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Cathy Bayly

Regional Qualification(s):

London

Language(s):

English

Phone Number(s):

+ 44 (0)7720 289033

Contact guide

Introduction:

I have been a resident of London for over 30 years and I love it today as much as I did then. It’s a city that is constantly changing but with a history that dates back over 2,000 years. It is busy, diverse, vibrant and fun. In fact there is so much to see that exploring London with a guide is a brilliant way to unlock the city. I would love to share both my knowledge and enthusiasm for London with you to make your visit a memorable one.

I’m a warm and friendly guide, and my aim is to make your tour informative, interesting, and fun. With me as your guide, the places we visit and things we will see come to life as you hear the stories behind the buildings.

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.

Some of the key sites and my top tours include:
- London highlights tour: if you are new to London this tour will show you some of the key areas and sites
- Westminster Abbey: the Royal church and site of Coronations and Royal Weddings
- The Tower of London: for the Crown Jewels and intriguing stories involving some of most well known Kings
- Churchill War Rooms: the secret underground WW2 used by Churchill during the war
- Royal London: a tour focusing on the key Royal Palaces, walking in the path of "The Crown", the pageantry of the Changing of the Guard, and the area of St James's which is full of historic shops that hold a Royal Warrant for the provision of goods and services to the Royal Family
- St Paul's Cathedral and the historic heart of London: visit this iconic cathedral and explore the surrounding area which for centuries was where most Londoners lived, was heavily bombed during WW2 and is now home to our financial district (which is more interesting than you might think!)
- Museums: our wonderful museums and galleries are free and worth a visit: the British Museum, Victoria and Albert or the National Gallery
- Hidden London: if you'd like to explore some of the areas where we Londoners live and shop, how about a tour that could include Chelsea, Notting Hill with Portobello Road, or we could head east and visit Spitalfields and Brick Lane, home to street art, markets, great restaurants and very different to the more usual sites in west London

This is just a selection of what London has to offer and all the tours can be tailored to your interests.

Personal Interests:

London Highlights
Children and Families
Monarchy and Royalty
Westminster Abbey
St Paul's Cathedral
Museums & Galleries
Shopping
Royal London & The Crown
Castles & Palaces
Changing of the Guard

Special Interests:

Castles & Palaces

Kensington Palace
Hampton Court Palace
Windsor Castle

Current and past homes for Kings and Queens of England

Museums

British Museum: charting the history of civilisations
Victoria & Albert: fine and decorative arts from around the world

Galleries

National Gallery: western European art from C13th-C20th
Tate Modern: our museum of modern art and a great place to view some thought provoking work

Churches & Cathedrals

Westminster Abbey: the royal church and site of coronations and royal weddings
St Paul's Cathedral: one of the most recognisable sites on the London sky line. Home to amazing architecture, the American chapel and at the heart of London so badly bombed in WW2.

Walking Tours

A highlights tour of London on foot and using some public transport is a great way to explore London. 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.

Additional Qualifications:

London Blue Badge

Driver Guide:

No