Perhaps we have met already by courtesy of the Travel Channel or another TV network - but I would like to invite you to meet me in person to see for yourselves my 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 Mercedes Vito London Black Cab 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 recognizable 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 potential traffic jams.
I am one of the very small groups of cabbies who has 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 the 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 customized 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 organize 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 2019 for the fourth consecutive year - I work to a standard and not to a price.
For the greatest ride, with the most knowledgeable Guide - always use London's famous Black Cabs!
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
Completed the 'Knowledge of London' 1987 to become a Licensed London Taxi Driver.
Became a Taxi Driver Guide (accredited by the City University) 2009.
Passed the Foundation Course for London Guiding 2009.
Passed the 'City of London Guide' course 2010.
Passed the 'City of Westminster Guide' course 2012.
Passed the 'Online Tourism Academy Course' 2018.
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 & Lecturers Association.
Member of the City of Westminster Guide & Lecturers Association.
Member 'London Historians'.
Founder member 'Discover Medical London'.
Educator Taxi Guide Training Course (for the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers).
Level 3 Award in Education and Training (awarded by City and Guilds of London Institute).
Shortlisted for 'European Luxury Travel Guide 2017'.
TV credits include the Travel Channel.
Candidate Blue Badge Training Course 2018/19
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.