Timothy Smyth

Profile updated 15/01/20

Regional Qualification(s):

London

Language(s):

English

Phone Number(s):

07720 764019

Contact guide

Introduction:

'A great experience. We wish we could take you with us on our tour to Stonehenge as well.' (Mr and Mrs Keenan from the U.S after a 2-day tour of London in July, 2019.

'I would highly recommend you. (The Silva family from the U.S after a tour of Westminster Abbey and Kensington Palace in July 2019.

'The best guide we have ever had.' The Rosenberg family from the U.S after a 3-day tour in June, 2019

The most sophisticated guide we could have possible had' (The Montague family from the U.S after a 2-day tour in June, 2019.

'It will be really difficult to live up to today for the rest of our trip'. Mr Jones from the U.S after a highlights tour of London in June, 2019.

'How do you retain all this information.? ' Mrs Demetre from the U.S after a 3-day tour of London in June, 2019.

'Thank you so much for an incredible trip! You have an encyclopaedic knowledge'. (The Kleban family from the U.S after a 3-day tour in July 2019.

'You are the best guide we have ever had. You will be the first person we call when we next come to London.' Ken and Wendy from the U.S after a two-day tour in December 2019.

'You really do a great job.' Yvonne from Austria during a half day tour of St Paul's Cathedral and the Tower of London in December 2019.

Welcome! If you'd like to get a flavour of my tours then follow me on Instagram #timsmythtours - just because you can see the quality I offer. I've worked in the tourist industry for some twenty years.

I read Art History and German at St Andrews University in Scotland (where Kate Middleton and Prince William met!) and later studied history at postgraduate level. I qualified as a school teacher over twenty years ago and you will quickly notice that I know how to bring London and it's many famous landmarks, museums and sites alive. Both my father and grandfather worked either teaching or advising members of the royal family, and if you'd like to hear some true stories (!) then I can really give you an insight into our royal traditions.

I guide very regularly at the Royal Palaces, including the Tower of London and have a strong interest in military history. I love showing people around the Churchill War Rooms and the Imperial War Museum in particular. I always tailor the visits to what is needed by selecting the highlights that will really make the trip memorable.

I offer an extremely good knowledge of London itself, particularly at street level, and love telling my clients the interesting stories that lie behind the buildings we see. My tours are often as much a 'conversation' as anything else and it's great when guiding becomes interactive.

My specialism is art and the galleries and public spaces where it can be found. I first started reading about painting when I was a teenager and I offer a knowledge of the National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Modern, the Tate Britain and the British Museum in particular that represents many years of research. If you're into Street Art then I can do you a great tour of Shoreditch and Spitafields.

If you have children with you then I do go the 'extra mile' to make the tour fun and engaging for them. I do kids' quizzes on request and if you feel like a 'day off' you can safely leave your children with me as I'm fully vetted by the U.K DBS service for teaching to all ages.

I look forward to seeing you!

Special Interests:

London Areas in Depth

The City of London, Westminster, The Royal Parks, The East End, Wapping.

Galleries

The National Gallery, The British Museum, The Tate Modern and the Tate Britain, The Wallace Collection, The National Portrait Gallery

Walking Tours

Historic shops in London, Crime and Punishment in London, The Beatles' London.

Literature

Charles Dickens' London

Driver Guide:

No