London is one of the most visited cities on the planet and it is easy to see why. Around every corner there are fascinating places to learn about, historical landmarks to visit and the locations for some of the world’s great events.
After we meet you from your hotel, Airport or cruise ship we’ll depart on an informative and entertaining discovery tour of London past and present, a great orientation to the city for first-time visitors.
From the Royal Palaces of Westminster & St Jame’s to the grand public spaces of Trafalgar Square and the many public parks, this enlightening tour will give you a true appreciation of London, led by your local expert tour guide.
Each private tour is conducted in our premium Mercedes minivans, ensuring your comfort as we venture along the metropolitan streets of London.
Your knowledgable private tour guide will tell you the stories and show you the sights on this tour. We offer flexibility and your time inside and outside the vehicle is up to you.
Long day (9am – 8pm)
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We’ll collect & return you from your central London hotel, cruise port or airport
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- All-inclusive private tour
- Door to door service
- Dedicated private tour guide and driver
- All travel costs
- Luxury Mercedes tour van
- Lunch (we can recommend a place)
- Entrance into attractions & sites
- Gratuities (optional)
KEY SIGHTS ON THIS TOUR…
Buckingham Palace needs no introduction. Perhaps the most famous building in London if not the world, the Queens official Residence was originally known as Buckingham House. That building at the core of today’s palace was a large townhouse built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1703. During the 19th century it was enlarged, with three wings around a central courtyard. It is the Queen’s official royal residence in London and headquarters for the British monarchy. It’s also the focal point for the ceremonious changing of the Guard (pictured).
St James’s Palace
Located on Pall Mall St James’s Palace Built by Henry VIII in the 1530s on the site of a former leper hospital and was extensively remodelled in 1544. It was once the most senior palace in London and saw service to three royal families; The Tudors, The Stewarts and The Hanoverians. Elizebeth Tudor spent much of her life here and Charles Stewart was born in the Palace. George III declared St Jame’s Palace was not fit for purpose, moving to Buckingham House, the predecessor to Buckingham Palace in 1762.
built in 1827 Clarence House is immediately opposite St James’s Palace. It was commissioned by the Duke of Clarence who in 1830 became King William IV. Clarence House has been the London residence of Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall Since 2002 . The House was also London residence of Charles’ sons Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex before their marriages in 2010 and 2018.
This wide avenue runs 0.93km / 0.58 mile between Buckingham Palace at its western end through Admiralty Arch to Trafalgar Square at its eastern end. The road surface is red to give the effect of a giant red carpet leading up to Buckingham Palace. The Mall has been used for many state occasions including the annual ‘Trooping the Colour’, royal occasions. Perhaps its most famous outing was when huge crowds congregated outside Buckingham Palace to celebrate VE day (the end of World War II in Europe) in the presence of the Royal Family.
The iconic square at the other end of The Mall from Buckingham Palace. As you travel through Admiralty Arch a grand public space with fountains and ornate lions and grand statues comes into view. Nelson’s Column stands pride of place in the middle of the square and The imposing facade of the National Gallery provides a backdrop.
Churchill War Rooms
Hidden beneath the streets of Westminster, history was made in Churchill War Rooms. The underground nerve centre that allowed Britain’s leaders to plot the allied route to victory during the Second World War. Explore the inner workings of war time parliament as we explore the map room, the cabinet room where parliament met and even Winston Churchill’s bedroom.
Number 10 Downing Street is the official residence and place of business of the Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and number 11 the residence of The Chancellor of the Exchequer. This leafy street normally has media camped along its narrow pavement and we might even catch a glimpse of the PM as we take in the view from the security gate.
Houses of Parliament & Big Ben
The epicentre of British Politics, the ‘Palace of Westminster’ serves as the meeting place for both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.
Built in 1859 Big Ben is often used to refer to the clocktower within parliament, but in fact is the name of the bell inside the tower, which weighs 13.5 tonnes. One of two towers within the wider complex, it is an iconic and historic part of the London skyline. In 2012 the tower was renamed ‘Elizabeth Tower’ to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II.
The London Eye
Originally named ‘The Millennium Wheel’ the London Eye is a large rotating observation wheel on the South Bank. Conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects it is one of many projects built around the Uk to commemorate the millennium in 2000. The Eye recently celebrated its 20th birthday.
SUGGESTED TOUR ROUTE…
Each tour we operate is unique and designed to your requirements. Here is an example of this tours route…
- Distance Instructions
- Distance 7 miles
- Time 38 min
- Speed 11 mph
- Min altitude 0 ft
- Peak 0 ft
- Climb 0 ft
- Descent 0 ft
ALL OF OUR TOURS COME COMPLETE WITH…
LOCAL TOUR GUIDE
We are passionate, professional and full of personality. Let us share our knowledge of England
HOTEL / AIRPORT / CRUISE PICK UP
We’ll collect & return you at the start and end of the tour
Premium still and sparkling water is provided in glass bottles
PREMIUM MERCEDES MINIVAN
Our minivans offer luxury interiors and excellent legroom for up to 7 people and their bags
Stay connected to friends and family on tour with unlimited super-fast wifi
RECENT CUSTOMER TESTIMONIALS
Our tour was a wonderful and immersive experience with Hazel, who has a wealth of historical knowledge! Tremendously affable, she took us to several unexpected points of Outlander related interest, a delicious place for lunch and our private tour felt like spending the day with [...]
If you're reading this review trying to decide if you want to book this tour, let me tell you that you absolutely should! You will not regret it and will have memories for a lifetime. I highly recommended his tour. Alexander thank you for an [...]
We actually took the full day tour and I can't say enough good things about our tour experience and, more importantly, our guide Alexander (Sandy). He was top notch. He immediately made us feel at home. Alexander was down to earth, funny and SO knowledgeable. [...]
We went on a tour with Hazel today. She was a rock star! We had the best day ever! She was so friendly, knowledgeable and kind! She was very attentive to our interests and we truly enjoyed her company. She’s the best tour guide ever!