9 Tips to Hire an Airport Taxi Service in London

The city of London has its charms. The magic is due to its history, its diversity and the different people from all over the world live here to give it a life very few cities can boasts of. Even when the era of lords and ladies has gone by, some of the tourists are still in a look out of that London roads of which were swept by skirts of noble-blooded females. Parks of the likes of Hyde Park and Regent Park still could be found in the mind of avid readers of classic British works. The last of these signs live in the changing of guards which is often a reason of excitement for many tourists.

Besides the romanticism its past invoke, London boasts of tourist attractions like not many other cities can. The places to visit in London majorly could comprise:

  • London Eye (The Giant Ferris Wheel near the River Thames)
  • Buckingham Palace (Royal residence of the Monarch of the United Kingdom opens only in the months of London Summer)
  • Tower of London (where sounds the great bell of Big Ben)
  • Madame Tussauds (where intricate life-size wax models of top most celebrities and popular people who have contributed in their line of work are created and established)
  • Numerous Museums (Natural History Museum, National Gallery, Victoria Albert Museum, Science Museum, Royal Museum Greenwich, and many more)
  • London Aquarium

The list can go on for a pretty long time but you can decide tours on the basis of people you are travelling to London with like friends and family. Or you can chose to go solo. But there’s something for each one of the tourists. The best time to visit London is considered to be the summer but London is in a different hue whenever you chose to fly here. No wonder numerous day trippers and nightouters flock in the city on a routine basis.

London has five major airports: London City, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton and London Stansted. Whether you are a seasoned traveller or the one who shies away from journeying at all, taking an airport taxi service to and fro your hotel and airport in London can make all the difference to your mood and travel experience as a whole. However, to attain that light experience you need to book a trusted airport taxi service. Many companies are there but which one would you pick and how would you decide? This blog aims to answer these questions through some valuable tips.

Read on: How to decide?

1. Take recommendations from friends and family

Nothing could be better than asking people who have experienced such services first hand. Your family and friends are in a better position to direct you towards the companies that are great with their services.

2. Ask for Google's help

You can Google about the companies and what are the ones with more satisfied clientele. Some time on Internet would leave you with much clarity as to which ones would you like to sort from.

3. Surfing the web for online review portals

Now that you have some companies in your hand and would want to have some solid information as to which one’s best and the most suitable. Take help of online review portals can come to your aid. If that’s not your way, be more direct and call the company and ask about the references.

4. Ask your travel agency/agent

If you get everything done through an agency or dedicated agent, solving this problem would be a piece of cake. Along with making flight reservations they can go about booking airport taxi service as well based on your needs and preferences.

5. What to do to get the best bet?, Be early

As soon as you are sure about your journey date, get done with the bookings of taxi services as well. This allows company to allocate drivers on a priority basis for you. When the bookings are done in last minute, anything might go wrong leading to a hassled trip and also you might not get the vehicle of your choice or the timings of your exit. So, prompt bookings might also not available if you didn’t hurry.

6. Take time into account

You need to be a bit calculative about the approximate duration the complete transfer might take. You wouldn’t want to enter the airport gate huffing and puffing. Add some extra time over the normal runtime between your pick up place to the airport. Do not forget to add sometime if the day is a holiday, Sunday, or some busy time of the air. Only then you would be able to come to a realistic time you need to reach the airport.

7. List the items and people you will have with you

Since comfort is on high priority, you would not want to arrive at hotel or airport sandwiched between your pets, family members, kids or their luggage if not yours. The situation can become more challenging if you are travelling with equipment and gear. So make a rough list of the number of luggage you and your company (of people) along with the restrictions on pet carrying. This would help you decide the vehicle best for such a transfer.

8. Ask for special services

You wouldn’t want to let your special client wait if you have some degree of control over shuttle services, which customers generally have. Ask if the company offers executive transportation service. A limo or an upscale vehicle can leave a lasting impression that you care for them. They might be slightly expensive but not without their own set of benefits.

9. Confirm and reconfirm about the pick up

To err is human but making sure is in your hand so that that error doesn’t negatively impact you or your journey. If you have booked a substantial amount of time back, asking about your pick up (and sort of reminding them about your bookings) is natural. Confirm about your airport transfer and if it’s still in the schedule and that the driver knows the address of the pickup.

Wondering anywhere to stay in total extravagance? The luxury five-star hotels and boutique hotels in London are some of the best in the world with flawless guest service, exquisite en-suite rooms or suites/apartments, and all the extras such as the evening turndown service, in-room iPod - iPhone docking station, and the unique, especially created luxury toiletries. The problem is there's just so much choice.

How do You know which is the very best? And that is a fair and good question.

One Aldwych

This is another beautiful boutique hotel located in Convent Garden. It is close to the West end and it was originally the Morning post newspaper building which has now been redesigned. Basque cuisine which is the traditional cuisine of Basque Country is also available in this beautiful hotel’s restaurant named Eneko.

In a building that was formerly a newspaper office, this grand Edwardian building is now the favored spot for the fashion crowd during London Fashion Week (Somerset House is just across the road), as well as multitudes of visitors who look for an ease of access to the West End. With two restaurants, a hip bar right in the lobby, TVs in the luxury bathrooms and even underwater piped music in the glamorous pool. From the corner rooms, guests have views out over Waterloo Bridge and the river.

The Courtauld Gallery, situated just steps away from the hotel, has one of London’s best collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art and paintings outside France.

Ham Yard Hotel

The very first thing you notice about Ham Yard is just how big it is: three-quarters of an acre horseshoe of London Westend with 91 amply proportioned en-suite rooms and 24 lux-apartments, including a small collection of luxury independent shops. Then you cannot notice just how little it feels like a hotel; partially, thanks to a drawing room looking like a gazillionaire writer’s living room, a bowling alley, a 190-seat private theatre and – ready for it? – an air-locked gym where you can train at altitude.

The Dorchester

In a landmark Art Deco building from 1931 and facing its very own tree-filled green, it looks like a vast ocean going liner and is on one of the most prestigious streets in London, Park Lane. The service is second to none, an impressive combination of easy-going but always refined charm and character and elegant efficiency. The suites are mercifully unshowy, a harmonious, gently eclectic interpretation of classic English style.

The Ritz London

The Long Gallery and Palm Court are delightful, and the dining room is just splendid. From the doormen with their white gloves tucked into their epaulets and the pair of porters who open the double doors to each guest to the chamber-maids in their pinnies and caps, the service is impeccable. Bedrooms and suites, salmon pink, rose pink, yellow and blue, have been restored in their original XVI style.

The Goring

At the doorsteps of the Queen's residence, Buckingham Palace. The hotel has the great advantage of a vast private garden, surrounded by flower borders, with a central lawn on which croquet can be played in the summer months. The recent renovation uncovered its ravishing new Front Hall, clad with hand-painted wallpaper of some caricatures of staff and owners and exotic animals, in a romantic English landscape. Russell Sage has designed many of the rooms, and his bedrooms are glamorous yet homely, they have Gainsborough silks on the walls.

Bulgari Hotel

The Bulgari Hotel, London, in the heart of Knightsbridge, features understated, poised elegance with silver as the predominant theme, contributing to Bulgari’s silversmith origins and Britain’s noble manufacturing traditions.

Very generous spacious rooms, an award-winning spa over two floors, with a 25m swimming pool, more than 12 treatment rooms, a gym and a private hairdresser salon. The Theatre Room, dedicated to Sir Richard Attenborough, is a unique 47-seat cinema, famous for hosting film premieres and private screenings.

Grosvenor House hotel It’s a beautiful property managed by the Marriott chain, specifically a JW Marriott hotel. It is a hotel that was the former residence of the Duke of Westminster, and it is located in the beautiful locality of Mayfair. The Stafford hotel If you want to stay 500 m from the Buckingham palace, then this is the place for you. It used to be a bomb shelter during the war, and today there is a 350 year old wine cellar with over 8000 bottles of wine. There are 105 rooms, and their executive chef is Carlos Martinez. Rosewood London An old Edwardian mansion has been restored to make it ‘Rosewood London’ which was formerly the Chancery Court. If you’re watching Lion King at the Lyceum theatre, then this hotel is just .4 miles away from it. St. James’s hotel and Club, Mayfair If boutique hotels with luxury and character is your jam, then this is the hotel for you. This is a beautiful boutique hotel nestled in one of the quieter lanes of Mayfair with its own Michelin Star restaurant, Seven Park place. With these tips and suggestions we conclude our blog and hope you are going to make good use of these ideas while making reservations for airport transfers in Eastbourne or any cities of the world.

Kalyan Panja