Chris Van Hayden

Chris Van Hayden

Hi there,

Thinking about visiting London? I can't wait to show you around this magnificent city.
I find myself roaming around the capital and always wondering at its dynamism, culture, people and I love sharing its secrets with my guests. I can help you get the most out of your visit, wether you want a general overview of its iconic sites and venues, head to its popular shopping districts, eat out in style or explore London's cultural wealth: its museums, galleries and heritage.

I have much experience working with children as an educator and guide and can ensure all members of the family will enjoy their stay. I believe my job as a guide is to give my guests the best time possible and leave London wanting to come back for more!
My other job as a guitarist and music teacher informs my tours about London's rich music heritage, from the Baroque period to date.

I specialise in Art History, History, Music heritage, local history heritage in all areas of the capital. If you are a Londoner interested in local heritage visit my website and sign up to my newsletter: www.chrisvanhayden.uk

About myself:

After completing a degree in History and Art History I signed up for the BB course recently qualifying in 2020. I am fluent and qualified to guide in English, Spanish and Italian. I am specialised in art history and history, and can take clients to other cities including: Bath, Oxford, Windsor, Canterbury, Salisbury (Stonehenge), Stratford Upon Avon and more.

I also run regular local heritage walks in the suburbs.
Just before the turn of the century I was commissioned as an Air Force pilot aviator in El Salvador and the US. I  frequently run tours at the Churchill War Rooms, Chartwell and other related sites.
Back in London I embarked on a career as a guitarist, author and illustrator for children.

I have been heavily involved in music education running my own School of Rock in South London, working with children and young musicians. I published in 2015 a children's fiction novel on iTunes: The Rock Adventures of Rocky Rocks, which I also illustrated and wrote music for.

I am a keen sportsman having won the last two years in a row at Henley Masters Regatta, rowing with my club Putney Town Rowing Club a Masters C quadruple scull.

Languages

ItalianSpanishEnglish

Top 5 Specialities

The City of London Tour

National Gallery Tour

Westminster Abbey Tour

St Paul’s Cathedral Tour

British Museum Tour

Guide Calendar Last Update: 5th of August, 2022

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