Simon Good Private tour guide in London - United Kingdom

Simon Good

Guide profile:

I'm English, born in London, spent much of my childhood in India, Sri Lanka & Singapore.

After living in France for 3 years in the late 70s, I moved back to London. I have specialised in Driver-Guiding since 1984 and have guided all over Britain and France for more than 30 years. I hold the coveted "Blue Badge" and drive a big Mercedes Viano (Long) "LimoVan" that will take up to 7 passengers and a fair amount of luggage.

I now live in a 500 year old house near Ashford in Kent, which is a mere 36 minutes from London St Pancras International station - the same line as the High Speed Eurostar train from London to Paris and Brussels. I am very happy to meet you at any train station in the South East to start a tour. This can save at least 3 hours time getting in and out of London.

I live less than an hour some of the most famous sights in Britain in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. Close to me are: Dover, Canterbury, Leeds Castle, Rye, Sissinghurst Castle Gardens, Chartwell (Churchill's home), Hever Castle. I live 20 minutes from the Eurotunnel centre; drive onto the train and in 35 minutes you are in France!

Most of my work starts in London, but I will meet you anywhere that suits you.

I was born in 1956, am married and have a teenage daughter born in 1992.

My interests are varied, mostly arts side, including antiques, architecture, London history, food and wine (not when driving!), World War 2, Country Houses & Stately Homes, people.

I also speak good French, but am not qualified to guide in French.

I know the best times to visit even the busiest places, the shortcuts, the interesting detours, the best places to eat to suit your time, palate and budget. As a Blue Badge guide, I have priority booking at all the major London sights and can save you lots of time "queueing" or waiting in line.

I am a member of all the major professional organisations, namely

The Institute of Tourist Guiding

The Guild of Registered Tourist Guides (Britain's Best Guides)

The Association of Professional Tourist Guides

The Driver Guides Association

and can be found on their websites. I am also listed on LinkedIn and Facebook.

Recent reviews of this tour guide:

5 stars Jackie S.

Simon is the best. He took my daughter and me around London all day.We got an overview of the city, learned so much about the history and culture, and just loved being with Simon for the day. Te best of the best.

Tour guide services/sample itinerary:

Driver Guided tours of London, all over UK & France - in Mercedes Viano Long Ambiente (7 passengers).

Transfers from airports and ports including Dover and Southampton.

Licenced by the Public Carriage Office as a Private Hire Vehicle Operating Centre & Private Hire Driver. Full Private Hire insurance as required by law.

Top of the range Mercedes Viano Ambiente Long 7 passengers max. Special rates apply during London Olympics (27 July - 13 August 2012)

Transportation by tour guide:

Yes

Private sightseeing & group tours offered by this guide:

Bath & Stonehenge Day trip Price Per Group 1200.00 USD
Day trip: NW of London-Oxford, Cotswolds, Blenheim Price Per Group 1200.00 USD
Half Day (4 hours) London Overview Price Per Group 790.00 USD
Heathrow arrival transfer & Windsor tour Price Per Group 790.00 USD
Heathrow arrival transfer& London sightseeing tour Price Per Group 790.00 USD
Kent: 'Castles and Countryside' Price Per Group 1180.00 USD
London Overview + guided visit to 1 sight- 3 hours Price Per Group 590.00 USD
London walking tour - 3 hours Price Per Group 330.00 USD
London walking tour & Westminster Abbey - 4 hours Price Per Group 390.00 USD
London: 'The Big Three' Price Per Group 990.00 USD

Tour guide interests:

Art & Antiques

Architecture

Country Houses, Castles & Stately Homes.

London

History

World War 2

Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!

5 stars Jackie S. 22 Dec 2017

Simon is the best. He took my daughter and me around London all day.We got an overview of the city, learned so much about the history and culture, and just loved being with Simon for the day. Te best of the best.

5 stars Riyaz G. 12 Jun 2013

Simon was a fantastic tour guide. Extremely knowledgeable and so much fun ,laughter and information that made our trip more interesting. .He was also polite and efficient with the half a day that we had with him.

A truly seasoned tour guide that we will use again when we are back in London.

5 stars Jeffrey B. 25 Oct 2012

We have just returned from an outstanding trip to London! We found Simon Good on the Viator website and determined that he could be an excellent fit as our tour guide throughout London, Windsor Castle and Oxford. We spent two half days and a full day with him. He has an exceptional knowledge of the history of England, and his true love of his country gave us tremendous insights and understanding toward its history. Without reservation we will share Simon's name with anyone traveling to England!

5 stars Steven M. 16 Mar 2012

A fabulous guide. I recommend him highly.

5 stars Robert K. 09 Jul 2011

Simon was tremendously knowledgeable, informative and friendly. He was also most efficient--we were able to pack an enormous amount into a single day in London. We highly recommend him.

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