Profile updated 19/06/22
December 2021 feedback on in-person ticketed evening lecture at National Archives lecture theatre.
'Leila - Just to say a huge thank you for your fantastic presentation. Feedback has been amazing - bravo!
...your energy and knowledge comes over brilliantly.' Kew Society Events team.
April 2021 feedback - Intro to the East India Co virtual tour:
'Wonderful, found it fascinating :-)', David Oakley, Head of Marketing at the East India Company.
'So interesting, Leila. Rich, clear, informative, wide-ranging, etc. Seriously good. Many thanks.' London Walks owner David Tucker
March 2021: 'That was fabulous!.. Thank you so much, that was really great.' Lindsay Bremner, Director of Research at the School of Architecture + Cities, Westminster University, on her customised virtual tour of the East India Company for her EU funded Monsoon Assemblages project.
"Saturday was “utterly brilliant”. You really pulled out all the stops.. Many thanks indeed..." Ruth from Oxford. On their East India Company themed day. October 2020.
"It was a fabulous day… you have a breadth of knowledge across many disciplines and eras that made it fascinating, and your energy is enviable!"
"..thank you so much for all your energy, understanding, charm, persistence & patience during Saturday’s visit to EIC locations. It was quite an odyssey and very enjoyable, informative and inspiring ! .. an extremely unusual and enjoyable day.." Colin and Anne from Bath. October 2020. Private customised full day tour on the theme of the East India Company.
Hello. Let me be your guide and companion in London this summer and autumn 2021.
There is a lot we can do despite the pandemic. Life goes on. With masks and good care indoors and physical distancing outdoors, there is no reason for us not to have wonderful experiences in and around London.
Most of our museums and historical sites have reopened and offer life-enhancing experiences.
One of my specialisms is Greenwich starting with a Thames Clipper ride from Westminster or the London Eye to get there. How about a walking tour through the City of London tracing the impact of the East India Company on Britain and the world. Or if you are new to London, how about a walking tour around Royal London or the West End for a London introduction, just to start with. These are all very safe to do.
France has been my second home since childhood and I am bilingual with French. My hobbies are reading, writing and drawing.
My calendar here is rarely updated so do just pop me an email to check my availability.
I look forward to hearing from you!
"Leila kept us enthralled with her passion and knowledge of the artists and their paintings and enthusiasm for her subject is infectious! We would highly recommend her." Robert and Giuliana B. Private birthday tour of the National Gallery February 2020
'Thank you very much for a wonderful introduction to the British Museum - we have all been left with a hunger for more. It was the right pace and depth - I really appreciate the time you spent with us and your breadth of knowledge.' Andrea Nolan, Vice Chancellor, Edinburgh Napier University (British Museum Tour, February 2019)
'Leila managed to shepherd us round with great charm and found something fresh and interesting to say about everything we saw.' (Ex cabinet member 2018..)
|The Victoria and Albert Museum|
|China at the British Museum|
|Tea - Traditions, History and Trade|
|Art and Sculpture|
|Greenwich and the River Thames|
|Tower of London|
|Stonehenge and Salisbury|
|Panoramic Coach Tours|
|St Paul's Cathedral|
|East India Company|
|Art/Paintings & Sculpture|
I specialise in Tours of the National Gallery and Tate Britain with a special look at Leonardo da Vinci's 'Virgin of the Rocks', Monets and Van Gogh.
I also do a sculpture tour at the V&A from the sensuality of Rodin to the deep spirituality of Indian Cholas.
I specialise in Tours of the British Museum and V&A.
I do introductory highlight tours but also my own specialist tours in certain departments of these collections. Eg China at the British Museum or a children's tour of the V&A.
I am a river Thames and cruise specialist. From Putney to the City, to Greenwich and the Thames Barrier.
I specialise in enjoyable, relevant tours of the British Museum. I have been a Friend and enthusiast here for as long as I can remember.
For an in-depth look at particular galleries, civilisations or geographical regions, just ask.
|Churches & Cathedrals|
Let me introduce you to the wonders of St Paul's Cathedral or Westminster Abbey. 1000 years of Royal history at Westminster Abbey.
I guide at St George's Chapel Windsor, Canterbury Cathedral and Salisbury Cathedral.
Walk with me from Westminster Abbey and Parliament Square via Whitehall through St James' Park to Buckingham Palace.
An introduction to the very heart of London through the West End from Embankment up to Soho.
Secrets of the City of London - from Wren churches and hidden gardens to roman artefacts at Bloomberg.
Join me to discover the corsets, crinolines, muslins and silks from 1750 to the 21st century, from mantuas to punk, in the Fashion court at the V&A.
From Westminster Abbey to Windsor Castle - we just can't get enough of the Royals. Find out who is who, who lives where, where others are buried and what really goes on at the Queen's favourite homes.