David Thompson

David Thompson

Regional Qualification(s):

London

Language(s):

English

Phone Number(s):

020-7737-1800, 07958-469353

Email:

dtguiding@btinternet.com

Introduction:

As Chair of the Guild of Registered Tourist Guides (2008-2013) an organization of over 800 members, working to promote the Blue Badge has left me well placed with a wide understanding of the tourist guiding industry.

I pride myself in updating my specialist knowledge in specific areas such as architecture. A subject passionate to me as both a Guide and a Lecturer.

Devising niche itineraries over half-a-day or a number of days is another speciality. Recent clients have requested tours with such varied themes as religious iconic art, Renaissance scholars, Arts & Crafts in the UK, 20th century City of London architecture.

My tours involve using public transport, private transport hire or simply walking - in my opinion the best way to experience such a rich and varied city as London.

Before making the capital my base, I was raised in the quintessential picture postcard village, which has given me an equally sharp perspective when guiding in town or country.

My career began as a magazine art editor, but a life-long love of architecture has led me to guiding the quirky, beautiful, mysterious and thought-provoking. I believe my role as a guide is that of story-teller - to inform but above all make sure my visitors have the most enjoyable and memorable experience possible.

Personal Interests:

Historic & Contemporary Architecture
Urban & Landscape Design
Researching Specific Subjects & Areas
London Gay History
Contemporary Culture

Special Interests:

London Areas in Depth

Our multifaceted Capital still has the power to surprise, excite and delight me even after 30 years of living here. While exploring one or two of its more special locations, my enthusiasm will make London an enticing experience for you too. From cutting edge Shoreditch through medieval Southwark to bohemian Chelsea.

Art/Paintings & Sculpture

A graduate in fine art and design, I keep myself fully informed of exhibitions and trends and can show you the best in historic and contemporary culture. From the collections of the National Gallery and the V&A to small private contemporary galleries.

Walking Tours

Focussing on chosen subjects and areas is what a well-researched and planned Blue Badge walking tour is all about. Taking the time to stop and look as we talk can turn a leisurely stroll into a fun and informative voyage of discovery. From the medieval streets of the City of London to the commercial plazas of Canary Wharf.

Architecture

Guiding the centuries through the built environment around us is my speciality. A subject that never fails to enthral me. From the mediaeval world of the stonemason to engineered steel and glass towers, architecture is key to understanding Britain's past and future.

Gardens

One of my greatest enjoyments in guiding is being asked to share my knowledge and experience as a keen gardener when leading tours. From a great landscaped park such as Stowe to ingeniously designed small urban spaces.

Countryside

A self-confessed city slicker, I am fiercely loyal to my rural Essex roots. My native county will enchant and fascinate you. From such gems as the oldest surviving wooden building in Europe still retaining its original use, to Norman Foster's terminal at Stansted airport.

Gay Tours

It's fascinating to follow the lives of gay men and women throughout history. How they lived and loved as outsiders in contrast to today's inclusive society. From 18th century molly houses to the cafe society of Old Compton Street.

Endorsements:

Windsor & Eton, 2012 Venues, York Minster, Parliament, Salisbury Cathedral, City of London

Additional Qualifications:

BA Hons Graphic Design & Typography

Driver Guide:

No