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London Half-Day Private Chauffeur Driven Tour

1. London Half-Day Private Chauffeur Driven Tour

Discover London in complete privacy and luxury on a private, chauffeur-driven tour of the city center, and see some of the city’s top attractions away from the hustle and bustle of organized group tours. If you are looking for a unique way to discover London, this private tour is a perfect choice. Choose from a 4 or 6-hour excursion and go on an intimate journey, guided by a professional guide who will provide you with personal attention and courtesy throughout your urban adventure. Take the family to some of the best-known and historic sites of London, such as the imposing Tower of London where the Crown Jewels are kept. Pass one of the official residences of Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Drive through Trafalgar Square and see Nelson’s Column, the National Gallery, and National Portrait Gallery. Pass Westminster Abbey, also known as the Houses of Parliament. Relax in the comfort of your private car, and discover some places that other tourists never get to see!

London: Tootbus Must-See Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Cruise

2. London: Tootbus Must-See Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Cruise

Hop on board the Must See London bus tour, sit back, relax, and discover the city from a whole new perspective. See the best bits of London on this tour designed to see the most famous sights and experience incredible views of the city with an included cruise on the River Thames. Enjoy a tour past London's top attractions and landmarks including; Tower Bridge, Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, London Eye, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, National Gallery, and Downing Street. Start the tour at any of the bus stops. Be welcomed on board whether you are a first-time visitor with just a few hours in town and want to get a taste of London or a Londoner who wants to experience the city differently. Make your way to Tower Pier or Westminster Pier when you've finished your bus tour to jump on the cruise. Drift along the River Thames seing iconic London landmarks like the Globe and Tower Bridge from the water. Download the Tootbus app to easily find your way around, follow the buses in real-time, and enjoy self-guided walking tours to help you explore more of London.

London: Official National Gallery Highlights Guided Tour

3. London: Official National Gallery Highlights Guided Tour

Discover London's National Gallery on this guided tour. See masterpieces from around the world and learn about the Gallery's rich history as you explore this massive art museum on Trafalgar Square. Enter the magnificent National Gallery on London's iconic Trafalgar Square and meet your guide. As you explore the Gallery, learn the history of European art from your guide. Marvel at famous works by Johannes Vermeer, Paul Cézanne, Claude Monet, and Raphael. Wander through the halls of the Gallery, a grade I listed heritage building, and hear the history of this significant collection. The Gallery's over 2,600 works of art cover 700 years of history, from medieval Europe to the French Impressionists.

London: National Gallery Guided Tour

4. London: National Gallery Guided Tour

Journey through the history of art on a guided tour of the National Gallery in London, available either as a private or small group option for no more than 8 people. Hear interesting stories about artists such as Botticelli, Monet, Rembrandt, and Vermeer. Home to a collection of paintings from the 1300s onwards, there is no shortage of things to see, from early 20th-century art like Velázquez's Rokeby Venus to Botticelli's panel painting of Venus and Mars. View Da Vinci’s The Virgin of the Rocks before fast-forwarding to Seurat’s Bathers at Asnières to witness the changing styles over the centuries. Get all the information you need about the history of the art works, such as Vermeer's Lady Standing at a Virginal, Van Gogh's Sunflowers, and early devotional paintings by Raphael.

London: Private Walking Sightseeing Tour

5. 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: Harry Potter Tour, Hop-on Hop-off Bus, and Cruise

6. London: Harry Potter Tour, Hop-on Hop-off Bus, and Cruise

Join a walking tour and discover London's hotspots that inspired the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Be introduced to some of the movies' most iconic filming locations as you stroll around town. Embark on a fascinating hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour and a scenic river cruise. Begin your journey with your immersive Harry Potter locations walking tour. Come across some of the films' famous locations and learn about why they were chosen. Next, hop on board an iconic double-decker bus and enjoy panoramic views from the open-top deck. Hop off at famous landmarks like the London Eye, The Shard, and St Paul's Cathedral. If you prefer, stay on for a full loop and listen to the captivating audio commentary on board. Next, enjoy London's iconic waterway, as you board a 30-minute sightseeing cruise. Sail along the River Thames and past the Tate Modern, Tower of London, and Tower Bridge. You can begin the one-way cruise from either Westminster Pier or Tower Pier. Finally, your pass includes complimentary access to an escorted e-tricycle and a sightseeing app with a bunch of self-guided features.

London: 3 Art Galleries Guided Tour

7. London: 3 Art Galleries Guided Tour

Immerse yourself in London's vibrant art scene with a tour of the city's best art galleries. Start your tour at the National Gallery and admire paintings by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Turner, Renoir and Van Gogh. Learn more about the history, significance, and stories behind each of the paintings from your expert guide. Then, move on to the National Portrait Gallery. Here, admire the world’s largest collection of personalities and faces, from the late Middle Ages to the present day. See works by a wide variety of artists, from Holbein to Hockney. You can also admire a collection of portraits of the English royal family. Finally, head to the Tate Modern, where a collection of modern and contemporary art from around the world awaits you. Stroll through the awe-inspiring Turbine Hall, where you can see masterpieces by the likes of Cézanne, Bonnard, Matisse, Picasso, Rothko, Dalí, and Warhol.

London: Wallace Collection & National Gallery Private Tours

8. London: Wallace Collection & National Gallery Private Tours

Fall in love with the treasures of the Wallace Collection and the National Gallery, 2 world-famous art galleries in the heart of London. See some of the finest paintings and artworks with your own eyes and discover centuries of art history thanks to your Expert Guide. Immerse yourself in the beauty of art and creativity! Join the 2-hour guided tour to visit the Wallace Collection - an art museum housed in the historic Hertford House. Follow your art-loving Private Guide through several galleries to discover amazing art and learn about the 5 generations of British aristocratic families who accumulated this collection of over 5,000 art objects. Listen to amazing stories from the world of art from the 15th-19th-century and admire the museum’s top highlights, including the exceptional collection of Sevres porcelain and French paintings, featuring Rubens' Landscape With A Rainbow and the largest holdings of works by François Boucher. The museum also houses rare antique French furniture, including pieces that belonged to Marie-Antoinette. Get a glimpse into the splendor of the French Rococo period in the Back State Room, and visit the Oriental Armory to see authentic Indian arms and Ottoman Empire artifacts. Enjoy an exclusive tour customized to your needs and interests. Choose the 3,5-hour option to make it easier to join this guided tour of the Wallace Collection thanks to a round-trip transfer between the museum and your London accommodation. We will arrange a 5-Star Driver and a clean, spacious vehicle for your pickup and drop-off at the address provided when booking so you can avoid using public transport or overpriced taxis. Opt for the 4-hour tour to the highlights of the Wallace Collection and the National Gallery if you are thirsty for more art. The National Gallery is one of the most important art museums in the UK, housing over 700 years of art history. Follow your Expert Guide to learn about Caravaggio, Rubens, Velazquez, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Monet, Seurat, Turner and Van Gogh. It is a must-see, and the expert live commentary will make this experience so much better! Along the way, you will also get to sightsee in the London City Center, with highlights such as Oxford Street, Regent Street and Piccadilly Circus. The 5,5-hour option includes a guided tour of the Wallace Collection and the National Gallery as well as private car transfers from your accommodation in London for the best experience possible. Book in advance to get the best deal and enjoy the comfort of a private vehicle available for your pickup and drop-off.

London: National Gallery Guided Tour and Afternoon Tea

9. London: National Gallery Guided Tour and Afternoon Tea

Discover the amazing art collection on display at London's National Gallery with a guided tour. See the highlights of the collection's 2,600 paintings and learn about some of the most influential pieces of European art. Afterward, enjoy a traditional English tea service at the gallery's restaurant. Start with a guided tour through the highlights of the National Gallery's collection, which houses over 700 years' worth of European art. Wander through the halls filled with masterpieces by artists such as Vermeer, Titian, and Monet. Learn about the histories and meanings behind each painting. Next, head to Ochre, the National Gallery's restaurant, for a traditional afternoon tea service. Immerse yourself in English tradition as you enjoy a range of savory sandwiches, freshly baked scones with jam and clotted cream, seasonal pastries, and coffee and tea.

London: The Impressionists and Romantics - Monet and Turner

10. London: The Impressionists and Romantics - Monet and Turner

Follow in the footsteps of the great French Impressionists like Claude Monet and Romantics like J. M. W. Turner. Explore places that inspired their work and learn about their lives and art with a professional guide. Walk along the Thames Path towards St Thomas' Hospital and take in the views that inspired many of Monet’s paintings. Hear about J. M. W. Turner’s paintings that depict a fire destroying the Houses of Parliament. Continue to Westminster and Charing Cross which inspired many of Monet's paintings while your guide explains the technique and genius of his work. Hear interesting facts and anecdotes about the painters' lives in London including why the French Impressionists left Paris and sought refuge during the Franco-Prussian War and the story of Monet's stay at the Savoy Hotel. Discover a lesser-known Animalier who drastically changed London's cityscape. Finish the adventure at the National Gallery where you can view the paintings, including those of other influential Impressionists who fled the war, such as Sisley and Pissarro.

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What people are saying about National Gallery, London

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The Blue & Yellow route cover most of central London allowing you to explore all the sights in the city. The bus is punctual and many of the pick-up points have Tootbus agents to assist. A few of the pickup points are common to both routes allowing a changeover from one to the other. If you really want to explore London though, consider doing the 2-day tour. The addition of the Thames cruise is at a nominal cost with amazing views of London Eye, Big Ben and Westminister on a clear day.

We were astounded at the breadth of the collection and the beauty of the house itself. Our guide Brian was tremendous - a walking encyclopedia of the history of the collection and the individual works of art on display. We spent a very enjoyable couple of hours with Brian.

We booked the 4 hour private tour. Exemplary preparatory communication with our guide Willi. Competent, friendly tour through London with many sights peppered with a lot of inside knowledge. Thanks Willi that was really great

Damiano the guide was great. The tour was interesting, and Damiano has graet knowledge, and great stories. I highly recommend the tour. Eran

The guide Alfie was phenomenal. I could have hung out with him all day in the museum. Really enjoyed the tour.