Delighting Guests Since 2008

Steven Bates

Accredited London Tour Guide

Steven Bates
BCHT Driver Guide

I have been a London Taxi Driver since 1993 and have since become a Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers Tour Guide and Freeman. I am also a Clerkenwell and Islington Guide, as well as being a member of The London Historians.

I’m deeply interested in the history of the capital, where I was born and raised, and enjoy sharing my knowledge with visitors. Aside from giving historical tours, I also take Harry Potter, James Bond and Downton Abbey location tours, as well touring further afield with Hampton Court Palace and the cities of Oxford and Bath being my personal favourites.

My other interests are playing Rugby and Cricket and visiting other European Cities, although my greatest trip so far was driving the length of Route 66!

10 thoughts on “Steven Bates

  • We wanted to see a number of sights in London and wanted to learn about its history. We didn’t want to do an 8 hour tour on a large coach or multiple shorter tours. We booked a 3 hour private tour with Black Cab Heritage tours. Steve, our driver and tour guide was a London cab driver and as such knew every street in London and how to get around. As it was a private tour, we were able to indicate what we wanted to see and the amount of time we wanted to spend at each location. The highlight was his timing to see the changing of the guard where we got to see where they assembled and then walk along with them on their way to Buckingham Palace. He was open to all types of questions. His personal insights allowed us to learn about the history of London and the people of London. Initially I thought the cost of a private tour was too much to spend, but afterwards I realized we paid less in time and money than we would have to accomplish the same on multiple tours. I will definitely use them again when we return to London.
    TripAdvisor 2017

  • “Fantastic!
    Highly recommend the heritage tour and our guide Steve. He was very knowledgeable about the history of London and knew several local spots that you wouldn’t see on a standard tour.”
    TripAdvisor 2018

  • We booked a transfer from Heathrow and the Harry Potter Tour with Black Cab Heritage Tours. Rob was very easy to work with and happy to accommodate our never-ending changes in travel plans (we were delayed 30 hours getting into London). Dennis greeted us at the airport and took us to our VRBO. He was very nice and we enjoyed our Black Cab ride.
    Steve Bates was our driver/guide for our Harry Potter Tour and it was more like being with a friend. Steve was personable, knowledgeable, and funny. We thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon with Steve. He even called ahead to get us a table at a popular tavern so we could have a late lunch.
    I would highly recommend Black Cab Heritage Tours for airport transfers, tours around London, and the Harry Potter Tour.
    TripAdvisor 2019

  • My third tour with this wonderful Guided by an expert, it was a wonderful, informative and educational tour! Steven Bates was our guide and he is much more than a “guide”, he is like a fountain of information!
    TripAdvisor 2019

  • From the moment Steve met us at Heathrow, we knew we were in good hands for our scheduled tours. Besides being and excellent driver, he was extremely knowledgeable about England, the city of London, and English history. At our request, he was able to provide us with an additional wonderful tour of Hampton Court. He made the tour extremely interesting. He was so friendly and personable that we felt we had found a new friend. I highly recommend requesting Steve for all of your English tours!

  • We were so pleased to be touring with Steve, and despite our delayed flight he waited patiently for us and gave us a wonderful tour.

  • Please convey our thanks to your Guide Steve, we enjoyed our time with him, loved seeing Highclere Castle, and also getting to see Bampton Village in the same day.

  • Overall, this was a great experience and I would recommend this first time visitors to the city. It really helped us get an idea of sights we wanted to explore in more detail later. Steve Bates was our driver and he did provide us with all of the historical and background information as well as titbits of not-so-known facts that were really interesting!! He even dropped us off for a quick lunch for fish & chips.

  • This was for most of us our first trip to London and a very good way to see the main sights quickly and with some really interesting information. Would recommend if you like a more personalised service. Steve was very knowledgeable and passionate.

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Private Tours: London Black Cabs have a maximum seating capacity for up to 6 guests in a private setting. This capacity is ideal for couples and small family groups.

Stringent Cleaning: Each guide sanitises their black cab with disinfectant cleaning agents after each tour activity. The passenger area has separately controlled air-conditioning. Driver Guides wash and sanitise their hands on a frequent basis throughout the day. In addition, hand sanitizer is available to all guests.

Social Distancing: A transparent partition screen provides a private passenger compartment, providing a safe space for guests. This exceeds the current 2 metres minimum distance based on UK Government guidelines. Our drivers promote panoramic sightseeing in the safest and cleanest form of London transport. Presentation stops are conducted in quiet open air locations, away from crowded hot spots.