Dotmaker Tours lead alternative London walks that encourage you to ‘stop, look, listen and think’. All our tours offer new perspectives on the city – for Londoners and visitors alike – and richer ways of looking at the world at large. You might find yourself awed by judges in the Royal Courts of Justice, revelling in reflected sounds from St Paul’s Cathedral bells or marvelling at methods of transforming the capital’s dust. We keep group sizes small to make things interactive and conversational.
Dotmaker Tours are devised and led by fully-insured guides, Rosie Oliver and Cathy Haynes. A life-long Londoner, Rosie founded Dotmaker Tours in 2012. She also produces spoken audio features for Tickertape Productions. Rosie has a background as an environmental lawyer working in government. She has a 2-year CPR & First Aid certification from the Red Cross (issued Sept. 11th, 2019), although she hopes she will never need to use that knowledge on these walks, which are very gentle!
Cathy Haynes leads A Genius Tour. Cathy is an artist-curator and founding faculty member of The School of Life.
STOP. LOOK. LISTEN. THINK.
Rosie Oliver, Founder of Dotmaker Tours
Dotmaker is born of my own past experience rushing through the city, oblivious to so much, with my mind occupied with rehashing past conversations or stressing about future ones.
With all the unlikely life-wisdom of a child’s pedestrian safety mantra, everything changed when I took time to ‘Stop. Look. Listen. Think.’ The moment – and there was a very particular moment – when I sat down, breathed, and re-opened my eyes and ears, had a profound effect on my sense of London and its possibilities. It’s that spirit of rediscovery, curiosity and wonder that I want to share.