Guiding during and beyond the Covid-19 pandemic

Timothy Smyth

Regional Qualification(s):

London

Language(s):

English, German

Phone Number(s):

07720 764019

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Introduction:

Welcome! I'm a very experienced guide with a passion for London and its history, museums, buildings, and culture. I went to St Andrews University in Scotland (where Kate Middleton met Prince William!) and studied Art History and History to Postgraduate level. Visitors notice very quickly that I know how to bring London and its many sites alive –I taught in schools for many years (I have been teaching keyworker children during Lockdown) and tailor each tour individually for both adults and children. If you have children with you then I do go the 'extra mile' to make the tour fun and engaging for them. My tours are often as much a 'conversation' as anything else and it's great when guiding becomes interactive.

London has so much to offer and some of the 'must see' places I can show you for a short tour include the Tower of London, Tower Bridge (it has an amazing glass walkway), St Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and both historic Westminster and Mayfair not to mention the Royal Parks. You haven't quite seen London unless you've been to St James Park - which has the best spot in London for photos! For a panoramic view I can transform a circuit on 'The London Eye' into a revelatory experience of London's skyline. Those who have already read about London's history will know that it was founded by the Romans. I can take you see the amazing remains of a Roman amphitheatre at the Guildhall museum and art gallery and the equally astonishing Temple of Mithras below a modern office building!

If the weather is good then a walking tour can be a particularly rewarding way to see and learn about London - I know a lot about our historic streets, their monuments and 'hidden' past and often the best way to get a 'feel' for London's history is to see it on foot. Equally, London would never have existed without the Thames River - its 'golden thread' as Winston Churchill memorably called it. We can take a Thames Clipper to Greenwich (I do a full visit to the Maritime Museum/Royal Observatory) or hire a private boat - I can tell you all about the ancient river, and its extraordinary past.

If you’re interested in our Royal traditions then we'll get the very best out of ‘Changing of the Guard’ at Buckingham Palace, and can visit the Royal Palaces including Kensington Palace, Hampton Court and Windsor Castle. I often go to the Royal Mews where you get the perfect opportunity to see the royal carriages and horses for real.
Interested in our World War history? I can take you to the Churchill War Rooms or the Imperial War Museum where we can do a particularly special highlights tour or something more in-depth as I have an extensive knowledge.

My long-standing specialism is art and cultural history. This passion began as a teenager when my art teacher at school first inspired me to read about painting. This interest has continued and my tour of the National Gallery is a highlight. Similarly we can visit the Tate Britain, Tate Modern, look at the amazing 'Street Art' in Shoreditch, and for ‘something different’ the unique Wallace Collection. I must also mention the British Museum - I do a full tour there and can explain such world-famous exhibits as the enigmatic Rosetta Stone, and the Sutton Hoo treasures, the subject of the recent film 'The Dig' (2021).

In London I have also had great feedback for my Beatles tour, which includes seeing their handwritten lyrics in the British Library – an opportunity as well to view the best preserved copy of the Magna Carta.
Thinking about further afield? I go to Stonehenge, Bath and Oxford, which all make fantastic days out from London. Every tour is friendly, informative and an experience to remember. I look forward to seeing you.
I am also a fluent German speaker, and am authorised by the Institute of Tourist Guiding to take tours in German so do be in touch if that is of interest.

Reviews.

'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 possibly 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 next time we come to London.' Wendy and Ken from the U.S after a two-day tour in December, 2019.
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You really do a great job'. Yvonne from Austria during a tour of The Tower of London in December 2019.
'I would definitely recommend you'. Samantha from the U.S after a Beatles Tour in January 2020.

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