I have been driving London's streets in my iconic London Black Taxi for 20 years since I completed the infamous 'Knowledge of London' in 1998. The knowledge is a topographical series of tests and takes on average up to 3 to 4 years to complete and pass. It was quite a career change, as in my previous working life I had worked in the Banking sector for 18 years.
I have always enjoyed learning about the many historic tales behind London's historic, and not so historic buildings and tucked away places.
In 2014 I decided to do it 'properly' and so sat the Guiding course set by the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriages Drivers, which is run in conjunction with the Museum of London and accredited by the City University. I now love showing 'My City' off to visitors in my iconic electric Licenced London Black Taxi.
I have recently acquired a new Taxi which is fully air-conditioned, comfortably seats 6 (3 forward facing and 3 rear facing), wheelchair accessible and has the stunning new feature of a glass panoramic roof, providing my clients with the unique feature to gaze up at the amazing views through the roof.
A Recent Review of this guide
We absolutely loved our day in Stonehenge & Bath! Patricia was awesome & we had great communication throughout our planning. Our group was originally 6 people and turned into 9, so Pat found another guide for us (Paul V) & they worked together to get our group everywhere and give us all the information we wanted on the tours. They were both polite, knowledgeable & super accommodating to our group. Thank you Pat & Paul! We would highly recommend either of them for this tour!
Completed the 'Knowledge of London' in 1998 to become a Licensed London Taxi Driver.
Became a London Taxi Driver Guide with 'The Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers' Guiding Course - accredited by The City University in 2014
Absolutely love Guiding.
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.