Andy Rashleigh

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020-7249-5492, 07720-626 748

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A Londoner born and bred, I�ve worked over thirty years as a teacher, theatre director, actor and playwright. I can promise breadth of knowledge with specialised experience in literature, history, the performing and visual arts.

My main achievements in other fields? Lost out to Liam Neeson for a major acting award; beaten by Stephen Sondheim for a playwrighting award - I'm still bitter; a radio play for Sir Ian McKellen; teaching the former WBO Middleweight champion, Nigel Benn - the trouble is I taught him English and not Boxing.

Much of my work has been with young people: for two years I was writer in Residence at London's Unicorn Theatre for Children.

Above all, I can promise good storytelling and the facility for making the seemingly complex, entertaining and comprehensible.

I�ve led walks and coach tours for children and students from Key Stage 1 to University of the Third Age and Meetup Groups; for language schools and freshers� orientation, team building, pub walks and corporate hospitality; birthdays and treasure hunts for family groups, stag parties and walks for blind and partially sighted people.

I can tailor any walk to a particular interest or syllabus requirement.

London from the Romans to the Tudors, the Great Plague and Fire and on to The Blitz. Royal London and the Church of England or maybe focus on radicals and non-conformists.

Architecture from Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor to Lords Rogers and Foster.

Samuel Pepys, Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare and poets from Chaucer to Betjeman.
The shattering religious conflict of Henry VIII , his wives and children, misjudgements of Charles I, indulgence of The Prince Regent; and the lasting impact of his niece, Victoria and her beloved Albert.

I am a City of London Guide Lecturer and Clerkenwell and Islington Guide.

Born in East London, We could explore ethnically diverse Hackney, Whitechapel and Spitalfields. Nothing, neither poverty nor The Blitz, the dreadful murders of Jack the Ripper and the Krays can crush the spirit of The East End. It is as much about Music Hall, Petticoat Lane and The Salvation Army, the lasting impact of Jewish refugees and the Bangladeshi community around Brick Lane: the most atmospheric place to go for a curry.

My 2012 Venues Endorsement means that I can introduce you to the greatest show on earth. From Stratford or Greenwich along the Bow Back Rivers, to overlook the rapidly developing Olympic site.

Docklands, where Canary Wharf for ever grows: or along River Thames from Southwark to The London Eye via Shakespeare�s Globe and Tate Modern. Perhaps a theatre walk in the West End with or without ghosts: a literary ramble through Bloomsbury or� so many possibilities.

I am qualified to guide in the National Gallery, Tate, British Museum, and the two great churches, St Paul�s and Westminster Abbey. Also the Royal Palaces at Hampton Court, Windsor and the Tower of London.

If you only have a day in town, we can cover the main sights, Tower Bridge, Big Ben and Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace, maybe even catch a glimpse of the Queen.

For many the best way to explore London is by foot, bus and tube, with an Oyster Card in their pocket. If your group prefers a coach I can provide a panoramic tour. Out of town, a day�s visit to Oxford or Cambridge, Bath, Stratford-upon-Avon, Stonehenge, Salisbury or Kent.

That�s entirely up to you.

Personal Interests:

City of London. East End Theatre. Literature
Art. The Blitz. Social and Political History.
Walking Tours. Food and Drink. Sport.

Special Interests:

Walking Tours

Any aspect of the City of London and West End from The Romans to The Blitz to Boris.

London Areas in Depth

Registered Clerkenwell and Islington Guide. Qualified to guide in St John's Gate.


An actor and playwright for 30 years. A wide knowledge and interest in all the performing arts.


Chaucer, Shakespeare, Jonson, Donne, Johnson, Dickens, Wodehouse and all the way to Ian McEwan. Where they worked and with whom they associated.


An entertaining knowledge of The Countryside and all it contains, due to several years living in it and writing The Archers for Radio 4.

Maritime Britain

The first in my family not join the Royal Navy, nonetheless a love of ships and those who sail them. Greenwich, London Docks and Thames - or further afield.

Art/Paintings & Sculpture

Wide knowledge of and interest in art, sculpture and architecture - ancient and modern.

Ethnic Britain

Born in East London, I'm at home in this everchanging cosmopolitan part of the city, from of Hackney to Banglatown and beyond.

Food & Drink

How does the world feed London? What do Londoners eat? Markets, restaurants, pubs and that little known family run cafe down a side street.


2012 Venues

Additional Qualifications:

Blue Badge, City Guide, Clerkenwell & Islington

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