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London Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Walking Tour

1. London Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Walking Tour

Solve riddles and find clues on a self-guided scavenger hunt and walking tour through London. Download the app onto your phone and explore London at your personal pace. Choose when you start and feel free to stop and go on your own schedule. To get started, download the app on your device (download link and login credentials received after booking), then use the app and integrated maps to find your way to 10 attractions in London. Solve a location-based riddle at each attraction to unlock the next location. Work as a team and use logic, imagination, observation, and problem solving to make your way around the city. Along the way, you can stop for a coffee, grab lunch, or take a break at any time. Starting from Westminster Station, the tour route includes Big Ben, River Thames, Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey, St. James Park, Buckingham Palace, Waterloo Place, and Trafalgar Square, where the tour ends.

London: Best of London Half-Day Tour

2. London: Best of London Half-Day Tour

After meeting your guide at the meeting point early in the morning, you will advance to see the city’s landmarks from the cruise ship. Following this, cross Westminster Bridge to the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey, one of the most historic buildings in London and the setting for royal coronations, weddings, and burials. Afterwards, continue through Parliament Square, before heading down Whitehall towards the Cenotaph War Memorial. Just after that, see one of the most popular tourist spots in London, the mounted soldiers at Horse Guards. Walk through the central arch into the parade grounds at the back, one of the finest sights in London. Continue your tour down Whitehall until you reach Trafalgar Square and Nelson’s Column. When you reach the north side of the square, you will visit the National Gallery, London’s premier art gallery with over 2000 works dating from 1260 onward. Some of the artists on display are Botticelli, Cézanne, Constable, Monet, Rembrandt, Renoir, Titian, Turner, and Van Gogh. Then, head through Admiralty Arch and walk up the mall towards Buckingham Palace. Have the opportunity to take pictures outside and listen to the history of the palace, which has served as the official London residence of the UK’s sovereigns since 1837 and is currently the administrative headquarters of the Queen. Your tour will continue with a walk through Green Park, one of four “royal” parks in central London that is officially owned by the sovereign. Your guide will then take you to London’s biggest shopping streets. Pass the Ritz Hotel and Fortnum and Mason, one of the most famous shops on Piccadilly that was founded in 1707 by William Fortnum and Hugh Mason. Your tour will then conclude at the Royal Academy of Arts.

London: Westminster Walking Tour & London Dungeon Entry

3. London: Westminster Walking Tour & London Dungeon Entry

Start with a walking tour of the Westminster area, where your tour guide will escort you to 20 different famous sites. Head through Green Park to Buckingham Palace, admiring the well-manicured trees and flowers along the way. At the palace, watch the world-famous Changing of the Guard Ceremony. Afterward, your tour continues as you see 17 other iconic London sights such as Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament. Then, head into the London Dungeon and prepare to be scared. Explore a uniquely thrilling attraction that will whisk you way back to the capital's perilous past. Walk through London's plague-ridden streets. Witness Guy Fawkes as he attempts to blow up Parliament. See Jack the Ripper's horrific Whitechapel. Explore haunting exhibits and sets in the vast underground vaults of County Hall on the South Bank. Watch talented actors bring history to life as they perform in shows with outrageous special effects. Ride the London Dungeon's 2 exciting thrill rides.  During your tour you will see 20 famous landmarks in 1 day, these include: Buckingham Palace, St James Palace, Changing of the Guard, Queen Victoria Fountain, Green Park (Royal park), St James's Park (Royal Park), Admiralty Arch, Pall Mall, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, The Royal Horse Guard, Horse Guard Parade, Downing Street, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament, Parliament Square, and the London Eye.

The Crown Walking Tour of London

4. The Crown Walking Tour of London

Netflix’s The Crown is quickly becoming a firm favorite with commoners, peers and royalty alike. Explore the rich world of “The Crown” and learn how the hit series mixes royal reality and well researched fiction into an award-winning smash. This 2 – 2.5-hour walking tour, which starts at Temple Station and finishes at Buckingham Palace, will show you many of the Central London filming locations from the hit series including the fictionalized offices of the National and English Review, the location of the Ambassador’s Ball where Princess Margaret deputizes for her elder sister and the fictional and real Clarence house. On the tour you will learn about the scandals that have affected the Royal family such as Princess Margaret’s sensational love life, Prince Philip’s supposed indiscretions and the media frenzy around Lord Altrincham’s criticism of the Queen’s Court and her lack of authenticity. You will also learn that the hit TV series has suffered a scandal of its own in the way that it treated Claire Foy. Taking in some of London’s most famous landmarks such as Trafalgar Square, Admiralty Arch and Buckingham Palace this tour will not only tell you the secrets of the Netflix series and how the production team were able to transform modern day London into the city of the Queen’s early years, but also the real-life events that inspired the on-screen drama. You will also learn how, in some cases, The Crown production team must take an educated guess about what really happened behind the closed doors of the royal palaces, as only a limited number of people know what happens behind the locked doors of the Royal Palaces and for many of those trusted advisors discretion is the better part of valor. 

London: Winston Churchill Walking Tour with War Rooms Ticket

5. London: Winston Churchill Walking Tour with War Rooms Ticket

This tour will be for all fans of the man voted the greatest figure in British history, wartime prime minister, Sir Winston Churchill. On this walking tour, you will explore the streets of Piccadilly, St. James and Westminster and visit places that played important roles in his life. Have a chance to sit on a bench with Churchill and his wartime ally, President Roosevelt. Everyone knows that Sir Winston Churchill loved his cigars, as well as various other vices. Visit the store which used to supply his cigars. Inside, there will be a hidden treasure of London which was used by the great man himself. Visit the home where Churchill lived as a young boy as well as Downing Street, where he lived as prime minister and see the church where he and Clementine were married in 1908. Nearby, you will see the most famous statue of Churchill and learn about the story of why it is there and what it represents, handily it is rather close to one of the pubs he used to visit and a good place to visit afterwards. The tour will end outside the Churchill War Rooms which are perfectly preserved from the Second World War and from which Churchill ran the war whilst the streets through which you walked were regularly bombed by the Luftwaffe. Tickets for the War Rooms will be included along with an excellent audio guide.

London: Private Churchill Walking Tour

6. London: Private Churchill Walking Tour

Uncover hidden truths and learn interesting facts about Winston Churchill on this private walking tour in London. Walk to locations from his childhood, his time as a Member of Parliament, his time as as First Lord of the Admiralty, and his terms as Prime Minister. Visit sites linked with his life such as where he bought his cigars, his favorite champagne, and the top hat that he wore when he married his wife. Got to a bookshop he frequented. Have the chance to purchase his favorite brands. Travel to some of London's most famous landmarks that are connected to Winston, including St James's Palace, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, 10 Downing Street and Parliament Square. Hear more about his relationship to King George VI and about the span of his political significance. Take a photo by the statue of Sir Winston Churchill before heading to the Churchill War rooms where your guide will tell you more about the wartime bunker.

London: Spy Walking Tour

7. London: Spy Walking Tour

Spend the day exploring London, learning about the intelligence organizations of Britain, and the operations and assassinations that these organizations have undertaken. Discover what it’s like to work for Britain’s security services in the 21st century. Start at Swiss Cottage and hear one of the most exciting espionage tales of the Second World War. Head to Baker Street to visit the home of Sherlock Holmes. Find out how the fictional consulting detective has a link to the Second World War. Listen to the history of two of the most infamous intelligence organizations in the world, MI5 and MI6, and stand outside their headquarters in London. Make stops at other locations, such as shops rumored to have been used as cover for British agents to meet their handlers. Visit the site of a KGB assassination at a hotel where a Russian spy, Alexander Litvinenko, was poisoned. See the building where one of the most gruesome and macabre operations of the Second World War was planned.

London: Central, Whitehall, and Westminster Walking Tour

8. London: Central, Whitehall, and Westminster Walking Tour

We love central London, especially Westminster and Whitehall with its unique and historic shops, royal palaces, and government buildings. Starting outside the Criterion Theatre, this tour snakes its way through central London, through Westminster and Whitehall, before finishing outside Parliament. Along the way, you will have time to explore London's oldest bookshop, founded in 1797, the Cigar shop where Churchill bought his Cigars and the Wine Merchant which supplies Buckingham Palace with its wine. Each of these places has a unique and colourful history, which your passionate and knowledgeable guide will reveal to you. As part of the tour, we will stop to view The Changing of the Guard ceremony (when available) and see the spectacle of the Queen's Guards marching with their band - a sight not to be missed which even we get excited about! Whilst waiting for the guards to change, your guide will explain the history of the regiments who are taking part in this historic and magnificent ceremony, what is unique about their uniforms, and why the ceremony is as important today as it has ever been. After stopping to see The Changing of the Guard, your guide will take you down the Mall, past monuments to previous Kings and Queens of Great Britain, and explain how some of these figures are much more interesting (and naughty) than they first appear! Finally, your guide will lead you down Whitehall, where the British government is run from and where you never know who you are going to see - as previous tours have stopped to chat with MPs, Lords, and even the odd senior soldier! As you stroll down Whitehall, your guide will point out some of the most historic and important buildings in the area, including Downing Street - home of the Prime Minster and the Chancellor of the Exchequer - and will explain why they are so important to British Democracy. Your tour will end outside of Parliament, where you will hear how this beautiful (and recently restored building) became known as the 'Mother of all Parliaments' and why British democracy is considered one of the most important, and equal, democracies in the world.

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What people are saying about Admiralty Arch

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 175 reviews

A great, safe way to explore London and learn loads of different/fun facts. Wrap up warm if it’s winter - although there’s plenty of cycling, it gets quite cold with all the stops.

This was a fantastic tour! Beyond the obligatory Changing of the Guards, we learned so much rich English history. Definitely a great start to any London visit!

Our guide was Paul and he was great, made the tour really interesting, has a great knowledge of England's history and can even sing!

Great opportunity to see many sights in one day and small alleys and corners in a very relaxed way. Great for children!

nice bike ride through beautiful places in the city. Guide is very nice.