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How to Find a Tour Guide When Visiting London

By December 11, 2013Blog

 

If you are looking to get the most out of your trip to London, then you may want to consider hiring a private tour guide. Whether you are travelling alone or with a group, you have the option to hire an expert tour guide who can provide you with useful information about the city. In this article we will provide tips and suggestions on how to find a tour guide when visiting the city of London.

Big Ben

Your tour guide should be able to provide you with in-depth and interesting information about London’s most famous attractions.

Look online

The best place to start your search for a London tour guide is on the internet. By simply typing ‘London private tour guide’ into a search engine you will be presented with a number of agencies and businesses. Make sure that you find out about the services they offer and read client testimonials. It is also worth visiting other review websites to see what others have to say about them.

Ask your peers

Another great way to find reputable private tour guides in London is to ask your friends and family to see if they can recommend anyone. Alternatively you could take your search to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. There is sure to be someone on your friends list that can recommend a tour guide to you.

Ask local tourist information centre

Alternatively, if you are already in London, you may want to consider asking local tourist information centres for their recommendations. They are likely to be able to provide you with a list of professional local tour guides that you can hire.

What to look for in a private London tour guide

A good tour guide will be knowledgeable about the history of famous London attractions like Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London. They should also have a good idea of where to find hidden gems such as markets, restaurants, bars and cafes, which the average tourist would struggle to discover alone.

When choosing between private London tour guides you need to make sure that they will tailor their tours to meet your needs and requirements. Companies offering bespoke tours of the city will personalise your itinerary so that you get to see all of the places you are interested in.

You also need to make sure that you choose a tour guide that offers a fair price within your budget. Whereas some companies will include private travel in their fees, others will not, so make sure you find this information out before hiring a tour guide.

Why hire a private London tour guide?

Aside from providing you with expert information about the city, a London tour guide can also provide lone travellers with companionship. This is particularly beneficial for business travellers looking to make the most of their downtime in London.

London transport

Make sure you find out whether the cost of your tour guide package includes transport or not.

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Conclusion

If you are thinking of hiring a private tour guide to help you get the most out of your trip to London then it is best to search for them online, read reviews and ask friends to make recommendations. You may also want to consider asking your travel agent or a local London tourist information centre for their recommendations. When it comes to hiring a private tour guide, make sure that they can offer flexibility, allowing you to personalise your tour of the city. You also need to make sure that you have a clear idea of what the hire cost covers.

Whilst hiring a private tour guide may seem like an unnecessary expense to some, for others it is an invaluable experience as it enables them to learn about London’s past and present and get the most out of their trip to the big city.

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