Testimonials

Small groups, passionate guides, enlightening conversations: these are the three ingredients that go into making Art History UK such a treat…it is not about lectures and seminars (though it is deeply educating): the focus is on bringing London’s treasures – the galleries and the museum – to life.
Condé Nast Traveller (In March 2013, Rose Balston director of Art History UK, was awarded the position of Condé Nast’s London 2013 Art Expert). 

These are not your conventional art history lectures; engaging, fun and sociable with astounding expertise and plenty of knowledge to take away - they're bound to leave you inspired. The tours are a fantastic way to discovery and re-discovery London. Art nut or novice I urge you to go! M. Stirrup, Culture Whisper

My son Charlie and I were taken round the National Gallery by Rose Balston, and in three brief hours, we were inspired to levels of wonder. Rose has the gift of allowing you to discover things in the paintings that you would never have noticed before…I’d strongly recommend you join an Art History UK tour. M. Hedges, Editor, Country Life Magazine 

  We had a wonderful time last night indeed!! We’ve had a great experience with you since the beginning; the options that you have suggested, your willingness to understand who we are and what will suit us, your flexibility… Bianco was great in terms of atmosphere, food and service and our ladies really enjoyed it. And last but definitely not least…Catherine…I personally didn’t join the tour but I keep getting emails about how wonderful she was. Thanks for everything. L. Levron-Moskovich, Bank Leumi

What a wonderful visit you so kindly arranged for us, thank you a million times.  Richard was so interesting to listen to and we hung on his every word.  Your brilliant selection of prints were such special treasures for us to see and everyone enjoyed every second. S. Thorne (Private tour of the British Museum Print Room) 

 We have held several client evenings with Rose at the National Gallery and Royal Academy and they have been among our most successful events (and we put on a huge variety). I cannot recommend her highly enough. If you have discerning clients who love fine art, Rose is a must. P. Whalley, CLSA  

Just a quick email to thank you for organising our most enjoyable day today. We learnt a great deal about Modern and Contemporary Art and we were all impressed by the delightful Kate. She had it all - knowledgeable, extremely pleasant, articulate, patient with four people who obviously knew very little, and to cap it all, very good looking! She gave us her undivided attention and educated us and we could not have asked for more. We may not invest in a pile of bricks yet, but at least we understand what the artist was thinking! L. Slater Private Tour Contemporary (Contemporary Art Galleries of London)

Please convey my thanks to Catherine McCormack for an excellent tour at the Foundling museum last Saturday.Catherine was a delightful and knowledgeable speaker who made the stories and paintings come to life.We all enjoyed it very much; especially my granddaughters who now have a wider understanding of the social history and have never stopped asking questions about Victorian life since our visit. The two hours went very quickly. B. Bletcher (Foundling Museum Public Day Tour) 

We had a fantastic tour with Kate..I thought she was really very good and so fluent and articulate.  I really ‘get’ now how Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth fit in and what they were trying to do. We really did enjoy our time with her..I thought she was delightful. A. Huntrod, King’s Society Manager (Private tour of Tate Britain collection and Barbara Hepworth exhibition) 

We enjoyed the tour with Lucy very much indeed.  She is very knowledgeable, and engaging.  She kept our attention alert all the time. Not only we learnt about street art, but also about the History of London.  Really a learning experience. A. Castillo-Lao, the Firmamento (Shoreditch Street Art tour)

Thank you so much for a hugely enjoyable, informative and entertaining afternoon in Mayfair yesterday.  We all take London, her streets and the buildings for granted so it was very special for you to share your unending knowledge contained within them.  You resurrected so many characters and their lives for us and we both left hungry for more…You have a wonderful way of bringing history to life, thank you.  B. Scott (Mayfair tour)

Just to say that Rose was yet again excellent last week in leading the old Chelsea walk. Her depth of knowledge is humbling and her enthusiasm for history is infectious. Well done to all and you for organising this. V. Feerick (Old Chelsea Walk)

Lucy, Thanks again for the truly great tours of London. We learned a lot and had a good time, too. It could not have been better for us. J. Fleming (Private tours of Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey)

Catherine, Thank you for taking us around Leighton House today.  I was super impressed by you and your knowledge and the wonderful way that you presented everything. R. Nissen, Leighton House Museum (Private tour)

 This was a most pleasant experience start to finish.  Thank you for organizing a great line up for me and for pairing me with Georgia. She is so awesome, obviously knows a ton about modern and contemporary art but genuinely a great person.  I enjoyed our time and learned so much while I was there. I'll definitely send others your way and will be in touch if I'm back in that part of the world again soon. M. Strong (Six part Understanding Contemporary Art course)

Georgia…Friday night was fantastic – you were a total natural and we absolutely loved it. Thank you so much.
You were a mine of information, all beautifully told. I was transfixed from start to finish and can honestly say hanging on your every word as a world I had never really understood suddenly made total sense. Many, many thanks, I will be spreading the love big time on all things Art History UK and look forward to coming along another time soon. G. Grandy, Director of Grandy Art (Rags to Riches: Why Art went Pop! – Art Shot) 

We thoroughly enjoyed being with Anna and she is an outstanding guide.  We plan to return to London in December and we will be requesting Anna for a tour of Oxford and perhaps others as well.  Anna is knowledgeable, agreeable, and a genuine ambassador for the people of London and the British Isle.  T. Clowe (Private tour)

I just wanted to let you know we really enjoyed the talk yesterday. Richard was very knowledgeable and made what could have been a rather dry history lesson, very accessible and interesting. My son listened to every word, and was very excited to know he stopped at the places where Elizabeth 1 and Sir Walter Raleigh were buried! I don't know if he is due to do another talk but I would definitely recommend him to Home House P. Blake, Home House Member (Private Westminster Walk).

 London’s treasure trove of history is a delight to discover - more so when accompanied by this veritable, albeit wonderfully charming, encyclopedia of fine art. Balston brings the history of London to life with her melodic British tone and fascinating narratives, allowing guests to truly experience - rather than merely visit - the paradigmatic offerings of the city.  G. Samarotto, Private Air, Luxury Homes

What an FABULOUS first day you gave us in London!! We can not thank you enough for making our day so special and we all enjoyed our time with you and Georgia!! We all agreed that you are our favourite guide to date!!! C. Wallace, American travel agent (the Tower of London)

Thank you so much for providing such a passionate and informative look at london and art once again.  you are an inspiring teacher!  and you are such a warm lovely young woman.  Both carol and sheila found you a delight and felt such as i, that you breathe life in to art, sculpture, architecture and history.  which is exactly what I said a couple of years ago when i wrote a letter of commendation to the editor at country life!  So thank you once again. M. Marcioli, Canadian client (A selection of private tours)

We had SUCH an amazing time thank you so much for organising!! Georgia was delightful and patient with us despite the rain. Wonderful event and we want to do it again! A-M. Fleur, Home House Club Member (East London Graffiti Tour)

Pele was a true delight.  She took a genuine interest in my daughter, Kathryn, including providing Kathryn with a reading list at the end of the week, inspiring Kathryn to write and read out loud two poems and then giving her specific feedback on them, and inviting us to attend and participate in a private poetry salon she conducted that week.  Kathryn has not stopped talking about the trip. Please thank her for her extraordinary efforts for us. M. Lebey and his daughter, American clients (eight private tours in London and Stratford)

Professional, incredibly knowledgeable, imaginative and above all fun! I can't recommend Rose enough. She is a joy to work with and all her clients love her from students to CEOs. Her company is innovative and a breath of fresh air. E. Rance, Plum PA

A huge thanks from us for helping make last night’s event so special. We are getting such positive feedback from all of the clients – some of the most glowing I’ve ever received. I was really impressed with everything you guys did so please pass on my thanks to your team as well for making it such a success.  A. Liverton, Reynolds, Porter and Chamberlain law firm (National Portrait Gallery tour)

Everyone absolutely loved their tour with you yesterday…it was a very memorable afternoon at the Wallace Collection.  You seemed to effortlessly combine historical fact, the history of the collection with your detailed art historian’s eye.  You spoke with passion and fluidity and your enthusiasm was infectious … I know we were all enthralled! A. Huntrod, King’s Society, The King’s School Canterbury (Wallace Collection tour)

My clients have just written to me and have said that your London tour was the best they have ever had. They have travelled the world so this is praise indeed! Many thanks. S. Goodie, American agent (British Museum tour)

Last night was BRILLIANT, Art History UK gets it right every time!’ A. Higgins, private client (Soane Museum tour)

Art History UK is a gift to the cultural Philistine. With such a broad range of tours on offer, there will be something for everyone to enjoy. Rose Balston is the best tour guide I have ever encountered- interesting, inspiring, passionate about her subject, and extremely well-versed in the history of art and architecture of London; the perfect Cicerone. E. Glass, private client (Leighton House)

The personal nature of Art History UK tours was a real bonus. We spent five days together and anything I asked for, Rose sorted. With her overwhelming knowledge of London, bubbly personality and endless charm her days were without doubt our favourite days in London – I will certainly be recommending her to all my friends! M. Holland, private client (five different London tours) 

Rose’s art historical experience and knowledge is staggering – and her clarity of expression and endless joie-de-vivre makes her exceedingly popular with the students. With 100% confidence in her teaching and handling of students, Rose is a real asset to any school course or trip and I can’t recommend her enough. Helen Oakden, Head of History of Art, St Mary’s Ascot School (a number of school trips to Florence and Rome, and in-school lectures)

We loved loved loved our day on Thursday. She has such a light touch – full of facts and intriguing details; she speaks so easily and engagingly. How lovely it would be to look at the rest of London with her as a guide! R. Swayne, private client (Georgian and Medieval London tour)

Thank you so much for last night – it was such fun, I met some awesome people and I learnt SO much. I have never seen you guys in action and you are all maestras!’ C. Henty, private client (Mayfair Tour)

I hugely enjoyed myself last night. Such a nice change from the usual event and I thought it attracted a more highbrow client! Thank you very much. Citi client event (private visit to Leighton House)

Art History UK has given me two excellent days opening my eyes to interesting London sights. Rose is a delightful guide, the enthusiasm for her subject is infectious. Art History UK days are planned meticulously; their groups feel both well informed and well looked after at the end of the day. M. Wilkes, private client (Wren to Rogers and Greenwich tour)

Thank you. You were brilliant yesterday as ever. We thoroughly enjoyed our walk through Greenwich, Stuart vanity and charity, genius and patient John Harrison, delicious lunch and lovely sunshine all brought into lively focus through your amazing knowledge. A. Nichols, private client (Greenwich)

I can’t tell you how interesting and rewarding I found the Rembrandt tour. You possess the perfect balance in terms of delivering the information and engaging your audience. J. Richards, private client (Medieval London tour)

Rose Balston is a marvel in the, too often fusty, world of art history. She sparkles with wit and cites Charles II and Diego Velazquez as two of her ‘ideal dinner party men’. F. Harris, Running in Heels magazine (Man, a Measure of All Things, Art Shot)

Your knowledge was encyclopaedic and teaching was interesting and informative. You were immensely enthusiastic about every aspect of London and certainly enthused their audience. L. Hone, private client (Tower and Westminster)

We all loved our Rembrandt day with you – you were very professional – it was well thought out and was great fun as well as being very informative. M. Gibbs, private client (Rembrandt tour)

Georgia.. Just a quick note to say thank you for a very interesting tour – certainly opened me to modern art and I feel like I have a better understanding of the period now. Your descriptions and explanations were amazing!…. In fact your way of explaining themes was easy to follow and very thorough- truly a walking thesaurus! Looking forward to future Art Shots. A. Kristina (Rags to Riches: Why Art went Pop! – Art Shot)

Lucy, thanks for a wonderful visit to Spitafields/Shoreditch. Your explanations really brought the art and the history alive!!! D. Frost (Shoreditch Street Art tour) 



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