Ruth Polling

Ruth Polling

Young, energetic and passionate about London Ruth graduated top of her year as the London Blue Badge Tour Guide of the Year 2014. London born and bred, she has been guiding in London for five years and is an International History graduate from the London School of Economics.

Ruth says:

"London is the world's most diverse, exciting and magical city and I want to share it with you!

Although I grew up in London it was only when I went traveling that I realised how much London had to offer and how much more you get from traveling when you have a knowledgable tour guide who is as excited about their city as you are. I came back to London, changed career and haven't looked back.

I love meeting new people and showing them the best of my city."

Before becoming a guide Ruth worked in London politics for eleven years including working in the House of Commons and the House of Lords. In addition to tour guiding Ruth lectures and runs training courses on London history and politics.

Whatever the size of your group, age, background or experience Ruth provides a personal service and will build an itinerary that's just right for you. Ruth looks forward to bringing London to life for you through its history, people and stories.

Languages

English

Top 5 Specialities

British Military History Tour

Imperial War Museum Tour

Tower of London Tour

Churchill War Rooms Tour

Classic London Tour

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