Sometimes clients review me on mediums other than Tripadvisor, for example emailing me directly or even reviewing me in their group magazine! Below are some of the reviews I have received:
“Dear Caroline, We wish to extend our sincerest thanks for one of our best and most memorable days in London, thanks to your insight, knowledge, kindness, and charisma. The day met and exceeded our expectations from start to finish. We returned to our rental at end of the day tired, happy, full of information, and with loads of memories.
It was wonderful to work with a guide who was so flexible and quickly understood our interests and how we operate as tourists. We only wish we could have booked you more than 1 day! We had requested deeper insight into London’s history with respect to WWII and felt that we were able fill a number of gaps in our understanding thanks to your breadth of knowledge. It was also very interesting to begin our day visiting and learning more about the history of the British monarchy. We were then able to better understand the relationship of the monarchy as it correlated with rise of Winston Churchill’s leadership. The Winston Churchill War Rooms were absolutely fascinating and so intriguing to learn more about the man and the operation that he led. We felt so privileged to have you point out items and pieces of information that the loads of other tourists did not have access to with their simple audio guide. Ending the day at the Imperial War museum was just perfect as it provided a nice capstone of information that we had gathered at various points in the day. Actually, the beer at the pub at the very end of our time with you was one of loveliest hours. For one it permitted us a chance to rest our weary feet and heavy brains, but, moreover, to have the opportunity to simply relax and chat with you. It would have been delightful to have you join us other evenings as your friendship is a welcome part of the day” (email from client May 2019)
Hi Caroline. Just a quick note to thank you for the wonderful presentation today. It was brilliant. You covered everything I could have hoped for – and more! I especially loved the historical / botanical / cultural connections you made and how you previewed some of the things they would see in Greenwich (i.e, Cutty Sark). The tea tasting was also awesome. In short, I loved it. (email from an American Professor teaching a course for American college students in London re my talk: The British Love Affair with Tea!)
“First, many thanks for an extraordinary two days in London and environs. I know Americans say this far too often, but I actually did have the time of my life. The entire day going to Oxford with you and Graham (our driver) far exceeded my wildest dreams. The OED museum was utterly charming, the Bodleian Libraries were thrilling, and the gem-like Chiltern Hills villages were exquisite. Best of all was the company of you and Graham. It truly was like rediscovering old friends on a glorious getting-to-know-you-again outing; all of my fantasies were fulfilled!” (email from client September 2018)
A review of my tour sent to the organiser of the Cambridge Society Programme, April 2018: “Caroline Piper’s guided tour of Tate Modern was excellent. Herself a convert to some aspects of modern art, she did not convince me of its value, but then quite properly she did not try to do so. What she did do very effectively was to outline the main developments in modern art by showing us one example of each of its periods and going into it in some depth. A very good way of introducing the subject.”
Facebook post and comments 28 July 2017: “Should you be planning a trip to London, I highly recommend hiring Caroline Piper to show you around. She is a fountain of knowledge regarding all things British. Context is everything and she’ll deliver whether it’s art architecture or history. She was terrific”. (See in full on my Piper Tours facebook page)
A review of my Bloomsbury and British Museum walk in a Women’s Institute newsletter May 2016: “This walk embraced the Georgian District of Bloomsbury developed 3 centuries ago by the Duke of Bedford. The area still retains a villagey feel with tree lined streets, privately owned shops and of course, the lovely squares – Russell, Tavistock and Bedford – all family names. We saw the Gandhi statue and Virginia Woolf statue, the brown plaque for T S Eliot on the Faber and Faber building and the small, poignant, bronze mitten statue by Tracy Emin outside the Foundlings Museum. Caroline gave us a fair chunk of history to go with each one. It was a bonus that the sun shone and gave the old stonework buildings a gleam. We then walked to the British Museum for a talk and explanation about the Rosetta Stone and the Elgin Marbles. If I should be 1/10th as knowledgeable as Caroline I would be a wise woman. A lovely day out”.
“Caroline guided our diverse family/friend group through the City of London one afternoon. She “knows her stuff and gets it across” to her audience in an engaging manner. As a teacher of 40+ years, I found her to be the consummate London tour guide” (email from client July 2014)
“Our guide was Caroline and she was great! She had a wonderful manner and her knowledge was fantastic! Stephen was asking her all sorts of questions, some not even relevant to the tour but she knew the answers! We really enjoyed the tours with her” (email from client May 2014)
“Just to say thank you very much for your tour yesterday. Everyone in the group kept telling me how much they enjoyed it. Your knowledge was brilliant. How do you remember it all?” (email from client October 2013)
“It was a most enjoyable and informative three hours led by Caroline. She knew her stuff and put it over with tremendous enthusiasm” (Tripadvisor July 2013, freelance guide for another agent)
“This was the best tour of our time in London and we would highly recommend it to others” (Tripadvisor March 2013, freelance guide for another agent)