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London: Natural History Museum Tour

1. London: Natural History Museum Tour

Trace the earth’s beginnings to the dawn of our species with a tour of London's Natural History Museum. Navigate a through a collection of 80 million specimens in a labyrinth of galleries. Be introduced to characters like Sophie the Stegosaurus and the skeleton of a Dodo along the way. Catch a glimpse of the rare Archaeopteryx which is the alleged missing link between dinosaurs and birds. Be mysteriously drawn to the Cursed Amethyst and stand awestruck by an enormous slice of a Giant Sequoia tree. Visit the casts of victims from the volcanic disaster at Pompeii and learn about civilizations that used human skulls as drinking glasses. Gain a deeper appreciation for the natural world all around you as you uncover natural wonders and marvels. 

London: National Gallery Guided Tour

2. 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: Churchill War Rooms & WW2 Westminster Private Tour

3. London: Churchill War Rooms & WW2 Westminster Private Tour

Join a guided private historical walking tour around London with your live guide, a fellow historian lover. Enjoy a day exploring all the iconic sites such as the Houses of Parliament and Whitehall to discover the military bunkers of the Churchill War Rooms. Learn all about World War II, when on September 7th, 1940, Nazi Germany sparked a lightning war on London, dropping bombs across the city and beginning 57 consecutive nights of terror on Britain’s capital. But how did we get there, and what was to happen next? On a private walking tour with a local expert guide, discover the grandeur of the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, the Cenotaph, Ministry of War, 10 Downing Street, and Whitehall through the lens of WW2 - learn about the famous British resolve and the reality of life for millions at that time. As your private guided experience continues, descend below the streets of Whitehall to discover the military bunkers of the Churchill War Rooms, frozen in time and ready to be explored once again. Roam the top-secret corridors with your private guide. Absorb the atmosphere of a Cabinet War Room where the decisions made could lead to victory… or disaster. Chart the course of the war in a Map Room, untouched since 1945. Learn more about the man who led a nation through their darkest hour in a museum brimming with artefacts from Winston Churchill’s life- from his baby rattle to the cigar and bowler hat he was never seen without. Discover the reality of life in the bunkers for the men and women who slept, ate and worked here as the bombs rained overhead. ‘’It is the time to dare and endure.’’ —Winston Churchill

London: Secrets of Hampton Court Palace Guided Tour

4. London: Secrets of Hampton Court Palace Guided Tour

This is a private tour, just for you, so can be tailored exactly to your requirements. You can say in advance, or even on the day, what interests you most - whether it be tapestries, art and magnificence or simply the strange and amusing tales of a Royal Court. The tour on request can be designed to suit children. Step back in time to 1540, imagine the colors, sights, sounds and smells. What was it really like to live, work and eat at Hampton Court and how did people dress? The Great Hall has hardly changed since Henry's time, show off his wealth and power. Visit the Haunted Gallery, where you might see the ghost of Queen Catherine Howard, as well as original paintings from the Royal Collection. The beautiful Chapel Royal has the finest 16th century ceiling in England, studded with blue and gold, while the King's colorful royal beasts can be seen outside in a charming Tudor Garden. A story of two amazing palaces, a Tudor palace made famous by Henry VIII, alongside a 17th century Baroque palace built by William & Mary, with stunning gardens. Why did the British come to have a Dutch king in 1688 and what was he doing at Hampton Court? Find out more about William of Orange, see fabulous interiors including royal bedrooms and look out onto his magnificent Privy Garden as you explore the palace inspired by Versailles! Join a tour with Siobhan Clarke, who has a BA in History and a Teaching Certificate. She has worked at Hampton Court for 20 years and is passionate about sharing her knowledge of the palace and making every visitor experience the best it can be - inspiring and fun. Siobhan is a Member of the Institute of Tourist Guiding. She has featured on BBC radio and PBS television's 'Secrets of Henry VIII's Palace' and is the author of four books on Tudor history and art. She also lectures for the US Smithsonian and the UK Arts Society.

London: Private British Museum Tour

5. London: Private British Museum Tour

In the company of a live guide, explore the highlights of the British Museum, one of the largest museums of its kind in the world. Avoid wasting time stuck in long lines with skip-the-line entrance and make the most of your time in the museum to see treasures such as the Rosetta Stone. After your tour, spend the rest of the day exploring the rest of the museum at your own pace. During your tour, see the museum's most sought-after pieces and learn more about their importance in the modern art scene and as historical collection pieces. From the well-preserved Egyptian Mummies to the mysterious Lewis Chessman, admire collections from around the world and understand what makes these artifacts so unique.

London Private Family & Children British Museum Tour

6. London Private Family & Children British Museum Tour

Visiting the British Museum with a special children’s guide is a fantastic way to give kids a taste of this important museum. Visited by up to six million visitors per year, it is one of the largest and busiest, museums in the world and an important landmark in London. In addition to the vast collection, the museum’s special exhibition, displays and events are all designed to advance understanding of the collection and cultures they represent. Your tour guide will focus on tow to three exhibits to keep the kids from becoming overwhelmed and losing interest. Experiencing your visit of the British Museum as a family will be a fascinating and memorable moment. You will also be able to take advantage of the museum’s range of family-friendly activities throughout autumn and winter.

London Private Welcome Tour with a Local Guide

7. London Private Welcome Tour with a Local Guide

Explore London with a friendly local who is passionate about the city and eager to share all the information that will help you make the most of your trip. Get to know London through the eyes of a Lokafyer on a 2 to 6-hour private tour. Meet your guide at your accommodation and head out on the tour to get familiar with the neighborhood. Learn about the best places to eat and buy groceries, the easiest ways to get around and the top things to see and do. During the walking tour there will be the option of taking public transportation or a taxi to get around the city. Please inform the tour operator if you’d like a private car included in the tour.

From London: Downton Abbey & the Cotswolds Private Day Trip

8. From London: Downton Abbey & the Cotswolds Private Day Trip

Visit the village of Bampton; the film setting for many of the famous landmarks featured within the popular Downton Abbey TV series. See the buildings that played the part of the home of Isobel Crawley, the Downton Cottage Hospital. The local church is where Lady Mary marries both Matthew and Henry Talbot, and where Edith is both jilted at the altar and marries the man of her dreams – Bertie Pelham. The location of fictional local pub The Grantham Arms. Blenheim Palace Blenheim Palace is a masterpiece of English Baroque architecture and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. The stunning State Rooms are brimming with priceless works of art and magnificent tapestries. The Palace is still inhabited today by the Duke of Marlborough. The Gardens are set in over 754 hectares of land with an exquisite water garden. The Cotswolds In the Cotswolds you'll visit one the areas most beautiful villages, Bourton-on-the-Water. This is a must-see village, referred to as the 'Venice of the Cotswolds' due to the number of attractive bridges that cross the gently-flowing river at its center.

London: Beatles Magical Tour by Black Cab

9. London: Beatles Magical Tour by Black Cab

Climb aboard an iconic London cab for a "Ticket to Ride" the capital in the footsteps of the legendary Beatles. The 3-hour private drive will take you to the places where they worked, played, and performed. Although famously from Liverpool, the Fab Four spent much time in London, and you wlll take a trip down memory lane to the era of the swinging ‘60s. Music of the era will be played and sung while you tour, and your guide - who grew up during the period - will tell personal stories and share photos of the Fab Four. Visit Abbey Road, stopping to cross and photograph the famous zebra crossing. See the house where Paul wrote “I wanna hold your hand.” Learn where John and Yoko met. And see where they held a rooftop concert. Discover where Paul’s modern-day music office is. Hear stories of the friendships with other groups, such as the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Roy Orbison, and Eric Clapton. Listen to tales of legendary parties, and learn about the clothes, drugs, and attitudes of London’s Swinging Sixties.

Stonehenge Private Sunset Tour with Lacock and Bath

10. Stonehenge Private Sunset Tour with Lacock and Bath

After arriving at the meeting point, head directly to the city of Bath, one of England’s most historic and visited cities, and itself a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take in some of the impressive sights of this attractive and historic city as you walk through its picturesque streets. Visit the remarkable ancient Roman Baths, and the Georgian Grand Pump Room. An optional walking tour allows you to see where writer Charles Dickens once lived and worked, and to sample some of the delicious local cheeses. From there continue to the village of Lacock, another historic site dating back to Saxon times. This scenic village has been the site of several major films and productions, with parts of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone filmed here. Take your time to look around the village, before stopping for an early evening meal in one of England’s oldest pubs, The George Inn, built in 1361. Leave Lacock and head towards Stonehenge as the sun sets, giving you a dramatic view of this incredible monument. Enjoy these jaw-dropping monoliths with a unique viewing experience that guarantees direct access to the stones, unavailable to members of the general public. Your guide will discuss the history of this 5,000 year old site, the most famous prehistoric monument in the world, and explain the many mysterious theories about how exactly it was built. Away from the crowds, marvel at this ancient construction and see for yourself why it is one of the most visited sites in the world, before boarding your coach and returning to London.

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4.3 / 5

based on 49 reviews

I loved having a photo shoot with the iconic Big Ben in the back drop especially now since the scaffolding is completely gone after so many years. Ewa was professional and on time. She took me to all the locations around Westminster and gave me prompts on how I should stand to frame the photo well. Overall was a positive experience. And the photos turned out super beautiful- I love them! Just be aware that out of nearly 200 photos you can only choose and keep 10 and it’s hard to narrow down. This was a bit of a drawback for me. To get more, it’s £7 a photo or 12 photos for £70. The best time to do the photoshoot is before 8am to beat the crowds in this busy area.

Wonderful day! Excellent tour guide Leon, provided so much wonderful perspective throughout the tour. Our awesome driver, Andre, safely got us from point to point. Seriously, book this tour, it’s early in the morning, but so what!? You get to walk the inner circle of the mysterious Stonehenge, explore the quaint LeCock, and visit the town of Bath, including the very wonderful Bath Roman museum.

Outstanding guide-Andrew. Very accommodating since Windsor was closed due to the Queen’s death. He was flexible and showed us parts of London we had not seen in previous visits. Private tour for the four of us. An outstanding guide was provided us at Hampton Court. Her name was Sophie. Highly recommend this tour for a private experience in a brand new black taxi (can’t guarantee the “new”).

Pat was a wonderful tour guide She showed us many highlights and some off the beaten path She helped us negotiate public transit and stayed in touch with us even after the tour was over

Our guide made experience very interesting : he would know everything about the paintings and weapons. Very good guide