Our guides

All our guides have completed the Camden Tour Guides’ Association training course, and over a year have studied the past and the present of the  Borough of Camden and learned how to guide on the streets and inside buildings.   They have passed four examinations (two practical, two written), and wear the badge of the association shown on the right.   As members they are also covered by insurance when guiding on the streets. 

Many of our members are qualified in other areas of London. Each offers a unique and fascinating approach to history and modern London.

The Camden Badge worn by our guides
Elena Paolini

Elena Paolini

I like walking, talking, meeting people and I love history – that’s why being a Camden Guide suits me down to a T! Originally from

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Richard Cotton

Richard Cotton

I have been a Camden resident for more than 30 years.  I am an elected borough councillor for the Camden Town with Primrose Hill Ward

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Sami Alouani

Sami Alouani

Why did I choose Camden? Because Camden best reflects this cultural, intellectual and social diversity so unique to London. I’m also a guide at the

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Des Aherne

Des Aherne

I have worked in Camden’s legal area for 27 years, and qualified as a CTGA guide in July 2017. I am available for walks throughout

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Charles Wenz

Charles Wenz

Camden guide since July 2017, long-time student of London history with a background in science journalism. Life member of the Jane Austen Society. Researched the

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Cathy Chivers

Cathy Chivers

Cathy qualified as a Camden Tour Guide in 2016 and thoroughly enjoys sharing her knowledge with Visitors. Everyday is a new adventure from exploring the

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Elaine Wein

Elaine Wein

As well as a Camden Guide, Elaine is a City of Westminster, City of London Guide and Freeman of the City of London. Born and

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Alan Fortune

Alan Fortune

Alan is a qualified guide in the City of Westminster and the London Borough of Camden. From July 2016 he will be Course Director of

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David Brown

David Brown

David is a founder member of Camden Tour Guides Association, and also founded the Footprints of London guiding company. David has a Masters in Historical

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