I’ve done my fair share of flat bouncing since we’ve been in London, and I have had some absolutely terrible experiences with movers, otherwise known as man and van dudes.
In fact, my experiences have been that bad that I researched buying my own van for my last move. Sounds crazy, but the cost of a second-hand van with cheap van insurance private use only didn’t actually cost that much. Plus, I could always sell the van afterwards. In the end, it turned out that it was going to be a lot more expensive that way, but the fact I even thought about it shows how bad my experiences have been.
I kid you not, during one of our flat moves, at which point I was exactly 8 1/2 months pregnant, the man carrying a box of my hanky pankys dropped the whole entire thing in the middle of the road. I swear to you. It happened. A crazy pregnant lady then went running down the street screaming for him to help me pick them up! They also scratched my brand-new crib that had just arrived from the US.
So in order to spare you the same suffering, I would like to suggest Gentleman and a Van. Mark, one of the owners, came out to my old flat and gave me a very competitive quote (I also had three other companies quote me, all silly bananas expensive.) He then arranged for three lovely guys to come and pack everything up, move it the next day, and unpack it the next. The guys were so sweet and were so helpful, leaving just the right amount of clothing and food unpacked and readily accessible so that we were not inconvenienced. I would highly recommend them.