Stephen MimiagaUnited States
Great tour by Simon. The Sky Garden part of the tour is awesome. Simon is great at showing you so much of London from the top of a building. This casual tour is very fun and easy to enjoy. Highly recommended.
Stephen MimiagaUnited States
Simon is a great guide. A true professional. very flexible to our needs. We did two tours by Simon on separate days. It is as if one of your old friends is a true London local, and you have come to town for holiday. He helps you understand the customs and traditions, the ins and the outs, removes the fear of the underground, etc., etc, etc.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Likewise! Hope you see you again. Cheers from London.
Stephanie DukesUnited States
Very interesting and informative tour! Simon's thorough explanation of the history associated with each site provides enlightening context and helps you appreciate what you're seeing so much more. I especially appreciate that our route included interesting sites beyond the City of Westminster. Thanks, Simon!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Stephanie. It was great to meet you both and I hope to see you again over here!
Richard McNelisUnited States
I was traveling alone and chose to do this private tour rather than join one of the open group tours that I saw on the Internet because I didn't want to wander around crowded London in a large gaggle of folks. I wouldn't usually spend this much on just me but I was glad I did. Simon was energetic and fun, with a good sense of humor. The tour was well-organized. We saw a lot of places and Simon's knowledge about them was interesting. He asked about my interests so as to personalize the tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Richard, that's much appreciated. I really enjoyed your sense of humour too. I'm glad you enjoyed our city.
Michael BehrensUnited States
Simon was wonderful! He custom made a tour for us that included the sights and pubs we wanted to see. His knowledge of London both past and present is superb! He even remembered it was our anniversary and had a card for us! We would definitely recommend Simon for a tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Michael. You were both great fun! It's always such a joy to share our great pubs with people who really appreciate them. I hope your anniversary meal went well. Here's to many more happy years together for you both.
Julie McCandlessUnited States
Really interesting tour! We took this tour on our first day of a week in London. Simon is very knowledgeable and personable. It was like spending time with a friend! Highly recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Julie. It's mutual, I only wish I could have come on more of your pub visits that week!
Sari BitticksUnited States
I had a wonderful time on this tour. Simon and I exchanged emails, so he knew what I wanted. He took me to some mainstream places, like the British Library. Also less known places including a quaint toy museum. He even saw to it I was at king's Cross station, platform 9 3/4 on Sept. 1. I learned lots of interesting facts and saw amazing things. Great job!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Sari. I really enjoyed your company that day and hope you enjoyed the rest of your amazing trip!
Brian KeithUnited States
Great tour! Simon is very knowledgable and his tour is a fantastic way to see and learn a lot about London.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Brian! Thanks very much. As I said at the time, it was great to learn a lot from you too. And as you said, that's the best kind of tour :) Cheers, Simon
Jonathan LopezUnited States
I found Simon to be friendly, knowledgeable, and,above all, flexible in designing a tour that allowed me to get the most from the experience. I wouldn't hesitate to book a tour with him again next time I'm in London.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I look forward to that Jonathan. Thanks for the feedback and I hope you enjoyed the rest of your weekend here.
Linda FowlerUnited States
y daughter and I were really looking forward to this experience and Simon did not disappoint. He was punctual, professional, and personable. We had previously mapped out our tour but Simon was always checking to see if we wanted to make changes. He also made certain we were happy with the pace. His knowledge of London was incredible and included many interesting facts. We enthusiastically recommend Simon!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you! It really was such a pleasure to show you London. Thank you again for your kindness and generosity and I trust you'll look me up if you come back.
Jennifer S.United States
Simon was welcoming, friendly, flexible, professional, and full of information that he shared in a fun manner. He was willing and able to accommodate for the make up of our group. He will modify the tour to meet the preferences of your group. We would recommend Simon for a relaxed, informative, and fun tour experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much Jennifer. I had a lot of fun with you too! It was great to meet your sons and to spend some time with you all here. I hope to see you again in London.
Carol BurrowsUnited States
Beth BoyleUnited States
Simon is knowledgeable, resourceful and a lot of fun to spend some time with. He gave us a wonderful overview of London. After his tour we were well equipped to go back and spend time in some of the locations he introduced us to. Simon is First Rate!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Beth, that's very much appreciated. I learned a lot from you guys too! Hope to see you here again. Best regards, Simon
Trish LooneyUnited States
While the pain of our sore feet will eventually fade away, the memories of our London walking tour with Simon will remain forever! My son and I learned SO MUCH as Simon presented London to us via its architecture, its history, and its culture. He is a bright, personable, and engaging guide with an obvious affection for this great city. Many thanks, Simon!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Trish. What an absolute pleasure it was to meet you both. I'm glad you enjoyed it - it's always great for a guide when people really want to know the city and its stories. And I feel like I learned a little more about the US too. Please do come back!
Scott JaworskiUnited States
Anderson TingleyUnited States
Simon is a great guide. He is engaging and very easy to spend time with. He took my college age sons and me on an interesting pub tour. We learned lots of interesting London facts that had nothing really to do with kings and queens, which my boys loved. He showed us some fun and funky spots in neighborhoods we hadn't known about which was an added bonus to our week in London. I would recommend Simon for any kind of tour he offers especially if you have young adults tagging along with you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Anderson. You guys were fun to hang out with too! Lovely to meet you and enjoy the rest of your stay in London. Thanks again for the review.
Nancy FeldmanUnited States
Simon was fantastic. Has so much knowledge of the hackney wick area and is willing to share it all. He was very interested in catering the 2 hours we had with him to suit our interests while also not getting us into hemming and hawing by leading and guiding! He is terrific. And we enjoyed the time we had with him very much
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Nancy. It was great to show you my back yard. It really is something very different to Westminster eh? Lovely to meet you all - as we said, you must come back in five years and see if you can recognise this fast changing area!
This tour was a perfect addition to the "This is London!" Tour with Simon. We visited the Camden Market as well as Spittlefield and Borough Markets (would have seen Brick Lane Market, but it wasn't open). These offered a wonderful different side of "landmark" London, showing the more day to day London scene. Pairing the London Market Tour with "This is London!" Tour allowed the two tours to intertwine and give a wonderfully balanced tour full of culture. Recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much for the review. I'm glad you enjoyed the contrasting sides of the city. It's always a pleasure to spend time with travellers who have keen enquiring minds and really look at what's in front of them. Cheers from London.
This was absolutely worth the cost. Simon took me around London efficiently, tailoring the tour to me liking and providing a wealth of information that took me through history and brought deeper meaning to the wonders London had to offer. We traveled by transit which helped me get accustom to that mode of travel and allowed us to pass and stop at specific sights. He also gave me ideas for how to spend the rest of my time in London to get the most out of it for me. Great guy, great tour! Recommend
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Connor. I enjoyed spending time with you but also your questions. Enjoy your studies, you're obviously going to go far.
Simon was an excellent tour guide. We requested a private tour related to my families history and the Kings Cross area. He put together an excellent tour that surpassed our expectations. He was very pleasant and informative. I highly recommend doing any tour where Simon was your guide. Thanks again Simon!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much Pam. It was fascinating to go back in time with your family in London. One day I'll make it to Canada for sure, to see where so many Brits ended up. Hope to see you again over here.
We are a family of four, ages 13 - 46, and we loved the tour with Simon. He was a really cool and nice guy and was really appreciated by our kids. His knowledge about art, architecture, London's history and culture was really interesting and fun listening to. We highly recommend him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Frederik. Your boys were so attentive! Hope to see you over here again now the whole family knows London. Cheers, Simon
Marianne HopewellUnited States
Great tour by a great guide. Simon is knowledgeable and personable. We all (ages 12-55) enjoyed ourselves and learned quite a lot. Highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Marianne. Lovely to meet your lovely family. It's great seeing young minds engage with the city. They'll go far I'm sure!
David CarteeUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks David. An absolute pleasure spending the evening with you!
Michelle McBrideUnited States
Cynthia MurphyUnited States
Simon was great, very patient and very knowledgeable of the city. We felt like we got the local flavor and not just the tourist version. We were very pleased and the kids enjoyed him as well. We would highly recommend him. This particular tour is perfect if you want to get to know all the highlights of the city before you decide what is important for you to see or if you have limited time to spend in London. I highly recommend him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Cynthia. I love working with young people, I get to see the city through fresh eyes!
Jennifer KennyUnited States
Simon showed us around on our first day in London, and it was fantastic. He is super knowledgeable about the city, and has a great sense of humor too. It was the perfect way to start our vacation, and I would recommend him to anyone who wants to see and learn about London!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Jennifer. It was great to meet you guys and show you the town. Glad you liked the jokes!
Vivian MontanoUnited States
Great tour. We even saw some artists at work. Highly recommend if you want to explore the area with someone who is very knowledgable. My 8 yr old son thought it was fun and interesting.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: He was great! Yes, we were lucky to see those guys at work. All about being in the right place at the right time :)
Berta JimenezUnited States
Carmel FrostCarlton North, VIC, Australia
Many aspects of London's history is linked to Greenwich. Also a lot of natural beauty and space there enhanced by the weather on the day. Trip back on Thames Clipper gives a great sense of place. General knowledge of guide was excellent.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your feedback Carmel. As you spotted, green Greenwich does feel very different to busy central London. And I'm glad you took the boat, it's a great way to see another side of the city. Lovely to meet you both.
Jeff HawkinsUnited States
Great tour! A lively and entertaining slice of life in London, with some great insights into the history and architecture of the city and its pubs. Any time you can learn, laugh, and have a few (half) pints along the way is a great time for me. Thanks Simon. (Full disclosure: I am a ToursByLocals employee. I kept this secret from Simon until the end of the tour, though).
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks! Great to meet you. Glad I came up to scratch :)
Jan CoxGilbert, AZ, United States
The absolutely best Tour I have ever taken. Love Simon. Posted his picture and praise on Facebook to my friends. Lovely! Brilliant!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jan! Thanks for your lovely words. It was just a shame we didn't have time for more of your stories from the Civil Rights era in the 60s. I love this job - I get to meet so many interesting (and lovely!) people. Hope to see you over this way again.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: Glad to hear you had a wonderful time with Simon in London! Pop by and visit our Facebook page sometime - we'd love to see the photos too! :) www.facebook.com/toursbylocals
Amber ClevelandUnited States
Simon is full of energy and enthusiasm. He was able to settle down his energy to allow my mother who is not able to move as fast. We covered a LOT of ground in a very short amount of time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Amber. Great to meet you and your Mam (what people from Northern England call their Mom) and your conscious hip hop festival sounds amazing! I've been telling people about it here. More power to you!
Paul HarveyUnited States
Simon brought history to life! He was also very flexible and took us to see our family roots! I would highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much Paul. Always good to meet someone from abroad who knows our history too! I hope seeing the old houses brought a sense of connection with your family past.
Barbara WilliamsMiamisburg, OH, United States
Simon was very knowledgeable and entertaining. The two factors that we most enjoyed was the fact that the entire tour was done on public transportation and how flexible Simon was in the itinerary. We saw and learned so much and feel that this was one of our favorite tours in the British Isles. Thanks, Simon!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You're very kind Barbara. Sounds like a great trip you were on, you really did see the real Great Britain. Thanks for your positive feedback.
Marina KupershteynUnited States
Shawn FalconUnited States
Simon did a great job of keeping things interesting for both the kids and the adults in our group. We would highly recommend Simon to both family and friends. His knowledge and passion for the City of London was quite obvious.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks guys! Lovely to spend a few hours with you. Glad you enjoyed our amazing city.
Mark FicklinScottsdale, AZ, United States
Simon was GREAT! We wold use him again and highly recommend him.He was punctual, interesting, factual and just a nice friendly chap. He has a vast knowledge of the city and we enjoyed his stories vey much. We can see why he is so busy............ Don't wait to book him. Our group had a few older, slower walkers and he was very patient and easy. Great job Simon.......
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Mark, you're most kind. What an interesting and diverse group you guys were! I hope the cruise is great and hope to see you back in London again. Cheers, as we say here.
Frank JohnsonUnited States
What great fun by a great guide. Enjoyable interesting and a way to see some pubs you wouldn't know to go to. A little history, some variety and a good time had by all!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Frank! It was great to meet you guys and hear your stories too. I loved your son's enthusiasm for the wonderful world of beer and I was impressed by his wide knowledge. Cheers!
Marge ChoquetteUnited States
We realized that his tour was going to overlap with a harry potter muggle tour so together we discussed other options. We decided on street art and he was very knowledgeable of the artists.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Glad you liked the Street Art Marge. It's good to be able to mix things up when the need arises. I hope the rest of Europe was fun.
Marge ChoquetteUnited States
A wonderful over view of London - his easy gait and humor helped us through the morning rain and he offered suggestions of what our children ages 10 and 13 might enjoy.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Marge. You were a delight to tour with, I must say. Gotta keep the younger guys engaged - I remember (just!) what it was like to be a kid and get bored.
Michaela BrodyUnited States
Jil WiesnerEscondido, CA, United States
Simon provided us with a terrific introduction to London! He was sensitive to our needs (caffeine....we'd just flown in) and gauged the presentation to the interest level of our group (including teenagers). Our family would highly recommend Simon!
Gigi TaylorUnited States
Simon was excellent ! Knowledgable, friendly, interesting and funny. Have done several tours by locals when travelling this one was by far the best.
Hal RouthUnited States
Simon was very knowledgable of the historical context of what he was showing us. Being a history buff, I loved that. He knows his way around London and truly loves the city.
Dick WhittowUnited States
Very interesting- knew this area well. Flexible, Enjoyed getting and responding to questions.
Dale PettigrewUnited States
Simon's tour was very well planned and organized. We saw an impressive array and variety of sights in just a few hours. In addition, his in-depth knowledge of the history and culture of London enhanced our experience. He managed to answer our many questions and still keep the tour on track. We would definitely do another tour with him and highly recommend his tours to fellow travelers!
Megan McCainUnited States
Simon was excellent. We were traveling with two children 5 and 7 and he won their hearts by buying them little English treats to taste as we walked along. We covered a lot of sights but he charmed us with stories along the way.
Graham GouldUnited Kingdom
Simon was excellent. He tailored the tour specifically to our requests and we had a really enjoyable 3 hour walk along theThames seeing an area we had not seen before and learning a lot about London when it was a major port. Simon was polite, pleasant and very informative. The walk was a present for my wife and she really enjoyed it so what more could one want - especially as Simon had also organised absolutely perfect weather.
Brian PeddieGainesville, FL, United States
"Amazing - fabulous - patient - very knowledgeable!" -Phillip Age 8 Simon is a wonderful way to introduce yourself to London. My son asked hundreds of questions which patiently answered and added detailed explanations. I have used other guide services in London and he was the most enjoyable, accommodating, and professional guide I have hired. I highly recommend him for families or groups wanting to learn more about London that what is in their guide books. 5*****
Toby TheodoreUnited States
Outstanding! Simon did a fantastic job! My boys, ages 14 and 18, wanted nothing to do with a guided tour, but in the end they were very happy. They both rated Simon at 5 stars. We showed up thirty three minutes late due to poor planning and he was waiting for us at the agreed meeting spot. I was in a low blood sugar state and not happy. He calmly suggested food options and offered to modify our tour. His knowlwedge of London and its history was off the chart! This was the best part of our trip to London!
Katherine BaileyUnited States
Simon was a great guide with a wealth of knowledge about London and all the sights. We have a better understanding of London's history and how the city developed over time. Simon made it very interesting for my teenagers as well. 5 stars for Simon!
Karen KellogUnited States
Simon is a very knowledgable and entertaining guide, well versed on his subject. He was also most flexible in working with us and accomodating to our individual needs; he helped us have the tour via cab. i would highly recommend him. I was the one who arranged for this tour, but even my husband, who went along more to humor me than because of any serious interest in the subject, came away with an enthusiastic respect for the works we saw, and was very glad he'd gone. A most memorable afternoon!
Andy SingletonUnited States
We really enjoyed the tour with Simon. We had been in London for about five days when we met up, therefore we had already seen some of the sights on Simon's normal tour. He quickly adapted his tour to things we had not seen and he was most informative. We would highly recommend him for anyone who wants to learn more about London.
Jason GardnerUnited States
He was superb. I arrived at my hotel at 10am and he met me there at 11:15. I told him I wanted to see as much as possible. Be carful what you ask for, Simon took us everywhere. We saw so much and was very informative.
Robert MastracchioUnited States
We did a tour with Simon and we were thoroughly pleased with the experience. My wife and I were traveling with our two teenage grandchildren who were on their first trip outside the USA. Simon was very engaging and did a great job of providing a wealth of historical background as we made our way around Greenwich. My wife and I lived in London for three years some time ago and we too learned a lot from Simon's tour. We would highly recommend him to any friends that might be traveling to London
Janice PenlandUnited States
Simon was all I hoped he would be. He took myself and 4 granddaughters in to Westminister and gave us a grand tour. What a great way to start our European tour. He was interesting, kind, humorous and helpful. We LOVE him!!! Best Wishes to you, Simon Janice, Shannon, Erin, Katie and Gwen. PS We think we saw Prince Charles at the Trooping on Sat.
Shawn CoatesUnited States
Simon was great! Very informative, enjoyable tour for all comers, particularly first-timers to the city wanting detailed historical background of Westminster. It also helps that he was great company. Highly...HIGHLY recommended.
Aline LopezMississauga, ON, Canada
Our tour with Simon was extremely informative. He was very knowledgeable and did a great job showing Greenwich's historical, commercial and architectural perspectives. He also gave us some helpful tips on some other places we may want to see in London, and recommended some very good pubs. We would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a tour guide.
Patch F.United States
Simon did a great job keeping in touch with us prior to our arrival in London and checked in with us once we landed. He was very prompt and we covered a great many areas without feeling rushed. His historical knowledge is quite impressive and was full of "fun facts" along the way. Would definitely recommend Simon for first timers to London as well as those that want a more personal and in-depth insight in to the city by a "local" on a return visit. Thanks Simon!!