Who we are

DIANE ECCLES – Founder and lead Guide

Walking the City’s walks are designed and led by Diane Eccles, who for many years has worked as a business development consultant to professional firms in the City.

In the course of her work Diane became fascinated by the Square Mile itself – the traditions, the landmarks and the people who have shaped it.  She qualified as a City of London Guide. through the City University.  She undertook this programme purely to satisfy her own curiosity but soon found herself undertaking walking tours for her City clients.

Diane has since also qualified as a Clerkenwell & Islington Guide. Diane is one of a small group of City guides appointed to lead private tours around the historic and awe-inspiring buildings of Middle Temple. The tour takes you into Middle Temple Hall with its magnificent double-hammer beam roof which was completed in 1573. Generations of royalty have all dined at the 29ft oak High Table – reputedly a gift from Elizabeth I. Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Francis Drake have been known to dine in Hall. It is also said that the first-recorded performance of Twelfth Night took place in Hall in 1602.

“I find it endlessly rewarding to share my knowledge of the City. One minute we are admiring an imposing piece of architecture, the next we have entered a little-known garden which yields up the story of an intriguing London character. And one of the great pleasures of the walks is the company of the walkers! Many clients have become personal friends”.

What is most characteristic of her walks is the way she uses lively anecdotes and engaging details to bring the City to life.

The Guiding Network
Diane has a network of qualified City of London Guides with vast experience of researching, creating and leading walks. The network enables her to co-opt colleagues for the guiding of larger parties and to meet requests for walks on specialized subjects.

By using a qualified guide who is a member of a guiding association you are assured that your walk will be of high standard and carried out under appropriate liability insurance cover.

 

Diane Eccles