Louise Chapman

Louise Chapman

Regional Qualification(s):

London

Language(s):

English, French

Phone Number(s):

07767 608150

Email:

louisesjachapman@btinternet.com

Introduction:

A French speaking guide based in London. I also guide at Hampton Court Palace, Windsor, Bath, Stonehenge, Oxford.

'Thank you so much for your wonderful day of touring! We all agreed that it was a full and meaningful day, so enriched by your knowledge. Louise, you have the talent of being able to share facts in an interesting and logical way. Your pleasant and considerate manner was much appreciated.' This was the kind testimonial I received recently from an Australian client. I work hard to give my clients the best day possible and it is my pleasure to show London and all its beauty to my visitors.

Biographical details.: BA Hons in Modern Languages. MA Applied Linguistics. Have lived overseas both in France and Germany whilst studying at the University of Grenoble and at the University of Munich. Have travelled extensively and have used private guides overseas and so know what is expected of a good guide. Work experience at Arthur Andersen as Customs Consultant and also as a legal recruitment consultant.

My professional experience means that I am well suited to taking executives and partners on tours, be they in chauffeur driven cars or by public transport. Sometimes the best way to see London is to use a combination of black cabs, red buses, the tube and the river boats. That way you see the rich diversity of London.

A mother with 2 grown up children so very used to taking families and/or school groups around London, Windsor, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace and so forth.

Personal Interests:

Tower of London
Houses of famous literary characters
Westminster walks
Westminster Abbey
West End walks
St Paul's Cathedral
Kensington Palace
Buckingham Palace
Greenwich and its maritime history
Hampton Court Palace - its Tudor history and its later history of William and Mary
British Museum
Student groups
Conferences/incentives
Family groups
Oxford and Blenheim Palace
Windsor Castle

Special Interests:

Churches & Cathedrals

Let me show you the wonders of Westminster Abbey - Poets' Corner, the Coronation Chair, the 'orbis miraculis of the Henry VII Chapel, the tomb of the Unknown Soldier and so much more; St Paul's Cathedral where Prince Charles and Lady Diana were married but also where the funerals of the Duke of Wellington and Lord Nelson took place ; St Margaret's Church in Westminster where Winston Churchill was married and where Sir Walter Raleigh is buried under the altar; St George's Chapel, Windsor with all the history of the Order of the Garter founded by Edward III in 1348.

Castles & Palaces

I grew up in the Windsor area so I feel well placed to show you Windsor Castle and town as well as Eton College and the beautiful town of Eton with scholars walking around in their gowns.

Let me take you to Blenheim Palace to show you the marvellous splendour of this baroque palace. The parklands are spectacular. You will even see the room where Sir Winston Churchill was born.

Literature

Dickens Museum is a great place for adults and children alike to learn more about our most famous London novelist. Samuel Johnson's house just near Fleet Street is a window into the world of the eighteenth century which reveals friendships with Hogarth, James Boswell and many other colourful characters. Let me take you to the Globe Theatre, not necessarily for a performance but for a behind the scenes tour of this wonderfully reconstructed theatre. You will learn so much about England's most illustrious playwright, William Shakespeare. I am happy to travel to Stratford to show you Shakespeare's birthplace or to see where some of his family members lived. Lovers of the works of Jane Austen will want to visit Bath, not only to see the Jane Austen Museum but also to admire the outstanding Georgian architecture of this remarkable small city.

Museums

British Museum - Come and learn about the key to hieroglyphs - the Rosetta Stone; marvel at the fine sculpting of the Lewis Chessmen and the history surrounding these famous pieces, stand and admire the white static beauty of the Parthenon Marbles, be amazed by the detailed workmanship of the treasures of Sutton Hoo, learn about Eygptian mummies such as Ginger and other predynastic burials.

Maritime Britain

Come to Greenwich for the day. Let's visit the recently restored tea clipper boat, the Cutty Sark. I can show you also the jacket worn by Lord Nelson when he was killed at the Battle of Trafalgar. There is a wealth of interesting sea faring history to discover in the National Maritime Museum - most of it is free although temporary exhibitions are paying. Visit also the beautiful Painted Hall and the Chapel of the Royal Naval College. There is also the Royal Observatory where Astronomers Royal have studied the heavens for centuries. Learn about the Meridian Line and discover the varied architecture of this World Heritage Site. Be enchanted by the splendour of the Queen's House and have a magnificent view of London from the top of Crooms Hill. So much to see - you will be amazed!

Conferences & Incentives

I enjoy taking business groups on the London Eye and up the Shard for the fabulous views over London. A Blue Badge guide will be able to point out the most important points of interest from the top of these attractions, making your visit all the more worthwhile. Remember many people visit London only once in their lifetime - it is worth getting the most out of your visit!

Royalty

Let me show you the Changing of the Guard and tell you about the different regiments of Foot Guard and different regiments of Horse Guards. Let me explain the workings of the headquarters of the British Royal Family, that is Buckingham Palace. There are the Royal Mews to visit and wonderful paintings from the Royal Collection on view in the Queen's Gallery.

Stately Homes & Country Houses

Hever Castle - 'the loveliest castle in the world' - moated and full of medieval and Tudor history. In the heart of Kent and just a short drive from London.

Education

As a frequent visitor to Oxford, I know the Oxford colleges well and will be happy to show you the Radcliffe Camera, the Bodleian Library, the Divinity Hall and other very historic places in this unforgettable small city.

Endorsements:

Windsor & Eton, 2012 Venues

Additional Qualifications:

BA Hons Modern Languages, MA Applied Linguistics,

Driver Guide:

No