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London: Essentials Morning Bike Tour

1. London: Essentials Morning Bike Tour

This tour starts in Kensington Garden - you'll start the morning by cycling through this beautiful park to see where Queen Victoria grew up and where Princess Diana lived. Further down the road, you'll stop at London's most classic venue, The Royal Albert Hall, built to memorialize Prince Albert. Feel free to do your own "last night of the proms" or lay back and listen to one of your guide's anecdotes. Your group will then follow the "rotten row" in the magical Hyde park to the statue of one of England's biggest heroes of all time, the man who defeated Napoleon back in 1815: if you know his name and where the battle took place you're the hero of the day. It's all downhill from there, through the Green Park to visit the official residence of the Royal family, Buckingham Palace - maybe you'll get invited for a cup of tea? We hope to tell you some stories about the Palace that you won't find in a travel guide! Next stop on your route is Trafalgar square, one of the world's most famous places. Whatever happened to Lord Nelson in Trafalgar and where did all the pigeons that once lived here go? If you know this then please do share - that's what the tour is all about, sharing some stories  - it's more of a chat than a lecture with a lot of yeardropping. If you like the royal weddings and the coronations, the amazing Westminster Abbey might be the highlight for you on the tour, if you prefer some good old execution and torture you can pay some extra attention by ţhe Houses of Parliament. Then, take a selfie at Big Ben, London's number one landmark before your group goes back again through the Royal Parks to the meeting point again. But please don't rush off without challenging your guides with any questions you may have about other attractions, museums, markets and more ways to enjoy this fabulous city.

London: Three Palaces Guided Walking Tour and High Tea

2. London: Three Palaces Guided Walking Tour and High Tea

Discover the Royal Family's palaces and experience the original Royal English Tea with traditional sandwiches, cakes and scones on the grounds of Kensington Palace. Stroll to St. James Palace, Buckingham Palace, and catch a cab to Albert Hall. Take a moment a Buckingham Palace, the main Royal Residence in London, and try and witness the Changing of the Guard Ceremony. Catch a glimpse of the Queen's Bodyguard: the mounted Queens Life Guard Soldiers. Jump in an iconic Black Cab and head to Albert Hall. See the Albert Memorial, and leisurely stroll in Kensington Gardens. Soak in the beautiful gardens Prince Albert created for his wife Queen Victoria and find where Prince Harry and William grew up. Experience the full splendor of High Tea in a breathtaking landmark and gain personal insights into our royal family and the fascinating history of our national drink during the ceremony of afternoon tea.

London: Westminster Walking Tour and Kensington Palace Visit

3. London: Westminster Walking Tour and Kensington Palace Visit

Explore 30 of London's most incredible sights on this attraction-packed historical walking tour that takes you through some of the city's most famous neighborhoods. Listen to your guide as they tell you stories of the history, culture, and legends of England's capital city. Start your tour in the beautiful royal parks and then head on to Buckingham Palace where you can watch the famous Changing of the Guards ceremony. Later, marvel at the architecture of Westminster Abbey, peer into Downing Street and visit the bustling Trafalgar Square. Journey past historical Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament and then onto London Bridge to visit Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, The Shard, HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge, The London Eye, and the Tower of London. After all of this, head to Kensington Palace, which has been home to several young royals over the last 300 years. Walk in the footsteps of royalty in Victoria's re-imagined childhood rooms and the magnificent King's State Apartments. Afterward, enjoy a stroll through the famous Sunken Garden.

London: Evening Bike Tour to London Landmarks

4. London: Evening Bike Tour to London Landmarks

Enjoy a guided bike tour through the heart of London in the evening. Ride your bike through Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, admiring Kensington Palace and the Royal Albert Hall. Cycle into Trafalgar Square, past Buckingham Palace, and take a break at Parliament Hill. Make your way to the bike rental garage next to Queensway tube station and get on your bike. Cycle through Kensington Gardens, admiring this peaceful green space in the heart of London, making stops at Kensington Palace and the Royal Albert Hall. Cross through the gardens into Hyde Park, seeing the lake and watching people rollerskate along the wide paths. Reach Hyde Park Corner and view Apsley House, the townhouse of the Dukes of Wellington. Pass by Buckingham Palace into Trafalgar Square and dismount for a guided walk along Downing Street. Take a break at Parliament Square, relaxing with views of the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and Big Ben. On your way back, cycle through St. James Park, Green Park, Hyde Park, and Kensington Gardens to arrive at the meeting point where you started.

London Essentials: 3.5-Hour Bike Tour

5. London Essentials: 3.5-Hour Bike Tour

Your journey starts by Kensington gardens. The first stop in this beautiful Royal park is Kensington Palace. Next, you cycle to the Royal Albert Hall, London's most classic venue, built to memorialize Prince Albert and the now the host for everything from the Miss World contest to rock concerts. Feel free to do your own "Last night of the proms" or stand back and listen to one of your guide's anecdotes and stories about the British Empire. You then follow the "rotten row" and the Serpentine in the amazing Hyde park to the statue of one of England's greatest war heroes. From here, you head downhill on Constitution Hill along the Green park, (the route where Queen Victoria had three assassination attempts on her life) to visit the official residence of the Royal family, Buckingham Palace. Maybe you will be invited in for a cup of tea? Your next stop is Trafalgar Square, right in the heart of London. Find out what happened to Lord Nelson in Trafalgar and all the pigeons that once lived here? Then it is time for 250 meters by foot down to Whitehall, the political center of England. Next up, take some selfies at Big Ben before you go back through the Royal parks to the meeting point which is also the end of the line. But please don´t rush off without challenging your guide with any questions you may have about museums, markets, shopping, sport or other ways to enjoy this fantastic city.

London: Full-Day Sightseeing and Harry Potter Tour

6. London: Full-Day Sightseeing and Harry Potter Tour

This is an all-day London sightseeing tour, plus during the day you will get to see Harry Potter's London film location sites that were used. This tour does not go to the Studios. The tour is fantastic fun for the whole family — this is the best of both worlds! London Sightseeing Your guided tour takes you past many of London's major sights and landmarks. See Westminster Abbey* (exterior only), where monarchs have been crowned since 1066 . Stand outside Buckingham Palace and watch the Changing of the Guard*. Go to the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus and Eros. Take a drive past Downing Street, Harrods, the London Eye, museums, galleries, the areas of Soho, Piccadilly, Kensington Palace, Albert Hall, and much more, before stopping for lunch. No London tour is complete without a lunch in a pub. Situated on the edge of the River Thames, enjoy lunch in a pub that's over 300 years old. After lunch, continue your tour with a visit to the Tower of London, the most impressive medieval fortress in Britain. Built by William the Conqueror, during its history it has been a palace, a prison, a zoo, a royal mint, an observatory, an armory and a place of execution. It is home to the Crown Jewels, the ravens and famous Beefeaters. From here, move on to Tower Bridge and then into the City of London, the one square mile that was built by the Romans over 2000 years ago. See the modern financial district that stands side by side with ancient sites. Next, visit Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and the Rose Theatre. View the Roman wall that once surrounded the city and the oldest church in the city built in 1123. Your guide will show you the London very few visitors get to see! Carry on to explore more of the city's unusual and lesser-known monuments and treasures. Visit the site where the Great Fire of London started in 1666, then travel the short distance to St Paul's Cathedral. Please note: • Westminster Abbey is closed on Sunday for services • At certain times there may be no Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace LONDON'S SECRETS As the title says, this is a day of seeing the sights and secrets of London and you will not be disappointed. During the course of your day, visit shops that are over 300 years old and still trading, a pub that sells corpses, a house with false windows, a Roman Bath, a medieval banquet hall and Winston Churchill's cigar chair. Take a photograph with an original gas lamp, visit a Dead house and discover much more. HARRY POTTER Enter the world of Harry Potter during your London tour. Visit Gringotts Bank (outside only) and walk over to the Knight Bus bridge. Walk the avenue to the Leaky Cauldron. Stand at the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron, seen during the third film, have your photo taken outside the Third Hand book emporium. See the bridge destroyed by Death Eaters. Follow Harry's complete flight along the River Thames on his broomstick. See Grimmauld Place and where Harry actually disappears at Kings Cross Station Platform 9 ¾ . See photos of the props used in the station scenes taken by your guide. Then it's off to get a picture at the entrance to Platform 9 ¾. See where Harry and Ron stole the flying car. Take a photo inside the train station used for exiting to the Ministry of Magic. Walk the footsteps of Harry and Mr. Weasley to the Ministry of Magic. See where Ron spies on the ministry. Your expert Harry Potter guide will take you to all of these sites and more. On route there is time to ask questions about the films and there is even a small quiz to keep you on your toes. See places from earlier films that ended up on the cutting room floor. And as if this wasn't enough there will be some secret places, items and surprises along the way At the end of the tour you have time to purchase genuine Harry Potter merchandise from your guide.

London: The Age of Steam and Progress Guided Walk

7. London: The Age of Steam and Progress Guided Walk

Explore the event of the Great Exhibition of 1851 during a walking tour in London, accompanied by a guide. Learn the story that was the showcase for British pride and industrial wealth, Admire Albert Memorial, and get a breathtaking birds-eye view of the city from the Wellington Arch. Begin with a stroll through the former site of the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park. Hear stories of the exhibits, characters, and the Victorian technological marvels that were on display. Make your way towards Buckingham Palace to learn about the politics, class, social mores, and urbanism of Victorian times. Paint a mental picture of London as the much different city it was, at the center of a much different world by stripping your surroundings from the sensory stimuli of modern times. Then, enter the famous Wellington Arch and view London from above, while listening to stories of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, one of the most revered (and often hated) Victorians. Move on to London’s famous Clubland along Pall Mall, where you’ll discover the history of the Gentlemen’s Clubs while catching a glimpse of the opulence and magnificence of the remaining clubs.

London: Private Royal Scandals Bike Tour

8. London: Private Royal Scandals Bike Tour

Immerse yourself in the secret world of the British Monarchy on this bike tour, from secret affairs to lavish parties and shocking agreements. Learn which marriages were never approved and why, and how certain family members came to be beloved while others were forgotten. While you're learning about all the stories that history forgot, see the sites where these events happened, from Buckingham Palace to the Houses of Parliament. Enjoy a tour that's perfect for first-time visitors as well as those who have been to London many times. Come away knowing more about the history of London and the royal family, all while having fun.

London Grand Tour in Spanish

9. London Grand Tour in Spanish

Begin your full-day tour with a panoramic drive through Kensington, Belgravia, Mayfair, Westminster, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, and Parliament Square. Stop for photos at the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and Big Ben. Continue to Buckingham Palace and see the changing of the guard. After lunch (additional cost), explore the oldest part of London, known as the Square Mile. Head to the Tower of London and see the Crown Jewels, Beefeater Guards, and the legendary ravens. Finish with a short cruise on the River Thames. See London Bridge, William Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Millennium Bridge, Waterloo Bridge, St. Paul's Cathedral, the London Eye, and more.

Royal London Walking Tour

10. Royal London Walking Tour

Your local guide will meet either meet you at your hotel or at the tour starting point of St. James Park Underground Station. The walk starts by heading to St James’ Park, built by King Henry VIII and so the oldest Royal Park in London. The park is renowned for its wonderful variety of birds that live in and around the lake. Next up you will visit the first of several Royal Palaces and walk a short distance to St. James’ Palace. This old palace used to be the residence of the monarch until 1837. These days it is occupied by Prince Charles, the Duchess of York and Prince Harry. From here you will walk along Londons primary ceremonial road, The Mall which leads to Buckingham Palace but before you get to the home of HRH Queen Elizabeth II, you will see Clarence House, a home with a lengthy Royal history that for many decades was the residence of the Queen Mother. There is no avoiding the magnificent Buckingham Palace and you will stop here for a while to take some wonderful photos as you learn a little about the history of the palace and The Queen before you continue past the Royal Mews. Time to move on from this particular part of London, you head over to another Royal Park, Green Park and along Constitution Hill to a number of marvelous memorials and a fabulous monumental Arch with the largest bronze statue in Europe sat atop. After stopping at Number 1 London, an actual address of a great house that once belonged to the Duke of Wellington, you enter Hyde Park. When in the middle of Hyde Park you can almost forget that you are in the middle of London with is acres of parkland, meadows, lakes and thousands of trees. It is little wonder that it was once a Royal hunting ground. You will visit the beautiful Serpentine before visiting the Princess Diana Memorial. Going back 150 years further you go on a little further to see the magnificent Prince Albert Memorial and neighboring Royal Hall before you finish this private guided tour passing through Kensington Gardens at the front gates of Kensington Palace, official London Royal residency of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 9 reviews

This was so fun and informative! David was an excellent and knowledgeable guide, and we walked through some lovely parks in addition to seeing the palaces. We walked to St. James Palace through Green Park, walked to Buckingham Palace, and then took a quick taxi to Hyde Park and Kensington Palace, where we had high tea in the restaurant next to the Princess Diana statue, complete with choice of tea, tiny crustless sandwiches, scones with butter and jam, and mini pastries (eclair, chocolate tart and Victoria sponge cake) PLUS a glass of sparkling wine, to end the tour. They were able to accommodate my vegetarian needs just fine. Note that you see the palaces from outside, not inside, which is how you cover so many in a short period of time. It was fun to learn about the history of each palace and surrounding parks and grounds while getting to see some areas of London that I hadn't seen before. Highly recommend!

A great moment under a blue sky and generous sun in the middle of April for my 11-year-old nephew and myself. The opportunity to take the temperature of the place at the start of your stay in London in a fun and dynamic way. A breath of fresh air for us Parisians, it's amazing and so pleasant to enjoy so much nature! Ola was an extra guide through a good historical refreshment (around the royal family, of course) spiced up with his share of anecdotes, all washed down with musical accompaniment!!! We had a great afternoon!!! Thank you !!!!

Our tour guide, David, was wonderful. Very accommodating when my mother needed a restroom, flexible and had insightful knowledge about the palaces. We enjoyed chatting and getting to know him a bit more over a lovely tea. The tea, sandwiches, scones and desserts were delicious, and they even provided to go boxes so we could take the rest with us. Thank you for a wonderful morning!

Very nice way to get to know a part of London. Our guide Ola was full of fun and interesting stories. Our children (16 and 14) also liked it. Recommended!

Wonderful tour of the highlights with stops to take pictures. Great music from the guide and wonderful facts!