Timothy Smyth

Profile updated 17/04/19

Regional Qualification(s):

London

Language(s):

English

Phone Number(s):

07720 764019

Contact guide

Introduction:

I read Art History and German at St Andrews University in Scotland (where Kate Middleton and Prince William met!) and later did a Master's Degree in Interpreting. A particular passion of mine is art, which started as a teenager at school when I read about our great English painter William Hogarth. This interest has never left me and I love visiting art galleries and museums and sharing this passion with others. I can do both general tours of art galleries as well as tailor-made visits to meet special interests. I can take you to the top sights such as Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Cathedral and the Tower of London, and of course the National Gallery - one of the greatest collections of paintings in the world. If you prefer something a bit more off the beaten track then John Soane's extraordinary house or the Wallace collection with its Rococo masterpieces are a 'must'.

For a walking tour the old City of London or 'square mile' has so much to offer the curious visitor. Come with me to explore the remains of London's Roman amphitheatre and the Temple of Mithras or the beautiful churches by Christopher Wren, the Monument to the Great Fire of London, Postman's Park and the East End with its fascinating diversity. If you have an extra day or two it's also wonderful to take a trip out to spectacular royal palaces such as Hampton Court or Greenwich, which tell so many stories from our rich historical past.

It's so important as well knowing where to eat and where the best place is to have coffee in sunshine or rain. Let me also advise you on the shows currently on at the theatres in the West End, how to get from A to B on the iconic red buses or even better which boat to take down what Winston Churchill called 'the golden thread', the River Thames that has been the heart beat of London since its foundation. If you'd like to do an afternoon's shopping then let's go to some of the historic shops, many of which have a royal warrant. Come and join me for a fabulous trip, and finally if you have children with you then you are more than welcome! - I have worked as a school teacher for many years and can do a great tour for your kids as well.

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