Louise Nicholson

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Louise Nicholson
Born (1954-05-01) 1 May 1954 (age 69)
Pyrford, Surrey, England
EducationMA Honours Degree in History of Art
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh
Occupation(s)Journalist, author, lecturer
SpouseNicholas Wapshott
WebsiteLouise's India & Save a Child

Louise Nicholson (born 1 May 1954) is a British arts journalist, author, and lecturer who focuses on the art and culture of India and London. Her many books are mainly about India and London.

Nicholson is the chair of the charity Save a Child.[1] She and her husband Nicholas Wapshott live in New York City.[2]

Early life[edit]

She is the daughter of Royden Joseph Nicholson.[3] After attending The Furs and Halstead primary schools in Woking, her high school was St Michael's Burton Park at Petworth. She graduated with an MA honours degree in History of Art from the University of Edinburgh in 1976.[4]


Nicholson wrote for The Scotsman from 1973 to 1976, and for The Times from 1976 to 1983.[5] She started working in 1976 at the Victorian Society. London;[6] She later co-founded the Twentieth Century Society (at first named The Thirties Society) with Clive Aslet, Gavin Stamp and Bevis Hillier in 1978. She contributed to Aslet's The Best Buildings in Britain project (1980), searching the Church Commissioners' records for Grade A churches in England.[7]

In 1978 Nicholson joined Christie's Auction House in London, London, to specialise in Indian and Islamic art. From 1981 she worked for The Times newspaper as an arts, culture, and travel journalist; she also wrote for The Observer in London (1984–1994) and was a bi-weekly columnist for The Telegraph in Calcutta (1985–1993).

In 1985 Nicholson began her India consultancy and lecture tours, later founding Louise's India for this work. She lectures on aspects of India's and London's art, history, and culture. In 1990, she was Executive Producer of the six-part TV documentary The Great Moguls made for Channel Four, screened in the US on PBS.

Nicholson writes for Apollo art magazine, specialising in interviewing collectors and reporting on fine art events. She is a senior feature writer for Fine Art Connoisseur. She also contributes to Country Life, Conde Nast Traveler, Travel & Leisure, and Departures. She was a contributor to Gourmet magazine.

Save a Child[edit]

In 1985 Nicholson founded Save a Child, a charity UK supporting disadvantaged children in India through long-term sponsorship. Over 300 children are supported, living in residential homes in and near Kolkata and New Delhi; the homes include Ramakrishna Vivekananda Mission, Barrackpore; All Bengal Women's Union, Kolkata, and the Institute for the Blind and S D Jain Mahila Ashram, both in Delhi.

In 2011 Nicholson founded the US chapter of Save a Child: Save a Child (America) Inc. is a non-profit separately organised, under the legal and regulatory framework of New York State, also chaired by Nicholson.[8] Save a Child, UK and US, are sponsors of the All Bengal Women's Union.[9]


Nicholson is a prolific travel author. In 1985 her guide to India was published; her guide to London followed in 1988. She has published over 25 books, and her National Geographic Guides to India and London are in their 3rd and 4th editions, respectively.

  • Nicholson, Louise. "National Geographic Traveler: London 5th Ed." National Geographic (2011). ISBN 978-1-4262-0821-8
  • Nicholson, Louise. "National Geographic Traveler: India 3rd Ed." National Geographic (2010). ISBN 978-1-4262-0595-8
  • Nicholson, Louise. "National Geographic Traveler: India 1st Ed." National Geographic (1999). ISBN 978-1-4262-0023-6
  • Nicholson, Louise. "Illustrated Guide to Delhi, Agra & Jaipur" Guidebook Inc (1998). ISBN 978-962-217-491-7
  • Nicholson, Louise. "Illustrated Guide to Goa" Guidebook & Odyssey (1998). ISBN 978-962-217-415-3
  • Nicholson, Louise. "London Rediscovered" Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd (1998). ISBN 978-0-7112-1187-2
  • Nicholson, Louise. "London (AA Citypack)" AA Publishers (1996). ISBN 978-0-7495-1175-3
  • Nicholson, Louise. "Louise Nicholson's India Companion: with a new section on Pakistan" Headline Book Pub Ltd (1996). ISBN 978-0-7472-7757-6
  • Nicholson, Louise. "Look Out London!" Riverswift (1995). The Bodley Head Ltd ISBN 978-1-898304-84-5
  • Nicholson, Louise. "The Festive Food of India and Pakistan" Trafalgar Square (1994). ISBN 978-1-85626-051-0
  • Nicholson, Louise. "Louise Nicholson's India Companion: with a new section on Pakistan" Vermilion (1994). ISBN 978-0-09-178315-0
  • Nicholson, Louise. "Fodor's London Companion" Fodor (1993). ISBN 978-0-679-02457-6
  • Nicholson, Louise. "Illustrated Guide to Delhi, Agra & Jaipur" Guidebook (1993). ISBN 978-962-217-297-5
  • Nicholson, Louise. "Illustrated Guide to Delhi, Agra & Jaipur" Odyssey Publications (1991). ISBN 978-962-217-179-4
  • Nicholson, Louise. "Louise Nicholson's India Companion" Century (1991). ISBN 978-0-7126-4794-6
  • Nicholson, Louise. "Louise Nicholson's India Companion: with a new section on Pakistan" (1991). ISBN 978-0-7126-4795-3
  • Nicholson, Louise. "Babies' Names" Conran Octopus (1990). ISBN 978-1-85029-111-4
  • Nicholson, Louise. "London: Louise Nicholson's Definitive Guide" The Bodley Head Ltd (1990). ISBN 978-0-370-31453-2
  • Nicholson, Louise. "Collins Illustrated Guide to Delhi, Agra and Jaipur" Collins (1989). ISBN 978-0-00-215222-8
  • Nicholson, Louise. "India in Luxury" Century (1989). ISBN 978-0-7126-1643-0
  • Nicholson, Louise. "The Red Fort, Delhi (Travel to Landmarks Series)" I. B. Tauris & Company (1989). ISBN 978-1-85043-173-2
  • Nicholson, Louise. "London: Louise Nicholson's Definitive Guide" The Bodley Head Ltd (1988). ISBN 978-0-370-31032-9
  • Nicholson, Louise. "India in Luxury" Century (1987). ISBN 978-0-7126-2099-4
  • Nicholson, Louise. "India in Luxury: A Practical Guide for the Discerning Traveller" Century (1986). ISBN 978-0-7126-1239-5
  • Nicholson, Louise. "The Baby Name Book" (1985). Thorsons ISBN 978-0-7225-1193-0
  • Nicholson, Louise. "India in Luxury: A Practical Guide for the Discerning Traveller" Century (1985). ISBN 978-0-7126-0857-2


In 1980 Nicholson married the journalist, author and broadcaster Nicholas Wapshott.[10] They have two sons: William Henry Joseph Nicholson (born 1988), and Oliver Evelyn Samuel Nicholson (born 1990).[5]


  1. ^ "Save A Child, registered charity no. 328218". Charity Commission for England and Wales.
  2. ^ "Nicholas Wapshott". fedsoc.org. 7 February 2012.
  3. ^ Debrett's People of Today 2000. Debrett's Peerage Limited. December 1999. p. 2029. ISBN 978-1-870520-49-2.
  4. ^ "EdiT" (PDF). ed.ac.uk. Edinburgh University. 2003. p. 28.
  5. ^ a b People of Today. Debrett's Peerage Limited. 2006. p. 1686. ISBN 978-1-870520-32-4.
  6. ^ Suraiya, Jug; Mathur, Anurag (1994). A Portable India. 150: Indus. ISBN 978-81-7223-089-0.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location (link)
  7. ^ The Best Buildings in Britain: A Catalogue of Grade 1 Buildings and Grade A Churches in England, Category A Buildings in Scotland and Western Isles, Grade 1 Buildings and Grade A Churches in Wales. Save Britain's Heritage. 1980. p. iv.
  8. ^ "Save a Child UnauSave a Child Unaudited Financial Statements 5 April 2021". register-of-charities.charitycommission.gov.uk. p. 2.
  9. ^ "Who We Are". abwu.org.in.
  10. ^ "Wapshott, Nicholas Henry". Who's Who. A & C Black. Retrieved 28 July 2023. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)