London History Tour Guide Paul Surma

Paul has been conducting tours since 2005 whilst working at the Natural History Museum, where he developed his passion for presenting history in an entertaining and engaging way.  Since then, he has built upon his experiences and knowledge to provide fun, enjoyable and interesting tours.

Paul devotes a great deal of time to researching each walk and has developed a deep knowledge and understanding of the history of London.  He endeavours to provide an enjoyable experience on each and every tour; you’re sure to find him friendly and full of conversation.

Qualified Tourist Guide of the City of London

Paul is a fully accredited City of London Tourist Guide, one of the highest qualifications that can be awarded by the Institute of Tourist Guiding, the governing body for guides in the United Kingdom.

To gain this illustrious and respected qualification, candidates must undertake an in-depth course of study about the City of London that lasts an academic year, during which they must take a series of practical and written exams, designed to test their knowledge, competency and presentation skills.  Accredited and examined by the Institute of Tourist Guiding, the qualification is also recognised and presented by the Lord Mayor of the City of London as the official tourist guides of the City.

Not only is Paul a member of this respected group; he also lectures on topics related to the City for private audiences.

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City Guides: Tales of the City

In January 2015, Paul was privileged to take part in a photographic exhibition at the Guildhall Library entitled ‘City Guides – Ambassadors of the Square Mile‘  (November 2014 – March 2015), celebrating the City of London guides, and delivered a brief 6 minute presentation on his experiences hosting tours in the City.  Select the YouTube link to watch the clip, starting at 37m45s.

Camden Tour Guide Association

Paul has obtained a qualification in the Camden Tour Guide Association course, which focuses on the detailed study of the London Borough of Camden, covering Hampstead, West Hampstead, Highgate, Camden Town, Bloomsbury, Fitzrovia, Gospel Oak, St Pancras, St Giles, Belsize Park, Primrose Hill and Holborn.

Recognised by the Mayor of Camden as the official tourist guides of the Borough of Camden.

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Footprints of London – Tourist Guide

Footprints of London is a professional guiding association, providing quality and independent guided walks in a wide and diverse range of locations in and around London, each led by qualified and accredited guides with a deep passion and love of London.

Footprints of London exists solely to promote the best walks in London at the best standards in guiding.  It is directly owned and managed by the guides, bound by a desire to seek out fascinating stories in London’s amazing past and share them with you.

All walks are researched, written and personalised by the guide, giving you an unrivalled knowledge and enthusiasm that will remind you what a beautiful, amazing and wondrous city London is.

London History Tours walks are advertised through Footprints of London.  For more information on the company and the walks available through the Footprints team, go to: