Caroline Powell

Profile updated 21/06/22

Regional Qualification(s):

London

Language(s):

English

Phone Number(s):

07724 450960

Contact guide

Introduction:

After a long and rewarding career in teaching I have retrained as a tour guide and am ready and waiting to introduce you or reacquaint you to our exciting and always surprising capital city.
I can lead you on tours of the British Museum, gazing up as we cross the breath-taking Norman Foster designed Great Court, introducing you to some of the huge collection of the 80,000 artefacts on display, as varied as the 5C BC Elgin Marbles, to the 4C AD Mildenhall Treasure and the 7C AD helmet of Sutton Hoo. Perhaps you want a bespoke tour of the latest exhibition- this can be arranged easily.
I love other London Museums such as the Wallace Collection hidden in a beautiful London Square close to Selfridges or the V&A in South Kensington. I never tire of gazing up at the Raphael cartoons, the Great Bed of Ware or a copy of Shakespeare's First Folio on display in the Theatre and Performance Gallery. A visit ends perfectly with a visit to the William Morris Refreshment Room for a cup of tea and a slice of cake!
Still in London there are endless opportunities for a close up look at St Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, The Tower of London, The National Gallery or Kensington Palace. If you fancy trips further afield I can take you to Windsor Castle, Hampton Court, Canterbury and Oxford to name just a few. Or if putting on your walking shoes is more your requirement, I can lead you on walks around London, and this includes the City of London, the Square Mile, where we can cover themes that include The Highlights of the City; Wrens Churches in the City; Roman London; London's Burning; Pepys' London; Slavery and the City and plenty more.
Do contact me to discuss your requirements- I hope to pass on my enthusiasm and knowledge of our fascinating and historic city, leaving you determined to return for more!

Personal Interests:

I love leading tours around any Royal residence including Kensington Place, Hampton Court Palaces or any of the wonderful museums in London including The V&A, The British Museum, National Gallery and the Wallace Collection and not forgetting the smaller and more unusual collections such as the John Soane museum in Lincolns Inn Field. We can visit majestic buildings where important events have taken place such as Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s and the Tower of London. I also love ‘pounding the pavements’- taking a slower approach and enjoying a walking tour getting to know different areas of London such as Mayfair, The City of London, Chelsea and Westminster. Let’s not forget those areas a little bit further afield such as Wapping High Street, Southwark and Canary Wharf.

Special Interests:

Walking Tours

In addition to being a Blue Badge Guide I am a qualified City of London Guide and am keen to introduce visitors to the less well-known City of London- where the Romans founded the city of Londinium in 43 AD. I can lead walks on a range of different themes including The highlights of the City; Wren Churches in the City; Pepys and the City; Roman London; London’s Burning; The River and the City and Slavery and the City of London to name a few that are on offer!

Galleries

I can lead tours of the main London Galleries including the National Gallery and Portrait Gallery to Tate Britain and more

Castles & Palaces

Learn about William of Normandy in 1066 and the Tower of London, the mysterious disappearance of the Princes in the Tower in the 15C to more recent times- residences of the Royal family current and in times past including Windsor castle

Museums

• Let’s visit the big ones such as The V&A, the British Museum and the Museum of London and some of the smaller ones- The Foundling Museum, Denis Severs' House and Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret

Regional Tours

I can also lead tours of sites outside London including walking tours of Canterbury and Oxford, Stonehenge and Stratford upon Avon

Stately Homes & Country Houses

I have plenty of suggestions for visitors about wonderful stately homes to visit around and about SE England including Blenheim Palace (Duke of Marlborough) Osborne House (Queen Victoria) and those further afield such as Houghton and Holkham in Norfolk and the Queen’s own home in the county- Sandringham.

Endorsements:

City of London

Driver Guide:

No