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Rob W.

Gillingham, Kent, United Kingdom

On any of my Tours you will feel the enthusiasm that I have for London, as well as the enthusiasm for showing ToursByLocals travellers around MY place of birth, MY home for most of my life and now MY place of work - and you can gauge that passion by reading through my 5-star client feedback.

There is no better way to get up close and personal with London's famous landmarks than an iconic London Black Cab (taking a ride in one can be considered an attraction in itself) - and on my Tours, Day Excursions and Transfers we shall have a Driver so that I can concentrate on the guiding and any of your specific questions or requests without having to be concerned about traffic or parking issues.

Having both a Guide and a Driver will allow for more efficiency and time saving as we can be dropped off closer to buildings and monuments that I wish to present to you - and we can accommodate up to 6 travellers and our Taxi is also fully wheelchair accessible.

My main interests have always had the subject of history at the very top of my list - and because film, music and literature have always appealed to me I have included these topics in some of my speciality tours.

I am a London Taxi Driver, having passed 'The Knowledge of London' in 1987 - and London's Black Cabs have a unique and distinctive appearance, as well as a long and proud history, and are one of the most recognisable symbols on the streets of our capital City.

London Taxi Drivers are almost as famous as the Black Cabs that they drive, due to their having gone through stringent training, 'The Knowledge' is a test, which is among the hardest to pass in the world, and has often been described as 'having an atlas of London imprinted in your brain' - it is the equivalent of a University degree.

London Black Cabs can glide you through those narrow medieval streets where the tour buses cannot pass and can also use the Capital's bus lanes thus avoiding traffic jams.

I am one of the very small group of cabbies who have also become a London Taxi Tour Guide (accredited by the City University) and I am also a qualified 'City of London Guide', and a qualified 'City of Westminster Guide'.
In 2017 I was proud to be shortlisted for the 'Luxury Travel Guide of the Year' award and in recent years have featured on the Travel Channel.

I make sightseeing informative, interesting, fun and entertaining for first time visitors or regular tourists and family groups - not just because of London's history and culture, but also specifically for those who are fans of the British Royal Family, Harry Potter, Downton Abbey, James Bond and the Beatles for example.

We can also venture a little further afield because it would be fun to show you around some treasures just outside of London such as Hampton Court Palace, Runnymede Magna Carta and we can even take scenic River Thames cruise to Windsor Castle and Eton.

Please contact me without any hesitation for any question, and allow me to put together a customised Tour or Day Excursion together for you if any preferred options are not listed or you would like to reserve a Layover or Shore Excursion to further explore the English Countryside.
Please also let me know in advance if you would like me to fast track your tickets for any visits so that you can 'skip the line', book your dining reservations, or would like me to organise an English Afternoon Tea.

Should you be a large travelling group I also have experienced third party contacts enabling me to arrange luxury coach travel and even River Thames lunch cruises.

My tour rates will remain unchanged in 2018 for the third consecutive year - I work to a standard and not a price.

For the greatest ride, with the most knowledgeable Guide - always use London's famous Black Cabs!

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A Recent Review of this guide

We took the 1/2 day Classic City of London Tour. It was an excellent tour given by a very knowledgeable guide- Rob W. We had lots of fun and learned a great deal about the city- both hidden secrets and major landmarks. Having Rob guide us and having a dedicated driver made all the difference- very efficient use of time with no distractions and of course- a beautiful car. Well done Rob and Brian! 5/5. Cheers Anthony and Diana and the BOYZ from Toronto, Canada
Anthony Bastone

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Credentials

Completed the 'Knowledge of London' in 1987 to become a Licensed London Taxi Driver.
Became a Taxi Driver Guide (accredited by the City University) in 2009.
Passed the Foundation Course for London Guiding in 2009.
Passed the 'City of London Guide' course in 2010.
Passed the 'City of Westminster Guide' course in 2012.
Member of the 'Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers'.
Freeman of the City of London.
Member of the Institute of Tourist Guiding (MITG).
Member of the City of London Guide and Lecturers Association.
Member of the City of Westminster Guide and Lecturers Association.
Member of 'London Historians'.
Founder member of 'Discover Medical London'.
Educator on the Taxi Guide Training Course.
Level 3 Award in Education and Training (PTLS).
Shortlisted for 'European Luxury Travel Guide 2017'.
TV credits include the Travel Channel.
External Candidate Blue Badge Training Course 2018.

Restrictions

I am not a Blue Badge Guide which means that although I can accompany you inside the Tower of London, St. Paul's Cathedral and Westminster Abbey I cannot guide inside these historical monuments.

Guide Requirements for United Kingdom

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Tours by Rob W.

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Private tour guide Rob

Private Classic Day Tour of London

London Highlights and Hidden London Secrets in a Day!

753 USD per tour

(for up to 6 people)

6 hours

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London's American History and Heritage,...

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A close look at that 'special relationship' from colonial ties to the,...

881 USD per tour

(for up to 6 people)

7 hours

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James Bond London Movie Location Private,...

In the footsteps of James Bond 007 for a day of espionage and counter-espionage

592 USD per tour

(for up to 6 people)

5 hours

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Greenwich Big Day Private Tour

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Visit Greenwich on a Big Day Out!

706 USD per tour

(for up to 6 people)

6 hours

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Royal London and Hampton Court Palace,...

London's Royal History includes a visit to Hampton Court and a very,...

706 USD per tour

(for up to 6 people)

6 hours

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Private Day Excursion to Stonehenge and,...

An English Countryside Tour including Stonehenge and Bath

1177 USD per tour

(for up to 6 people)

10 hours

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Heathrow Layover - London Classic Tour

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London's Highlights during your Heathrow Layover

760 USD per tour

(for up to 6 people)

6 hours

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Layover Tour from Heathrow Airport -,...

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Classic Tour of London at Southampton or Dover Cruise Terminal

1009 USD per tour

(for up to 6 people)

8 hours

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Bath and Cotswolds 2-Day Excursion

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Special 2 Days in the English Countryside with an overnight stay in,...

2354 USD per tour

(for up to 6 people)

2 days

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