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About me

Blue Badge Tourist Guide

Hi, my name is Gail and I am a professional English and French speaking tourist guide.

I’ve worked in different branches of tourism for many years. Being an experienced guide makes me easy to work with and flexible. My job is to enlighten and entertain and my aim is for people who come on a tour with me to be glad that they did.

I am a Blue Badge Tourist Guide for London, where I was born. London is vibrant, historic yet modern and always full of surprises.

My other qualification is Guide-conférencier in France where I lived for many years. In France my base us Bordeaux. I love the sunshine, the architecture and of course the wine. Take a tour with me in London or Bordeaux, or maybe visit both. To talk about your bespoke tour

Member of The Institute of Tourist Guiding (ITG), the Association of Professional Tourist Guides (APTG-Guide London) and of the Association des Guides de Nouvelle Aquitaine.

FRENCH SUNDAY PUBLIC TOUR

New public tours about London’s French connections.

Most of my work is taking private tours that are tailor made to my clients interests but this is a public tour. It means anyone can join. By joining a public tour group you can experience a Blue Badge guided tour for a fraction of the usual fee.

These guided tours are about the French people who lived in London. Who they were, where and what did they do?

The June French Connection tour is : St James

Join me on for an afternoon guided tour of St James.

The area is named after St James Palace and that is our first stop. The Queen’s Chapel was originally a Catholic church. Its first worshipper was Henrietta Maria, who married Charles I in 1625. Their marriage did not get off to a good start. Hear more about them on my tour.

In the heart of St James is King Street where Louis Napoleon, a nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte lived before returning to France to become its first President. His rise to power was financed by his English mistress. How did they meet? What did he do in England? You’ll find out on this tour.

In C20th St James was the home of Pruniers restaurant, famed for it’s fish and caviar. One of its customers during WWII was Charles de Gaulle. His headquarter and that of the Free French Forces were both in the district.

This is an easy walk. We are not going far but there is a lot to see in this smart area of London.  Booking is essential.

Tours start at 2pm. Duration 1.5 hours. Price £20 per person

Sunday 6, 13 an 27 June the visit is in English, 20 June in French

I am more than compliant with government Covid 19 guidelines. I am fully vaccinated. The group size is limited to 11 people so no-one has to raise their voice to be heard. I wear a face visor and take a lateral flow test on the morning of the tour.

More tours on https://www.gailtouristguide.com/tours-england/london-walking-tours/

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