Laura Comley-Smith

Laura Comley-Smith

I love travelling and foreign languages! I am registered to guide in German and French. I lived and worked in Germany for over 5 years, qualifying as a translator & interpreter. I then worked within IT in a variety of European countries. At some point I fell under the spell of Windsor Castle and Britain's exceptional cultural wealth. The dream of sharing my new found passion with fellow travellers led me to do the London Blue Badge qualification and it is a dream come true to guide visitors from near and far around Britain's treasures. As well as some knowledge, I have common sense and good planning and organizing skills. Here are a few of my favourite things: scones, cream tea, pubs and pub crawls, beer, shopping, treasure hunts, quizzes, architecture (whether ancient, gothic, norman or modern / hi-tech), engineers & engineering, Joseph Bazalgette and his amazing sewer system, Isambard Kingdom Brunel and his fantastic tunnels and bridges, Sir Christopher Wren and his breathtaking churches, the Victorians and their bodacious can-do attitude, palaces, pageantry, Changing of the Guard, crown jewels, the Royal Mews, Tudors, Henry 8, ghosts, theatre, William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, the secret, the hidden, the new, the old, the Romans and their amphitheatre. What I do: Listen to what people want out of a visit and plan accordingly, present things in a fun & easy to understand way. Help visitors to make the most of whatever it is they want to explore be that a site like Westminster Abbey or the logistics of a place eg using the underground and buses in London, shopping, moving to a new area. Keep to timings, think of visitor comfort. Explain without jargon and without expecting anyone to have any background knowledge. Make people feel comfortable to ask questions about subjects they don't understand without feeling silly. How the above helps my guiding: I hope I help visitors to make the most of their precious free time (hassle-free), giving them some great memories and a desire to discover more.

Languages

EnglishFrenchGerman

Top 5 Specialities

London Harry Potter Tour

Windsor Castle Tour

Hampton Court Palace Tour

Westminster Abbey Tour

Changing of the Guard Tour

Guide Calendar Last Update: 21st of March, 2018

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