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Ian Swankie

Art and Architecture Talks and Tours

Welcome. I’m an independent lecturer and professional tour guide based in London. I'm very lucky and privileged to be able to share my interests with others.
I cover a wide range of subjects about art, architecture and, of course, about London.
I really enjoy what I do.

 Ian Swankie

Art and Architecture Talks and Tours

I am a native Londoner and have spent more years than I care to remember working in and around London. I’m a guide and a lecturer with a special interest in art and architecture.

My enthusiasm for this great city can be very contagious. I just love showing people around, and giving lectures about subjects which excite me. I see my role as bringing things to life, and revealing secrets in an entertaining way. My hope is that everyone will learn something new in all of my lectures and tours. I like to visit areas often missed by mainstream tourists.

I am an accredited lecturer for The Arts Society, a fully qualified City of London tour guide, a City of Westminster guide and a green badge holder from the Institute of Tourist Guiding. I’m an official guide at Tate Modern and Tate Britain, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Guildhall Art Gallery. I’m also a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Art Scholars.

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What I do

Art and Architecture Talks and Tours

Special Interest Days


Guided Tours


Monday Lecture Group

Lecture Room


+44 (0)7710 364242

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