Guiding during and beyond the Covid-19 pandemic

Fernando Garcia

Regional Qualification(s):

London

Language(s):

English, Spanish, Portuguese

Phone Number(s):

0773 863 5047, +44 773 863 5047

Contact guide

Introduction:

I'm a born and bred Londoner and I love to show visitors the awe-inspiring sights of London...both those unmissable iconic places and the hidden nooks and crannies just around a corner or down a narrow cobbled path. Discover iconic London AND secret London at the same time!

London, and beyond, is bursting at the seams with fabulous places and stories waiting to be discovered.

I guide in English, Spanish and Portuguese and lead tours in London and trips from London to nearby places like Windsor, Oxford, Stonehenge, etc.

Walking tours, coach tours, site visits, individuals, families, large groups, corporate clients....no matter the kind of tour or client, my aim is to ensure that this ancient (yet surprisingly modern!) and wonderfully diverse city wows my visitors.

CONTACT ME:

Email: fernandoguide@mac.com

WhatsApp / Tel: +44 773 863 5047

A bit more about me:

I qualified in 2010, gaining the award for Best Overall Practical Exams (for the Tower of London, St Paul's Cathedral, British Museum, Westminster Abbey, Tate Modern gallery, guiding on a coach and a guided walk of the City of London).

Before guiding, I worked in academia (I have a PhD in urban and cultural geography) and also in business (I ran my own London tour company); all of which was great preparation for becoming a London Blue Badge Tourist Guide and trainer (I'm a tutor on the London Blue Badge Tourist Guide Training Course).

I have a special interest in politics and have an additional endorsement and licence to guide at the "UK Parliament" (also known as the Palace of Westminster and as the Houses of Parliament) and I also enjoy being one of the guides at the world's premier tennis club: Wimbledon!

I'm fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and follow the cultures, politics and general gossip of countries that speak these languages and am able to incorporate links with these places when I guide in London and on day trips from the capital to places like Windsor, Oxford, Stonehenge, Bath, Salisbury, Stratford-upon-Avon, Canterbury and the outstandingly beautiful region of the Cotswolds.

I frequently work with corporate clients, Events and Destination Management Companies, specialising in tailor-made VIP experiences in which a Blue Badge Tourist Guide can add that special touch to entertain, inform and look after corporate visitors.

Personal Interests:

Multicultural & Modern London
Museums & Galleries inc Tate Modern
Walking & Pub Tours
City of London
Spanish & Portugese speaking cultures
Coach Tours & Walking tours
Houses of Parliament
All England Lawn Tennis Club (Wimbledon)

Special Interests:

Geography & Geology

I'm a Doctor of Geography (my PhD was in café culture...really, it was!). My speciality is in urban cultural geography and like to theme tours around aspects of "diversity" and "global London" (e.g. tours about diversity of London's cultures; and tours that explore how global flows of people, ideas and money meet in London's streets, pubs, markets and buildings).

Art/Paintings & Sculpture

Highlights tours of the main London galleries, especially National Gallery and Tate Modern

Walking Tours

Exploring London on foot is a personal favourite of mine

International Links

Español: si busca guía en Londres y sus alrededores, no dude en conctactarme.

International Links

Portugués: se procura guia em Londres e na Inglaterra, por favor entre em contato comigo.

Politics & Government

I'm an accredited guide of the Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament) and, frankly, a bit of a politics geek.

Museums

Highlights tours of London's most popular museums, especially the British Museum

Endorsements:

2012 Venues, Parliament

Additional Qualifications:

PhD, MA, BA (Hons.)

Driver Guide:

No