Lesley Gardner

Lesley Gardner

Regional Qualification(s):

London

Language(s):

English

Phone Number(s):

07595 778 444

Email:

lesley@lesleygardner.com

Introduction:

My name is Lesley and I simply love London!

This wonderful, vibrant multicultural city is my home, my passion and just a fabulous place to spend time. What makes London special is the people, the way we live and our traditions and, of course, the spectacular architecture, world-class museums and galleries, great shopping, restaurants, theatres, parks and the grand old River Thames.

A walking tour with me is the perfect way to experience the city, and tours can be tailored to suit your personal interests; perhaps Shakespeare, Dickens, Churchill, Royal London or Pubs. I also specialise in tours of art galleries, including the National Gallery, Tate Britain and Tate Modern, museums such as the British Museum and the fascinating Churchill War Rooms, and unmissable sights such as Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Cathedral and the Tower of London.

Samuel Johnson once said 'When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life', but in fact when visiting London it is nice to make some time to escape the hustle and bustle and visit some of the wonderful places within reach of the city. A visit to Stonehenge is unmissable, or perhaps you might wish to choose royal Windsor, elegant Bath, glorious Oxford, historic Canterbury or other interesting places such as Hampton Court, Blenheim Palace, Stratford-upon-Avon or the Cotswolds. The glorious county of Kent is on London's doorstep and is the perfect place to visit the English countryside; see picturesque villages, sip a glass of Kentish ale at a quaint country pub, marvel at the stunningly beautiful Leeds Castle or the magnificent fortress of Dover Castle, where you can gaze across the English Channel towards France!

I'd love to show you the highlights of London - but also the underexplored! I live in South East London and love this part of town - maritime Greenwich, pretty Blackheath Village, lively Brixton Market, leafy Dulwich and Eltham Palace are all very special places to visit. There is always something new to discover in this wonderful city!

Personal Interests:

Museums and Galleries
Cathedrals and Churches
Royal Family and Royal Palaces
City of London
Literature, Dickens and Shakespeare
Shopping and fashion
Walks
Greenwich and South London

Special Interests:

Castles & Palaces

In London let me show you regal Buckingham Palace, elegant Kensington Palace and Kensington Gardens and the exciting Tower of London. Close by, and wonderful to visit are the spectacular Hampton Court; the heart of Tudor history, and the weekend home of our Queen, Windsor Castle.

Churches & Cathedrals

Majestic Westminster Abbey, the burial place of monarchs, where our Queen was crowned and where a nation celebrated the joyous wedding of Prince William and his wife Kate in 2011.
St Paul's Cathedral, Wren's magnificent Baroque masterpiece, the church of the people of London.

Galleries

The National Gallery - the best of Western European art, masterpieces, famous paintings and portraits.
Tate Britain and Tate Modern - two fabulous galleries showcasing the best of British art over the centuries and the latest modern pieces.

Literature

The home of Shakespeare - the Globe theatre, historic and atmospheric Southwark. Dicken's London - the Victorian city he described so vividly.

Museums

The most popular attraction in Britain - the British Museum. So many exhibits that a highlights tour is a must, and the building itself is a must-see when in London.
It's just one of many - the Natural History Museum, Science Museum, V&A, Museum of London, Museum of Dockland and more.

Regional Tours

Some of England's finest, loveliest places - Chartwell, Windsor, Salisbury, Stonehenge, Bath, Oxford, Blenheim Palace and the Cotswolds, Stratford, the glorious county of Kent including Canterbury, Leeds Castle and Dover Castle.

Walking Tours

A walking tour is the perfect way to get to know London. Whether it's Royal St James's, the City of London where ancient buildings teeming with history and stories sit alongside award winning modern architecture, literary Bloomsbury, parks, markets, the River Thames - there's always something new to see!

Driver Guide:

No