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London: City Highlights Bike Tour

1. London: City Highlights Bike Tour

Visit London’s must-see sights and attractions by bicycle as well as off-the-beaten-track hot spots that tour buses can’t reach. You’ll hear quirky tales about London’s amazing and sometimes bizarre history on this unique bicycle excursion. You’ll cycle at a comfortable pace along riverside pathways, dedicated bike lanes, and park routes. Possible tour stops include London’s major highlights, including the London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and Buckingham Palace. Other places of interest that you may see include Admiralty Arch, Trafalgar Square, Chinatown, Covent Garden, and St. Paul's Cathedral. Listen to amusing anecdotes about London from your knowledgeable guide, and make stops during the day.

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London: Bad Boys of Britain Tour

2. London: Bad Boys of Britain Tour

Meet your guide at the Piccadilly Arcade, in front of the Beau Brummel Statue. Start your journey by hearing stories about stylish fashionista George “Beau” Brummel and why it took him 5 hours to dress every morning. Afterwards, follow your guide to St James’s Palace, which was built by Henry VIII, the King who had six wives and beheaded 2 of them. You will hear everything about life at the Tudor court and how courtiers feared the King. Stroll through the beautiful St James’s Park amid birdsongs and wild-rustling trees before you reach Buckingham Palace, the only working Palace in the World. Today it is a place where the Queen resides, but before Queen Victoria, it was just an additional estate which was expanded by George IV. Discover why George IV became unpopular and investigate to see if he genuinely poisoned his wife. Next, see the statue of Robert Burns, the distinctive Scottish poet. Although most of his poetry was about love, he didn’t treat women well enough and changed his favours quite fast. Hear stories about Oscar Wilde’s life in London and why he had to hide that he was homosexual. Continue towards the National Gallery, and learn more about James Bond. Hear stories about the first British spies and what 007 truly means. Walk towards Carnaby street, the music paradise of the 1960s and hear stories about Mick Jagger and his greatest love affairs. Finish your tour at the oldest theatre in London, where Charles II found his favourite mistress, Nell Gwynn.

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March with the Guards: Changing of the Guard Ceremony

3. March with the Guards: Changing of the Guard Ceremony

As the people begin to jostle in front of Buckingham Palace to watch the Changing of the Guard, this tour takes you away from the crowds and over to St. James Palace to witness the guards preparing to make their famous march. Believe it or not, it’s not all for show; these are real soldiers with real weapons carrying out their daily duty of protecting the Palace. Hear about what their duties include and the significance of their highly-symbolic uniforms. As the soldiers leave, you will be able to march alongside them (no, you don’t get to wear a hat), then head over to a special vantage point near the Wellington Barracks, home to all the Foot Guard’s Bands, that lets you get as close as possible to the action. Next, stroll across St. James’s Park and learn about the history of this royal green space which is among the most famous of the green spaces that cover nearly 47% of greater London. Arriving at the Horse Guards Parade, watch the equally-impressive, but often overlooked Changing of the Queen’s Life Guard, which features mounted, armor-clad soldiers and their immaculately groomed steeds.

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based on 3 reviews

Didn't find the guide at first, luckily I did. The tour went great, the guide also takes photos of you and explains everything very well. The changing of the guard was very interesting. Later we went to the Horse Guards changing of the guard.