This review is a little late, but better late than never.
We visited the UK in September/October, 2011 for 4 weeks, driving from London to The Cotswold, to The Lakes, to Scotland, back into England in The Dales then back to London. One of the highlights of our stay in London was the Black Cab tour with Richard Liddle.
We found Capital City Cabs on the internet and then went to TripAdvisor. Before leaving Southern California we communicated with Richard several times via e-mail and telephone. He was very helpful with our planning. He suggested that we send him our planned itinerary and he made recommendations and suggestions about what we should do and see, not just in London, but throughout our trip. All his suggestions proved “right on”.
We took the London Day trip. We explained in our e-mails the things we wanted to see and our walking limitations. (We are 4 “senior” travelers, 3 in our 70’s and one in his 80’s). When dealing “site-unseen” via the internet, there is always a concern about the individual/company with whom you are dealing. Obviously, with this being our first trip to London, one of the things we wanted to see was Westminster Abby. Richard explained that we would probably want to spend one or two hours in the Abby and we should do that on another day, on our own, rather than pay him to sit while we toured. This gave us a good feeling that we were not being cheated.
Richard picked us up at our hotel in South Kensington on time in his black London taxi. He had obviously paid attention to our “wants”, as we got to see everything we listed and then some. Richard is extremely knowledgeable about his town and his country, both past and present. He explains the what, when and where of all the sites. We drove through London and stopped where (I think) we were not supposed to stop so that we could take pictures. Noting our ages, and assuming we were somewhat knowledgeable about World War Two, he took us to the Churchill War Room Museum. (If you are at all interested in England during the war, this is a must). An example of his tailoring a tour to the interest of the client.
We had lunch “down by the river” at an old Pub, saw parts of the London Walls built by the Romans and then to the Tower of London. Here, Richard made arrangements for two of our party to get wheel chairs, and he actually pushed one of them. In my opinion, far beyond the call of duty.
Enough of my babbling, you get the picture. I would recommend Richard and the Black Taxi Tours by Capital Taxi Tours VERY highly. On a scale of 1 to 10, I give them a 15.
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