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All booking enquiries: by e-mail only: tours@yourlondontours.com.
All other queries: including concerns regarding our prices, policies, payment options, terms & conditions are also by e-mail only: tours@yourlondontours.com
Licence address: Institute of Tour Guides, Coppergate Hs, 16 Brune St, London E1 7NJ UK.
Insurance address: Guild of Registered Tour Guides, 52d Borough High St, London SE1 1XN.
Phone: Sorry, but owing to cold-calling we do not take any enquiries by phone.
Existing bookings: Clients with queries may use the number on their confirmation form.
For full policies, terms & conditions click here.



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHO ARE WE?
Your London Tours is an independent operator based in London offering driving tours, walking tours and interior tours in London and the UK for couples, families and private groups. Established in 2005, we endeavour to focus on an enjoyable tour experience, value for money and customer care.

HOW CAN I BE SURE THAT I AM DEALING WITH A GENUINE COMPANY?
The name ‘Your London Tours’ together with the eye logo is a UK Registered Trade Mark (UK00003198138). Search the UK government trademark website for 'Your London Tours'.

Private driving tour services in the UK must be licenced by the appropriate local authority. Your London Tours operates under Transport for London (TFL) licence #2114. Search licence #2114 at the TFL Operator Licence Checker under the Driver Guides Association entry.

BEWARE! You are taking a substantial risk booking operators who use vehicles without the appropriate private hire licence. Always check with the relevant local authority.

HOW CAN I BE SURE THAT I WILL GET A PROPERLY ACCREDITED GUIDE?
To guide professionally in the UK you must be registered with the Institute of Tour Guides (ITG) and hold a relevant qualification through them. The recognised accreditation is the Blue Badge which allows the holder to conduct tours on coaches, in private vehicles and on foot. All guides working for Your London Tours will carry the Blue Badge. You can check their names by entering them on the ITG website.

BEWARE! A number of operators are not licensed or insured to offer tours. You are taking a substantial risk booking tours with operators who employ unqualified 'guides'. Always check with the ITG that they have relevant accreditation.

WHY SHOULD I BOOK WITH YOUR LONDON TOURS?
● Quality:
High standard of tours, expert guides and luxury vehicles.
● Variety:
Over 4,000 tour combinations - more choice than any UK tour agent.
● Value:
The best price direct to you - avoiding agency fees and concierge commissions.
● Service:
Professionally trained qualified staff. Don't risk tours with amateur operators.
● Repute:
Recommended by the travel industry, the travel media and our customers.

WHY IS A PRIVATE TOUR BETTER THEN A COACH TOUR?
Your own personal guide will meet you directly at your hotel or place of residence.
The guide conducts the tour within most attractions, giving you a personal insight.
Tours are not rigidly structured, allowing you more flexibility.
Clients have time to visit places properly, with time to 'stand and stare',
Tours can be balanced for contrast, eg, one castle and one garden, or theme based.

WHY DON'T YOU OFFER THE SAME TOURS AS COACH OPERATORS?
We do! But with a greater choice of options. What we try to avoid is the set-tour menu offered by most of the other operators. These are structured to suit large groups with strict service schedules and facilities, and follow main bus or coach access routes, etc. Under such limitations, visitors often end up seeing very little. Our formats are exclusively devised and researched by our specialist staff, and based around a theme or localised area, allowing clients time to explore venues or attractions in a relaxed and enjoyable way. Click here for our private tours vs coach tour comparison.

WHY ARE YOUR PRICES SO MUCH LOWER THAN TOUR AGENTS?
Aw, shucks! Well, you can book with us direct, thus avoid paying unnecessary commission to agents or the 25% 'cut' to London concierges for passing on business. We maintain one simple price plan, and publish prices and explanatory notes for ALL our services. We will also recommend another trusted operator if we cannot take your booking.

WHY AREN'T ENTRANCE FEES INCLUDED IN YOUR TOUR PRICES?
On the service tours, you pay in advance for all entrances to the venues and attractions on the tour, whether you want to visit them or not. Also, access is only allowed as part of a group. On our tours, we let YOU choose which entrances to pay for on the day. This allows you a more flexible itinerary. Your guide will also try to take you to a fast-track entrance whenever possible. We do not seek a 'cut' on entrance fees and will take advantage of any discounts or special offers for entrances and pass them on to you.

DO YOU ARRANGE LUNCH?
An appropriate restaurant, traditional pub or a sandwich stop can be arranged by your guide for lunch. Alternatively, you may want to bring a pre-packed lunch. It's your tour, it's your choice. The guide will usually take a rest during the lunch period. Note: We only recommend tried and trusted lunch or refreshments options. We do not seek a 'cut' for taking clients into premises. Also, we promote gift or craft shops only on their merit. We do not seek a 'cut' for passing on your business.

HOW DOES THE WEBSITE WORK?
You can navigate to any page within the site with just one click via the menu on the top left or the menu at the base of the page. Each tour has its own dedicated page. It starts with key tour info, followed by a descriptive itinerary, a price-list, instructions for booking, and other useful details. The round images on the left hand column link to the other tours within the category you have selected. The rectangular images on the right hand column link to our top ten tours. For full policies, terms & conditions click here.



RECOMMENDATIONS

OUR TOURS & WALKS FEATURED IN THE FOLLOWING:

Full feature article in the Sunday Times Travel magazine.
'About' section of the New York Times website.
'Around Town' section of Time Out London magazine and website.
'News' section of the BBC website.
'Things to do in London' section of the Trip Advisor website.
We also have a five star 'excellent' rating on Trip Advisor.



CUSTOMER FEEDBACK






GENUINE COMMENTS ON OUR PRIVATE TOURS SERVICE:

A huge thanks for such a wonderful tour. Your guide made us all feel so welcome and kept my kids' attention with his incredible stories. We are so grateful!
Plax family, USA 2016.

Thanks for a super tour.
Joan & friends, USA 2016.

We had a wonderful time. Thanks very much.
Lois & friends, USA 2016.

We appreciated your ‘extras’, your excellent logistics and your wealth of knowledge.
Jim & Elaine, USA 2016.

Thanks so much for making us feel royal!
Pat & friends, USA 2016.

Thank you so very much for your wonderful guiding. We had a great time.
Gwen Collins, USA, 2016.

Thank you very much for organising another exceptional week with Kevin. He is a delight to travel with. We hope that we may be able to travel with him again in the future.
Lelliott family, Australia, 2015

Thank you so much for a memorable first look at London and all its wonders. We had a wonderful exploring with you.
Bruce & Tracy, USA, 2015.

The most enjoyable trip we've ever had. So many beautiful sights. Thank you for being so professional and patient when we were shopping, and making everyone comfortable. A memorable and unforgettable vacation. Wonderful. Amazing. I could go on forever!
Keith, Vicky, Katelyn, Madison, USA, 2015

We again enjoyed the outstanding tour that Kevin Molloy provided us. He is outstanding and very helpful. Also very pleasant. Thank you again.
Mr & Mrs Davies, USA, 2015

Our Driver Guide, Kevin, was excellent. He was just the right amount of everything – just right. He clearly had a grasp of the city and was able to juggle the traffic/streets like no other. The vehicle was very comfortable. I would recommend him to anyone. Thank you!
Taunton family, USA, 2015

Just want to let you know that we had a fabulous time and Mr Kevin is the best ever! Very happy with your service. Will definitely recommend you to friends.
Gaerlan family, Philippines, 2015

Thank you for making our vacation unforgettable.
Orihel family, USA, 2014

We wish to thank you for a wonderful, interesting, informative tour.
Lelliott family, Australia 2014.

Thanks for enlightening us with so much history. You provided us with many smiles. We will never forget this trip.
Rode family, USA 2014.

Everyone is still thrilled by our trip. Your ability to make history interesting to all ages is a unique talent. You made the trip for us.
Replogle family, USA 2014.

We had a grand time. The guides was marvellous. We will definitely be recommending the experience to other friends. Thanks again for all of your help.
Suzanne Gibson & family, Dallas, USA 2013.

We wanted to thank you for the outstanding trip you presented to us going to Chartwell and Hever Castle. The stop for lunch at the Fox & Hounds was one that could have only been set up by someone who really knew the countryside. Thank you again.
Bob Davies & family, USA 2013.

Thank you for making our trip so special. The stories were wonderful. You are the best.
Margaret Douglas, Janelle Sims and friends, USA 2013.

I wanted to write and to make sure we expressed our thanks for a great day. The guide was wonderful and I don’t think that it would have been possible to have a better time. Thank you again!
Anderson family, USA 2013.

Absolutely loved it! Had a wonderful time. Loved the guide and how he catered to the children.
Paskowski family, USA 2013.

We just wanted to express our appreciation for the wonderful tour we had. We learned so much. We believe it is probably the nicest vacation we have ever taken.
Bob and Jane Mann, USA 2013.

Thank you for such a wonderful informative tour. It made our short stay in London very memorable.
Doyle and Tapiolas families, Queensland, Australia 2013.

Thank you for making it such a wonderful trip.
Hargreaves family, Florida, USA 2013.

'I just wanted to thank you. The Churchill walk was excellent. We really enjoyed it.' Timea, Budapest, 2013.


Thanks for making our journey so memorable. For all the driving, talking, laughing and teaching that we shared. You made history come alive. The most relaxing trip we’ve ever had. We’re glad we got to come here with you. Again thank you.
Chvatal family, USA 2013.

We have recently returned from our short visit to London and I had to let you know how much my family and I appreciate the services you provided. We spent two short days in London and 3 days in Paris. All of us agreed that our favorite part of our trip was the tour that your guide gave our family on our first afternoon in London. The guide was interesting, fun, and provided a wealth of information and fun stories. Most of all, he truly included my children (ages 11 and 9) in the tour and kept them fascinated with his stories. Please pass along our gratitude. We look forward to using your services on our next trip to London.
Morsbach family, USA 2012.

My wife and our mothers who are 75 and 85 years old just completed a lovely 3-day country tour. I want to thank you for our guide. He is all that one could expect in a great guide and more. Intelligent, well informed and passionate about what he does for a living. His knowledge about England's history and development both past and present is impressive. We particularly enjoyed hearing about the etymology of many words and phrases. We learned so much and are sure we will return to see more of your lovely country.
Madrid family, USA 2012.

We recently returned from London with wonderful memories of our trip. Our guide was excellent. He made sure that we saw the places we wanted to see, provided us with in-depth information and history about each area & general information about customs, current events and much, much more. He took us for our first 'pub experience' where I had my first taste of Yorkshire Pudding! He was professional, knowledgeable with a good sense of humor and very patient. We hope to return to London and because of our good experience would definitely recommend your services to friends.
Jo-Anne & John Monahan, USA 2012.

Wonderful! Your knowledge and courtesies were above and beyond what we expected. Your manner made us feel less like tourists and more like friends in town. Thank you very much.
John and Marie Justice, USA 2012.

'Just wanted to let you know that your tour guide did an amazing job on all 3 of our tours. He was knowledgable, professional, and so fun to be with for the time that we were in London. A fun and interesting tour!'
Maxine Geschwilm & family, USA, 2012.

'Thank you for a wonderful tour of a beautiful country and a spectacular time.'
Paige, Jonathan, Mae, Summers & Duncan, USA, 2012.

'Thank you for a lovely tour. We enjoyed all the information and answers to our many questions.'
Ann & Fred Thompson, USA, 2012.

'Super day out with a knowledgeable guide.'
Jo, London, 2012.

'Very informative and worthwhile. Enjoyed very much.'
General Kenneth Israel. US Airforce, USA, 2011

'Please pass a special 'thank you' to our guide whom we liked very much.'
Ms Oosthuizen & friend, USA, 2011

'We had A great time. Thank you for showing us England. Most importantly, thank you for being a wonderful tour guide and friend.'
Sepi family, USA, 2011

'A few words of sincere thanks: my son thoroughly enjoyed his time with the guide, and has been telling me story after story. Cheers and many thanks.'
David & Brian, USA, 2011

'Thank you so much for making our days so fun and interesting.'
Morton family, California, USA, 2011

'Thank you for such a wonderful, magical memory of England. It was a once in a lifetime trip for us all, and special.'
Replogle family, USA, 2011.

'Our tour of London was perfect. The guide was knowledgeable and accommodating.'
Mr Salama and friends, USA, 2011

'Really good French London walk. Made me want to learn more.'
Zoa, France, 2011.

'We very much enjoyed all the stories the guide told us, it made the places we visited that much more authentic and meaningful. Enjoyed very much.'
Sneider family, USA, 2010

'Our trip was so fun. The guide was wonderful and so knowledgeable, and patient with us and our daughters. He made our tours so educational and interesting!'
Puff family, USA, 2010.

'I wanted to let you know what a wonderful trip we had. The places you chose for us to see were all really special and the guide was great to be with; easy going, informative and very willing to figure out what was needed.'
Moneypenny family, USA, 2010

'Wow! What a trip! The guide was wonderful and very knowledgeable.'
Schwarz family, USA, 2010

'Thank you for helping make our adventure through England one to remember.'
Jeff, Mike, Barbara & Jerry, Georgia, USA, 2010

'Thank you for a wonderful trip and great memories.'
Alex & family, Greece, 2010

'Many thanks from all the Haddons!'
Haddon family, USA, 2010

'Brilliant! Really enjoyable walk.' Margaret & friends, Ireland, 2009.

'Thank you very much for a really good time in London.'
Sigitas & family, Lithuania, 2009

'We had an absolutely fantastic time, made all the more enjoyable and meaningful by our intrepid and very personable guide.'
John & Ben, USA, 2009

'We were so impressed, many many thanks.'
Milne family, USA, 2009

'I wanted to let you know that our trip was so fun and it was all because of our guide. He was interesting, knowledgeable, and patient with us and our daughters.'
Tom & family, Illinois, USA, 2009

'Best tour we've ever had. Very interesting and entertaining, even for the kids. Flexible, accommodating and good recommendations on what to see and do in the time we had.'
Jack & family, California, USA, 2009

'Interesting and well-researched walk. A very good balance of information, explanation and fun. I really thought it was tremendous.'
Sarah, north London, 2008.

'Fantastic! Really enjoyed the All The King's Women walk. It was well researched'.
Wendy, London, 2007

'I would like to extend special thanks for the superior services of your exceptional guide. The city tour will never be forgotten.'
Captain Wells, US Airforce Netherlands Base, 2008 - see full letter (PDF)

GENUINE COMMENTS FROM THE CORPORATE SECTOR:
‘Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the tour. I am still getting good feedback nearly a month later! I will certainly recommend you.’
Jane, PA/Office Manager, Gurney Consulting Engineers Ltd.

‘Huge thank you for the wonderful tour for our clients – they thought it was absolutely fantastic and raved about it!’ Janet, Secretary, Harman International Industries Ltd.

‘Thanks for the tour - very enjoyable. Our American guests found it especially interesting.’ Martin, Data Manager, BP Global Service Ltd.

‘Brilliant tour! Many thanks.’ Nicole, Account Manager, The Competitive Edge Ltd.

‘Excellent tour. Thank you so much.’
Carrie, Senior Event & Conference Consultant, Expotel Ltd.



INTRODUCING OUR CHIEF OPERATING GUIDE: KEVIN MOLLOY MA; MITG.

Kevin is a professional guide officially registered with the British Tourist Guide Institute. In 2006 he was awarded the highest professional qualification in the tour sector, the coveted London Blue Badge, making him part of an elite team exclusively permitted to guide in London attractions and UK sites. In 2011 he became an accredited examiner for the Institute.


In 2007 he qualified as a City of London Guide allowing him exclusive access to places of interest in the heart of the capital. In 2009 he was awarded a Masters Degree in London History at the University of London. He is registered to conduct coach & walking tours and was an accredited guide for London 2012 Olympics. He holds a London taxi licence having passed 'The Knowledge', one of the most rigorous and gruelling tests of brain power in the world. Also admitted as a Freeman of the City of London, Kevin is the ONLY London guide to hold all these relevant qualifications.

Kevin was born and bred in south London, his school overlooking the city. He studied production at the London College of Printing, journalism at St Martin's College, guiding at Imperial College and City University, and history at the University of London. Other posts include: Geo-data analyst, magazine editor, stage manager, club DJ (appearing on tv) and medical organs storage supervisor (!)

Kevin's expertise stretches from history, art and literature (writing on these subjects as a qualified journalist), to music, pubs and football (he has worked within the professional game and is a member of the Football Writers' Association). He has lectured for the James Joyce Society in Dublin (as producer of the official soundtrack to Ulysses), the Institute of Tour Guides training programme, and in 2010 delivered a series of talks on the 'Swinging 60s' for the National Portrait Gallery in London. Kevin may be hired for lectures and talks. E-mail: tours@yourlondontours.com




Guide Vacancies
We have no current vacancies but we may be hiring Blue Badge guides in the future. The five top characteristics we seek are:
1) A trouper: professional, punctual, reliable come rain or shine.
2) Entertaining: helping clients to ENJOY themselves.
3) A people person: friendly with the most eclectic of mixes.
4) No prima-donnas: remembering it's the client's tour - not yours.
5) Grace under pressure: dealing with obstacles in a calm manner.

Prospective CVs may be e-mailed to: tours@yourlondontours.com. For more information on the Blue Badge guides visit the Institute of Tourist Guides website.

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