Timothy Smyth

Profile updated 30/11/22

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. Visitors notice very quickly that I know how to bring London and its many sites alive –I taught in schools for many years and tailor each tour individually both for adults and families. My tours are often as much a 'conversation' as anything else and it's great when guiding becomes interactive.

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. If you want to know more about our Royal traditions, for example, 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. I also strongly recommend a visit to the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey as well as St Paul’s Cathedral – I can reveal the incredible histories and stories that these have.

I do many tours for children and I have a particular love for the Natural History Museum as well as the British Museum – for both sites I do kids scavenger hunt tours for which I have had excellent feedback.

Interested in our World War history? I have a long-standing passion for military history and can take you to the Churchill War Rooms or the Imperial War Museum for a fascinating highlights tour or something more in-depth as I have an extensive knowledge.

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.

I studied both History and Art History at University and if you are interested in art then I offer a range of tours in the National Gallery and Wallace Collections in particular. Similarly we can look at the amazing 'Street Art' in Shoreditch for ‘something different’.

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.
I happen to be 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.

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

'The best guide we have ever had.' The Rosenberg family from the U.S after a 3-day tour including Hampton Court Palace.

'The most sophisticated guide we could have possibly had' (The Montague family from the U.S after a 2-day tour of London.

'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.

'How do you retain all this information.? ' Mrs Demetre from the U.S after a 3-day tour of London including the British Museum and National Gallery.

'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 of London including Stonehenge.

'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 of London.

'You really do a great job'. Yvonne from Austria during a tour of The Tower of London.

'I would definitely recommend you'. Samantha from the U.S after a Beatles Tour.

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:

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