Timothy Smyth

Profile updated 11/10/19

Regional Qualification(s):

London

Language(s):

English

Phone Number(s):

07720 764019

Contact guide

Introduction:

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 am passionate about London and would love to show you around whether it is with a group of thirty, a family or just one person wanting an individual tour. Let me take you to explore!

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. I do both general tours 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 with its Beefeaters and the unmissable crown jewels. There's also of course the London Eye with its great views of the city, the amazing uniforms and ceremony of the Changing of the Guard and Big Ben - easily the best clock in the world!

If you like museums then I can also take you the National Gallery - one of the greatest collections of paintings in the world. Or if you prefer something a bit more off the beaten track then The Banqueting House, John Soane's extraordinary museum 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.

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