London post visit
We will be staying in London for a couple of extra days after our August tour. I noticed that a guest had information on a guide/driver for Edinburgh. Does anyone know of someone who could provide the same type of service in London? We are interested in going to Hampton Court, Buckingham Palace, Churchill's War Rooms, the Victoria and Albert Museum, St. Paul's for Evensong and maybe a tour of the Houses of Parliament. I thought a guide might help us make better use of our time so we could see as much as possible. When I contacted the hotel concierge it was prohibitively expensive. Any ideas are welcome. Thank you.
Like British said, there is too much to see. I would research each place you would like to visit, figure out how much time you think you might spend there, plot the locations on a map of London, use Google maps to see how long it will take to get between them (walking, car/cab, tube) then work out a plan of attack. Keep in mind, that by the end of the tour (remember it is a tour, not a vacation ) you will be a bit tired. A number of companies offer multi-day/multi-venue discount admission pass books for selected sites. Check them out online.
I think you will find the price for a car and guide quoted by the concierge is probably competitive. You usually get what you pay for. Take advantage of the best currency exchange rates we've seen in years. The price quoted is typically for a car that will hold 4 - 6 people, not per person, so see if any others are staying later in London who might be interested in sharing the cost. Remember, buses and the tube run just about everywhere you might want to go and you can buy multi-day passes that will save money. Depending on the itinerary, group tours with Viator might be less expensive than a car and driver, or for even less, you can ride the 'Hop-on/Hop-off bus.'
August is prime tourist season in London. Time is running out and tickets for some attractions may already be sold out for your dates, so get busy researching online! : ) You will have a great tour and this planning can be a fun exercise.