Chas Bailey

Chas Bailey

Regional Qualification(s):

London

Language(s):

English

Phone Number(s):

07867 905102, 020 8642 6274

Email:

chasbailey@icloud.com

Introduction:

Before becoming a professional Blue Badge Tourist Guide Chas served as a London police officer for 30 years rising to be a Superintendent at Scotland Yard and then was second-in-command of a London Borough. With his degree in engineering and police service Chas brings a rich and varied backstory to the world of guiding. His goal is to create tours that are not only informative and engaging but also entertaining for you. His tour guiding ability was recently recognised by an award for his “outstanding contribution to the culture of Sutton Borough”. Many of his clients love discussing the British way of life and the role of the police whilst on tour with him.

Chas can take you on a walking tour, use public transport or drive you in his E class Mercedes as he is a registered driver guide. He can take you to his specialist destinations:
Winston Churchill was arguably one of the most enigmatic men of modern times. A trip to his underground command bunker in London’s Churchill War Rooms or Chartwell (his country home in Kent) will allow Chas to explain what made Churchill the man he was. Learn how despite his personal difficulties and the stresses of World War II Churchill became the man of the moment.
London offers fabulous landmark sites such as Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London and many, many more. Chas will use the features of these (and other) buildings to tell the unique history of London and the UK, weaving in stories that will bring it to life.
The eclectic mix offered by London’s Victoria and Albert Museum captivates Chas. Using the museum’s recreated rooms Chas will explain renaissance and British life. Giant plaster casts such as the replica of the entire Portico Della Gloria from Santiago Cathedral, Spain allow Chas to demonstrate the importance of religious symbolism on life. Learn how objects of curiosity like a tiny but exquisite salt-cellar became discussion points and status symbols for the aristocracy.
Further afield the 5000 year old mystical structure of Stonehenge continues to intrigue archaeologists but with Chas’ engineering background the story of how these 40 ton stones were erected to become a World Heritage Site brings Stonehenge to life in all it’s glory.
The range of sites within and beyond London to visit with Chas is impressive and extensive including: the Baroque splendour of St Pauls Cathedral, a highlights tour of London’s National Gallery or the British Museum, the Roman baths and Georgian life in Bath, the dreaming spires of Oxford, the glories and stories of Winchester and Salisbury cathedrals. Or why not compare and contrast Windsor Castle with Hampton Court Palace.

Personal Interests:

Explore London: the Tower of London & Crown Jewels, Westminster Abbey, St Pauls Cathedral & the National Gallery. Out of London: Bath, Stonehenge, Oxford, Canterbury, Straford-on-Avon, Windsor Castle & Hampton Court
Westminster Abbey
St Paul's Cathedral
The British Museum
Victoria and Albert Museum
Windsor Castle

Special Interests:

Churches & Cathedrals

Westminster Abbey and St Paul's Cathedral are two of London's landmark sites and offer so much more than just being places of Worship. Understand the

Art/Paintings & Sculpture

London offers a variety of galleries and museums including the National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Museum. The range of art and history on offer is enormous.

Galleries

London offers a variety of galleries and museums including the National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Museum. The range of art and history on offer is enormous.

History & Prehistory

Most of London's landmark sites are rich in history and and Chas has a particular skill in using the features of the buildings to explain Britons astonishing history.

Military

Winston Churchill was arguably one of the most enigmatic men of modern times. A trip to his underground command bunker in London’s Churchill War Rooms or Chartwell (his country home in Kent) will allow Chas to explain what made Churchill the man he was. Learn how despite his personal difficulties and the stresses of World War II Churchill became the man of the moment.

Additional Qualifications:

London Regional Blue Badge

Driver Guide:

Yes

Vehicles:

Type Make / Model Passengers Air Conditioning Disabled Access
Car Mercedes E Class, Saloon 4 Yes No