Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in London-England by Tour Guide Simon C. (Guide #5494)


Laura Wood

Maple Ridge, BC, Canada
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Tour: #221617, London Food & Fashion Market Tour - London's Best and Buzziest, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Oct 24/18

Simon is a passionate, knowledgeable and experienced guide. He tailored the tour to our interests. We explored Shoreditch, Dalston and Brick Lane over several hours and were thoroughly happy. We were entertained and educated. We saw secret gardens, pop up community spaces, theatres, art galleries, several markets, libraries, and a bakery staffed by kids kicked out of school. We met an artist, a gallery owner, traders, students and more. Simon knows local art and is a great teacher. Wonderful tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: So kind! Thank you very much. I loved your enthusiasm - and the knowledge you brought too. Such a pleasure to talk cities with you. Cheers!

Diane Kaplan

United States
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Tour: #47821, This is London!, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Oct 9/18

Simon is knowledgeable and well-educated. Highly recommend him if you're in London.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you. This was really a lot of fun for me too. Some really interesting conversation was had on this tour. Afternoons like this remind me why I do this job. All the best from London, Simon.

Linda K Wilson

United States
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Tour: #47821, This is London!, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Oct 2/18

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aw shucks :) Thank you so much. It was an absolute pleasure to meet you both.

Cindy Rutherford

Canada
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Tour: #110408, Hip East London Tour - Arty Cool and World Class Street Art, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 6/18

Met at Liverpool street and toured the areas which are now being revitalized. Saw a lot of good street art and then into a small street art garden area in the midst of what will likely be development soon. Simon was always sharing his knowledge and also talking with people where we went to get info on what is happening this week. He was curious about our lives and was very fun to be with.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks! I certainly was. That's possibly my favourite feedback ever. It's actually why I love this job, I get to meet really interesting people and then show them the London I'm passionate about. Hope to see you again.

Cindy Rutherford

Canada
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Tour: #221617, London Food & Fashion Market Tour - London's Best and Buzziest, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 5/18

Took us around Camden town market and we learned a lot about the history of the area and influence on the music and fashion scene. Hiked up Primrose hill and had some great photos of London. Saw some incredible book stores and the beautiful places adjacent to Camden market area. Stopped for a bite to eat and then we went our own way looking at some of the places we had passed. Lots of good street art and I will have more of an appreciation for that art form. Very knowledgable and out of the ordinary.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Cindy. I really enjoyed our walk. You know the good stuff when you see it too!

Tracy Beckwith

United States
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Tour: #47821, This is London!, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 13/18

Thank you, Simon, for showing young American college students your city. They thoroughly enjoyed your tour. Job well done!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: They were great! Really hungry for knowledge and asking some great questions about how things work and our history. They'll go far!

Raylene Scholtens

Jackson, WY, United States
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Tour: #47821, This is London for Raylene!, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 10/18

Simon stepped in at the last minute to give us a tour of London, after an unexpected cancellation by another guide. We enjoyed his tour very much and learned a lot about the city and its landmarks. Simon tailored the tour to our interests and dealt with rain on and off, including a real downpour a couple of times. He was pleasant throughout and also helped us manage the train, so that we could get back to our hotel. He did a great job for us.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Lovely to meet you and very happy to help out. Cheers!

Aviv Katz

United States
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Tour: #47821, This is London!, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 31/18

Excellent guide Very knowledgeable Highly recommended

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Aviv. You asked some big questions about the current state of the UK - some that are way above my pay grade (!) - but I really enjoyed them :)

Eric Bakke

United States
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Tour: #172053, Movie Locations Tour - Harry Potter and More, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 15/18

Simon was able to adapt schedules and our route quickly based on the traffic and diversions through London. Almost everywhere we looked he had a fact or great story about what we were looking at.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Eric! Great to meet you both. Good luck with your projects.

Ronald Stoeck

United States
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Tour: #47821, This is London!, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 3/18

Simon was very personable and attentive to our requests throughout our walk. He has a vast store of London knowledge as well as many other European sites. His observational skills are phenomenal and made me more aware of my surroundings just being with him. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for a fun and informative London tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ronald. I very much appreciate that, and I enjoyed your company too.

Liem Le

United States
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Tour: #136796, London Pub Tour, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 2/18

We highly recommend if you're looking to experience pub culture in London! We found ourselves laughing and having a blast, while also learning and getting a history lesson at the same time!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: That's the idea, some real history but lots of fun too :) Thanks for the review Liem. Your family were a blast. I could have stayed chatting all night. Thanks again, Simon

Liem Le

United States
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Tour: #47821, This is London!, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 2/18

Simon was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and a joy to tour with. He gave us helpful recommendations in advance and noticeably went out of his way to personalize our experience. Thank you!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Liem. You guys were a lot of fun to spend the day with!

Russell Butler

United States
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Tour: #136796, London Pub Tour, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jun 30/18

My guide, Simon C. was pleasant and very knowledgeable. Tour was enjoyable and informative. Would recommend to anyone going to London.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Russell. Great to meet you.

Laurie M.

United States
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Tour: #47821, This is London!, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jun 30/18

We enjoyed our time with Simon. He took time to personalize our time while we were in London.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Laurie, much appreciated!

Chris Kralich

United States
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Tour: #47821, This is London!, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jun 25/18

Simon was fantastic. We had one day to see London and we sure did. The pace was great and Simon adapted based on our interests. His knowledge of history was extremely impressive and he answered all our questions about everything we saw. We were worn out by the end of the tour, because we saw a lot! Whether you have one day like us or want a great way to get all your bearings and learn about where you are, I highly recommend Simon and this walking tour.

Lisa Kelly

United States
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Tour: #47821, This is London!, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jun 14/18

Oh my gosh we had soooo much fun with Simon. That man knows his stuff. We learned so much about London. He was very easy going and great to talk to. His is also AWESOME with kids. We had 4 teenagers and he kept them engaged.

Robert Quist

Salt Lake City, UTAH, United States
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Tour: #47821, This is London!, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jun 4/18

Simon was perfect for what we wanted. Having just a short time in the afternoon to discover the highlights of London, he delivered that and more. With his introduction to the City and his suggestions, our visit to London was wonderful. Knowledgeable, friendly, informative, and competent, he is a great guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Robert. A pleasure!

Kathy Gynane

Canada
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Tour: #110408, Hip East London Tour - Arty Cool and World Class Street Art, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jun 1/18

Simon was an incredible guide. He is so knowledgeable and passionate about the history and culture of his city, and really tailors his tours to your interests. I would absolutely take another one of his tours!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your kind words. Lovely to meet you and good luck with your studies!

Helen Lee

United States
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Tour: #47821, This is London!, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: May 31/18

Simon accommodated all our special needs as a senior group. He was informative and gave us great tips to maximize our time in London. We enjoyed this tour very much!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Helen. Well done for powering through the red-eye fatigue. Wish I was coming on the rest of your trip. Have fun!

Mayuko Guidi

United States
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Tour: #47821, This is London!, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Mar 27/18

We had to change the contents of the tour at the very last minutes but Simon was nice and very flexible to accommodate our request. We had two kids who are both rather shy. Simon is very good at kids and explained things very easy to digest for kids. Kids enjoyed him a lot. I highly recommend him to everyone.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Mayuko. It was great to meet your kids, they were lots of fun!

Janette Cordone

United States
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Tour: #47821, This is London!, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Mar 18/18

Simon was a great guide for us in London. We were able to cover so much of the city. My best part was how obvious it is that he loves London and all its history. Thank you Simon!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It's right, I do! Cheers :)

Stephen Mimiaga

United States
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Tour: #407120, Birdseye London - Ultimate London Viewpoints Tour, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Mar 7/18

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.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aren't the views amazing? Glad you enjoyed it and I really enjoyed your company too.

Stephen Mimiaga

United States
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Tour: #47821, This is London!, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Mar 5/18

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.

Anna Caroline Waldmann

United States
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Tour: #47821, This is London!, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Feb 11/18

TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals is committed to 5-Star tour experiences and we appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of the service we offer our customers. We take all feedback seriously and have, as always, attempted to clarify with our customer if there was anything our guide, or ToursByLocals, could have done differently to have made this tour a 5-Star experience.

Stephanie Dukes

United States
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Tour: #47821, This is London!, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Nov 24/17

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!

Gülden Yıldız

Turkey
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Tour: #47821, This is London!, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Nov 13/17

Ana Bustamante

Mexico
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Tour: #221617, London Market Experience - London's Best and Buzziest, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Nov 2/17

Richard McNelis

United States
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Tour: #47821, This is London!, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Oct 19/17

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 Behrens

United States
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Tour: #136796, Camden Market and London Pub Tour, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 19/17

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 McCandless

United States
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Tour: #136796, London Pub Tour, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 11/17

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 Bitticks

United States
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Tour: The London Tour that isn't a 'tour' (solo traveller tour), London, England, United Kingdom
Date: Sep 1/17

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 Keith

United States
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Tour: #47821, This is London!, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 4/17

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 Lopez

United States
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Tour: London Walking Tour Buckingham Palace + Downtown highlights, London, England, United Kingdom
Date: Jul 8/17

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 Fowler

United States
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Tour: #47821, This is London!, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 7/17

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
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Tour: #136796, London Pub Tour, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 3/17

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.

Chris O.

United States
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Tour: #47821, This is London!, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jun 29/17

We really enjoyed our tour with Simon. He was very flexible and kept our 10 and 12 year old interested. I wish we had another tour or two with him. He even recommended a great pub for lunch.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Chris! Great to meet you guys.

Carol Burrows

United States
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Tour: #48079, Royal Greenwich Walking Tour, Greenwich, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: May 31/17

Beth Boyle

United States
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Tour: #47821, This is London!, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: May 25/17

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 Looney

United States
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Tour: London Walking Tour Buckingham Palace + Downtown highlights, London, England, United Kingdom
Date: May 8/17

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 Jaworski

United States
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Tour: #221617, London Market Experience - London's Best and Buzziest, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Apr 13/17

Anderson Tingley

United States
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Tour: #136796, London Pub Tour, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Mar 15/17

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 Feldman

United States
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Tour: #84456, Inside East London: Artists, Victorians, Urbanists - the Olympic Backyard and New London, Hackney, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Mar 6/17

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!

Connor Heise

Canada
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Tour: #221617, London Market Experience - London's Best and Buzziest, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Feb 18/17

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.

Connor Heise

Canada
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Tour: #47821, This is London!, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Feb 18/17

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.

Pam Ford

Canada
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Tour: #221617, Kings Cross and St Pancras special tour for Pam, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jan 28/17

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.

Malin Leetmaa

Sweden
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Tour: #47821, This is London!, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jan 8/17

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 Hopewell

United States
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Tour: #110408, Cool East London Street Art tour, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Dec 29/16

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 Cartee

United States
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Tour: #136796, London Westminster Pub Tour, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Nov 26/16

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks David. An absolute pleasure spending the evening with you!

Michelle McBride

United States
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Tour: #47821, This is London!, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Nov 24/16

Cynthia Murphy

United States
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Tour: #47821, This is London!, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 18/16

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 Kenny

United States
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Tour: #47821, This is London!, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 10/16

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 Montano

United States
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Tour: #110408, Great East London Street Art tour, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 1/16

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 Jimenez

United States
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Tour: #47821, This is London!, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: May 8/16

Carmel Frost

Carlton North, VIC, Australia
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Tour: #48079, Royal Greenwich Walking Tour, Greenwich, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: May 5/16

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 Hawkins

United States
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Tour: #47821, This is London!, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Apr 28/16

Robert Grylls

Canada
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Tour: #136796, London Westminster Pub Tour, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Feb 4/16

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 Cox

Gilbert, AZ, United States
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Tour: #136796, London Westminster Pub Tour, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Sep 17/15

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 Cleveland

United States
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Tour: #47821, This is London!, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 28/15

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 Harvey

United States
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Tour: Stoke Newington - the Village that Changed the World, Hackney, England, United Kingdom
Date: Aug 26/15

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 Williams

Miamisburg, OH, United States
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Tour: #47821, This is London!, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 25/15

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 Kupershteyn

United States
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Tour: #47821, This is London!, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 24/15

Shawn Falcon

United States
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Tour: #172053, Harry Potter Film Locations Tour, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 4/15

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 Ficklin

Scottsdale, AZ, United States
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Tour: #47821, This is London!, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 23/15

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 Johnson

United States
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Tour: #136796, London Westminster Pub Tour, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 19/15

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 Choquette

United States
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Tour: #172053, Harry Potter Film Locations Tour, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 16/15

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 Choquette

United States
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Tour: #47821, This is London!, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 15/15

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 Brody

United States
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Tour: #110408, East London Street Art tour, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 4/15

Jil Wiesner

Escondido, CA, United States
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Tour: #47821, This is London!, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jun 17/15

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 Taylor

United States
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Tour: #47821, This is London!, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jun 15/15

Simon was excellent ! Knowledgable, friendly, interesting and funny. Have done several tours by locals when travelling this one was by far the best.

Hal Routh

United States
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Tour: #47821, This is London!, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jun 14/15

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 Whittow

United States
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Tour: Wonderful Westminster: Heart of London, Westminster, England, United Kingdom
Date: May 27/15

Very interesting- knew this area well. Flexible, Enjoyed getting and responding to questions.

Dale Pettigrew

United States
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Tour: #47821, This is London!, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: May 8/15

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 McCain

United States
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Tour: #47821, This is London!, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Mar 30/15

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 Gould

United Kingdom
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Tour: #47821, St Paul's to Wapping custom walk, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Dec 29/14

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 Peddie

Gainesville, FL, United States
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Tour: #47821, This is London!, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Dec 28/14

"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 Theodore

United States
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Tour: #47821, This is London!, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Aug 26/14

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 Bailey

United States
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Tour: #47821, This is London!, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Jul 15/14

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 Kellog

United States
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Tour: #110408, East London Street Art tour, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: May 15/14

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 Singleton

United States
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Tour: Wonderful Westminster: heart of London, Westminster, England, United Kingdom
Date: May 9/14

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 Gardner

United States
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Tour: #47821, This is London!, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Mar 20/14

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 Mastracchio

United States
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Tour: #48079, Royal Greenwich Walking Tour, Greenwich, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Nov 5/13

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 Penland

United States
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Tour: Wonderful Westminster: heart of London, Westminster, England, United Kingdom
Date: Jun 7/13

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 Coates

United States
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Tour: Wonderful Westminster: heart of London, Westminster, England, United Kingdom
Date: Mar 25/13

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 Lopez

Mississauga, ON, Canada
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Tour: #48079, Royal Greenwich Walking Tour, Greenwich, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Nov 4/12

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
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Tour: #47821, General London Tour, London, England, United Kingdom    view tour
Date: Oct 14/12

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!!