James JeyachandranUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Pleasure. I had a lot of fun guiding you guys.
Nilsa P.United States
Have been using ToursByLocals for many years and have had many good guides but Mike D was outstanding. His wealth of knowledge is insurmountable and his delivery very entertaining. I would recommend for everyone to go to London just to have the experience of having him as a guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You are too kind! I thoroughly enjoyed showing you guys around. Hope you enjoy the rest of your trip. Do come back soon, there is so much more to see. Best, Mike
Ben BreskmanDevon, PENNSYLVANIA, United States
Mike met us at our Hotel and took us on a full 1 day "on foot" tour of London. Mike carefully picked the route so we were able to get well framed picture of some of London's prize sites. We walked through parks, received detailed history of many of the more important historical buildings. We made a 7 mile walking / underground circumference of the city all while getting a narrative on architecture, art, landscape and history. Was a wonderful experience! Highly recommend!!
Ben BreskmanDevon, PENNSYLVANIA, United States
Mike is the consummate professional Tour Guide! Always early, prepared with an agenda that was fascinating, informative and shared so eloquently that he had our group laser focused the entire trip! We were picked up in a new luxury Mercedes , stopped in between ad delightful pubs and restaurants along the way. The towns, palaces , gardens we toured were idyllic, beautiful and as said narrated with rich history. Highly Recommend!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: One of the most fun trips I have done, with the nicest people. Thanks. Mike
Angela GarceauUnited States
Mike knows so much history about Windsor and Hampton Court. It was really enjoyable listening to him talk about background, and historical event. Mike is also very nice and easy going. We had a great day with Mike.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Angela. I much enjoyed showing you all these two great sights.
Irene MilinUnited States
Mike is a great guide. Very knowledgeable and easy to understand. Really enjoyed his comments on the Tuders.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks Irene, I very much enjoyed our trip to Hampton Court and I hope you had a tip-top lunch! Best, Mike
Ron GinsburgUnited States
Larry TedescoUnited States
Amazingly knowledgeable about everything regarding this tour. We had a very pleasant time with our guide and we could tell he really enjoyed his career.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks Larry. I always enjoy showing guests Windsor. Have a great time in Ireland.
Thomas LewisUnited States
One of the most knowledgeable guides I have ever had the pleasure to work with. His historical knowledge made our experience and visit to Windsor Castle really unique and special. Thank you Mike for such a fun day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much. I always enjoy Windsor. In NY now scooping up son to make sure he goes to university!
Stewart RossUnited States
We enjoyed our time with Mike. He was informative and added value to our trip to Hampton Court Palace. We would consider hiring Mike again through Tours by Locals as we expect to return to England again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks Stewart, very glad you enjoyed your day. I look forward to seeing you again in due course. Best, Mike
Marilyn TilleryUnited States
Leslie HomraUnited States
I would book this tour 100 times over or any tour Michael was leading. He was very informative and his depth of knowledge was incredible. Book him if you are ever in London . . . he is the best!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wow. Thanks. Very kind, I much enjoyed our day and your company. M
Christopher BerryUnited States
As part of doing all things Churchill, Mike expertly guided me to Blenheim Palace, Winston Churchill's birthplace, and the cemetery at St. Martin's Church in Bladon, Winston's burial site. Mike intelligently supplemented Blenheim's audio guide, thoughtfully pointing out relevant artistic, architectural, historic and cultural details. While walking the gardens and grounds, Mike commented knowledgeably on the landscaping. His suggested trip to the oft-overlooked church cemetery was very worthwhile.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Well Chris, what can I say. This was great fun. Showing a fellow fan around the great man’s house and birthplace is always a pleasure. Hope you had a good journey home and I look forward to seeing you again soon. Best, Mike
Chan YuUnited States
Misty KlapperUnited States
Wow! Mike arranged for us to have a private driver, who was absolutely superb. They were both early to pick us up at our flat. He is extremely knowledgeable and fabulously pleasant. I highly recommend Mike.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I had a lot of fun with you guys. We did Romans, Neolithic, Tudor and Royals. Your stamina was exceptional! Hope you had a safe journey home. M
Danielle DodmanUnited States
Mike was a tremendous guide! His communication prior to the day was excellent and he informed us the minute he knew that Windsor Castle was closed that day. He provided 3 other options and we chose to go to Blenheim Palace which was gorgeous! He is an excellent driver, has a beautiful and comfortable Mercedes wagon, is extremely knowledgeable, witty, and engaging! We had our 14 and 12 year old children with us who really appreciated Mike and loved the day! We will recommend Mike and use him again!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I had a lot of fun. You packed a lot in for a short visit. Hope you had a safe journey home. Thanks. Mike
Thomas EveredUnited States
Mike Dickson was great We were 7, 5 adults and 2 kids ages 12 and 14 and he made history jump out at us. The tower and st Paul's cathedral. We all a fun interesting time
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Tom, most kind. Much enjoyed our day, especially the climb to the top of St Paul’s.
Aline LopezMississauga, ON, Canada
Mike is a very personable and well-informed guide. We were traveling with a senior citizen and he was considerate concerning her needs. He also provided information and tips on items outside the scope of our tour. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a guide in London.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Aline, most kind and glad you enjoyed your day.
Mary WissinkSeal Beach, CA, United States
Great guide and experience. Mike is very personable and knowledgeable. Very happy with tour. Thank you
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks. I had a lot of fun. Enjoy the rest of your time in London. M
Jackie PradkoUnited States
Super tour of the Churchill War Rooms and London. I've been to London many times before but thoroughly enjoyed the tour and learned so much. Mike was informative and interesting. Great tour. Highly recommend Mike.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: One of my favourite sites in London. Had a lovely day with you. Thanks.
Karla EvertsBoston, MA, United States
Mike is a top rate guide. He is EXTREMELY knowledgeable as well as flexible. He made the history "come alive" for me and, more importantly, for my 16yr old son. He is also very easy to talk to. He felt like family by the end of the day..... I would not hesitate to recommend Mike for ANY tour of London or the London environs. Have fun and enjoy!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Most kind. Thank you for using me and come back soon. There is much more to see.
Stuart WilenskyUnited States
Tour was fantastic! Mike is incredibly knowledgeable. We spent the day touring and talking, it was a most enjoyable and memorable time. Will surely call on Mike next time we are in England.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: One of the most fun tours I’ve had. Five star customers. No need to say any more.
Stephen ChapinLEESBURG, VIRGINIA, United States
Extraordinarily knowledgeable and personable. First class. One of the best we have ever had.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Am speechless! Thank you. Hope you enjoyed lunch!
Sam LarsonUnited States
Excellent guide and an excellent tour. The St. Paul tour was really outstanding. This building tells a thousand stories and Mike drew on these stories to walk us through a history of Britain, including US-British relations before, during, and after WWII. The modern art selections are outstanding - if you go, please experience the Bill Viola video art. Highly recommend the tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am so glad you liked the Viola - I think it is very powerful. I much enjoyed our day. The upper galleries at St Paul's are still closed for work. Due to open soon!! Many thanks. Mike
Virginia C.United States
Mike was a pleasure of a guide, very polite and knowledgeable, comfortable car. Although we could not visit central London do to a marathon he made suggestions of other interesting sights and we had a great time. We strongly recommend this guide.
Thomas BegnelNorthbrook, IL, United States
I had a great time on the tour with Mike visiting Stonehenge, Avebury and other Neolithic sites in the area. He provided in-depth information on each of the areas visited and I enjoyed our theorizing about the mysteries that remain at each site. Mike has deep knowledge of British history and provided info on many other London-area sites too. I look forward to connecting with Mike for another tour on my next trip to London. I highly recommend him to guide your tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Great fun today and also a treat to do the Neolithic sites in some detail. Looking forward to your return visit. Safe trip home.
Brian CurranUnited States
If you are looking for a WW II tour use Mike D. he put together a two day tour of WE II sites in around London at my request for 4 of us that was very interesting and informative. Because Mike has advanced degrees in history made my decision easy in selecting him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Brian. Most kind. WWII is my favourite subject!
Brian CurranUnited States
John McFerranUnited States
We had a great day with Mike on the Hampton Court and Windsor Castle tour. What made the tour extra enjoyable was Mike's deep understanding of British history. Mike has a pleasing personality and both friendly and out going. Plus, Mike has a nice car and is a good driver. You can't go wrong with Mike as your guide. We highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you John, I had a fun day. Hampton Court and Windsor is a great day out. See you again one day I hope. Mike.
William RyboltUnited States
My wife and myself were traveling with another couple. I decided on this tour and the guide so it was all on me. We could not have been happier. Mike was on time, and did a wonderful job. We visited all the sights and feel we learned so much more because of his knowledge of the area. Would definitely book him again. Don't know how you could go wrong booking a tour with Mike D. Don't think there is anything else to add.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm all embarrassed now. Thank you for your kind words. You were great company! Enjoy the cruise. Best, Mike
Andrea BrownUnited States
Mike was fantastic. He met us at airport arrivals and drove us all over London. He was well spoken, informative, friendly and a good driver. My fiancee and I were exhausted and I did not want to try to drag us all over London (he had never been there and I wanted him to see it). It ended up just perfect. Mike even took us places I hadn't visited, and snoozed a little in the car too. Thanks Mike.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Andrea, I much enjoyed our day and I hope your onward flight was stress free and you are now sunning yourself on the Cape. Sorry about the rubbish weather! It was lovely the rest of the week! Best, Mike
Christopher BerryUnited States
Mike guided an exceptional tour of Windsor Castle. Picking us up at our Mayfair hotel, Mike provided an entertaining and informative commentary on the drive to and from Windsor, including an extemporaneous side trip to Eton. During our several hours at Windsor Castle, we appreciated Mike's through overviews, insightful comments and perceptive observations. His style is not pedantic; indeed, his wit and charm keep things lively and interesting. Mike also selected a nice riverside bistro for lunch.
Christopher BerryUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Chris. You were amongst the most knowledgeable clients it has been my pleasure to guide. I was kept on my toes. Most enjoyable. Thank you for your business and I look forward to seeing you again. Best, Mike
Mark NeumannOwings Mills, MD, United States
Look forward to returning and meeting Mike for another tour!
Christopher BerryUnited States
Mike provided an excellent six-hour driving tour of London. Friendly and outgoing, Mike exhibited incredible knowledge and wit. A Londoner by choice, his pride in his home shown clearly. His familiarity with London sites, events and personages was impressive. His delivery was informative without being pedantic. Mike is adept at telling compelling stories and responding well to questions, all while navigating expertly through busy city streets. We are looking forward to our next tour with Mike
Mark NeumannOwings Mills, MD, United States
Mike is a great guide and a nice person to boot. We used him 2 different days and enjoyed being with him each time. He also provided some good advice regarding our overall itinerary while we were planning our trip. We look forward to using Mike again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mark, most kind. I particularly enjoyed our walking tour around London, you showed great stamina. The chance to visit Knebworth again after so many years was a treat also. I expect you are happy to be home after your multi-country tour. Thanks again.
The purpose of this private tour was to visit areas where three branches of my family lived, worked and worshipped well over 150 years ago. Without Mike's plan and guidance this would never have been accomplished in the time I had. While many areas are now much changed Mike was able to locate the original sites of homes and workplaces and to help me begin to paint a mental picture of what life would have been like for these people. Along the way Mike pointed out areas of historical interest.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mary, I love this sort of trip. Personal and different from the usual sightseeing. I am glad we fitted everything in and I hope it added to the picture you are painting of your ancestry. Remember I am happy to take photos you need. Best, Mike
Laura RubinUnited States
Our family of six ( mom, dad, daughter 18, boys 16 14 and 12) did a half day history tour of London with Mike. He was full of interesting historical information and did a great job of engaging the kids throughout. We talked constantly with Mike about various historical topics during the tour. We would highly recommend him to others.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Laura, most kind. I enjoyed our walk and it is not that often I get to show guests the narrow alleys and backstreets of the City of London. They are jam packed with interesting stuff. Thank you for the opportunity. Best wishes, Mike
Melissa CadwaladerUnited States
Mike was on time, personable, and incredibly knowledgeable. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Stonehenge and comparing Avebury. We also enjoyed our lunch in the pub Mike recommended. We were travelling with a couple of history buffs and Mike was able to discuss everything they spoke of and engage them even further. He was an excellent conversationalist. He managed the timeline flawlessly as some of our guests had a plane to catch that evening. I could not recommend Mike highly enough.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wow. Thanks. Anyone who talks Nelson, Wellington, Clausewitz and Jomini get five stars in my book also. I had a lot of fun with you all. This was a great job. Come back soon. Mike
Maureen SanzoHighlands Ranch, COLORADO, United States
Wonderful day with Mike. Can't say enough about this man's personality and knowledge. Would recommend him highly to anyone.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much. The Windsor and Hampton Court 'double' is always fun. Hope you had a safe trip home.
Richard BrownUnited States
Our trip to Stonehenge was made memorable because Mike took the time to consider our needs and limitations and created an excellent day for us - start to finish. Thanks so much to you Mike for making our trip to London so special. We'll be sure to spend another day with you during our next visit. Rick and Shirley B.
Richard BrownUnited States
Mike is an accomplished guide - we are very grateful to have chosen him to lead us on the Royal Windsor tour. He is a very caring person and provided much help to make sure that we could have the best visit possible. He was able to help us in ways that only an excellent guide could, made possible by his many years of experience and local knowledge of the venue. It's obvious Mike is a true student of history and loves what he does, you cannot go wrong with him as your guide!
Linda EaheartUnited States
Thanks Mike. So much information. A wonderful tour. Enjoyed every minute. Danny and Linda
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Very glad you enjoyed yourselves. Thank you for your kind words. Mike
Susan LoganUnited States
Mike was FABULOUS! Seriously knows his city and he couldn't have been any more accommodating. He even threw in Abbey Road for me! Quite a fun, jam packed day. We saw everything we wanted to see and then some. And Mike REALLY knows his history which made the tour that much better. He answers emails quickly - has even helped us with questions post tour for the remainder of our trip. Bottom line - Mike you were amazing and we will absolutely book you next time! CHEERS!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Gosh! Thanks. We had some fun and survived the Abbey Road photo opportunity! Come back soon. Best, M.
Susan P.United States
Mike is superb, the best! In every aspect, he was caring, efficient, knowledgeable, and conscientious. Mike was warm, patient, and lots of fun with 6 year old twins. He told stories, joked, answered all kinds of questions, and enthralled the children (and adults). He made everything easy, relaxing, and interesting. He planned a picnic, took us to a beautiful park, and showed us the highlights. We were sad to say goodbye. Thank you so much, Mike, a memorable day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Well, that is very generous of you bearing in mind we ran into the mother of all traffic jams on our way in from Heathrow caused by an overturned car on the flyover. I had a lot of fun, the children were amazing especially when one remembers how long they had already been travelling. Have a fantastic time in SA and see you again one day I hope.
Judith StallworthUnited States
Mike was the most excellent guide to Hampton Court! His knowledge and attention to details is superb! His vehicle was comfortable and clean. We had the most excellent time in his care and I would love to hire again when I am in London in 2018. J. Stallworth
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: One of my favourite sites. Hard not to have fun there. Thank you for your kind comments. Look forward to seeing you again in 2018! Best, Mike
Larry B.United States
Excellent in every way. We were completely satisfied.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Larry. Most kind. Best wishes, Mike.
Peter GannonUnited States
Mike was fantastic! He was very personable, flexible,and extremely knowledge and proud of his country's history and contributions. I wish I had him as my history instructor in high school. Can't say enough good things about Mike and his tour. See you next time, Mike. Peter, Chela, Steven, and Genia
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You are too kind. Very much looking forward to your return. Safe journey home.
Angie VigilUnited States
Fabulous tour....Mike is funny, interesting and knowledgeable!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You are too kind. Enjoy your onward travel. Go Chelsea!!
Jonathan HymanSimpsonville, SC, United States
Terry MooreUnited States
Mike was an excellent guide through Windsor Castle and the surrounding area. He was easily able to flex the tour to accommodate our limited ability to walk for long distances. He provided a wonderful commentary on Englands history and of Windsor Castle. Highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for the review. It is really appreciated. Hope you had a good trip home.
Mike was very generous with his time, he guided us through Windsor without rushing us and really answering all our questions. He was patient with our many photo stops and overall the tour was truly enjoyable and memorable!
Michael GoefronUnited States
Mike was a great guide for our visit to Windsor. He was very considerate of the special needs we had for the tour and was very knowledgable about not only the grounds but of the surrounding area as well, pointing out interesting locations and telling us stories about them. We look forward to our next tour with him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Most kind Michael, Windsor is a great site and I never bore of showing it to visitors. I look forward to your next visit!
Linda ParriottUnited States
Mike definitely knew his way around the museum and saved hours of wandering by taking us to the most important exhibits. He was extremely knowledgable about all the items as well as general history questions .
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks. I enjoyed showing you the highlights of the British Museum.
Maryann N.Tucson, ARIZONA, United States
Mike custom made a very sentimental trip for me. From pick up at Heathrow, we drove to Arundel where my US Army medic father was stationed at the castle hospital prior to D-Day. Mike was clear about his limitations and arranged for a local to help recreate my father's photos. This is obviously not the type of tour that would be listed. Mike couldn't have been a more perfect person for the job in every way -- including understanding Americans. I recommend Mike for developing any tour you would want.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Most kind. I enjoyed our day out and learned as much as you about this lovely town. Best, Mike.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Carol, I am always very pleased to show people Avebury as a foil to Stonehenge. Very glad you enjoyed your day. Best, Mike
John WaraskaUnited States
Mike was prompt, adaptable, and very well informed. The reason I did not give 5 stars is that due to no fault of his or the tour company we would have liked more time at each location so might have opted to do them on separate days. Lesson learned for us and maybe it will help others.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I think that is a very valid point. I too would like to spend more time at each venue which is why I offer them separately. Most people opt for both however and two trips can be a hard sell. I much enjoyed our day and many thanks for the constructive feedback. Best, Mike.
Dirk SmithUnited States
Our tour of Hampton Court and Windsor Castle was amazing. Mike was extremely knowledgeable and personable. He used his expertise to ensure we were being efficient in our sightseeing and using our time to its best advantage. If in London again, I would seek out Mike for his other tours and I highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Most kind. I had fun too. Very glad to meet you all.
Gary WestwaterUnited States
Excellent tour by Mike. He picked us up and dropped us off at our hotel near LHR. We saw the changing of the guard at Windsor and received great insights into the castle's and the queen's history. I would not hesitate recommending Mike and this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you. Most kind. I hope you enjoyed your Paris trip.
Allen TeinertUnited States
Mike is an excellent guide and historian. We enjoyed the day with him and everything London!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: We covered some ground. My favourite type of tour, on foot in London. Very happy you enjoyed the day. Many thanks. M
Peter GlassmanUnited States
Mike was really great. Friendly, helpful, interesting, and so informative! He went out of his way to be of assistance and to make sure we got the most out of every place we visited -- as well as making even the journeys between locations an absolute delight. I cannot recommend Mike too highly. He made our holiday even more special than we had hoped.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much! You have no idea what a pleasure it is to guide engaged, intelligent and enquiring clients. I had such fun. Thank you again.
Eve MaraUnited States
Mike went above and beyond our expectations of a tour guide. He was professional, extremely knowledgable, personable, and patient. Mike was able to engage the interest of our family ranging in age from 15 to 81 years old. This was our first time in London and he customized our tour so that everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Thank you, Mike for making our trip memorable! I would highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much! Anyone who lets me take them to the Tank Museum gets 5 stars in my book also!
Glenn PincusUnited States
Jeremy MorrisonClifton Park, NY, United States
Mike was a great tour guide. Had a ton of knowledge about the various sites we visited with a lot of great stories. I highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks. I had fun guiding you guys despite the iffy weather. Hope the theatre was fun. Best, Mike
Mike was brilliant. His knowledge of the people and events associated with our tour was astounding. He was punctual, polite, considerate and funny. We had two teenagers with us and they were equally fascinated and impressed. Well worth the money. Thank you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm all embarrassed now! Thank you very much. Have a great time in France.
Jennifer BevingtonUnited States
Mike was an outstanding guide-5 stars. We will definitely recommend him to family/friends if their travels take them to the London area.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: How kind. I had fun. Guiding engaged, intelligent and inquisitive people is most rewarding. Best, Mike.
Liesel GeigerUnited States
Mike's tour of Stonehenge and Bath was wonderful. He was both professional and knowledgeable of all things and made the trip a delight. From the moment he picked us up in London, he pointed out interesting facts and answered all our questions intelligently and in an entertaining fashion. His experience and education is apparent and greatly enhanced our experiences in Stonehenge and Bath.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks. I much enjoyed your company and our day out! Kind of you also not to mention the broken down car and the resultant traffic jam which held us up on the way back!!
Jane J.United States
Wonderful tour of the British Museum. Very well organized and Mike is very knowledgeable of history. He had many interesting facts to share. Money and time well spent. We will definitely request Mike for a tour on future trips.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jane, I much enjoyed meeting you and Charles and our morning in the British Museum. Enjoy the rest of your trip.