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Our first night in London-8:00 PM! There were 8 gal cousins traveling to London this May. Ahmed met us as our McGlashan apartments. Showed us all he could of London. Let us take pictures crossing the street at Abby road. He knew stories of London and place that were beautiful at night. At 11:00 he dropped us off at our speakeasy, Evans and Peel, just as we had asked the tour company to do. He knew the answers to all our questions and was just a delight to know. The tour was perfect for a first time visitor to London or for someone who visits here a lot. All we did was just enjoy the evning and get a sense of how attractions were layed out. He suggested a stop at a pub but we had made reservations at our speakeasy so we did not use his pub idea. Next time we will ask for Ahmed!!
My tour was amazing from Buckingham palace to tower bridge to even some historic houses. Ahmed knew his stuff and encouraged me to get out of the car to look around. Ahmed was amazing he took me everywhere on my list and even more, even with a special photo of tower bridge at a secret location. (Maybe not that secret really) Would've love to have done more but with traffic from 6-9pm on a Friday night really bad we gave up on one of the things I wanted to do and I did it the next morning with his directions
I suggest if you do the tour write down what you want to see before you go and if possible do the latest tour possible to avoid the traffic to get more in
4 1/2 stars
Had a great time with driver Ahmed (W184) who accommodated our 'list of things to see' and then some by showing us 'off the sightseeing map' hidden sights, adding informative history and sharing local insight, We did as much as we could on our 3 hour tour and would have been great to have a video of it.
This tour although very good, could have been done independently via the tube or walking. Photo opportunities were only possible where the drive had a place to stop and park. The paces visited were entirely up to us - the driver made some suggestions but said he would take us where ever we wanted - not helpful if you don't know London. Thankfully we did. Driver was on time and confirming the tour was very easy.
We booked the private car night tour for two and it was a complete joke. The driver didn't speak English well and knew NOTHING about the sights we drive by. He admitted he knew nothing and thought he was just a hired car for three hours. Really.....for 200 pounds?
Note from Viator: Thank you for your feedback! We wanted to see if we could clarify this tour for you, and future travelers, to ensure that our travelers always select a tour that will best suit their needs. This tour is labelled as an "Independent Sightseeing Tour with Private Driver". The Driver will not be a Tour Guide, though as a native Londoner, they might be able to answer some questions you have, and they will certainly know how to get you from location to location.
We do offer some Independent Tours on our site for those travelers who don't wish to have a Tour Guide constantly giving them facts. Some travelers merely wish to see specific sights on their own (or perhaps bring a guide book with them) and enjoy the sights without commentary. Independent Tours are more geared toward that end.
We hope this information helps, and we hope you had an excellent time in London.
Our driver was prompt, courteous and thoughtful. However, the tour was very dark (moreso because of tinted windows) and there was very little commentary along the way. I would hope, even though London is very energy conscious, that there would be areas to talk about and to view that would give this tour some depth. We were lucky to have been able to see London during the day to give some perspective during this tour.
this was the worst tour I ever went on in my life. The guide was HORRIBLE and he could not wait to get rid of us. It does not even deserve one star. For this cost I expected so much more. When the guide picked us up we all got in the car and he started to drive, he ssaid nothing. We adked what we woukld be seeing and be said a few words. He took us to Big Ben/ Westminster first. There was ZERO discussion along the way. He had nothing to say AT ALL. When we got there he said you can wonder around here for 30 minutes to 45 minutes. We had no idea why. We just wanted to take a few shots of things lit up and not stay for an extended time. This annoyed him. He said then this tour will end at 10PM and that is it. He then took us past Buckingham, just drove by and said nothing. I asked if we were going to stop for a photo and he said yes but kept going. I asked again and he said on the way back. Needless to say, we never went back. We went to Tower Bridge and he said spend 45 minutes here. I told him no, I woukld take some photos and be back. We had a long walk which I understand as they cannot stop just anywhere. My elderly Mom stayed in the car. When I returned the driver was outside on the phone. My mom said she was scared the entire time I was away. He was rude and not nice to her. After that I said what now. No response. Excuse me, what now. He said Elephant and CAstle. I have no idea why since we drove thru, he said not one word, and I saw no reason to have gone there. We went to the London Eye. Thast was about it. He dropped us off and I did not want to tip him at all but I did, which I now regret. This was a waste of good money, this was not cheap. I could not even tell you his name becasue he never gave it.