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Private Tour: The London of Shakespeare, the Beatles, James Bond and Sherlock Holmes by Traditional Black Cab

London, United Kingdom

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Trace the footsteps of Shakespeare, James Bond, Sherlock Holmes, and the Beatles on this private, half-day tour of London. Traveling in a classic black cab, you’ll zip around the English capital in search of sites associated with the city’s most influential inhabitants and literary characters. Receive the undivided attention of your own personal driver-guide throughout.
  • Private tour of London in a private, traditional taxi
  • Follow in the footsteps of Shakespeare, the Beatles, James Bond, and Sherlock Holmes
  • Complimentary pickup from central London hotels
  • Enjoy undivided attention from your personal driver/guide
Transport in private taxi (up to 5 people)
Professional guide
Hotel pickup
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Central London hotels

Return Details

Central London
Depart from your central London hotel in an iconic London black cab, and then relax as you’re whisked around the city by your private driver-guide.

Scout out locations associated with the city’s most culturally and historically significant characters; some real and others fictional. See 221B Baker Street, where the pipe-smoking sleuth Sherlock Holmes lived in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s books. You’ll also see the house where Doyle himself lived and practiced medicine.

Delve into the fantastical world of 007. Visit sites featured in the James Bond movies and see Ian Fleming’s house, M16 and M15. Then, travel back to the swinging 60s. See where the Beatles’ stayed, worked and hung out when they were in London; from John and Yoko’s flat to the famous Abbey Road zebra crossing and studio.

You’ll also drive to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, see where playwright lived and visit several statues dedicated to him.

Your tour concludes in central London.
Stop At:  
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Abbey Road
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Baker Street
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Capital Taxi Tours
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 18 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • There are no booster seats in London taxis
  • Children (up to 18) must be accompanied by an adult
  • The driver will wait a maximum of 20 minutes after tour time and contact you before driving off
  • No food or beverages can be consumed in the vehicles without prior agreement with the driver
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Capital Taxi Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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What is the maximum group size during Private Tour: The London of Shakespeare, the Beatles, James Bond and Sherlock Holmes by Traditional Black Cab?
This activity will have a maximum of 5 travelers.

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19 Reviews
2 stars
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I think our tour guide was named...
Rhonda D
, Jun 2018
I think our tour guide was named Andrew. He was at the hotel early and cab was spotless. The tour was really well done. The guide showed us a few videos to put some of the stops into context. Not sure we really needed that. The stop at Abbey Road was a highlight and we have the pics to prove it!
The tour was excellent. For anyone...
Francis D
, Mar 2018
The tour was excellent. For anyone who likes the four Bs, the Bard, Baker Street, Bond and Beatles, this tour is perfect. We were only in London for 36 hours and we saw a lot on this 4 hour tour. Additionally, you'll see clips from Bond movies, Beatles music videos and Sherlock episodes at the cites where they were shot. You can even step out of the cab to take pictures. In fact, Andrew, our guide, parked and showed us specific buildings and spots relevant to the tour. Riding in the cab was comfortable and carefree. Andrew knew his way around London like the back of his hand because he is a true London cab driver. Moreover, he was able to answer all of our questions related to the tour and about London in general.
We had a great time in London on our...
Lisa R
, Aug 2016
We had a great time in London on our own, and thought we had seen a lot....but the highlight of the vacation was the tour that we did in the traditional London cab. Our driver was Andrew, and he was amazing! He knew the answer to every question we asked, he was genuinely proud of London, and he showed us EVERYTHING!...when we go back, I am definitely going to request him as our driver again!
Best way to get an overview of the...
Mary R
, May 2016
Best way to get an overview of the key sites, of which we returned to many. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and had some wonderful stories to share!
We are a family of 4 and didn't...
Lorna D
, May 2016
We are a family of 4 and didn't really know what to expect with this tour, but it was fantastic. Our guide Jerry was fantastic. He had a great fund of knowledge and a fantastic personality. Even my teenager was laughing...and making that happen is not easy. He spent more than the allotted time and kept our attention every minute. A highlight of our week!
My husband and I booked this tour...
, Sep 2015
My husband and I booked this tour because it seemed absolutely perfect for us. I love the Beatles and Shakespeare, while he loves James Bond and Sherlock Holmes. Our driver was extremely personable and outgoing, and was a pleasure to be around. What I loved about this tour was that he expectantly gave us a tour of London which was lovely, and helped us plan what areas to go back to. I'm confident that without him showing us Covent Garden, the east end, etc, that we wouldn't have seen them on our short trip. The two negatives about our experience was that we did not see any Shakespeare at all I think he forgot, and our tour ended early at 12:30 as opposed to 1:00. We did not realize this until after we were dropped off and checked the time. So on one hand we are very grateful to have been shown different sights of London, however on the other hand were disappointed that our tour ended early and we missed out on Shakespeare. Despite the negatives, my husband and I would both recommend this tour-I would however, suggest that you keep your eye on the time and speak up if there's something you absolutely want to see.
Very nice driver and car but the...
Mark I
, Aug 2015
Very nice driver and car but the tour itself was uninspired. Seemed like there should have been oppotnuites for continous banter on the topics but rather it simply struck on a few talking points. This is about what I would have expected from a cabby rather than a tour guide. In fact this he was a cabby but for the cost I expected a higher end guide, especially since we were paying per head in the cab and with 4 people it was pretty pricy.
Best tour ever!!! This was...
Wonderful Watson Women
, Aug 2014
Best tour ever!!! This was absolutely our favorite tour of our entire trip. Our guide was phenomenal, and we were able to get our iconic abbey road photo! We also got a chance to stop for coffee, when we needed. This was amazing and absolutely worth it!
Our driver David was a pleasure. He...
Jan W
, Aug 2014
Our driver David was a pleasure. He was accommodating, knowledgable, thoughtful, resourceful and an excellent guide. David exceeded our expectations in every regard. Would not hesitate to employ him again. The black cab though roomcommas not air conditioned which would have alleviated the sweltering heat. I would not hire an unfair conditioned cab during the hot summer again. The driver/guide was terrific and though the comfort of the car was an issue in the unseasonal heat I would still rate this a five star experience.
Tour was a lot of fun! We were able...
John S
, Jul 2014
Tour was a lot of fun! We were able to see so much more than if we had taken a bus tour. David was a great guide and we learned so much. He gave us some great recommendations for dining, other sights, etc. Highlight was being able to recreate the Beatles' Abbey Road crossing.

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