Louise Chapman

Profile updated 16/05/24

Regional Qualification(s):

London

Language(s):

English, French

Phone Number(s):

07767 608150

Contact guide

Introduction:

A French speaking guide based in London. I also guide at Hampton Court Palace and Windsor Castle.

'Thank you so much for your wonderful day of touring! We all agreed that it was a full and meaningful day, so enriched by your knowledge. Louise, you have the talent of being able to share facts in an interesting and logical way. Your pleasant and considerate manner was much appreciated.' This was the kind testimonial I received recently from an Australian client. I work hard to give my clients the best day possible and it is my pleasure to show London and all its beauty to my visitors.

Biographical details.: BA Hons in Modern Languages. MA Applied Linguistics. Have lived overseas both in France and Germany whilst studying at the University of Grenoble and at the University of Munich. Have travelled extensively and have used private guides overseas and so know what is expected of a good guide. Work experience at Arthur Andersen as Customs Consultant and also as a legal recruitment consultant.

My professional experience means that I am well-suited to taking executives and partners on tours, be they in chauffeur driven cars or by public transport. Sometimes the best way to see London is to use a combination of black cabs, red buses, the tube and the river boats. That way you see the rich diversity of London.

I regularly do work for Destination Management companies and have guided business men and women for corporate events and 'voyages motivation.'

A mother with 2 grown up children so very used to taking families and/or school groups around London, Windsor, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace and so forth.

Personal Interests:

Tower of London
Westminster walks
Westminster Abbey
West End walks
St Paul's Cathedral
Kensington Palace
Buckingham Palace
Greenwich and its maritime history
Hampton Court Palace - its Tudor history and its later history of William and Mary
British Museum
Student groups
Conferences/incentives
Family groups
Windsor Castle

Special Interests:

Churches & Cathedrals

Let me show you the wonders of Westminster Abbey - Poets' Corner, the Coronation Chair, the 'orbis miraculum' of the Henry VII Chapel, the tomb of the Unknown Soldier and so much more; St Paul's Cathedral where Prince Charles and Lady Diana were married but also where the funerals of the Duke of Wellington and Lord Nelson took place ; St Margaret's Church in Westminster where Winston Churchill was married and where Sir Walter Raleigh is buried under the altar; St George's Chapel, Windsor with all the history of the Order of the Garter founded by Edward III in 1348.

Castles & Palaces

I grew up in the Windsor area so I feel well placed to show you Windsor Castle, the largest inhabited castle in the world. It is a magnificent fortress, originally built in wood for William the Conqueror but then built in stone for Henry II in the 12th century. St George's Chapel is where the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II took place and it is where our late queen is laid to rest. It is also the place where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married on 19th May 2018. I would be very happy to do a walking tour around Windsor town and guide you to the picturesque village of Eton on the other side of the River Thames.

Museums

British Museum - Come and learn about the key to hieroglyphs - the Rosetta Stone; marvel at the fine sculpting of the Lewis Chessmen and the history surrounding these famous pieces, stand and admire the white static beauty of the Parthenon Marbles, be amazed by the detailed workmanship of the treasures of Sutton Hoo, learn about Eygptian mummies such as Ginger and other predynastic burials.

I also guide at the Natural History Museum with a special emphasis on Charles Darwin. This appeals to adults and children alike.

Maritime Britain

Come to Greenwich for the day. Let's visit the recently restored tea clipper boat, the Cutty Sark. I can show you also the jacket worn by Lord Nelson when he was killed at the Battle of Trafalgar. There is a wealth of interesting sea faring history to discover in the National Maritime Museum - most of it is free although temporary exhibitions are paying. Visit also the beautiful Painted Hall and the Chapel of the Royal Naval College. There is also the Royal Observatory where Astronomers Royal have studied the heavens for centuries. Learn about the Meridian Line and discover the varied architecture of this World Heritage Site. Be enchanted by the splendour of the Queen's House and have a magnificent view of London from the top of Crooms Hill. So much to see - you will be amazed!

Conferences & Incentives

I enjoy taking business groups on the London Eye and up the Shard for the fabulous views over London. A Blue Badge guide will be able to point out the most important points of interest from the top of these attractions, making your visit all the more worthwhile. Remember many people visit London only once in their lifetime - it is worth getting the most out of your visit!

Royalty

Let me show you the Changing of the Guard and tell you about the different regiments of Foot Guard and different regiments of Horse Guards. Let me explain the workings of the headquarters of the British Royal Family, that is Buckingham Palace. There are the Royal Mews to visit and wonderful paintings from the Royal Collection on view in the Queen's Gallery.

Endorsements:

Windsor & Eton, 2012 Venues

Additional Qualifications:

BA Hons Modern Languages, MA Applied Linguistics,

Driver Guide:

No