Prize winning tourist guide and author, Rachel Kolsky, creates entertaining and informative tours focusing on the human stories behind the buildings. She brings to life the hidden gems of London, profiling fascinating personalities alongside historic shops and streets while also featuring contemporary life.
Before embarking on her career as a guide, Rachel, worked as a research librarian in the financial services industry for over 25 years during which time she won the Information Professional of the Year award in 2006, and the SLA Membership Achievement Award in 2008.
She supports her local independent cinema, The Phoenix, where she was a Trustee for over 20 years, and has published five books, Jewish London, Whitechapel in 50 Buildings, Secret Whitechapel, Women’s London and Whitechapel Doors.
WHAT TOURS TO BOOK
Go London Tours are open to the public to book for groups of family, friends, residents and corporate clients. There are over 50 to choose from with two focusing on Connaught Village.
Mews, Music, Ceramics and Cinema – everything Connaught Village has to offer
This tour celebrates the delights and development of Connaught Village, discovering London’s two surviving commercial stables, numerous mewses, iconic post-WWII housing, film locations and the opportunity to meet an array of fascinating residents including ‘Old Morality’ WH Smith, a young entrepreneur and his Student newspaper, a potter, a film critic and the last Rajah of Sarawak.
Women of Connaught Village
This tour explores the lives of pioneering women from all walks of life who made the Hyde Park Estate their home or workplace. From iconic emigre potter Lucie Rie, who worked in her mews studio for over forty years to artist and patron of British Abstract Expressionism, Halima Nalecz, the tour also includes pacifist and feminist campaigner Olive Schreiner and the restaurant where Delia Smith began her culinary career.
Exclusive visits to the Water Gardens
Listed in 2020, the post-war Water Gardens are an example of a Brutalist landscape set within a group of mid 20th century blocks of flats complete with fountains and a rather friendly resident heron. Exclusive visits can be arranged for you to discover and enjoy beauty of what is hidden in Connaught Village.
HOW TO BOOK
Book a private tour here Go London Tours
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