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London: Old City Walking Tour

1. London: Old City Walking Tour

Travel back to the origins of London on this 3-hour walking tour and discover the original square mile that nestled beside the River Thames. Known to Londoners as "The City," it has seen some of the most important events in British history and is home to some of London’s oldest buildings. As you tour, you will pass Sir Christopher Wren’s iconic St. Paul's Cathedral, Shakespeare's Globe Theater, The Tower of London, and Mansion House. Wander through the maze of small streets, church courtyards, and river walkways that make up the old town, and breathe life into a history that stretches back almost 2,000 years. You will also see some of the modern sights, such as the pedestrian Millennium Bridge – also known as the “Wobbly Bridge” – leading from St. Paul’s to the fantastic Tate Modern Art Gallery set in a renovated power station. You will stroll alongside the River Thames to see HMS Belfast and Tower Bridge, hear stories of how London survived the blitz during World War 2, and visit the Church of the Knights Templar, of Da Vinci Code fame.

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Roman London Walking Tour

2. Roman London Walking Tour

Much of Roman London is now 23 feet or 7 metres underground but if you know where to look then you can still see Roman structures today and what makes it especially incredible is that they just about survived 2000 years of construction, great fires, bombs and wars. This walking tour takes you away from the mainstream tourist sights of the West End into the original Londinium or the City of London as it is today. You will visit the sites of the old Roman Baths in London and see some of the most impressive sections of the old Roman city wall which used to span the entire city along with the ruins of an old Roman fort. The tour also takes you underground into a crypt with the flooring of a Roman house and a ‘re-laid’ Roman pavement or sidewalk. Where possible you will visit the famed Temple of Mithras, the Persian god of heavenly light which was discovered in the 20th century before being moved to a new location.  It has now been painstakingly put back in place and restored but underneath a 21st century office tower. You will visit the site of the largest Roman building north of the Alps, the famous London Stone and the remains of the London amphitheater where 7000 people used to watch the events unfold in the arena. They might not be the most complete Roman buildings in the world but they provide a fascinating insight on the very earliest history of modern London and get to see places that even most locals never get to explore.

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London: Tower of London Visit and Cruise in Spanish

3. London: Tower of London Visit and Cruise in Spanish

See the Tower of London, where the magnificent crown jewels are housed. Founded by William the Conqueror in the eleventh century and located on the north bank of the River Thames. This complex of stone buildings has been a palace, a prison, a zoo, a royal mint and the place of bloody public executions (two of King Henry VIII's wives were beheaded here and it is thought that their ghosts still wander the cobbled alley-ways of the Tower of London,  with their disembodied heads clasped under their arms!). We will explore the maze of streets and alleyways within London's historical heart and pass by the Bank of England, Mansion House and the Monument to the Great Fire of London, before reaching the River Thames, where we will pause to take-in the breathtaking Tower Bridge, London's most iconic bridge, which is uses a hydraulic system to open up in order to allow all vessels to sail beneath her. This tour will end with a short but marvelous cruise up the River Thames. This 30-minute journey will allow you view such monuments and sites as London Bridge, William Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Millennium Bridge, Waterloo Bridge, St Paul's Cathedral, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye, where we will disembark and where the tour will end.

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London: City Highlights Bus Tour with Crown Jewels and Tower of London

4. London: City Highlights Bus Tour with Crown Jewels and Tower of London

Visit the Tower of London, where the magnificent crown jewels are housed. This complex of stone buildings has been a palace, a prison, a zoo, a royal mint, and the place of bloody public executions (including those of two of King Henry VIII's wives). Get an up-close glimpse of the Crown Jewels. Explore the maze of streets and alleyways within London's historical heart and pass by landmarks such as the Bank of England, Mansion House, and the Monument to the Great Fire of London. Finally, reach the River Thames and see Tower Bridge, London’s most iconic bridge. You may be lucky enough to see the bridge use its hydraulic system to open up and allow boats to cruise beneath. End the tour with a marvelous cruise on the River Thames. See monuments and landmarks such as London Bridge, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Millennium Bridge, Waterloo Bridge, St Paul's Cathedral, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and the London Eye.

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Greenwich Museums and River Cruise with Italian Guide

5. Greenwich Museums and River Cruise with Italian Guide

Get panoramic views of London's famous landmarks on board a clipper boat as you make your way down the River Thames to Greenwich. Pass the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and more. See the Cutty Sark clipper ship on arrival in Greenwich with the help of an Italian-speaking guide. Visit the 15th-century royal palace and historical Naval College complex to admire the Baroque architecture and magnificent gardens of the Royal Borough. Look inside the Painted Hall and Church of the Navy. Hear about the naval exploits of the British Empire and how Greenwich became the most important cargo terminal in England. Go to the National Maritime Museum, and see a wonderful collection of maritime paintings in the Queen's House. Walk through Greenwich Park to the Astronomical Observatory, stand on the Meridian Line, and touch one of the oldest things in the world. End in Greenwich Market, where you can enjoy lunch or catch the Docklands Light Railway back to central London.

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What people are saying about Mansion House

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 87 reviews

where comfortable shoes...take snacks and be prepared to be amazed by the interesting facts you'll learn en route.

Our tour guide Luke was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the city of London. Was very helpful

a very well explained and interesting walking tour of London - I had a great time

PETER was awesome. So much knowledge, answered all questions and very engaging.

Was a wonderful, interesting tour. Kudos to our guide, little ben