Last updated 18/07/2012
Phone: 02077242592 - Mobile: 07763970190
Year qualified: 2010
Native language: English
Biography: I am Londoner born and bred who has over 10 years experience in the business having worked before at the likes of the Big Bus Company, Handel House Museum and the Transport Museum as a guide.
I offer tours with a fantastic mix of my natural bubbling enthusiasm, an extensive knowledge of all things London and the flexibility to cater to all your personal needs. I am a guide who remembers at all times that you are on holiday. If you want a guide that simply loves London and showing it off to people then I am your tour guide!
I have a degree in History and Politics that centred on the last two hundred years so I can offer a real understanding of the names and places that make London such a special place.
I have also spent many years working with the disabled, students and children. I offer tours in all areas that cater for their needs and interests.
I am a natural people person who offers a smile and a laugh at every possible and suitable opportunity.
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Region for which accredited: London
London sites for which accredited: British Library, British Museum, City of London, Docklands, East London, Greenwich, Hampton Court Palace, National Gallery, St. Paul's Cathedral, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Tower of London, Victoria & Albert Musm., Westminster Abbey
Sites outside London for which accredited: Bath, Oxford, Salisbury Cathedral, Stonehenge, Stratford-upon-Avon, Winchester Cathedral, Windsor Castle
Special interests: Film.Music.Sport.Areas of London.Medical.Military.Eccentric London.
I am a film buff and movie collector. I have a great knowledge of the subject particularly British Cinema History, London movie locations, famous London film studios and the Londoners who became great Actors,Directors, and Producers. I offer walking tours that cater for the above subjects.
I specialise in the History and Culture of Rock, Pop and Soul music which has been an interest of mine since childhood. I have a great love and knowledge of these subjects particularly from a British and London perspective. I do different walks to cater to each genre and time from the swinging 1960's to the cool Britannia of the 1990's.
I am a Sports enthusiast with a great knowledge of many sports particularly Football, Rugby Union and Cricket. I used to work at Lord's as the information steward. I also have been an Arsenal Football Club season ticket holder for several years. I can do stadium tours including the sites museum and walking tours of London from a Historical Sporting perspective.
As a born Londoner who has lived in several different locations over the last 35 years I have grown to love these areas and love to show people from all walks of life and parts of the globe around them. They include including Hampstead, Belsize Park and Primrose Hill, Highgate and Upper Islington (down to Upper Street) and Marylebone.
I love Military History. It has been one of my passions since childhood. I come from a family with 5 previous generations of military service from the army, navy and air force, in conflicts including both world wars. I also have a modern History degree that specialised on 1800-1945.
I can do tours of the museums including the Imperial War Museum, The Royal Air Force Museum and the Army Museum. I also do Blitz walks around certain areas of London. Walks catering to a particular service like the Horse Guards and tours of sites like Westminster Abbey, St Paul's and the Tower from a military perspective.
I also come from a medical background. My great grandfather was a doctor and my grandfather and father both practised off Harley Street for many years. This has given me a great deal of interest and feeling for the subject. I specialise in medical walks in the W1 area and sites including the Hunterian museum of surgery and the Welcome museum of Medicine.
I come from a multi ethnic background including Scottish and Irish blood on my mothers side and German and Hungarian Jewish blood on my father's. As someone with Jewish ancestry The History and Culture of Jewish London is a interest of mine. I do walks of both the Jewish East End and Jewish North London.
Offering something different about London to the broad spectrum of people from tourists to locals is also something I am very keen to promote.
That is why I do walking tours of Eccentric London. Showing people the sites and stories that are either quirky or unknown or in a lot of cases both.
Raphael will do walking tours.
Raphael will take extended tours.
Regions offered as British Isles Tour Manager: South East England (Essex, Kent, Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire, Wiltshire), East Anglia (Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Constable Country), Midlands (Cotswolds, Coventry, Black Country, The Potteries, Peak District, Chester, Robin Hood Country), West Country (Dorset, Somerset, Devon, Cornwall, King Arthur Country), Yorkshire (Brontë Country), North West (Cumbria, Lake District, Manchester, Liverpool, Carlisle), Northumbria, Wales, Scotland, Ireland