Leila Redpath

Profile updated 4/10/19

Regional Qualification(s):

London

Language(s):

English, French

Phone Number(s):

07791 368134

Contact guide

Introduction:

'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)

'We both thought our guide was quite exceptional and would interest anybody in what she was saying; so well versed in her subject without being too academic..' Irene and Hector (British Museum, March 2018)

'We had a wonderful time visiting both Westminster Abbey and the Churchill War Rooms with Leila and very much appreciated all of the incredible knowledge and insights she passed on so efficiently. We had visited the Abbey previously but didn’t learn even 10% on that visit compared to the time with Leila. ' Chris, US financier (November 2018)

'Leila, that was such an interesting and enjoyable visit to the British Museum, I wanted to thank you ASAP. Both of us realise we should visit more often now that you have reawakened us to what an amazing gem it is. Many, many thanks.' Meg and James from Kent (February 2019)

Join me.

I have just developed a British Museum highlights tour with a special focus on China for 2019. This is a two part tour starting with staple treasures like the Rosetta Stone, Assyrian lion hunt reliefs and the Parthenon Marbles. Part two, after a shared refreshment stop continues with an in-depth look at 5000 years of breathtaking Chinese civilisation from Neolithic jades and bronzes to the Last Emperor Puyi.

Also new for 2019 is my child-focussed family tour of the V&A that takes in Tigers, Mantua dresses, enormous beds and the funniest teapot in the world. Great fun and very educational. Grown-ups will learn a lot as well!

Let me take you to Greenwich, Windsor, Oxford, Canterbury, Salisbury, Bath or Stonehenge, or just for a walk through Westminster and the West End of London.

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 managed to shepherd us round with great charm and found something fresh and interesting to say about everything we saw.' March 2018

Personal Interests:

The Victoria and Albert Museum
China at the British Museum
Tea - Traditions, History and Trade
Art and Sculpture
British Museum
National Gallery
Greenwich and the River Thames
Westminster Abbey
Tower of London
Stonehenge and Salisbury
Windsor Castle
Walking Tours
Panoramic Coach Tours
St Paul's Cathedral
East India Company

Special Interests:

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.

Museums

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.

Maritime Britain

I am a river Thames and cruise specialist. From Putney to the City, to Greenwich and the Thames Barrier.

Archaeology

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.

Walking Tours

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.

Fashion

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.

Royalty

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.

Driver Guide:

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