thank you for reaching this website and if I can help find you the best option for your tour, please do not hesitate to contact me.


“... They returned jubilant having really enjoyed their travels; Richard was most kind and helpful
and looked after them well. I will certainly recommend your tours ...”
Ann - hostess to Italian guests


this will find me at home, or divert to my mobile phone at no extra cost to you

Institute of Tourist Guiding
Coppergate House, 10 Whites Row,
London, E1 7NF


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