"I was very fortunate when for my visit to London the tourism agency of Porto Alegre contracted to accompany me the professional London Blue Badge guide Vânia.
Vânia is Brazilian by birth and lives in London for more than 27 years. She is punctual, responsible, with a deep knowledge of the city and history. She made my trip an unforgettable experience and whetted my appetite for more. Previously, I had researched and prepared an itinerary of what I would like to visit with my friend who was accompanying me. Vânia led us masterfully, acting as a curator, pointing out the main points among those I had selected. Even the works in the National Gallery which I had indicated as being of my greatest interest, she presented and described to us.
For all this, I strongly recommend the Vânia historical guide for anyone who wants to make their stay in London an even more special moment. "
Claudia Tropea, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil, 2016
"Brazilian Tourist Guide achieves success in making videos about London"
...Toda esta formação faz de Vania Gay uma profissional diferente. Não se espere dela os clichês que, em geral, se ouve sobre Londres e os ingleses. Estudiosa, ela é uma guia para quem quer ir além da superficialidade dos cartões postais. Acompanhar Vania significa aprender um pouco dos 2 mil anos de Londres...
"Precisely at the arranged time, I found her sitting in the hotel lobby. We left and made our way through Hyde Park in front of the hotel. While we walked, we talked about general issues such as personal life, expectations for the day and weather. Good smile and pleasant reception. I had walked those paths several times before but this time, it was like a journey through monuments, past history and little nooks and crannies that made me appreciate even more that space. We carry on in different areas of the city, walking and learning the stories of castles, parks, cafes, tableware shops, shopping areas and local snack houses. It was an unforgettable trip in just one day, and best of all is that I knew that the next day we would meet again. Thank you Vania and next spring, let's go north!"
Geraldo M. Costa
IT Controller of M4U, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2016
"Me and my family (husband and two children aged eight) were in London in July / 2016 and we had the pleasure of having Vania's guiding services. In addition to an incredible knowledge of all the wonderful sights of London, the best places to view everything and strategic points where we could position ourselves, she has incredible patience and managed effectively to show adults and children the best of London. My daughters were delighted with everything, they have learned a lot and Vania has become friends of the girls. Certainly got the taste of "I want more" . Vania, thank you for everything.
Telma Ribeiro and family, Sāo Paulo, SP, Brazil, 2016
"When we were in London in April 2015, I can surely say that our trip was much more complete with Vania.
We contracted her guided tours for two days. With Vania we got to know much of the history of the city, its monuments and many curiosities hidden in its alleyways.
On our tour we discovered that both the City of London as well as the City of Westminster are home to a number of buildings that to the naive tourist gaze mean nothing but in the presence of Vania, she reveals the stories and "tales" one cannot miss.
So, the two days we spent with her were full of learning, beautiful places and valuable tips.
We returned from the English capital happy with her honorable friendship, grateful for the fantastic history lessons that this new friend gave us and certain that the next time we will not hesitate to hire her again ... After all, there are cities that we never get to know completely, and though London may seem one of them, I'm sure in the company of Vania we can complete this mission! "
Marina Aurnheimer, Editora de Conteúdo, Imagina na Viagem. 2015
"We did not know London. Then, we thought it was time to go. So my husband, my 17 year old son and I decided to spend the last Christmas and New Year there. In the first days we stayed in the neighbourhood of the hotel. However before the trip I had already contacted Vania and had arranged to do a city tour. When I visited her site, I liked it so much that we immediately booked a one day tour, seven hours. Those hours were of pure pleasure and fascination. Many of our curiosities were clarified and Vania is an expert at what she does. Most importantly, she does it with love. A love for the city that has welcomed her and this love runs through her pores. With energy and grace she recounts and explains each place and its history. She led us down London alleyways and streets, enchanting us with new places and leaving us with the desire to hire her for much longer. If it was not for her, we would have seen London on a less colourful way. Loved it! So pleased to recommend her, knowing that a tour with her as a guide makes all the difference!"
Gizeli Belloli, Luiz Henrique Schuh e Henrique Schuh. 2014
Vania accompanied our group of six couples on the 15th October 2014. She did a marvelous job! She knows the history of London very well and we learnt a lot with her. She was very good at controlling the group and kept our attention constantly. She taught us in how to use the public transport, working longer than the agreed hours and did not charge extra for it. If anybody needed a tour guide, we would therefore without hesitation recommend her.
Neide e Ken Steiner, USA.2014
"We did a short tour of London, led by Vania Gay, who proved to be an excellent professional with a great experience in tourism, with a vast knowledge in the history of capital as well as the particularities of each tourist spot we visited. Vania knew how to make our day interesting telling us little titbits while delivering actual information on the monuments and buildings. We passed the main city sights (Big Ben, Tower Bridge, and London Eye, among others) and circled the subway and the iconic London bus. The team was impressed and motivated to return to learn more of this capital that is a world reference in history and culture.”
Diego Andrade (Brazil Plant Impact). 2014
“Visiting London for the first time creates an extraordinary expectation.
But how to circulate its historic centre, its famous streets, parks, palaces, museums, see its sights and its historical monuments , experience some shows, all in three days?
This was possible after we hired the guiding services of Vania Gay.
As a experienced and methodical professional, she prepared our visit before we left Brazil , communicating with us by email.
Before you even got to London, we had already purchased train tickets and tickets to concerts , all under her guidance .
Vania’s professional experience , her knowledge of the city and its history , made us enjoy our stay a lot more. Alone , my wife and I could never have seen so many important things in so little time .
Living for 25 years in London, Vania has not lost her Brazilian accent and acquired important English ways , including punctuality .
Competent , discreet , generous , sensitive , Vania took us for long walks always with great care, good humor and with precious and always very detailed information .
Her care for us went beyond the call of duty when in our departure she took us to the train station and assisted us with boarding, which made us feel sure of the importance of a professional guide in the everyday life of a tourist.
We are very grateful , Vania . We hope to return to London to see her again soon”.
Amanda e Manoel Lorenzo. Salvador-BA-Brasil.2014
London through the eyes of Vania Gay:
"A city is an organism that is born, grows and develops in different stages. Getting to know London through the eyes of Vania Gay is revealing as she unravels the various stages of the London urbanity, since its emergence in the Roman Empire, its conquest in the Middle Ages with the construction of castles and important medieval buildings, to the richness of the Victorian period architectural monuments. In addition to tours that tell the history of the city, Vania introduces visitors to London best museums, restaurants, cafes, parks and the famous public transport, the Tube. Complete explanations by Vania of the contemporary city, with its immense buildings built with the latest technology were also accurate which made me appreciate even more the visited city. Congratulations to the excellent professional, helpful and attentive guide to the curiosities of London visitor."
Rachel Rodrigues Lima, Porto Alegre, RS, Brasil, 2014
“First of all, I want to thank you for all the attention and kindness that you have shown us. It is extremely gratifying to find people like you, competent and insightful who provided us with the opportunity to know LONDON in a pleasant way and with plenty of information that left us completely satisfied and missing you at various times of the rest of our trip, where it was necessary to have this historical knowledge. Congratulations on the professionalism and competence in which you develop your Tourist Guide profession."
Gilson Rosa, Bahia, Brasil, 2013
"In July, during a vacation with my family, I met Vania Gay and hired her as a guide. A person of a unique culture, she was extremely punctual, accurate and made our trip much more interesting, allowing us to explore the sites to which we followed with a closer look and complete understanding. She left us all eager to return and enjoy more of the city which is already in itself full of history and peculiarities. But I cannot fail to mention the understanding and kindness shown towards my little children. I was afraid they might end up bored with a guided tour. But on the contrary, with a gentle guide and patience with the limitations of a 6 and 11 years old, Vania captivated them with material previously prepared with picturesque details about the architecture and local curiosities, adapting the narrative so that they could understand."
Patricia Cunha and family, Porto Alegre, Brazil, 2013
"We loved our stay in London and certainly Vania greatly contributed towards it. Whenever we remember London, we will remember her. We wanted our children to have a great time on this trip so we decided to hire a guide, and Vania was our guide. I can say that they learned a lot from the explanations and information provided by her. My husband and I already knew London, but certainly having a good guide makes a difference. Thanks for accompanying us. For sure I will recommend her to my friends when they come to London."
Andrea Frizzo and family, SP, Brazil, 2013
"You turned our little stay in London into a major expedition, full of pleasant surprises and charms. With sympathy, good humour and a lot of physical stamina, Vania masterfully presented the essence of London, showing deep knowledge of history, culture and architecture of the city, including showing us unique places not just the major sights. Worth it. "
Carlos Cesar and Hilda. Sāo Paulo, Brazil, 2013
Guiding Renata and friends
"It was an interesting experience for us. We were able to visit parks, palaces and churches, as well as the modern part of the City of London, with its ultra-modern architecture. Vania combines a large area of the city and its stories to a broad knowledge of art and architecture. Her descriptions of the sites we visited, as well as her passion for the city, brought us another perspective of London. We like and recommend."
Alexandre and Cecilia Jau, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2013
“From the uncertainty of locating on the internet a Brazilian tour guide in London to be met by her with such a warm reception and we had a personal connection from the moment we arrived. Thus, we can only say that her information, knowledge and tour opened the doors to us to all the cultural, touristic and geographical London, enabling even then when alone to get around safely although it was the first time that we were there in London. And above all, we are left with the joy of having a friend even though geographically somewhat distant.”
Wander S. Filho and family, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2012
"I would like to leave my testimonial about the wonderful experience I had in London last year (2012), while the city was hosting the Olympics and was preparing for the Paralympics. So we hired Vania to show us the main sights of London and she actually introduced us much more than anticipated. We went to Westminster Abbey, Parliament, Big Ben, Palace Buckingham, Green Park (Gorgeous, well worth knowing), Piccadilly Circus, we went to the famous store M & M's (at my request), Trafalgar Square, and many other places, nooks and crannies of hidden London. She was always engaging, attentive and with a delicate way of being. Other than that, still gave us all the tips on visiting the Tower Brigde, Madame Tussauds (wax museum - do not let go!) and London Eye. Cannot indicate a better guide for anyone going to London. On my next trip to this city full of charms, we'll make sure to go to another tour with Vania! Hire her without fear of being unhappy! Writing these lines I remember how this was a wonderful time! Thank you, Vania!"
Renata Damasceno, Fortaleza, Brazil, 2012
"It was wonderful to have had your support on the days we were in London. You are a great guide! Did everything according to what we wanted to do and see in London, fully meeting our expectations. You went an extra mile, giving tips and guidance to what to do in the city after our tours. Needless to comment on the friendliness, availability and patience with our constant questions... It was a pleasure to meet you!"
Sandra Soraya de F. Santos. Fortaleza, Brazil. 2012
"Exactly one year ago we were in London, and chose Vania Gay as a guide to accompany us. It was very interesting because we did a tour of the City of London where it was really interesting to see the juxtaposition of the super-modern with the traditional. The day was extremely enjoyable because our guide had an incredible local knowledge, especially of the history of places giving us an outstanding tour. It was a very gratifying experience and recommend this to anyone who wants to know London and their interesting stories"
Augusto and Neide, Cuiabá, Brazil, 2012
“Vania was more than our guide at the end of a wonderful and enjoyable day. We saw more things than we certainly would have known about without her help, we were real amigos. I could say it was the best day of my trip and I would refer her as a guide to all my family and friends. Thanks a lot to her work, allied with her culture, intelligence and sense of respect for all of us. I take this opportunity to once again thank her for everything you did for my family and friends.”
Eduardo Lamarca, RS, Brazil, 2011
“It was such a great day. A truly fascinating walk round an area I thought I knew, but was oblivious to all the history and detail along the way. Vania was a most knowledgeable guide and managed to give lots of information in a factual, and memorable style. She has opened up a whole new experience of walking in London. I am already looking forward very much to my next tour”.
Lesley Hand, Suffolk, 2011
“Vania showed so many interesting places around Mayfair that I didn't know existed. All the guests were delighted with Vania's lively and friendly nature and the knowledge she had. I will definitely contact you when I need a tour guide. Keep up the good work.”
Hansa Shah, London, 2011
“Vania provided an excellent tailor-made tour of an area of London for myself & a group of friends, which was packed full of interesting facts & historical & current information"
Anne Hall, Worcestershire, 2011
"Vania’s tour guiding around the City of London was informative and fun. Postman’s park was so interesting that I went on the web to show my family. I will want to go back and will definitely be "guided" again."
Anna Williams, Cleveland, 2011
“Informative, exciting and educational! My experience of the tour of Mayfair, London exceeded my expectations and I didn't realise that there were so many hidden gems in and around the area where I work in everyday. I learned so many interesting facts about places and buildings which I probably never would have known if I didn't take the tour with Vania. Thank you!”
Joanna Ismail, London, 2011
"A really interesting and enjoyable walk around Mayfair, where I discovered lots of interesting and unusual facts about the area. The guide was enthusiastic and clearly has a passion for London and its history. Can't wait for the next walk!”
Julie Dodds, London, 2011
“I would like to give my testimony to tourist guide Vania Gay for her commitment and knowledge during our visits to the main tourist areas of London where I was amazed at her ability to conduct the tour while giving direct and succinct information about the sites.”
Maria Isabel Teixeira Tedesco, RS, Brazil, 2011