City Streets Explorer: Half-Day Walking Tour of London
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Explore Trafalgar Square. Take a ride on a traditional Routemaster bus. Wander the streets depicted in Dickens’ novels. Enjoy afternoon tea at St. Paul’s Cathedral. Visit Harry Potter’s "Diagon Alley." See Tower Bridge, and finish at an 18th-century pub.
Ride down Fleet Street in a historic Routemaster bus
Arrive at St. Paul’s Cathedral in time for afternoon tea
Explore London’s Dickensian back streets
Walk along the historic Thames
At St. Paul’s Cathedral, you’ll descend to the crypt for a traditional afternoon cream tea in the café. Enjoy fresh scones with jam and whipped cream, along with a cup of steaming English tea! Please note that the tour does not enter the main sections of St. Paul’s cathedral.
Leaving the area by the recently restored Paternoster Square, now home to the London Stock Exchange, you’ll weave your way through old churchyards and hidden back streets.
You’ll continue past Mansion House, home to the Lord Mayor of London. You’ll later encounter the Lloyd’s building, Tower 42, and St. Mary Axe – otherwise known as the Gherkin.
In Leadenhall Market you’ll see the site of Diagon Alley from the Harry Potter movies. Heading downhill you’ll pass Pudding Lane, where the Great Fire of London started, and view the towering monument that stands as a reminder of the tragedy.
From London Bridge, you’ll walk along the historic Thames, passing Old Billingsgate Market, HMS Belfast, Hays Galleria, and City Hall. Enjoy amazing views of the Tower Bridge as you approach the Tower of London. Hear about the Tower’s history and see Traitors’ Gate before arriving at exclusive St. Katharine Docks.
St. Katherine Docks is home to million-pound yachts and politicians. You’ll finish your tour here with a waterside drink at the 18th-century Dickens Inn.
• English-speaking tour guide
• Afternoon tea
What's Not Included:
• Items of a personal nature
• As you could be jumping on a London bus or travelling like a local on the Tube, please remember to bring your Oyster Card or a London Travelcard Zone 1-2 with you
• Tips/gratuities for your guide
Good to Know:
Please note the following:
• Afternoon tea will consist of a pot of English tea, a scone, jam, and cream (no posh cucumber sarnies or patisserie here)
• This tour only includes entrance into the Crypt at St. Paul’s and not the main body of the church (there is not time on this tour to enter St. Paul’s Cathedral itself)
• The Bank of England Museum is open on weekdays only (on the weekend you’ll enjoy additional time at other locations)
• Younger children may find the tour too tiring, but it is suitable for children over the age of 11 (if in doubt, please contact us)
• Comfortable walking shoes are advisable, and wet weather gear can also be useful
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Reviewed by Amanda from Coulsdon, United Kingdom on December 1st, 2010
We had an amazing time! Our guide, Jonny, was enthusiastic and informative, and the time passed really quickly. I would definitely recommend this tour.
Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from wandworth, United Kingdom on October 24th, 2010
Chance to see all the sights within the city.
Reviewed by Rosie from Maidenhead, United Kingdom on October 4th, 2010
Very good value for money with a discount coupon from Groupon. The tour guide, Joe .,was very amusing and a fun guide. Be prepared for a lot of walking ( approx 4 hrs.) but well worth the sore feet at the end of the day.
Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from London, United Kingdom on September 28th, 2010
Although not her fault, the tour had a rough start with the guide being 25 minutes late. The office wasn't very helpful with their instructions. It seemed a bit pointless to meet in Trafalgar Square, just to hop on a bus to St. Paul's. Perhaps there could be a bit more time there? Once the tour got going, it was great. The stories were really interesting, most of which I hadn't heard before. The guide spoke a bit too fast but she was clearly very enthusiastic about the subject matter.
It was great value for the £6.25 we paid with GroupOn but I don't think the tour was worth £25.
Reviewed by Dave from Stoke Newington, United Kingdom on September 9th, 2010
Couldn’t recommend this enough – the guide was great giving us enough information to make the entire experience really interesting without bombarding us with boring facts and figures.
Reviewed by Rupika from London, United Kingdom on August 27th, 2010
The tour guide was very knowledgable and gave us some fascinating insight into the sights and streets. My only quip is that all 12 of us could not always hear him - is it not possible to have a small headset for the partcipants and the tour guide? I have seen these used for this purpose. All in all a very satisfying experience. Please thank the guide from us.
Reviewed by Stuart from Paisley, United Kingdom on August 17th, 2010
Thank you so much for a truly memorable day. Kristian our guide was very knowledgeable and gave us loads of quirky information. The tour says it is recommended for over 12 years however we had two 13 year olds with us and although they really did get a good insight into the history of London they did feel it was too long for them. My husband and i loved it, some highlights included Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese - definately plan to visit it again (for an hour or two), Twinnings and St Pauls.
Would I recommend this trip? Absolutely as it takes you away from the usual tourist routes. Well worth the cost.
Would I do it again? Definately plan to take on another tour on our next visit(minus the teens). Don't get me wrong they did enjoy it and keep producing little gems of information from Kristian, so don't be put off by my opinion.
Give GetYourGuide a go, they won't disappoint.
Reviewed by Stuart from Paisley, United Kingdom on August 16th, 2010
A wonderful day. Very interesting and informative. As we went on a Saturday we had limited access to a couple of sites but it didn't detract from the tour. Kristian is an asset to your company - friendly, knowledgeable - and helped to make the tour extremely enjoyable. Prior to the start, I was unsure about whether I'd enjoy it but I was totally hooked by the end of it, so much so that since returning home I've been studying some facts in more detail. Hope to be back in London at the next possible opportunity and will definitely be looking for another tour. Thanks Kristian.
Reviewed by Anne from London, United Kingdom on August 16th, 2010
Very enjoyable and informative tour despite the weather
Reviewed by Jean from Pinner, United Kingdom on August 12th, 2010
My friend and I had a very enjoyable afternoon. Christian our guide was very informative and fun to be with. We would certainly recommend these tours to our friends and I cannot contribute any negative comments. We were very tired when we got home but satisfied that we had a good, informative walk around London and saw things we would not have found on our own. Our thanks to Christian.
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