Catherine Cartwright

Regional Qualification(s):

London

Language(s):

English

Phone Number(s):

07771-527-807, 020-8983-6256

Contact guide

Introduction:

I want you to enjoy London as much as I do... that means I'll adjust my tours to suit your needs and personalities. My aim is for you to have a wonderful experience of London.

As well as being a guide, I am a broadcast journalist and podcaster. My podcasts are about unusual sites around London that are off the beaten track. http://www.londonundone.org.uk

I will do tours on foot, using buses, taxis, tube and river boats or chauffeur driven cars to see London in the time that you have.

With two other Blue Badge Guides I also lead theatrical tours (a bit like street theatre) in London about women's history. Together we're bringing a different and exciting sort of guiding to the capital. http://www.womenonthewalk.co.uk

As well as being a Blue Badge Guide, I'm also City of London Guide Lecturer and a City of Westminster Guide Lecturer and I teach people how to be guides on the Westminster Guiding Course at the University of Westminster.

Personal Interests:

Dance; Theatre; Art; Food; Shopping
London Transport; River Thames; London's waterways
Monuments; Churches; Architecture
Oxford; Cambridge; Bath; Bristol

Special Interests:

London Areas in Depth

I specialise in East London whose heritage is rich and whose sights and people are diverse. Since the Olympics landed on our doorstep, it's becoming even more of an exciting place to be.

Business & Finance

Having worked at Goldman Sachs on the "Street of Ink" (Fleet St) for over seven years, and as City of London Guide Lecturer, I have an in depth knowledge of and passion for this ancient heart of our capital city which today is our financial centre.

Theatre

If it's drama you want, London is full of it! As a theatre graduate I am keen to introduce you to Shakespeare's Bankside, The West End, the Royal Opera House and Covent Garden's street performers.

Walking Tours

The best way to discover London is on foot. Each and every borough has a wealth of history. Some areas I can explore with you: Bloomsbury, Chelsea, The Temple, Bankside, Clerkenwell, Pimlico, Mayfair... it's never ending.

Galleries

National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Imperial War Museum collection, Wallace Collection, The Courtauld Gallery are among the many places to absorb youself in world renowned masterpieces. I also lead street art, grafitti tours around the East End and organise contemporary art tours for collectors. I have an MA in History of Art with a focus on Victorian social realism and War Art.

Museums

There is an extraordinary range of museums in London all with their own charm and focus. From the Fan Museum in Greenwich to the Imperial War Museum in Lambeth and the British Museum in Bloomsbury. Everything is covered and I keen to help you explore them.

Endorsements:

City of London, 2012 Venues

Additional Qualifications:

BA Hons

Driver Guide:

No