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London: Kensington Palace Sightseeing Entrance Tickets

1. London: Kensington Palace Sightseeing Entrance Tickets

Experience London’s Kensington Palace, a place of secret stories and public lives. You will need approximately 90-minutes to see the beautiful palace apartments. Explore the sumptuous state apartments that will lift the curtain on the lives of its resident royals, including William III, Mary II, Queen Anne and Anne's son William, the last member of the Stuart dynasty.  Learn of their momentous lives and discover their sometimes heart-rending secrets. Take in the most breathtaking examples of architect and painter William Kent in the Cupola Room and King’s Grand Staircase. See the flamboyant examples of 18th-century court dress and artworks from the Royal Collection, and much more.

London: Golden Tours Open-Top Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus

2. London: Golden Tours Open-Top Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus

This remarkable bus tour of London provides you the opportunity to explore this fascinating city in all its grandeur. Your pass allows you to hop on and off the bus at any of its many stops. See the city from a different angle on a boat cruise along the Thames (if the 24, 48, or 72-hour option is selected). On the tour route you’ll find world-renowned attractions and landmarks such as the Tower of London, Shakespeare’s Globe, spectacular Westminster Abbey, and of course, the inimitable Buckingham Palace. You’ll also see the most eminent precincts of the city, such as distinguished Regent Street, world-celebrated Oxford Street, and vibrant Piccadilly. Choose from 2 routes and 1 feeder route covering over 70 stops. Make use of the audio guides available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Mandarin, Japanese, Russian, Arabic, and Hindi. Blue route – The Classic Tour This route covers all the main Central London sights and visits London’s Museum Quarter. Red Route – The Essential Tour This route passes Madame Tussauds and Kings Cross, as well as Hyde Park and Regents Park, two of the prettiest parks in London. Yellow Route – Courtesy Feeder Service This tour operates in the morning and travels from the popular hotel districts to Central London. Stops on the tour include the following: • Buckingham Palace Road - Colonnades Coach Station Stop Buckingham Gate -Tourist Bus Stop • Parliament Street - Outside HM Treasury • Whitehall - Tourist Bus Stop • Lower Regent Street - Tourist Bus Stop Outside No. 1109 • Piccadilly - Tourist Bus Stop Green Park Station • Piccadilly - Tourist Bus Stop Hyde Park Corner • Knightsbridge - Outside Lanesborough Hotel • Knightsbridge - At Scotch House • Kensington Gore - Royal Albert Hall • Kensington Road - Palace Gate • Gloucester Road - Kensington Plaza Hotel • Gloucester Road Station - Stop G • South Kensington Station - Stop D • Cromwell Gardens - V & A Tourist Bus Stop • Brompton Road - Harrods Bus Stop • Knightsbridge - Hyde Park Corner Coach Stop • Park Lane / Northbound - Tourist Stop • Park Lane/ Northbound - Marble Arch • Baker Street - South of Porter Street • Orchard Street - Outside Selfridges • Haymarket - South of Orange Street • Pall Mall East - West of Trafalgar Square • Duncannon Street - Outside St. Martin-in-the-Fields • Aldwych - Tourist Bus Stop • Ludgate Hill - St. Paul’s Cathedral / Museum Of London • Queen Victoria Street - Cannon Street • King William Street - London Bridge • Tooley Street - London Dungeon • Tooley Street - Tourist Stop Vine Lane • Tower Hill - Opposite Tower Hill Station • Southwark Bridge Road - By Steps to Thames Path • York Road - North of Chicheley Street • Westminster Bridge Road - Tourist Bus Stop • Tothill Street - Tourist Bus Stop • Buckingham Gate - Opposite Queens Gallery • Buckingham Palace Road - Thistle Victoria Hotel • Buckingham Palace Road - Colonnades Coach Station Stop

London: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

3. London: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

Discover what London has to offer on a hop-on hop-off tour of the English capital. Pass iconic landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, London Eye, and Big Ben with audio commentary available on board. Choose from a selection of tickets and routes. You can also explore London on foot with a live guide with a choice of 3 daily walking tours (included in Premium & Deluxe tickets). Walking Tours last about 1.5-2 hours. Changing of the Guard Walking Tour – 10 AM – Stop 7 (Trafalgar Square) Royal Platinum Jubilee Walk – 1 PM – Stop 1 (Green Park Underground) Jack the Ripper – 4 PM – Stop 16 (Tower of London) Classic Ticket Hop-on, hop-off for 1 day (24 hours from time of redemption) Single river cruise between Westminster and Tower of London – either direction Premium Ticket Hop-on, hop-off for 2 days (48 hours from time of redemption) Single river cruise between Westminster and Tower of London – either direction Panoramic evening tour A choice of 3 live guided walking tours Deluxe Ticket Hop-on, hop-off for 3 days (72 hours from time of redemption) Single river cruise between Westminster and Tower of London – either direction Panoramic evening tour A choice of 3 live guided walking tours Discover London via 3 specially-designed routes covering over 45 stops: Red Route The Red route takes in the best of historic London including Big Ben, the London Eye, and St Paul’s Cathedral. Frequency: approx. every 10-20 minutes. Blue Route The Blue Route is a comprehensive route covering all of central London from Kensington Palace in the West to the Tower of London in the East. Stops include Harrods, the South Kensington Museums, and Madame Tussauds. Frequency: approx. every 10-20 minutes. River Cruise A Classic ticket includes a river cruise from Westminster to the Tower of London (in either direction) whilst the Premium and Deluxe tickets include a Single river cruise between Westminster and the Tower of London (in either direction). The river cruise includes live commentary in 8 languages. See top London attractions lining the Thames, including Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast, Shakespeare's Globe, and the Tate Modern. Departure times for the river cruise are approximately every 45 minutes. Panoramic Evening Tour The panoramic evening tour is included in the Premium & Premium Plus ticket types. Discover the magic of London as the city becomes illuminated in the evening. Hop on for a one-round panoramic tour past London's top landmarks as the sun begins to set. The tour departs daily at 06:00 PM from bus stop 11 at The London Eye.

London: Kensington Palace Gardens Tour with Royal High Tea

4. London: Kensington Palace Gardens Tour with Royal High Tea

Meet your guide at the meeting point and walk to the iconic Kensington Palace. On a guided tour of the palace’s gardens, walk around the immaculately-maintained grounds where you will be given interesting insights into the history of the royal family and Britain's most beloved drink: tea.  Kensington Palace is most well known for being home to members of the British royal family like Princess Diana, Prince Harry, and now Prince William and Kate Middleton (along with Prince George, Prince Louis, and Princess Charlotte). See the famous Sunken Garden before ending the walk with an indulgent high tea in the breathtaking surroundings of Kensington Palace Pavilion. You will be served a selection of afternoon tea sandwiches which include classics such as egg mayonnaise and cress, smoked salmon and cream cheese, roast ham and English mustard, and cucumber and fresh mint. Taste traditional scones made with Welsh butter filled with cream and jam and a selection of fine afternoon tea cakes.

London: The London Pass with access to 80+ Attractions

5. London: The London Pass with access to 80+ Attractions

See all that London has to offer with the London Pass. With its wealth of history and culture, London always has plenty to offer visitors. The London Pass is a complete sightseer credits package allowing you access to more than 80 top attractions, tours, and museums.  Access a huge range of the top landmarks and attractions including the Tower of London, London Zoo, Windsor Castle, and many more.  Enjoy a 1-Day Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus tour with over 60 stops across London including Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, and Piccadilly Circus. The pass is valid for a full working day across 3 routes. You'll also get access to special London Pass holder perks including discounts at gift shops at select attractions.  The London Pass allows access to over 80 attractions including: POPULAR ATTRACTIONS • The View from the Shard • Tower of London • 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour • Thames River Boat (Uber Boat by Thames Clippers - 1-day Hop-on Hop-off) • Windsor Castle • Westminster Abbey • London Bridge Experience • Tower Bridge Exhibition • ZSL London Zoo • Kensington Palace PLACES OF INTEREST • Shakespeare's Globe Theatre • Royal Albert Hall • Royal Observatory Greenwich • Old Royal Naval College • The Painted Hall • Cutty Sark • Kew Gardens • Hampton Court Palace • Apsley House • Benjamin Franklin House • The Royal Mews • Eltham Palace • Jewel Tower • The Monument to The Great Fire of London • Golden Hinde • Wellington Arch • Chelsea Physic Garden MUSEUMS & GALLERIES • London Transport Museum • Foundling Museum • Household Cavalry Museum • Charles Dickens Museum • Guards Museum • Cartoon Museum • Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art • Wernher Collection at Ranger's House • Fan Museum • London Canal Museum • London Museum of Water and Steam • Garden Museum • Museum of Brands, Packaging, and Advertising • Queen's Gallery • Pollocks Toy Museum • The Postal Museum TOURS & EXPERIENCES • ArcelorMittal Orbit • Arsenal FC Stadium (Emirates Stadium) • Chelsea FC Stadium Tour • Tottenham Hotspur FC Stadium Tour • Curzon Bloomsbury • Curzon Mayfair Cinema • Curzon Soho Cinema • Swingers Crazy Golf (City and West End venues) • Sherlock: The Official Live Game • Fuller's Brewery Tour • 20+ London Sights and enoy Fish & Chips - Top Sights Tours • 30+ London Sights Tour - Top Sights Tours • Palaces and Parliament Tour - Top Sights Tours • Jason's Original Canal Boat Trip • Kia Oval Ground Tour • London Bicycle Tour • London Bicycle Hire • Brit Movie Tours • QUEENS Skate, Dine & Bowl • Twickenham Stadium Tour & Rugby Museum • Wembley Stadium Tours & more! Please note attractions and tours are subject to change. Please check the digital guide included on your confirmation voucher for the full list of inclusions, opening times, and reservations instructions, when applicable, before you go.

London: 1-Hour Guided Tour of the Royal Albert Hall

6. London: 1-Hour Guided Tour of the Royal Albert Hall

Make your way to London's leafy Kensington neighborhood and enter the beautiful Royal Albert Hall to take a 1-hour guided tour through its salubrious history and lavish interiors. Start your tour at Door 12, where you will be greeted by one of the hall's knowledgeable and friendly tour guides. Follow them on a magical journey around the iconic building, visiting front of house areas and the Queen's Royal Box and private suites, decorated with wallpaper designed by William Morris. Experience the excitement as the concert hall prepares for its next performance, and soak up the spirit of the stunning auditorium, where so many of the world's stars have performed to acclaim. Get breathtaking views from the Gallery, and hope to see an artist in rehearsal (not guaranteed)! End back at Door 12 and get the opportunity to round your tour off with lunch or afternoon tea in the Verdi Restaurant (located on the Grand Tier) or with a simple coffee and pastry from the Cafe Bar. It is also where the Gift Shop is located for souvenirs. Show your tour ticket to receive a 10% discount on your treats! 

London: Essentials Morning Bike Tour

7. London: Essentials Morning Bike Tour

This tour starts in Kensington Garden - you'll start the morning by cycling through this beautiful park to see where Queen Victoria grew up and where Princess Diana lived. Further down the road, you'll stop at London's most classic venue, The Royal Albert Hall, built to memorialize Prince Albert. Feel free to do your own "last night of the proms" or lay back and listen to one of your guide's anecdotes. Your group will then follow the "rotten row" in the magical Hyde park to the statue of one of England's biggest heroes of all time, the man who defeated Napoleon back in 1815: if you know his name and where the battle took place you're the hero of the day. It's all downhill from there, through the Green Park to visit the official residence of the Royal family, Buckingham Palace - maybe you'll get invited for a cup of tea? We hope to tell you some stories about the Palace that you won't find in a travel guide! Next stop on your route is Trafalgar square, one of the world's most famous places. Whatever happened to Lord Nelson in Trafalgar and where did all the pigeons that once lived here go? If you know this then please do share - that's what the tour is all about, sharing some stories  - it's more of a chat than a lecture with a lot of yeardropping. If you like the royal weddings and the coronations, the amazing Westminster Abbey might be the highlight for you on the tour, if you prefer some good old execution and torture you can pay some extra attention by ţhe Houses of Parliament. Then, take a selfie at Big Ben, London's number one landmark before your group goes back again through the Royal Parks to the meeting point again. But please don't rush off without challenging your guides with any questions you may have about other attractions, museums, markets and more ways to enjoy this fabulous city.

London: Three Palaces Guided Walking Tour and High Tea

8. London: Three Palaces Guided Walking Tour and High Tea

Discover the Royal Family's palaces and experience the original Royal English Tea with traditional sandwiches, cakes and scones on the grounds of Kensington Palace. Stroll to St. James Palace, Buckingham Palace, and catch a cab to Albert Hall. Take a moment a Buckingham Palace, the main Royal Residence in London, and try and witness the Changing of the Guard Ceremony. Catch a glimpse of the Queen's Bodyguard: the mounted Queens Life Guard Soldiers. Jump in an iconic Black Cab and head to Albert Hall. See the Albert Memorial, and leisurely stroll in Kensington Gardens. Soak in the beautiful gardens Prince Albert created for his wife Queen Victoria and find where Prince Harry and William grew up. Experience the full splendor of High Tea in a breathtaking landmark and gain personal insights into our royal family and the fascinating history of our national drink during the ceremony of afternoon tea.

From London: Windsor, Bath, Stonehenge & Salisbury Day Trip

9. From London: Windsor, Bath, Stonehenge & Salisbury Day Trip

Mystical Stonehenge You'll never forget your first glimpse of spectacular Stonehenge, its monolithic rocks rising up against the skyline on Salisbury Hill. Theories abound about the mysterious rock formation. Was it intended as a religious temple? An astronomical clock? A Bronze Age burial ground? Salisbury Sample the splendor of Salisbury! Soaring into the skyline, the spire of Salisbury Cathedral stands at an astounding 123m (404ft)! Erected 800 years ago, the revolutionary spire is considered one of the leading examples of Early English architecture. Delve into the charms of the bustling market at your leisure. Bath Standing proudly on the slopes of the River Avon, beautiful Bath was the first city in England to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. The gorgeous 15th century Bath Abbey, the stunning Georgian architecture, the romantic Pulteney Bridge, modeled on Florence's Ponte Vecchio, are all sights to linger on in the memory of your day. Explore the delights of Bath at your leisure. Windsor  Windsor is a stunning English town, rich in history and located on the River Thames. The town is famed for its royal connections, and is home to Windsor Castle which is the queen’s official residence. Surrounded by gorgeous countryside, it has a diverse mix of history, culture and heritage so is well worth visiting while in the UK.  This tour will finish at approximately 8:00 PM in London.

London: The Beatles Walking Tour of Marylebone and Abbey Rd

10. London: The Beatles Walking Tour of Marylebone and Abbey Rd

This 2.5-hour walking tour will give you an overview of The Beatles personal and professional lives from the early 1960s onwards. Starting in the fashionable area of Marylebone, your tour guide will start outside the London Beatles Store where you can shop for merchandise. As your tour continues around London, your guide will share stories about John, Paul, George, and Ringo’s lives and careers. As you walk you'll learn about Beatlemania and the ups and downs of the band's career. Another of the tour’s highlights are the former homes of the boys including where John got arrested and where Paul dreamt up 'Yesterday. You'll also get to re-enact some Beatlemania at one of the film locations from A Hard Days Night.There will be a short bus ride from Baker St to St Johns Wood so please ensure you have a Zone 1 travelcard or contactless card. After 2-5 hours of Beatles facts and fun, your tour comes to an end with the tour’s highlight in St John’s Wood, outside Abbey Road Studios. Here, you’ll be able to walk over the famous zebra crossing as seen on the album cover of Abbey Road and ask your tour guide any final questions.

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Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 4,126 reviews

The Palace gardens are beautiful, but you can access them and the wider park for free. The Palace contains mainly pictures of the family but rooms are empty. I was hoping to see furniture, etc. The café adyacente to the gift shop within the Palace is nice and has delicious cake and tea that is affordable. The Pavilion accessible through the garden requires reservation to have a more upscale tea time with pastries.

Our tour guide, David, was wonderful. Very accommodating when my mother needed a restroom, flexible and had insightful knowledge about the palaces. We enjoyed chatting and getting to know him a bit more over a lovely tea. The tea, sandwiches, scones and desserts were delicious, and they even provided to go boxes so we could take the rest with us. Thank you for a wonderful morning!

Tour was lovely and the tea was wonderful. Great trip around Hyde Park with some nice people. Doug our guide was great!

This was a neat inside glimpse of one of the most world-renowned and legendary concert venues in the world.

Great fun and learning experience. That woman tour guide deserves a raise