Liz Cooper

Liz Cooper

I'm a Londoner born and bred, and passionate about my home town.

A Blue Badge Guide for twenty eight years now, I find that I am always discovering something new in this - arguably the world's most dynamic city.  The contrasts are fascinating -between ancient shops patronised by Royalty, hipster hangouts, and the business vibe of places like Canary Wharf.

I guide all the major sites in London and some of the lesser known ones too.  My favourites have to be the Houses of Parliament and nearby Westminster Abbey.  I also have the enormous privilege of guiding the Albert Memorial - getting up close and personal with some stunning Victorian iconography.

Early in my career I worked a lot as a guide and tour manager with American church groups - so have a good knowledge of sites connected with Methodism and Presbyterianism.  I also guided quite a few family history and 'Pilgrim Fathers' tours.  As I speak German and Turkish (as well as a smattering of other languages) I'm familiar with the demands of incentive programmes.

Like most guides, I have been known to venture out of my London comfort zone - Bath, Windsor, Stonehenge, Salisbury, Canterbury, Stratford-upon-Avon are all locations I love to show visitors.

In terms of my personal interests - I have an MA in TV Scriptwriting - so do some writing on the side.

My primary aim as a guide is to make my guests feel at home.  London belongs to everyone - and that is why I feel so proud and privileged to live and work here.

Languages

EnglishGermanTurkish

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Top 10 Facts About The Houses Of Parliament

The official title of the Houses of Parliament is the New Palace of Westminster. The name reminds us that the earliest Parliaments were consultations between the King and his closest followers, together with representatives of the Church, held at his London residence. The Houses of Parliament combine spectacular architecture with a fascinating history. Located next door to Westminster Abbey and inextricably linked to it by history the Houses of Parliament are an intriguing place to visit.

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