Ruth Polling

Profile updated 28/05/24

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+ 44 7949 651 669

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Energetic, enthusiastic and passionate about London, Ruth graduated top of her year as the London Blue Badge Tourist Guide of the Year 2014. London born and bred, she has been guiding in London for over ten years and is an International History graduate from the London School of Economics.

Ruth says:

"London is the world's most diverse, exciting and magical city and I want to share it with you!

Although I grew up in London it was only when I went traveling that I realised how much London had to offer and how much more you get from traveling when you have a knowledgeable tour guide who is as excited about their city as you are. I came back to London, changed career and haven't looked back.

I love meeting new people and showing them the best of my city."

Ruth's visitors say:

"My girlfriend and I went on an excellent tour in London with Ruth! She was extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of the history of the city and was an engaging storyteller which made the tour feel more like an adventure. Ruth easily accommodated our personalized tour request and was able to cover medieval, Victorian, and WWII history without missing a beat. I'd highly recommend her for any group considering a tour." Joseph , USA

"Ruth delivered a bespoke tour which was received excellently by our group of Army Officer cadets. I gave Ruth specific areas to cover, linking into our course syllabus, and she met the brief perfectly and pitched it at exactly the right level for the students. As well as being an engaging guide, Ruth was also very helpful on the day. Our team would highly recommend her to other education groups." Army School of Education

“The day my husband and I spent with Ruth was the true highlight of our trip to London. She is incredibly knowledgeable, friendly, entertaining, and warm. She answered our many questions throughout the day. I will think about day together for years to come. Will suggest to anyone I know going to London to book a tour with Ruth. She is the best.” Sheryl and Jon, USA

Before becoming a guide Ruth worked in London politics for eleven years including working in the House of Commons and the House of Lords. In addition to tour guiding Ruth lectures and runs training courses on London history and politics.

Whatever the size of your group, age, background or experience Ruth provides a personal service and will build an itinerary that's just right for you. Although Ruth has limited availability in the winter due to other commitments she guides all summer and looks forward to bringing London to life for you through its history, people and stories.

Personal Interests:

World War Two
World War One
Urban Development and Regeneration

Special Interests:


I have a degree in 20th Century international history specialising in conflict and would be delighted to show you some of London's military themed sites. From tours of the Churchill War Rooms, the Imperial War Museum and HMS Belfast to walking tours uncovering the London Blitz and London's First World War Memorials

Politics & Government

Having worked in politics for eleven years I can provide in depth knowledge of Westminster - London's political district. My politics walking tours explore the history of the UK's political system, how it all works and some of the big political issues today.


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