Cathy Bayly

Cathy Bayly

Regional Qualification(s):

London

Language(s):

English

Phone Number(s):

020 8748 1993, 07720 289033

Email:

cathy.bayly@sky.com

Introduction:

I have been a resident of London for the past 30 years and I love it here. It’s a city that is busy, diverse, vibrant, fun and packed with fantastic culture and a history that dates back over 2,000 years. Exploring London with me as your guide is a brilliant way to make the most of your visit and for you to get to see the real London. I would love to share both my local knowledge and enthusiasm for London with you and to unlock this wonderful city for you.

After twenty five years in financial services, I wanted to combine my passions: English history, our countryside, literature, culture, walking the city and meeting new people; guiding has provided that opportunity. I’m a warm and friendly guide, and my aim will be to make your tour not only fun and enjoyable, but interesting and informative too. I love working with family groups and to bring history, culture and art to life for children with interactive tours and fun stories to engage them. Your tour will be structured to suit you and at the pace you want. With me as your guide, the places we visit and things we will come to life as you hear some of fun and amazing stories behind them.

London continues to redefine itself and so as you explore London you see historic buildings like Westminster Abbey or St Paul’s Cathedral set against a 21st Century skyline of buildings such as the Shard and the Gherkin, and nestling at the feet of some of these new glass towers, churches that date back to the 15th Century.

You may want to spend time exploring historic buildings such as the majestic Westminster Abbey, or the Tower of London with its intriguing past and the current home of the Crown Jewels, or visit the Churchill War Rooms, the secret WW2 bunker. There’s Royal London to explore: Kensington Palace, both a historic and current royal palace, and watch the Changing of the Guard outside Buckingham Palace. You may want to dip into our amazing and free galleries and museums: the National Gallery, the Victoria and Albert or the British Museum. Perhaps there’s room during your visit to kick back and enjoy a more leisurely pace with visits to places like Portobello Road market, Notting Hill or Chelsea – areas where Londoners live, shop and relax.

Personal Interests:

Children and Families
Monarchy and Royalty
Westminster Abbey
St Paul's Cathedral
Museums & Galleries
Shopping
Food
Castles & Palaces

Special Interests:

Other
Museums
Castles & Palaces

Visit some of the royal castles and palaces in and around London. Kensington Palace, past and present Royal home or Windsor Castle, the Queen's weekend residence. If you love the stories of Henry VIII and his Six Wives, a visit to the Tudor palace at Hampton Court is a must.

Museums

British Museum: explore this extraordinary museum which charts the history of civilisations and see world famous exhibits such as the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon Sculptures, Egyptian mummies and so much more. It’s a fantastic
place to bring children to help them understand history.

Victoria and Albert: our world class fine arts museum in Kensington, filled with some breath-taking objects, such as the newly re-opened Cast Court with its jaw-dropping display of some of the greatest sculptures and objects ever produced across Europe, the Renaissance Galleries, or the British Galleries which chart how British design, art and fashionable living changed over the centuries.

Galleries

Galleries: we could do a highlights tour of the National Gallery, and explore the major influences and development of Western European art from the 13th to the 20th Century, looking at artists such a Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Rembrandt and Rubens. English romantic painters such as Turner and Constable and finish in the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist galleries to look at the works of Monet, Van Gogh and their contemporaries.

Churches & Cathedrals

Visit the two great religious buildings at the heart of London: Westminster Abbey and St Paul's Cathedral. The first the site of Coronations, Royal Weddings, and full of history. The second, the great English baroque masterpiece of Sir Christopher Wren.

Countryside

Out of London tours: if you have time, a day out of London is always a real treat and gives you an opportunity to see some of world-class, beautiful English countryside.

I am also a licensed driver guide and can take you to visit key out of London sites such as Windsor Castle, the Queen’s weekend home, or Hampton Court Palace, one of the last remaining Tudor Palaces of Henry VIII. Or if you want to go a little further afield, there’s Oxford, home to one of the world’s greatest universities. Perhaps combine a trip to Oxford with a visit to Blenheim Palace, or the beautiful Cotswolds, an area of rolling countryside and beautiful villages of stone, honey coloured cottages. Another option is to visit the mysterious and puzzling stone circle of Stonehenge, combined with a trip into Salisbury, a market town with an extraordinary 12th century gothic cathedral at its heart. Or if your passion is Shakespeare, what about a trip to the Great Bard’s home of Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Walking Tours

You may want to explore London on foot, and it’s a fantastic way to see different parts of the city. It could be Westminster to focus on government and royalty, or the historic City of London with its Roman origins, perhaps a walk spanning the two walking via Covent Garden at the heart of London's theatre district. A half day walk (4 hours)tailored to your interests covers quite a bit of ground and will leave you with a good sense of the layout of London and its history.

Additional Qualifications:

London Blue Badge

Driver Guide:

No