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London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

1. London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

Join a local guide as you are served a slice of world-famous ceremonial action with a private or shared group tour Changing of the Guards experience. There is so much more to this extravagant shift change than meets the eye. With your guide to lead the way, you’ll soon know your Welsh from your Grenadier guard, and understand what the deal is with those fuzzy bearskin hats. Hear the astounding origins of this dazzling spectacle and get a handle on the significance of every color, button, mascot, symbol, and movement in this most British of traditions. From the best possible viewing point, your small group will join the guards on their journey toward Buckingham Palace as you march to the beat of their drums. Get as close as possible with the opportunity to take some amazing snapshots.

London: Jack The Ripper Walking Tour

2. London: Jack The Ripper Walking Tour

Take a spine chilling walking tour of London's historic Whitechapel district, and follow in the footsteps of Jack the Ripper's terrifying killing spree of the autumn of 1888. The tour explores how a series of terrible murders gripped the East End of London. Explore the historical background of the Whitechapel murders. Examine how public perception of these gruesome but gripping crimes has been shaped, and compare it to the reality of 1888 as you go to the sites menaced by Jack the Ripper. Play detective as you’re given a profile of some of the most likely suspects. Get out your magnifying glass and try to figure out whodunnit!

London: Westminster and Changing of the Guard Tour

3. London: Westminster and Changing of the Guard Tour

The Royal Westminster and Changing of the Guard guided walking tour offers you the ability to get up close and personal with London’s most famous and impressive sights. Beginning with Buckingham Palace, the most famous residence of the King, we will explore the iconic buildings, parks, and monuments of Royal London.  Witness parades by the world-famous King's Guards before continuing along the corridor of power which includes Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and 10 Downing Street.  You'll be led by an expert in London’s political, royal, and cultural history who knows the best places to witness the Changing of the Guard ceremony, allowing you the best views and photo opportunities away from the crowds. Along the way, be entertained and enthralled by your tour guide’s in-depth knowledge, memorable anecdotes, and unique take on London's history, as you discover the Kings, Queens, rogues, and villains behind this incredible city, and witness iconic buildings and mesmerizing parades along the way. Suitable for all ages and encompassing multiple different experiences in a single two-and-a-quarter-hour period, this Westminster and Changing of the Guard Walking Tour is the best way to experience Royal Westminster all in one day. 

London: Harry Potter Walking Tour with Platform 9 3/4

4. London: Harry Potter Walking Tour with Platform 9 3/4

Walk in the footsteps of your favorite wizards (and witches) around Muggle London. Your Harry Potter enthusiast guide will be armed with wonderful trivia as you visit many of the iconic real-life locations that inspired the book and were featured in the movies. Learn about London’s rich muggle and wizarding history. Discover amazing facts about the books and films, and see many of the film locations used in London, including the Ministry of Magic and the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron. The tour includes familiar Harry Potter film locations as well as iconic London landmarks, such as St Paul’s Cathedral, Millennium Bridge, Tate Modern, Borough Market, and Leadenhall Market. You can also take souvenir photos of Platform 9¾ at King's Cross Train Station. Along the route of this magical Harry Potter walking tour, you’ll have plenty of chances to take pictures and see the film locations up-close as well as places that inspired JK Rowling in her writings.

London: Changing of the Guard & Buckingham Palace Tour

5. London: Changing of the Guard & Buckingham Palace Tour

Explore the state rooms of Buckingham Palace and see the Changing of the Guard. Gain a deeper understanding of royal protocol from your tour guide and enjoy audio commentary inside the palace. Watch the Changing of the Guards in the company of a guide, who will explain the history and meaning behind the ceremony. See up-close the precision of the Queen’s Foot Guards as they march to the sounds of a military band. Marvel at the mounted Household Cavalry, resplendent on horseback as they change at Horse Guards Parade. If you book your tour on Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday, you’ll get to experience the change of the Household Cavalry. Step inside Buckingham palace and admire the lavish apartments and sparkling chandeliers. View some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection, including exquisite Sèvres porcelain and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world. While inside, enjoy commentary from the official audio guide and learn the history behind the sumptuous furnishings and family history.

London: 3-Hour Secret British Food Tour

6. London: 3-Hour Secret British Food Tour

Firstly, your local London guide takes you to the exciting Borough Market to soak up the atmosphere and eat some English fudges/chocolate. This eating paradise was not even on the tourist foodie radar a few years ago. Still around the market, you will try award winning Cumberland sausages, followed by the best fresh fish and chips in town. Note the difference between "chips" and "French fries!" There is so much to see in the market that your guide will give you 10-20 minutes to look around yourselves, giving you a chance to buy gifts or eat any samples. Your personal guide will explain the history of the market and the surrounding areas including Sir Francis Drake’s Golden Hind, the Shard and Southwark Cathedral. Your tour will continue to a historic pub where you can try the best of British cheeses, served with grapes, fig cakes and chutneys, washed down with real London beers, ales or delicious ciders (or non-alcoholic options). You will also see the world-famous London Bridge and Tower Bridge on the River Thames as well as the Battleship HMS Belfast. Finally, the tour ends with classic desserts, such as cheesecakes, chocolate brownies or sticky toffee puddings, all washed down with a pot of refreshing tea. Oh, and of course there’s a delicious secret dish too!

London: Old Royal Naval College Visit and Painted Hall Tour

7. London: Old Royal Naval College Visit and Painted Hall Tour

Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the Painted Hall is known as the UK's very own Sistine Chapel and reopened in 2019 following a 2-year restoration project. With your guide, discover Old Royal Naval College that houses the Painted Hall, admire the beauty of its magnificent interiors, wander its atmospheric grounds and courtyards, and hear the stories of the people who made this place their home. Explore the newly refurbished Nelson Room and learn more about the glorious life of this national naval hero through a multimedia exhibition. Visits to the Painted Hall include guided tours as well as access to the Sackler Gallery, where you can learn about the many characters, including gods and heroes, that are painted onto the ceiling. Learn about the Old Royal Naval College and how it was built in 1692 as a home for returning seamen. Discover the stunning 18th century chapel of St Peter and St Paul, the famous Water Gates, and the Victorian Skittle Alley. Glimpse the foundations of royal history as you see parts of the former Palace of Placentia, and the birthplace of King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I.

London: German-Speaking Guided Tour of Westminster

8. London: German-Speaking Guided Tour of Westminster

Start your 2.5-hour tour of Westminster's best attractions near Green Park Underground Station, led by a German-speaking guide. Enjoy an unspoiled view of Buckingham Palace, the main London residence of the British Monarchy since Queen Victoria's time. View the Horse Guards ride past on their way to the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Continue your walk along The Mall, the famous red-paved street and ceremonial route the King takes when leaving Buckingham Palace. Follow in the steps of your qualified City of London and City of Westminster guide across the fascinating area of central London. Stroll past Clarence House, St. James' Palace, and Trafalgar Square before you arrive at Westminster Abbey and Parliament Square.

Rock ‘n Roll London Tour By London Taxi

9. Rock ‘n Roll London Tour By London Taxi

Rock n’ roll your way around London on a scenic 3-hour drive by iconic London taxi. Discover the houses and venues where the stars lived and played, crossing the city from Tin Pan Alley to the Beatles HQ, via Freddie Mercury’s former home, and lots more besides. See where Elton John studied music. Discover where Pink Floyd set off flying pigs. Explore the world of the Swinging Sixties, Flower Power, and the Mods and Rockers. The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The Kinks, and Eric Clapton all put in an appearance. While Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Bob Marley, and The Bee Gees are all in hot pursuit. It may even be possible to visit a suite that Jimi Hendrix occupied prior to his sudden death, and see how the rooms have been carefully restored with their retro look, complete with prints of the man himself.

London: Guided Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour

10. London: Guided Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour

Grab your deerstalker and take a Sherlock Holmes Tour of London. Explore places featured in the books, real sites that inspired Arthur Conan Doyle and locations featured in film and TV adaptations of the detective's great adventures. The tour starts at the very place where Holmes and Watson first meet and continues to gentlemen’s clubs and grand hotels featured in some of the novels and short stories. Discover the London that inspired the author of the books, Arthur Conan Doyle. Visit many of the film and TV locations that have been featured in famous screen adaptations with Jeremy Brett, Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Downey Jr. Along the way you will have plenty of opportunities to take pictures and see the locations up-close. This Sherlock Holmes walk is a must for real fans of Holmes and Watson!

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We recommend our guide, Mick Greenwood, highly! He is personable, extremely knowledgeable, organized, and flexible in adjusting the tour to our interests. He knows how to tell many good tales regarding the history of the beginnings of rock n' roll in London and spoke clearly and slowly enough (unlike some other UK natives) that it was easy to follow his narrative. Unfortunately, we has only three hours to spend with Mick; we could easily have carried on our discussion and had him show us many more historic sights!

Fantastic. My partner and I are in our early 20’s and have recently moved to London - I would highly recommend this tour to those of all ages who appreciate an evening filled with knowledge, enthusiasm and a high quality delivery from your guide. Tactically timed to avoid London hustle and bustle, see beautiful landmarks, learn unforgettable history and behold unique stories - told so well they come alive. I would highly recommend this tour for any day of the year - in fact, I’d go again tomorrow.

Although we had the chance of a rainy day and consequently the change of guards was on the quick/short version, the guide was an excellent narrator, full of informative and fun stories which made a great experience. I recommend this tour!

We visited the London Stadium for the first time this year in October. Great experience and more so for my son who is a westham fan. He loved every minute. Guide was fantastic as well.

This was just perfect for my husband and me, and my two kids (7 and 11 years-old). We all enjoyed the tour a lot!