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Chauffeur Services in London

Why Anyone Can Use A Chauffeur Company

Ali

Chauffeur driven cars are not just for the rich and famous.  There are many times when people could use a chauffeur to add extra dazzle to an occasion, but resist for fear of cost or feeling that no chauffeur company would be interested in a small, one-off booking.

I can assure you that, as the owner of a luxury car firm, I do not get calls every day from the likes of George and Amal, (although it is wonderful when I do).  Much of the work my driver’s do on a regular basis involves; weddings, trips to the ballet or theatre, airport transfers and corporate travel.  Not all of these individuals are celebreties, or even super-rich business people.  They are simply individuals who know how to make the most of a special occasion, or want to make an impression and are prepared to pay a little extra for that privilege.

So if you have a special event in the near future or an important client coming to your London offices, why not consider hiring a luxury car and fully-trained driver to have at your disposal and transport you around the capital in style and comfort.

I guarantee you will not regret it.

To find out how we can make your occasion or business event more special, please phone our London office on +44 (0)20 3174 2122 to talk to one of our friendly, down to earth staff.

Decorate Your Wedding Car Your Way

Ali

So you have picked the perfect car or cars to transport you on your wedding day.  Now you have to decide how to decorate them.  Everyone has their own unique ideas and style for decorating their dream wedding car, so don’t feel you have to stick with the traditional white ribbon tied across the bonnet, tin cans rattling at the rear and Just Married written in shaving foam on the back window.

Flowers, Flowers, Flowers

Beautifully placed flowers can add a magical touch to your wedding car.  Bunches of bouquets can be placed on the back window, wreaths of gorgeous blooms can adorn the bonnet of the car, or a small bunch of roses can be placed in the centre of a ribbon, tied to the front of the vehicle.

Balloons Galore

If your wedding has a modern, fun theme then why not tie massive bunches of colourful balloons to the back of your wedding car.  If you have hired an open-top car for the day, the balloons can spill out over the back seat, creating a celebratory effect.

Ribbons

Wedding ribbons do not have to be confined to the front of the car.  You can tie some on the door handles or on the rear of the vehicle, creating colour and softness, perfect for a traditional wedding.

There are hundreds of other ideas available on sites such as Pinterest.  One of the most pleasurable parts of getting married is browsing through websites and magazines and collating ideas that would work for your wedding.  The wedding car sets the stage for the entire day; therefore, it is worth taking the time to make the decoration of it extra special and unique.

To find out more about Continental Chauffeur’ s wedding packages, please phone our office for an appointment on +44 (0)20 3174 2122.  We would love to talk with you about how to make your wedding day perfect.

How To Get An Upgrade On A Flight

Ali

Being upgraded for free on a flight is still the holy grail for many frequent flyers.  Imagine turning up, ready to fly business class and being unexpectedly upgraded to first.

So what are the tricks for making this happen?  We have spent years transporting executives and entrepreneurs to and from London’s airports, and we have picked up a few golden nuggets of advice during that time.  Below are our tips for getting an upgrade without having to throw a tantrum or spend a fortune.

Get to Know the Right People

You know the old saying, ‘it’s not what you know but who you know’.  Well, to get an upgrade on a flight it helps if you know someone at the check-in, or further up the chain of command who can wangle you a special privilege.

Travel at the Right Times

Some people swear that booking at quiet times for business travel such as in school holidays when fewer business class seats are taken up, is the secret to securing an upgrade.

Be First In Line

Arriving insanely early for your flight can reap great rewards.  If you are first in the queue and there are some spare seats available in business or first class, then you may be offered them.

If you are Celebrating let Check-In Staff Know

If you are on honeymoon or it is your anniversary, let the staff at the check-in know.  This will not guarantee you an upgrade but you never know your luck.

Dress to Impress and Arrive in Style

If you want the confidence to request an upgrade, you need to look and feel as though you deserve it.  Dress like you belong in first class and hire a chauffeur service to take you to the airport.  Even if you don’t get an upgrade, at least you will feel like a million dollars boarding the plane.

Continental Chauffeur Services is one of the most highly respected chauffeur companies in London.  To find out more about our airport transfer services, please call us on +44 (0)20 3174 2122 to speak to one of our staff.

Using a Chauffeur Company to Create the Right Corporate Impression

Ali

Everyone in business knows how important it is to create the right impression with both new and existing clients. The choices you make regarding transporting VIPs to corporate events, your office, or to and from the airport can make or break the initial impression you make on them.  And this could determine whether or not they want to do business with you.

After all, who wouldn’t feel like a highly valued client if they were met at the airport by a well-groomed, professional chauffeur and taken to their destination in a sleek, stylish vehicle?

Putting Prospects and Clients in a Positive Frame of Mind

If you have flown in a client for an important meeting, corporate event, or you wish to show them around your office or factory, then you want them feeling positive and relaxed when they reach you.  One of the best ways to do this is to ensure they are transported to their destination in comfort and style.  We all know how chaotic London traffic can be.  You risk irritating your VIP  if they become cooped up in a taxi for an hour or so before reaching you, especially in the hot, humid summer weather.

By hiring a professional chauffeur company to meet your clients and bring them to their destination, you can be assured they will arrive refreshed, relaxed and ready to do business.

Why not inquire about organising a chauffeur for your next VIP visit?

To find out more about Continental Chauffeur’ s VIP packages, please phone our office for an appointment on +44 (0)20 3174 2122.  We would love to learn more about your business requirements.

 

Latest News For Business Travelers Heading For London

Ali

The British economy is seen as one of the shining lights  of 2016.  With commodity prices falling, China’s economy slowing down along with other emerging markets, and US interest rates expected to rise, the UK’s economic growth is predicted to continue despite these challenges.

If you are planning to travel to London for business in the next few months, you may be interested in these new developments which illustrate what an exciting, dynamic business hub the British capital is.

London City Airport Sets New Passenger Record

London City Airport (LCY) welcomed 4,319,521 passengers in 2015, an 18.38% increase on 2014, to set a new passenger number record.   The only airport in London city itself, it retained its title of Best European Airport under 5 million passengers at the ACI Europe Awards, was named Best Airport in London at the London Transport Awards, and was recognised as the UK’s top business for corporate responsibility when it took the inaugural National Responsible Business Champion title.

Costs of Air Travel Will Remain Stable

All the signs point to flat pricing or even modest reductions on most routes. Lower oil costs are having twin beneficial effects, according to Advito in its 2016 Industry Forecast. Airlines are making handsome profits with fares at their current levels, leaving them reluctant to frighten away demand by raising prices. Reduced costs are also making previously unviable routes profitable prospects, so supply is beginning to expand again, thus intensifying competition.

Although Hotel Prices Will Rise

According to the PWC, market experts expects the average daily rate for London hotels to rise by 2.2 percent in 2016. Therefore, negotiating reasonable accommodation rates is likely to be the business travellers biggest headache this year.

However, Getting Around the City is Easy

Chauffeur companies continue to provide business travellers with an efficient and comfortable way to travel around London.  With free Wi-Fi and knowledgeable drivers, getting to and from meetings and corporate events can be done in style and luxury, allowing you to concentrate fully on your business.

To find out more about how Continental Chauffeur Services can transport you around London on your next visit, please phone us on +44 (0)20 3174 2122.

 

Choosing Your Wedding Car

Ali

Your wedding is one of the most special days of your life, and you deserve to splurge on a stylish mode of transport to and from the venue.  A beautiful chauffeured wedding car looks wonderful in photos and can add that extra dash of glamour to the event.  By hiring the right type of vehicle, you can also take away the stress of parking at the church and reception venue, and be confident that a responsible, professional driver will get you wedding on time.

With so much choice, how do you decide what is the best wedding car for you?  Below are some helpful hints when it comes to choosing the perfect transport for your wedding day, so you can ensure your choice makes you feel extra special.

What is Your Budget?

Before you can start researching different types of transportation in depth, you will need to ascertain what your budget is.  If it is relatively small, you may wish to spend your money on an elegant bridal car, and let the groom and best man travel in a taxi to the venue, after all, it is the bride’s day, and she is the one that everyone will be waiting to see.  Once you are both husband and wife, you can travel in the bridal car together, use it in the photographs and to transport you both to the reception.

What will the Theme of Your Wedding Be?

If your theme is a rustic wedding held in a barn, then a vintage tractor may be a unique way to turn up to the venue and fit in with the overall theme of the day.  However, if you are going for the classic ‘church, then onto a country club for an elegant reception’ kind of day, then you cannot go wrong with a classic, vintage car, driven by an immaculate, beautifully mannered driver.

How Many Cars do you Require?

If your budget stretches to more than a bridal car, you may want to arrange stylish transport for the groom and his best man, the Mother of the Bride and the bridesmaids.  Again, a big advantage of having chauffeur driven wedding cars is you know that everyone will get to the church and reception, on time and in comfort.  The last thing you want on your wedding day is the hassles of parking or waiting for taxis.

Questions to Ask

When you make enquiries about booking transport for your wedding day, be sure to ask the following questions:

  • Are the wedding cars you want available for use on your wedding date?
  •  What would happen in the event of a breakdown?
  •  How long is use of the wedding hire vehicle in possession of the bride and groom?
  •  Will the car remain at the wedding venue until after the ceremony?
  •  Are there additional charges for running over time?
  •  If required are decorations provided for the wedding car?
  • Are little extras such as champagne provided?

Our tip

If you are going to drive to various locations for photographs, make sure you pack a picnic and some bubbly for the bridal party, once the nerves that occur prior to the actual ceremony subside, everyone is likely to be suddenly ravenous.

Whatever the theme of your wedding day, the wedding car of your dreams will only add to the charm and specialness of the occasion.  Do not rush the decision, and make sure you hire your wedding car from a company that knows how to make a wedding the most wonderful day of your life.

To find out more about Continental Chauffeur’ s wedding packages, please phone our office for an appointment on +44 (0)20 3174 2122.  We would love to talk with you about how to make your wedding day perfect.

Happy New Year from Continental Chauffeur Services

Ali

It is hard to believe that 2015 is coming to an end in a few hours and a new year is soon to begin.

2015 was an amazing year for us, and our luxury chauffeur services have been in greater demand than ever.  Nothing has given us more pleasure than providing our clients with an exceptional transport service, whether it be to and from one of London’s airports, driving them to their various business appointments, showing them the sites of London, or getting them to their wedding on time.

We are constantly updating our vehicles, and in 2016, we will be adding further additions to our luxury car fleet.

At a loss for how to spend New Year’s Eve in London?  Here are some great suggestions.

If you are in need of some last minute advice on what is going on in London for New Year’s Eve, then here is a small selection of what is going on.  Remember, if you want to avoid the throngs of people fighting for public transport to and from events, give us a call on +44 (0)20 3174 2122 and let us drive you to your party destination in style.

Tonight you can choose to ring in the new year by seeing:

  • London NYE Fireworks
  • NYE Dinner Cruise on the Thames
  • Dinner and a show on the West End
  • London New Year’s Day Parade

From all of us at Continental Chauffeur Services – Happy New Year!  And may 2016 bring you prosperity, joy and happiness.

 

Doing Business in Style – The Benefits of a Corporate Chauffuer Service

Ali

If you have arrived in London from America, the Middle East, or Europe, chances are, in order to make your business trip efficient and effective, you need safe, comfortable, reliable transport, not only to and from the airport but around London itself.

So why invest in a corporate chauffeur?  Here are five compelling reasons.

1.  A Good Chauffeur Knows their Way Around the City

Whether you are in town for client meetings, a conference or a networking opportunity, chances are your schedule is extremely busy.  Having a qualified driver who knows their way around London can save you time, money and stress. Imagine not having to worry about how to get to your next appointment, instead, just spending any commuting time relaxing, or strategising for your next meeting.

2.  First Impressions Count

Business is all about creating the right impression and cultivating a desired image.  When you use a professional chauffeur service to transport you and your clients around the London, you can trust that your driver will be well-dressed (in full uniform) and impeccably mannered.  The car will be pristine and little extras, such as biscuits and other requested refreshments can be made available.

3.  Information is Key

If you are in London for a few days and looking to entertain potential clients, much of your time can be wasted trying to find trendy bars and elegant restaurants.  By investing in a chauffeur, they can advise you on the best places to do your corporate entertaining, and even book the venue on your behalf.

4.  You can Work en Route

Busy executives and entrepreneurs have no time to waste.  Almost all chauffeur driven vehicles have free Wi-Fi available, and because you are not doing the driving, you can keep up with what is happening in the office en route to your next engagement.

5.  Comfort is King

Being in a foreign country for business can be stressful and tiring as you always have to be ‘on’.  By hiring a chauffeur, you can relax and take a few well-earned moments to yourself whilst you are being transported to your next destination.

These are just some of the advantages of engaging a chauffeur company to drive you around London next time you are in the city on business.  At Continental Chauffeurs, we have an unrivaled reputation of providing first-class service to our corporate clients.  To enquire about our services, please phone our London office on +44 (0)20 3174 2122.

Get Ready for the Christmas Chaos!

Ali

This Friday is predicted to be the busiest day of the winter holidays on Britain’s roads, with gridlocked motorways likely to make journeys take three times longer than normal.

As we mentioned in our last post, both the Gatwick and Heathrow Express will be running limited services over the festive season, and major engineering works are planned for many underground lines, factors which will put extra pressure on the road network.

Congestion and possible delays are expected on most  major motorways,  with the M1, M6, M5, M4 and M62 taking the brunt of festive traffic volumes.

Earlier this week, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin pledged that the majority of roads across England will be paused between December 23 and January 2.

Getting Out of London

If you are planning to travel on the M25 this Christmas, it may pay to take some supplies, in the form of water, an iPad and stress balls with you on your journey.  You can expect to travel a maximum speed of 11 miles per hour on some stretches.

If You’re Going to be Stuck in Traffic, Do it With Style

Rather than face the stress of gridlocked motorways behind the wheel of your own vehicle, why no let us take the load off you by driving to your Christmas party or Christmas Day destination?  Whilst we get you to where you need to be, you can ride out those traffic jams in the warmth of our stylish vehicles, enjoying a glass of bubbly and relaxing in comfort.

To find out more about our London based luxury chauffeur service, please call our office on +44 (0)20 3174 2122 today to book one of our cars.

Travelling to London Airports and Around the Capital at Christmas

Ali

News flash: Christmas is now under three weeks away!

If you are coming to London to celebrate the festive season, here is a brief guide to public transport services across the city during Christmas and New Year.  A warning, services are limited and of course, subject to change due to adverse weather, so if you are a bit apprehensive about relying on public transport to get you to that all important flight or Christmas party, then give us a call on 020 3174 2122 and book one of our reliable, luxury, chauffeur driven cars to transport you and your family to where you need to go.

Gatwick and Heathrow Express

Major improvements to the Gatwick Express line mean there will be no services from  10.00pm, Thursday 24 December 2015 until 4.00am, Monday 4 January 2016.  The Heathrow Express will not be running any services on Christmas Day or Boxing Day.  Due to planned engineering works on the line, service between Christmas Eve and 3 January will also be disrupted.

London Underground

There are no tubes on Christmas Day.  Services on many lines will be disrupted due to planned engineering works, and a Saturday and Sunday service (therefore, not as frequent) will operate until 2 January 2016.

DLR

There will be no service on Christmas Day.  Saturday and Sunday timetables will operate every day up to 2 January, apart from Tuesday, 29 December and Wednesday, 30 December.

Buses

No night buses will run from around midnight on Christmas Eve, and there will be no bus service on Christmas Day. Apart from New Year’s Eve, there will be a Saturday or Sunday service running until 2 January 2016.

River Thames

There will be no boats on Christmas Day or Boxing Day and reduced service will operate until 2 January 2016.

All the above are subject to change, so check with the transport provider on the day if you plan to rely on public transport.

Continental Chauffeur Services, is a luxury chauffeur service operating in London.  We have a strong reputation for providing a top-class experience for all our clients, and our drivers are some of the best in Europe.  To make a booking or talk about your transport needs next time you are in the capital, please phone us on 020 3174 2122.

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