Blue Badge Tourist Guide
My name is Cosetta Zanobetti and I have worked in the tourism industry for over twenty years. Born and brought up in Italy, I studied History of Art at Birkbeck College, London University. I taught English as a foreign language for a few years, and I got a PGCE to teach Modern Foreign Languages.
In 1987 I qualified as a Blue Badge Tourist Guide, and I have been working in London as a freelance guide ever since. The Blue Badge is the highest guiding qualification in the UK, and it allows me to take visitors where unqualified guides cannot go, including Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, St Pauls Cathedral, and Windsor Castle.
I am a member of the Institute of Tourist Guiding, the Association of Professional Tourist Guides, the Guild of Registered Tourist Guides, and I am fully insured.
I specialise in Art History, and I am passionate about gardens.
I love my job, as it enables me to share my enthusiasm for this great country with others.
I offer personalized tours, walking tours, and children’s tours.
TRAVEL STORIES: ENGLISH GARDENS TOUR
I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you more about the wonderful tour escort we had. While Cosetta Zanobetti was born and raised in Florence, Italy, she has lived in England for many years and really knows her gardens! As an avid gardener, she was tickled to be our escort for this trip. Cosetta (or “Cosi”) is a delightful lady who has a wealth of knowledge about the history of the various regions of England (and Italy, of course) as well as the gardens we visited.
Read the complete post on Susan's in the garden.
If this is your first visit to London, I would certainly suggest the classic tour: Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, St Pauls Cathedral, the Tower of London, and the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.
If you have been to London before and you want to see something different, I could show you less well known areas, such as Southwark, with the Globe theatre; Docklands, the old port of London area; The London 2012 games arenas; the Temple area, of “The Da Vinci code” fame; Notting Hill Gate, Greenwich, and Soho, just to mention a few.
If you are interested in art, London offers some fantastic museums and art galleries like the British Museum, the National Gallery, the Tate Britain, the Tate Modern, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, all of which are free.
These are my regular tours, but I also do custom tours on foot, for children or any other special need. Discover them all and choose the one the fits you the best.
For the custom tours see the pricetable.