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Removals in London: finding a firm

Moving house? Here's our guide to London's prime movers

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London has a truckload of removals firms, so how do you find a good one? Our guide to finding London's best removals companies is here to do the heavy lifting for you.

Bishops Move
They’ve been shunting people’s gear all over London since 1854, and true to their name moved the latest Archbishop of Canterbury into Lambeth Palace. Founded in Pimlico (next time you pull into Victoria Station look up on the right to see their vintage Victorian signage) they’re now truly international, working as far afield as Gibraltar and New Zealand.
0800 107 8422. www.bishopsmove.com.

Fast Forward Group
Established since 1979 and still using their original mantra of 'You never realise how much stuff you have until... it comes to moving it all', Fast Forward provide a range of removals and storage room services for homes and offices. FFG is still an independent company, with friendly staff and an online quotation service, and covers everything from small moves to full properties. 0800 45 49 53. www.ffg123.com.

Alexanders Group
No job is too big (they’ve tackled stately homes, embassies, schools and even factories), but stay true to their roots as a small, husband-and-wife founded enterprise who go the extra mile to ensure a stress-free moving experience. Storage units also available.
0333 800 2323. www.alexandersremovals.co.uk

Movers Not Shakers
More than just a rock-solid pun, Movers Not Shakers have grown from a rudimentary man-and-van outfit to a six-truck, fourteen-man squad in just over a decade, thanks to satisfied customers and enthusiastic word of mouth reviews. They offer an hourly-rate service for smaller jobs, and pride themselves on the loyalty of their longstanding team, guaranteeing you a dependable, friendly service.
020 7630 9005. www.moversnotshakers.co.uk

Aussie Man and Van
This flexible firm from Down Under will shift your property at the drop of a hat, even on a next day basis, even overnight or on Sundays. Their in-house clean team make end-of-tenancy dusting a doddle, and don’t assume they’re a simple man and van operation; Aussie recently relocated an entire fireplace from the Vatican to a Microsoft exec’s Holland Park mansion. Strewth!
020 3405 2000. www.aussiegroup.co.uk

Rogers Removals
Dennis Rogers left the Navy in 1969, and bought a van to sell fruit and veg door to door. People kept asking him to shift furniture instead, and the rest (a fleet of eleven removal trucks later) is history. Ninety-percent of their work is in North London, where they regularly help celebs (Liam Gallagher, Damian Lewis, Robert Pires) get about, but they can work further afield. Storage available, at short notice for when crises happen.
020 8368 7779. www.rogersremovals.co.uk.

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318 comments
Emilie Y
Emilie Y

Movers and Shakers helped us move yesterday and they were absolutely fantastic!

Right from the initial phone call with Mike who was very reassuring, took time to talk through exactly what we would need and was very realistic on how long it would take and their quote. I received other quotes from about 5 different companies and they were very competitive in comparison to other similar professional companies.

The guys they sent, Calvin and Fabio were very professional, incredibly hardworking and nothing was too much trouble! And we had a LOT of heavy plant pots! Everything just went seamlessly and fragile items were dealt with the utmost of care. You guys really made what was a nerve racking day go very smoothly.

Thank you very much

Emilie and Ben

E D
E D

I contacted movers not shakers for a quote upon reading this article. They got back to me with a price much higher than others. So I replied with the quotes I had received. "Mike" proceeded to take his frustration out on ME! The consumer! I was appalled. I am a customer looking for a price, not the enemy here. He guaranteed they would not get my custom by being so rude. It was ridiculously unprofessional. Bullies before they ever touch my stuff, I would rather entrust my items to a bull in a china shop.



Mike H
Mike H

@E D Not sure about this reaction, merely said we were not interested in matching prices he had apparently been offered, strange....

john m
john m

O Donnell courier & Removals are good for long distance when i moved to lovely Ireland! i came across the Irish company when i moved from london to surrey first! 

Sarhad M
Sarhad M

One of the best moving company in UK. Covers all areas in the UK. http//www.flexiblemovers.co.uk

Tom H
Tom H

I don't recommend Movers & Shackers, not efficient, they took one day for a 1-bedroom, of course charged per hour. 

Mike H
Mike H

@Tom H Client had agreed to arrange suitable parking with the porter of the flats, didn't  do this and as a resut the men had to carry everything about 400 yards to the van. Bit annoyed because client did not admit his major role in this here and as an gesture of goodwill, refunded him £60 even though it was only caused because he hadn't done what he was supposed to.

jo p
jo p

I would highly recommend O'Briens Removals and Storage. They packed my stuff so professionally, I was amazed. The service I received was great but also very affordable considering London prices. They were not your usual rough and ready removal company. They even drank herbal tea. Their tel no. is 07928655629

Martin M
Martin M

We had a complicated move - moving from a large 4 bedroom house, full of stuff. We also hadn't been very well organised before the move, so most of our house was as we usually live it, rather than well organised for the move. We wanted to move over a weekend.


The guys from Safe Removals 
http://www.saferemovals.co.uk were superb - each day they arrived punctually, They were exceptionally well organised, but also very polite and friendly at all times, even when we made what might have seemed odd requests in terms of move order. They were also very respectful of both houses - removing shoes whenever possible before walking on carpets, even though they were carrying large items at some speed. They also worked very long to get the work done as requested and didn't complain at all when the amounts to be shifted were more than they expected. We had one exceptionally heavy item of furniture and a fish aquarium, which they managed very professionally.


Everything was well wrapped and labelled and we are now unwrapping and unboxing all of our belongings.

We chose Safe Removals carefully from other reviews. We got two tenders from reputable companies, which were almost exactly the same, and actually less than I had expected. They didn't quibble and honoured their original quote even though I suspect the volume of our stuff was more than they expected. I am therefore delighted to recommend them.



Steven C
Steven C

The Dream Team were great! Arrived before appointment and ready to start whenever we were. Very efficient, moved our things with care (boxed items, shelves, even an electric piano!), polite and asked where everything needed to go.   They just got on with the job as you would want them to.  Definitely would hire them again. Thanks!

kev h
kev h

The Lads at Dream Team Movers took all our furniture and belongings down three flights of stairs. They packed all fragile items well and worked really fast. Very nice to deal with. Would not hesitate to recommend as you will struggle to find this level of service for the price they charge.

Dream Team Movers

Contact:07871 491 417 or email: info@dreamteammovers.co.uk

MiekeLDN
MiekeLDN

Adam and his team at www.bubblewrapremovalsltd.com are a breeze to work with. Really affordable and so friendly. They made my move from Chiswick to Manchester actually fun!

Matthew C
Matthew C

We recently used Mr Shifter London for our removal, we had a long way to travel we move up to Darlington from East London, they came to us on the Monday morning, had the entire property loaded up by midday and I met them the next day in Darlington. They had a warehouse facility in Middlesbrough so my belongings were stored safely overnight.

Asgar A
Asgar A

We used  Abracadabra Removals in North London for our removal. Abracadabra Removals were really impressive with the friendly service from Mark on the phone and the surveyor was very thorough with his survey of our house. The price was competetive and the removal team were always smililng. I would recommend Abracadabra Removals London to anyone.

Francesca N
Francesca N

We have hired safe removals for our house moving in West Hampstead NW3 .The service was perfect from the beginning. I had a quick and professional response from the first quote request. The move was very well organised and managed. They helped me with the packing and they collected all the boxes some days layer. Excellent Thank you safe removals especially Tom, Maciek and Peter

Sylwia S
Sylwia S

Safe Removals just moved our family down to Bristol. They were fantastic and took the stress out of the day. We had a few tricky items to handle including a piano but the 3 man team on the day handled it safely and delicately. Would highly recommend them to anyone my friends and family

Douglas H
Douglas H

I hate the fact that I have to move around London a lot. I can recommend Moving To office@movingto.org.uk . I even used their service when I was relocated for 6 months to Paris. Everything is really smooth and easy with them and prices are affordable. I really like this post and that people can give their opinions here. Do you have something similar for other services? I want to find a reliable gardener in Chiswick?

Jenny S
Jenny S

Be careful of using one of the many “man and a van” type removal services that have sprung up of recent years, the old saying of you get what you pay for applies to removal services. Ask yourself what happens if something gets damaged, who is liable? The odd job man with a van is unlikely to be insured for breakages.

kate m
kate m

Hi Steve,

I couldn't quite work out how to publish a review on the link, so am responding via email.

Thanks for moving me again earlier this year. I think that was the third time I have called up for a move and I've always found the service great and very good value. I'd happily recommend the company to anyone and would have no hesitation in using the company's services again. 

Best Van & Man Ltd - 0800 9 24 74 24 or info@bestvanandman.co.uk

Thanks, Kate

Teifi G
Teifi G

I can't recommend Removals With A Smile highly enough. I have used them twice now and have found them to be quick to reply to queries, friendly and helpful above and beyond their remit. Their prices were very reasonable and they gave us a 5% discount as returning customers. They were very thorough and careful with all our belongings, making sure that everything arrived in perfect condition, and were cheerful and professional at all times. I would definitely use them again -  the whole process was seamless and stress free.

ron D
ron D

And I also forgot to mention that they'll give you a 5% discount if you promise to make the team a cup of tea or 2 which on a big move like ours was a bloody good deal! 

that is regarding Removals with a smile by the way.

Thanks Ron again

ron D
ron D

we are happy to recommend removals with a smile. Very simple to communicate with from the start and provided a great team at very reasonable prices. was brilliant that they were able to provide all the boxes and stuff in advance and wrapped everything that was vulnerable with great care. A special thanks to Vic Dennis and Sprogsy by defying the laws of physics by getting the sofa in!

all the best Ron ;)

Gavin C
Gavin C

I got a free quote from moving-van.org.uk and I was impressed by their affordable prices, so I booked them. All of our belongings were handled with care, I don't have to do anything. The guys were quick and effective and they do the work for 4 hours-just like they said. I would definitely use them again and I would certainly recommend them.

Jack T
Jack T

We recommend Safe Removals.  We had a stressful time leading up to exchanging on two flats and completed and moved both into a house the following day so had packed very little in advance,safe removals team team were there at our flat at 6.30 am on the dot with all the packing materials necessary to swiftly pack and move all his possessions and bulky furniture in a matter of hours, tag-teaming to ensure my flat was also packed up ready to move once his belongings had been unloaded. The guys worked solidly for 12 hours and were efficient and polite throughout on what was, at time, the hottest day of the year.  Nothing was too much hassle even at 8.30 pm as the last bits were unloaded, furniture was reassembled and packaging taken away including our rubbish. Everything was moved down to the door stops and we had every confidence in leaving them to it.  Highly recommended  Safe Removals for value for money, a friendly service, pure peace of mind and ultimately, stress free moving.

Jonathan C
Jonathan C

After coming across this artical, i read the reviews below. 

I called up 3 companies and decided to go with Dream Team Movers.


Woow - the reviews on here were exactly what others have said. Great guys, down to earth and did the job brilliantly.

They moved all my stuff from a self storage to our new home. I have now re-booked them to pick up a new large sofa from selfridges next week.


give them a call on: 07871 491 417 you wont be gutted.


email: info@dreamteammovers.co.uk


Steven
Steven

ToOur move with ElephantRemovals.co.uk was the easiest long distance move we ever made. The movers packed up pretty quickly and secured the load to the specialist vehicle which had rails so it wouldn’t move during transportation. At the destination address upon opening the goods we found that everything was safe and secure. We would definitely recommend this Elephant Removals Company to anyone moving premises.

Oliver S
Oliver S

Had move done by OWN Removals & Storage. Great service really happy. If you want you belongings looked after give them a call. 020 8546 0030

www.ownremovals.co.uk

Mark W
Mark W

A moving company I can recommend for all Londoners is http://www.bestvanandman.co.uk.

Book with confidence, you will not be disappointed. Contact is Steve on: 07702 894 895.

Mark

tim f
tim f

After having two previous bad experience, with other removal companies. I came across a company called Dream Team Movers on here. They are professional, courteous, fast and reliable. They looked after my stuff with care when it was being transported. They were well organised and at the final destination they put my stuff in the correct rooms. I can actually say they were terific, I would deffinatly use them again and will recommend to many others. I was truly amazed by there speed and efficiency. There company name says it all...

Mob: 07871491417

Email: Info@dreamteammovers.co.uk

tim f
tim f

After stressing and being worried about my move, due to previous experences with two otger removal companies. I came across a company called Dream Team movers. They where professional, courteous, and made my move stress free in the end. They where fast and efficient. Very strong men that did make my move a dream. Now I understand why they are called Dream Team movers. They aren't to expensive and I would deffinatly recommend them again and again. Will be using then in the bear future when I need to move.

Dream team movers

Email: Info@dreamteammovers.co.uk

Mob: 07871491417

Gary P
Gary P

I'm going to be moving at the end of the summer.  I am overwhelmed with all the work it is going to be.  It would be so helpful to have a removalist come help me move all my things.  This would save a ton of time. http://www.pricesremovals.com.au/our_services

Natasha M
Natasha M

Crispins Removals & Storage were great for us, nothing too much trouble and and we got a great deal on storage.

www.crispins-removals.co.uk

Susan O
Susan O

I recommend Abracadabra Removals London for Removals London http://abracadabramoves.co.uk they were very helpful and happy to do anything we asked. All of our items were undamaged and they took all the empty boxes back with them when they left. 

Katrin H
Katrin H

@Susan O avoid Abracadabra Removals London at all cost. After making my move hell, breaking items and not responding for months to emails and even emails from a lawyer, I took them to court. I have a judgment out against them and am waiting to collect the monies they owe me. I don't believe that they have insurance either. AVOID!!

and very happy to talk to anyone who thinks this is a one off review - here's another badly served customer review from another site http://www.removalreviews.co.uk/movingreviews/avoid-2768 

Anna C
Anna C

We also used Removals with a Smile, they were great. Every piece of glass and china was beautifully and carefully packed. They were cheerful and considerate. We had a few problems getting into our new home and they calmly helped us to open a door. At no time did we feel hurried, unfortunately there was some damage to a table and they have been quick to rectify the problem. Again at no time did they suggest they would not take responsibility for it. I have no wish to move again but REmovals with a sMile helped the process to run smoothly, I highly recommend them. Anna

Joseph W
Joseph W

We used removals with a smile to pack and move our home over Easter and couldn't have asked for more. Our move date changed several times but they were able to reorganise their schedule with no fuss. The crews were all extremely professional and couldn't do enough for you. Everything packed with extreme care and over the 2 days smiles all round!

They are a very small family business but ours was a big move and we couldn't have been happier with the service, rates and customer care.

Dennis came round personally to assess the move and his son Sam ran the whole move from delay after delay to rescheduling at extremely short notice and oullig the whole thing off without a hitch.

We found them on reallymovig but am sure you can find them by simply searching removalswithasmile.co.uk

;)

nat e
nat e

After moving from a 2 bedroom garden house to a 4 bedroom detached house, these guys I couldn't recommend highly enough. They where professional, reliable, fast and trustworthy. Dan and Drago did all the lifting and shifting work and when we got to my new place they put everything I wanted in the correct rooms. They even helped make beds and most of the cupboards, wardrobes, tables and so on. all that was really left for me and my husband was unpacking our personal belongings and kitchen bits and bobs. They certainly went the extra mile.


I will recommend them to everyone I know and will defo be using them again.


www.dreamteammovers.co.uk

mob: 07871 491 417

email: info@dreamteammovers.co.uk


I can promise you that they will not disappoint, give them ago :)


odonnell_sian
odonnell_sian

Ahhh moving is such a pain in the arse but these guys made it SO easy! Affordable for starters, they offered a quick service whilst being fun, friendly (and hot) when moving my worldly, much loved goods. Would recommend to anyone who is looking to move without any stress or dramas. 

http://www.bubblewrapremovalsltd.com/ Give them a go! Will not disappoint. 

Remi S
Remi S

After being stressed about my flat move for 2 days, the guys from A Man With A Van London Stephan and Damian were quick to calm me down right after they arrived and convinced me that it will be a hassle free move and i had nothing to worry about. They were brilliant! I honestly did not expect a service like theirs but for my surprise this time i managed to book the right man with a van.

Do Not hesitate - Book with Confidence! http://www.amanwithavanlondon.co.uk

Edmond V
Edmond V

Wow, thank you so much for these tips. I agree that the word of mouth is the best way to find a removal firm. My wife and I are getting ready to move up to London in a couple of weeks. It's going to be a really great change for us.