Leo Heaton

Leo Heaton

Regional Qualification(s):

London

Language(s):

English

Phone Number(s):

07801 025002

Email:

miss.leo.heaton@gmail.com

Introduction:

*London Blue Badge Guide of the Year 2016*
Hello and welcome! I can't wait to show you my amazing city and its surrounds.
I am an award-winning guide offering fun and informative tours of some of London's most memorable and famous sites, including Westminster Abbey, The Tower of London, St Paul's Cathedral, The British Museum and The National Gallery.
Further afield we could explore Windsor Castle, Hampton Court Palace, Stratford, Stonehenge, Salisbury, Canterbury, Oxford, Bath or even the beautiful Cotswolds.

I have a great 'mixed bag' of a background! I trained in musical theatre and performed professionally for several years, but have spent the last decade working in very corporate environments - in high-end hospitality and as a Private PA and Executive Assistant. This cross over of both a theatrical and a corporate background with the guiding world gives the perfect mix for companies looking for someone to accurately pitch their style of commentary for their groups, or for something out of the ordinary for a team-building exercise. I'm just as happy exploring with small private groups or families, and I especially love guiding children - their enthusiasm and excitement for things grown ups often take for granted is always a joy to see.

Most importantly, I can help you to really enjoy planning your trip! A tour with me or one of my other Blue Badge Guide colleagues should prove to be a valuable and memorable part of your visit and I look forward to meeting you.

Personal Interests:

The history of the City and the Square Mile
Haunted London: ghosts and mysteries
Roman London
London's markets and 'foodie' culture
Musicals and theatre
Corporate tours and team-building
Street Art

Special Interests:

Archaeology

The Museum of London has some incredible and detailed exhibitions of some of the treasures that have been found beneath the City. Roman writing tablets, shoes and hairpins, Saxon swords and jewellery, Medieval plague pits uncovered during the building of the Crossrail project, and incredible evidence of the Great Fire of London. We can tour the Museum, then get out into the City to see the locations where your favourite objects were discovered. Perfect if your interest lies in what's found beneath the ground rather than what is currently above it!

Food & Drink

The great author JRR Tolkien wrote, "if more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world..." We can explore the areas of London where food and drink are the most important things! London's markets are incredible places, past and present: Borough, Smithfield, Spitalfields or Covent Garden all have a fabulous history and all still are buzzing today. Come and indulge your inner foodie with real ales and craft beers, street food from all over the world, and gourmet produce from local growers and specialists.

Galleries

Along with museums, some of the UK's most impressive art collections are available in the capital. We can explore the treasures of stunning spaces such as the National Gallery, Wallace Collection, Tate Britain or Tate Modern.

Ghosts, Murders & Mysteries

London's older streets and alleyways hide many a secret story, some more gruesome than others. With me as your guide we can unravel the terrible mystery of Jack the Ripper or explore many other chilling tales of London's darker side!

Museums

We are lucky to have some incredible (and mostly free!) museums here in London, including the British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and National Maritime Museum to name just a tiny few. We can plan a highlights tour, or if you would like something more detailed please ask.

Theatre

With my musical theatre training, where better to head than for Theatreland and the West End. Theatrical themed tours could include Shakespeare's London, or the West End's musical theatre history - if you like I can even throw in a song!

London Areas in Depth

Southwark and the South Bank
Canary Wharf and Docklands
Greenwich
Shoreditch, Spitalfields and Whitechapel
Mayfair and St James's
London 2012's 'Legacy Boroughs' and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Wapping: on the trail of pirates!
London's Legal Quarter (Temple, Lincoln's Inn and Grays Inn)
Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia

Churches & Cathedrals

From the grandeur and historic significance of Westminster Abbey to the classic beauty and architectural spectacle of St Paul's, or from the towering spire of Salisbury to the spot of the murder of Saint Thomas Beckett in Canterbury - the UK has many spectacular churches and cathedrals to explore. Even the small City of London churches, or the picturesque 'wool churches' of the Cotswolds have incredible history and architecture just waiting for you to discover.

Walking Tours

The best way to see London is often on foot! Whether you want to know more about the City of London, the West End or the East End, I can plan a walking tour to show you hidden corners and architectural or historical gems you might not otherwise notice.

Street Art

Shoreditch and Spitalfields are vibrant areas in the East End of London, famous for food pop ups, 'designer' coffee, hipster culture and some of the most incredible street art you will see anywhere in the world.
A walking tour of the area will introduce pieces by some of the major artists working at the moment, from huge wall installations and three-dimensional creations to tiny stickers and political 'paste-ups'. Embrace your inner Banksy and fire up your Instagram account for a slice of London at its most contemporary!

Driver Guide:

No