Vicki Bick

Vicki Bick

Love of London, people and communication. these are the three main elements of my successful and happy guiding career. Born and bred in London, I enjoy sharing this wonderful city with others. The London Tourist Board course (covering also anywhere within a day's return journey from London), expanded my insider's knowledge and launched me into the world of tourism with a zestful energy that continues. My career continues to span many fields, from general tourism with students, social clubs, sports, retired groups, to higher profile Lord Mayors, politicians, medical groups. A stimulating variety of clients: business people, academics, pharmaceutical and banking industry officials, many incentive tours; I have guided all sorts. Lord Mayor Rommel of Stuttgart, with his town councillors, (who invited me to visit them later when I went to Germany); the Sicilian Parliament (I was careful not to ask any awkward questions !); national football teams and their sponsors or press corps, prizewinners to various prestigious sports events sponsored by major international companies; Italian bankers who liked my interpreting and later asked the banking services company to fly me out to Norway to assist them on a conference. The nature of my work has changed over the years, as I became a parent and wanted to be more home-based. I have designed and developed matters relating to children and their interests, with first-hand experience to guide me. School curriculum tours, aimed at different age groups, film tours ( not just Harry Potter !), pacing a tour wisely to satisfy all family members. Small family groups wanting exclusive and spontaneous planning for their time in London. I focus my style and the information I give specifically for the client, and their own requirements of time, interests and budget. They are all treated like VIPs by me. I have listed my interests and special knowledge below (under walks, but these can also be done as car/coach tours); I will expand on them here. The "wine & gastronomy" came about through working for many years internationally for the Sunday Times Wine Club- Yes, nice work when you can get it ! The more cultural specialities followed study (BA Hons.) and experience, expanded by opportunities in guiding. Regular UK literary tours for a magazine based in the US ; frequent visits to theatres and concert halls; family connection to Gustav Mahler; being a lifelong Arsenal football fan (and working at Italia 90, (where I met Pele), and several Euro championships);the Barcelona Olympics, where I was in charge of corporate groups for 4 weeks for Sportsworld; and my favourite sport, tennis, at Wimbledon(which I also play to club standard).I love using all my languages and enjoy the challenge of designing tours to fit the client, for adults and children, groups and FITs. I do tours linked to school curricula, as well as children's film location tours within London . My now- 22 year old daughter advises. Lastly, I offer care, confidentiality and diplomacy, invaluable elements for client and tour operator alike. I look after every person and cover every angle, from enlisting the cooperation of the driver, to helping newcomers to the tour ops office, maybe not yet familiar with running aspects of a tour. The clients would praise the arrangements made. They would be totally at ease with me after a short while, and trust in me to be capable, discreet ,honest, whether in the field of medical trade secrets, politics or just regular shopping and tourism. Always entertaining ..... and they will hopefully come back for more ! In addition to the tours listed on this website, I guide tours of Hampstead, Primrose Hill/Camden, Soho and most recently added : the Kings Cross regeneration area, which is fascinating and still a work in progress.

Languages

EnglishFrenchGermanItalianPortuguese

Top 5 Specialities

Beatles London Tour

The City of London Tour

Windsor Castle Tour

Westminster Abbey Tour

Classic London Tour

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