London Architecture Tour
A Changing London
Chris studied architecture at the University of Sheffield and became an RIBA qualified architect in the mid-nineties. He has lived in London for over 20 years and, as well as working for a number of high-profile architectural practices in the city, he has spent the last 14 years teaching the History of Architecture in London for Boston University (USA). Chris particularly enjoys giving guided tours and exploring the many layers of London's architectural history from its Roman origins to present day hi-tech architecture. He has a special interest in developments in the city either side of the 1666 Great Fire of London, and the Battle of the Styles between Gothic and Classical architecture. He has worked and travelled extensively in Latin America and Europe and is a fluent Spanish speaker.
After studying attending an ancient City of London school and University in Edinburgh, Nick moved to London to work in the pharmaceutical industry. After a short stint he began to volunteer at a historic house. This is when he fell in love with the Georgian house at the top of the hill; its prominent position as home of the top judge in the land, its world class Robert Adam architecture, and its collection of Old Masters to rival any art gallery in the world. It was here that he learnt the basics of guiding, and realized that he may have stumbled onto the path to that elusive 'dream job'. A short time later Nick started working with English Heritage, where he oversees interpretation projects and exhibitions at heritage sites in the south of England. At the same time he started a guiding course accredited by the Institute of Tourist Guiding, and in summer 2016, after a year of illuminating lectures, all weather-walks, and excruciating exams, he qualified as a City of London guide. While his academic training was scientific, his academic interests now lie mainly in the City of London – the nucleus of the modern day metropolis. His personal interests lay in LGBTQ history, Medieval London, the lost rivers of London and architecture through the ages, and look forward to sharing these passions with likeminded people.
Norma was born in London, and her love of this incredible city has never left her. She has a passion for exploring, learning and meeting people, and was a tour manager and guide in Spain and France for 5 years, before returning to the UK. She has worked extensively in international communications and has travelled widely throughout the world. She is also a teacher in English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and as an International Business Language. As a qualified Blue Badge Guide, she would be proud to show you some of the most magical sites and hidden secrets of London, one of the greatest cities in the world.
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