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Things to do in Central London

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Stansted Airport: Central London Bus Transfer

1. Stansted Airport: Central London Bus Transfer

Start or finish your holiday the easy way with a great value bus transfer between Stansted Airport and London Victoria coach station. This high-frequency service from Stansted Airport will take you all the way to the capital, calling at key central London destinations along the way including Golders Green, Baker Street, Liverpool Street, Stratford, and Marble Arch. Upon arrival at the airport exchange your GetYourGuide voucher at one of the many retail desks. You'll be booked on the next available transfer service, and with services running 24/7 and departing roughly every 15 minutes, you'll find yourself in the city center in no time at all. High specification coaches will take you directly from the airport door to central London. Sit back and relax in leather seats with headrests, seat-back tables, ample legroom, toilets, air conditioning, and power sockets; with selected services also having onboard Wi-Fi.

Magical London: Harry Potter Guided Walking Tour

2. Magical London: Harry Potter Guided Walking Tour

Walk in the footsteps of your favorite wizards (and witches) around Muggle London. Your Harry Potter enthusiast guide will be armed with weird and wonderful trivia all along the way.  Meet your guide and start your adventure by finding out which Hogwarts House you belong in. Compete against other Houses in an interactive quiz as you see the sites that inspired J.K. Rowling, from Shakespeare's Globe to the London alleys that inspired Knockturn Alley. Highlights include passing The Leaky Cauldron, the secret wizarding inn. Explore the real Diagon Alley, where Harry buys his first wand. Even see the bridge destroyed by the Death Eaters in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince".  For part of your guided tour, choose to either take the London Underground or a short boat trip down the Thames. Both options follow this itinerary:  1. Southwark Cathedral 2. Borough Market 3. The Golden Hinde 4. Winchester Palace 5. The Clink Prison Museum 6. Shakespeare's Globe 7. Millennium Bridge 8. Daniel Radcliffe's School 9. The London Eye 10. River Thames 11. Sherlock Holmes' Pub 12. Great Scotland Yard 13. Gringotts Wizarding Bank 14. The world's smallest police station 15. Trafalgar Square 16. Knockturn Alley 17. Diagon Alley 18. Palace Theatre

London: Gatwick Airport to Central London Roundtrip Transfer

3. London: Gatwick Airport to Central London Roundtrip Transfer

Start or finish off your holiday the easy way with a great value bus transfer from Gatwick Airport to London Victoria coach station. This high-frequency service from Gatwick Airport will take you all the way to central London and call at key central London destinations. Upon arrival at the airport exchange your GetYourGuide voucher at one of the many retail desks. You'll be booked onto the next available transfer service, you'll find yourself in the capital in no time at all. High specification coaches will take you directly from the airport door to central London. Sit back and relax in leather seats with headrests, seat-back tables, ample leg room, toilets, air conditioning and power sockets; with selected services also having on-board Wi-Fi. Take your return trip back whenever you wish, with a voucher valid for up to 3 months.

London: Fully-Guided Making of Harry Potter Tour

4. London: Fully-Guided Making of Harry Potter Tour

Travel by train directly to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. Enjoy timed access and be greeted by a guide who will reveal the wonders you will encounter throughout your tour of the original sets, props, and costumes from all eight of the Harry Potter films. Start with a short film in the cinema before you enter the iconic Great Hall set where your guided tour will begin. Learn production secrets and inside information, as you witness the processes used to bring the films to life. Take a look inside Dumbledore’s office, walk along the famous cobbled street of Diagon Alley™, featuring the shop fronts of Ollivanders™, Flourish and Blotts™, Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, Gringotts Bank™ and Eeylops Owl Emporium™. Visit the original Hogwarts Express™ locomotive and a recreation of Platform 9 ¾™. Climb aboard the train’s carriage and pose with a luggage trolley as it disappears through the platform wall. Enjoy other memorable sets from the Harry Potter film series including the Gryffindor™ common room, the boys’ dormitory, Hagrid’s™ Hut, the Potions classroom, and Professor Umbridge's™ office at the Ministry of Magic – all while being captivated by the secrets and insights shared by your guide.      Once your guided tour comes to an end, you have the option to re-enter and explore the studio at your leisure, browse in the shop, or enjoy a coffee in the cafe. Choose to return to London by train at a time of your choosing.

London: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

5. London: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

Discover what London has to offer on a hop-on hop-off tour of the English capital. Pass iconic landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, London Eye, and Big Ben with audio commentary available on board. Choose from a 24-hour (Classic), 48-hour (Premium), or 72-hour (Deluxe) ticket where you will have the flexibility to explore at your leisure. You can also explore London on foot with a live guide with a choice of 3 daily walking tours (included in Premium & Deluxe tickets). Walking Tours last about 1.5-2 hours. Discover London via 3 specially-designed routes covering over 45 stops: Red Route The Red route takes in the best of historic London including Big Ben, the London Eye, and St Paul’s Cathedral. Blue Route The Blue Route is a comprehensive route covering all of central London from Kensington Palace in the West to the Tower of London in the East. Stops include Harrods, the South Kensington Museums, and Madame Tussauds. Green Route The Green Route links the beautiful, regenerated area of St Pancras and King’s Cross with the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden making its way through Bloomsbury en route. River Cruise Classic, Premium & Deluxe tickets includes a river cruise from Tower of London to Westminster in either direction. The river cruise includes live commentary in 8 languages. See top London attractions lining the Thames, including Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast, Shakespeare's Globe, and the Tate Modern. Departure times for the river cruise are approximately every 45 minutes. Panoramic Evening Tour The panoramic evening tour is included in the Premium & Deluxe ticket. Discover the magic of London as the city becomes illuminated in the evening. Hop on for a one-round panoramic tour past London's top landmarks as the sun begins to set.

London: Private Walking Sightseeing Tour

6. London: Private Walking Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy an intimate introduction to England's capital on a private sightseeing tour of Central London, and see some of the city's most iconic sights. Your private guide will collect you from the lobby of your hotel at 10:00. Discuss the flexible itinerary before you set off. Go to Buckingham Palace, the official residence of the Royal Family. See the balcony where Prince William kissed his new wife Catherine in 2011. Watch the Queen’s Foot Guard march to a military band at the Changing of the Guards ceremony. Marvel at the eye-catching outfits and bearskin hats. Continue to Westminster Abbey, final resting place of kings, queens, poets and statesmen. Admire architectural details of the former Benedictine monastery, including the stone cloisters, Chapter House and Strong Room. Take in the Clock Tower, home to Big Ben, and the marvelous Gothic edifice of the Houses of Parliament. Then, walk up Whitehall, past Banqueting House and No. 10 Downing Street, to arrive at Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery.

London: Downton Abbey Countryside Black Taxi VIP Tour

7. London: Downton Abbey Countryside Black Taxi VIP Tour

Begin with a pickup from your central London hotel and a drive through London and out into the Oxfordshire countryside. Your first stop will be in Oxfordshire, where you will visit the villages that became the village of Downton. Have photographs outside Matthew Crawley’s house, and see the Hospital, the village church, and the two village pubs. Discuss the filming with the locals and visit inside a village home used in the filming (owner being in of course). Have time to buy Downton souvenirs before moving on. Visit several other villages, plus a farm, which will be a secret to surprise you on the day. Leaving the villages behind you, start to head cross country to Highclere Castle. On the way to the castle, take an authentic countryside pause, stopping for lunch at an old English pub. Arrive at Highclere Castle after lunch, where your tour continues. Your expert guide will explain all there is about the castle’s history as well as the Downton locations you will see before you enter the rooms. Later in the afternoon why not have a cream tea, before returning to London.

London: City Center and Heathrow to Southampton Transfer

8. London: City Center and Heathrow to Southampton Transfer

Enjoy a stress-free start to your cruise and take advantage of this shared, direct transfer from any London city center hotel, Airbnb property and selected Heathrow Airport hotels, to Southampton cruise terminals. Pickup will begin in Central London from 9:45 AM, and Heathrow hotels from 10:30 AM. You will be contacted shortly after booking with your exact pickup time. Each vehicle will have a maximum of 6 passengers and 4 pickups completed en-route, to ensure a smooth and efficient service. After pickups are completed, you will travel directly to Southampton in a luxury air-conditioned minivan (a journey which takes approximately 2.5 hours), aiming to arrive in Southampton between 1:00PM and 1:30PM. Upon arrival at the cruise terminal in Southampton, you will walk straight to the check-in desk. Porters will then take care of your luggage, ensuring it is delivered to your cabin (make sure you use the luggage label in your cruise pack to facilitate this).

To Gatwick Airport: Private Transfer from Central London

9. To Gatwick Airport: Private Transfer from Central London

Get to the Gatwick Airport (LGW) without stress with this simple-to-use transfer service that comes straight to your door in central London.  Be picked up from the comfort of where you are staying. Relax as your driver deals with traffic for you. Avoid using an unreliable public transportation system. Start your trip off right without having to negotiate with a cab driver.  Skip making unnecessary stops to pick up more passengers with a private service. Take the opportunity to stretch out with plenty of legroom. Ride in a vehicle that is regularly maintained to high-quality standards.

London Vintage Bus Tour, Thames Cruise, Fish & Chips

10. London Vintage Bus Tour, Thames Cruise, Fish & Chips

There can be few better ways of viewing the English capital than from one of its traditional double-decker buses. See all the city's highlights from its open top, with lunch and a river cruise included. See Westminster Abbey, then head to Buckingham Palace, the official Royal residence of Queen Elizabeth II. Witness the world-famous Changing of the Guard ceremony (only on the morning tour), as the Queen's soldiers, dressed in their fabulous tunics and busbies, march to the might of the accompanying military music. In the event of no ceremony taking place, the tour will still stop at the palace for photographs. Following your vintage open-top bus ride you can enjoy a Great British pastime with some of the tastiest fish and chips London has to offer in a traditional Central London pub. From Buckingham Palace, your vintage open-top bus ride will finish up at a pub in Victoria, where you’ll enjoy an iconic feature of London cuisine. Although they're no longer served in the newspaper, you can’t possibly leave London without sampling a plate of crisply battered fish and piping hot chips!

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The service offered is excellent, nothing to say about the professionalism of the drivers and the comfort of the coaches… just top! On the other hand, I would advise you regarding the timetables, it is essential to take the bus at least 3 hours before the flight, from central London to Stansted it took us just over 2 hours!

The tour was amazing and super fun ! We were assigned to a Hogwarts houses and did a quizz in every famous HP location. We learnt a lot of things related to HP facts but also to the London city history. Thanks again Jack for the day ! You inspired us to re watch the movies for the umpteenth time.

Very nice Harry Potter themed tour. My daughters who are fans liked it and walked without complaining :-). The guide Eddy was very nice and taught us a lot about Harry Potter and London :-) I recommend this visit :-)

Wonderful fun tour. Hannah was very professional and organised, making the walk very enjoyable. Taking 2 stops by boat is also lovely and let's you sit and relax for few minutes.

Loved it! Worth it! We got to skip every line and our guide was great!