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London: Private Walking Sightseeing Tour

1. 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 in One Day Tour with River Cruise

2. London in One Day Tour with River Cruise

Westminster Abbey and Parliament Square The tour begins with a panoramic drive around parliament Square, to see Westminster Abbey, where many of our Kings, Queens, Statesmen, poets and writers are buried. See Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. London's West End, Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard Enjoy a fascinating panoramic tour, seeing Trafalgar Square, Downing Street, London's Theatre District and Piccadilly Circus. Then to Buckingham Palace to see the colourful ceremony of the Changing of the Guard**. We will then have a chance to enjoy lunch at a traditional London Pub. St Paul's Cathedral A guided tour of Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece – St Paul's Cathedral - crowned by the magnificent dome that is so much a part of the London skyline. The Cathedral was rebuilt after the Great Fire of London in 1666. In recent years it has seen the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, to Lady Diana Spencer and, most recently, the thanksgiving services for both the Golden Jubilee and 80th Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen. The Tower of London and Crown Jewels Founded by William the Conqueror in 1066-7 and enlarged by successive sovereigns, the Tower of London is one of the world's most famous and spectacular fortresses. Over the past 1000 years it has been a Royal Palace, an armoury and a place of imprisonment and execution. The Beefeaters who guard the Tower will regale you with stories of its past. We will visit the Crown Jewels, including the magnificent solid-gold crown used at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, the enormous Cullinan diamonds and the extraordinary Koh-i-Noor.   Sunday in London - due to church services St Paul's Cathedral is closed to visitors on Sunday. We will stop for photographs and spend longer in the Tower of London. Occasionally there may not be a Changing of the Guard, on these occasions we will visit Horseguards Parade. Thames River Cruise Enjoy your river cruise at your leisure after exploring The Tower of London. Your river cruise will take you from Tower to Westminster Pier, where your tour will conclude.

Palaces, Parliament & Power: London's Royal City

3. Palaces, Parliament & Power: London's Royal City

Travel through a thousand years of history, meeting monarchs (including a Sewer King!), Prime Ministers, Guy Fawkes, Lawrence of Arabia, and possibly some secret agents... On our walking tour we'll travel through Westminster, London's Royal City. We'll visit palaces, including ones you might not have known were even there, the Houses of Parliament, Downing Street, Winston Churchill's secret underground bunker, the most beautiful Royal Park in all of London, and we'll also discover why you should never eat a fish that you've stolen from a monk's pond! The walking tour begins outside Embankment Station exit (River Thames side), ends near to Green Park Station, and will take around two hours. Total distance is about two and a half miles. Ticket sales will be limited to circa ten attendees, to ensure maximum enjoyment for everybody on the tour.

London: Royal Palaces Guided Walking Tour

4. London: Royal Palaces Guided Walking Tour

Join a guided sightseeing tour of London's top landmarks designed to delight visitors and locals alike. Explore on foot, viewing some of the world's most beautiful buildings and London's best-known locations, and see the Changing of the Guards. Meet your guide and set out to discover the English capital. Stroll through 2 Royal Parks and walk past 3 of London's Royal Palaces – Buckingham Palace, St James Palace, and The Palace of Westminster. See the Houses of Parliament and marvel at Big Ben, arguably one of the city's most recognizable landmarks. Other notable locations include Trafalgar Square, Horse Guards Parade, 10 Downing Street, and Westminster Abbey. End your tour at Parliament Square, right next to the tube station.

London: Winston Churchill Walking Tour with War Rooms Ticket

5. London: Winston Churchill Walking Tour with War Rooms Ticket

This tour will be for all fans of the man voted the greatest figure in British history, wartime prime minister, Sir Winston Churchill. On this walking tour, you will explore the streets of Piccadilly, St. James and Westminster and visit places that played important roles in his life. Have a chance to sit on a bench with Churchill and his wartime ally, President Roosevelt. Everyone knows that Sir Winston Churchill loved his cigars, as well as various other vices. Visit the store which used to supply his cigars. Inside, there will be a hidden treasure of London which was used by the great man himself. Visit the home where Churchill lived as a young boy as well as Downing Street, where he lived as prime minister and see the church where he and Clementine were married in 1908. Nearby, you will see the most famous statue of Churchill and learn about the story of why it is there and what it represents, handily it is rather close to one of the pubs he used to visit and a good place to visit afterwards. The tour will end outside the Churchill War Rooms which are perfectly preserved from the Second World War and from which Churchill ran the war whilst the streets through which you walked were regularly bombed by the Luftwaffe. Tickets for the War Rooms will be included along with an excellent audio guide.

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What people are saying about Banqueting House

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 230 reviews

The tour was excellent. I am from the U.K., but have never done a walking tour in London and I learnt so much. It was a great pace, full of super interesting information as well as some quirky fun facts. We thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely be recommending it to friends.

Excellent tour

Excellent tour of London. This was our first time in London. The tour was a great way to get an introduction to the city. Deborah was an exceptional guide. She was professional, informative and very engaging!

Quite rightly a World Heritage Site! We got there early and were able to see the crown jewels and everything else quite relaxed before the main rush.

This was a great day tour. Leslie was a good guide and there was sufficient time allocated for each of the sites/attractions!

Wonderful discovery of London.

Excellent day from all points of view, picturesque passages, walks in the parks...