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Jennifer Basannavar

Jennifer Basannavar

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Jennifer Basannavar is a highly qualified Blue Badge guide who harbours tremendous enthusiasm for teaching, guiding and public speaking. She was Programme Director of London Blue Badge Guide Training and Mandarin Training from 2008-2018. She is a speciali


Jennifer Basannavar loves travelling, and has travelled extensively in the USA, Europe and India. As an expert private guide, Jennifer’s goal is to give her clients a memorable, informative, and enchanting experience as they walk along the streets of the dynamic city of London. She has extensive broad ranging speeches that can be very technical to highly entertaining.


For over 30 years Jennifer combined a career in teaching and guiding and has travelled extensively in the USA, Europe and India.

Jennifer was Programme Director London Blue Badge Guide Training 2008 to 2016 and Programme Director London Blue Badge Guide Mandarin Training 2013 to 2018. She was Chair of the Qualifications Board for the Institute of Tourist Guiding 2008-2014 and former Programme Coordinator for the Institute of Tourist Guiding 2003-2008.

Jennifer has extensive guiding experience for over 30 years in both English and German. She is a specialist tour manager for orchestras and choirs to Central and Eastern Europe.

Jennifer is also bilingual; she can speak both English and German fluently. She was the Head of Modern Languages and Senior Sixth Form Tutor in the independent school sector for 30 years. In 2003 she received the award of German Teacher of the Year from the German Embassy.

She also works for the Institute of Tourist Guiding as Examiner and Trainer and continues to enjoy guiding both in this country and overseas. Jennifer’s aim is to provide you with a memorable, entertaining and informative experience whether for an individual, large or small group, students, schools, seniors or corporate visitors.

Jennifer is a specialist guide at Spencer House, St James, and has guided or over ten years in the Palace of Westminster. She is currently studying for a Masters degree at University College London on the History of Jews in Poland.

Jennifer is an inspiring speaker with extensive travel and guiding experience. She has a wealth of talks at her fingertips. Examples include; The Great British Season; London, Tales of a Tour Guide; Guiding Visitors from Asia; The Logistics of a Touring Orchestra; Culture and Great Sights of USA, Europe and India; Synagogue Architecture in Central and Eastern Europe; The Enlightenment and Neoclassical Architecture; Twenty Paintings in the National Gallery, London; The History of Tea and the Tea Trade.

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