Ingrid Wallenborg

Ingrid Wallenborg

I initially trained to be an actress at the Drama Studio, London, invaluable background when qualifying as a Blue Badge guide, enabling me to hold the attention of both large and intimate audiences. I have a 1st class Honours degree (University of London) and a Diploma in Art History, a major interest of mine. For many years I guided the British Museum's own public and private tours, an area of work  where I offer many specialist tours. I have worked full time as an independent guide for more than 20 years, constantly updating my tours. I take great pride in offering professional, sensitive and entertaining tours - always tailor made to the needs of the client - hoping to add enjoyment and enlightenment at the same time. They say I am dynamic and have a great British sense of humour ...!

Je vous offre des visites guidées en francais 'faites sur mésure' pour les voyageurs qui cherchent une éxpérience un plus recherchée..... Ce site sera développé en plus de profondeur cet hiver. Veuillez me contacter par mail pour des propositions personelles sur Londres et ces alentours. Bon Voyage! 

For many years I represented APTG on a European level at FEG (European Federation of Tourist Guide Associations). Should you require an excellent guide in Europe I have many useful contacts!

My personal interests range from travel [India, France and the U.S. recently] to ancient cultures, from art history to politics (I guide regularly in the Houses of Parliament) and from theatre to fitness - yoga, Pilates and swimming in particular. For professional travellers I offer a wide range of individually tailor-made tours incl James Bond and spy tours! After the succes of Spectre, who can resist?  Discover the many projects of urban regeneration showcasing exciting contemporary architecture and 'new' areas such as Kings Cross Central, Shoreditch or Hackney Wick where Street Art and new start up companies thrive- or enjoy fascinating background anecdotes in a private tour of one of London's art galleries / museums e g the Wallace Collection or the Courtauld Gallery.

London is an exceptionally dynamic city - my tours are designed to match this  aspect!   Here is one treasured testimonial: "My wife and 10 year old daughter had the very distinct pleasure of having Ingrid show us her town on a full day tour in March, 2009. She was absolutely, positively, fantastic! Not only did she know everything about how London came to be the city it is today, she was able to make the history lesson fun and entertaining for young (my daughter) and old (my wife and me) alike. We opted for a "touristy" agenda. We started at Westminster Abbey, past Buckingham Palace, to a Pub for lunch (does anyone really drink green beer?) and then to the Tower of London. Ingrid was definitely an "insider" (no lines, no waiting) and knew everyone at all the places we went - she even knew the Beefeaters! If you are visiting London you would be doing yourself a terrible disservice by not hiring Ingrid to show you around."    Steve M. and Family, Philadelphia, PA. March 2009

I am particularly interested in cross-cultural understanding, relating ancient and modern history and ideas to 21st century attitudes and interpretations. I offer a selection of themed tours around the British Museum including: The Egyptian Galleries, "Classical Greece incl the Elgin Marbles [Parthenon Sculptures]" (I studied Greek and Roman art at Birkbeck, University of London), "the Enlightenment Gallery in the King's Library", "Agatha Christie, Murder & Archaeology", "Bible and Archaeology", Ancient Assyria [Iraq], Celtic Europe etc

Other museums and galleries where I offer tours include: Tate Britain [rehung in 2014], The Horniman Museum, the Courtauld Gallery, Apsley House (Wellington Museum), Tate Modern, Kensington Palace, the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery,the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Wallace Collection.

If you enjoy exploring, how about a walking tour? Popular tours include Sherlock Holmes, Shakespeare, Mayfair & Scandal, Canary Wharf, Financial City, and Multicultural London and Spies [James Bond!] I also offer private tours of AELTC e g the Wimbledon Tennis Club where the annual grass Championship take place - this is a real treat being able to step inside the Centre Court and go truly behind the scenes.

I have an in-depth knowledge of the redevelopment and urban regeneration of Docklands and the Olympic area in East London detailing the geo-political and financial background to the last 25 years of transformation. I offer critically acclaimed walks and coach tours outlining and illustrating the radical changes of the last decades including future plans for the area and its ethnic diversity.

If you seek adventure, book a tailormade TREASURE hunt! Popular way to explore an area via clever clues, they can take place f ex in the City of London, around the British Museum etc. My tours appeal equally to university graduates and students, business visitors, conference delegates, individual clients and families, art societies and any curious visitor.

I was delighted with these recent comments: "We had an absolutely wonderful time with you and learned a tremendous amount. The historical facts and interesting stories that you told truly brought the tour to life. Thank you!"                            [Westminster & Parliament]  Lisa McGeough, 29 March 2010

"Thanks for a fantastic entertaining and of course educational time. You know, I think, how much everyone enjoyed it, but just wanted to say that again."  Martyn Macpherson, 13 Dec 2007 [Wapping & St James's]

"The guide, Ingrid Wallenborg, was excellent. She pitched her tour at exactly the right level and the students were very positive in their comments" Luisa Klint, Colchester Sixth Form College  [tour of the British Museum]

"Could you please pass on our thanks to Ingrid for such a brilliant commentary and for having to cope with such a "mad" group of people from Cornwall. Everyone was singing her praises, she made the trip so interesting, entertaining and fascinating. We were all really impressed with what is happening at the Olympic Park and, thanks to Ingrid, we can see how it all came about, how it was funded and to see for ourselves what a legacy it will be to the whole of the country."                                                                       [2012 Olympic Park] R Walsh 14 Nov 2010

Languages

EnglishSwedishFrench

Top 5 Specialities

London Architecture Tour – Modern & Contemporary

London Canary Wharf & Docklands Tour

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Tour

National Gallery Tour

British Museum Tour

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