IMG_2404 Thank you to Dominique Vansteenkiste for this photograph

Dr. Geoffrey Levett is a historian and Blue Badge guide to London who lives in Harringay in north London.

A freelance guide he is always interested researching new walks in London; when not walking London for profit he walks it for fun.

A convenor on the Institute of Historical Research’s Sport and Leisure seminar series, he has written on imperial culture in the early twentieth century in the British and French Empires, and the history of guiding in London. He is also a trustee of the British Society of Sports Historians.


‘Eclipse of the Summerbok: Percy Sherwell, Paul Roos and the Competition for a National Game in South Africa’, in Bruce Murray, Richard Parry and Jonty Winch (eds.) Cricket and Society in South Africa: from Union to Isolation 1910-1971 (Palgrave, forthcoming 2018)

Degenerate Days: Colonial Sports Tours and British Manliness, 1900-1910’, Sport in History, 38:1 (2018), pp. 46-74

‘The ‘White Man’s Game’? West Indian Cricket Tours of the 1900s’, International Journal of the History of Sport (2017)

Nine entries for the OUP Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography (2016) (Wes Hall, Fitz Hinds, Brian Lara, Clive Lloyd, Charles Olivierre, Viv Richards, Clyde Walcott, Everton Weekes, Frank Worrell)

‘Sport and the imperial city: Colonial tours in Edwardian London’, London Journal 35:1 (2010), pp. 39-57

‘Constructing imperial identity: The 1907 South African cricket tour of England’, in Empire & cricket: The South African experience 1884-1914 (UNISA Press, 2009), pp. 241-25

Selected recent conference papers & public lectures

‘Jouez le Jeu!’ Rugby and the French Empire: Society for Study of French History Conference, University of Strathclyde, June 2017

The Chequered History of a Parisian Monument: Remembering Frantz Reichel, Athlete and Journalist: Society for Study of French History Conference, University of Chichester, July 2016

Opening up the world: The imperial experience’: Victoria & Albert Museum, January 2015

‘Gaelic Manhood’ versus ‘Anglican Athletics’: Two models of manliness in Edwardian Ireland. Sport History Ireland Conference, September 2014. St Patrick’s College, Dublin.

‘Englishmen who happen to reside in the West Indies’: Early West Indian cricket tours and imperial identity. Social History Society Conference, University of Northumbria, May 2014

Sport as Diplomacy: The 1907 South African Tour of England. Southern Africa: History, culture and society seminar series, University of London, March 2014

Following the ‘Urban Alchemist’: The tour guide and the history of London. Institute of Historical Research, Autumn 2012

‘Nègres contre Blancs’. North American Society of Sports Historians Conference, Berkeley, May 2012


A Door (Should Be Open Or Shut) (2018) Written and directed for the Crouch End Festival and produced by the Crouch End Players. You can read about it and download the script here.

Corbyn Island (2017)  Written for the Crouch End Festival and produced by the Crouch End Players. You can read about it and download the script here.


Heir Hunters (BBC, 2016)

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