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London Half-Day Private Chauffeur Driven Tour

1. London Half-Day Private Chauffeur Driven Tour

Discover London in complete privacy and luxury on a private, chauffeur-driven tour of the city center, and see some of the city’s top attractions away from the hustle and bustle of organized group tours. If you are looking for a unique way to discover London, this private tour is the perfect choice! Your chauffeur will take you on an intimate journey, guided by a professional guide who will provide you with personal attention and courtesy throughout your urban adventure. Take the family to some of the best-known and historic sites of London, such as the imposing Tower of London where the Crown Jewels are kept. Pass one of the official residences of Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Drive through Trafalgar Square and see Nelson’s Column, the National Gallery, and National Portrait Gallery. Pass Westminster Abbey, also known as the Houses of Parliament. Relax in the comfort of your private car, and discover some places that other tourists never get to see!

London: Children's Bus Tour with Commentary

2. London: Children's Bus Tour with Commentary

Join the bus at the meeting point and be whisked around London. Head past some of the main sights of the British capital on a non-stop tour that is specially designed for children between the ages of 6 and 12. Learn about the history of the major landmarks from the live kid-friendly commentary. The onboard guide will provide stories and insights to captivate children’s imaginations.  Drive past the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Pall Mall, Piccadilly Circus, Downing Street, and many more and more on this bus tour. Additionally, get free access to the open-top double-decker bus app allowing you to locate the main attractions, locate the point of departure, prepare your visit ahead, and enjoy self-guided walking tours.

London: Tootbus Must-See Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Cruise

3. London: Tootbus Must-See Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Cruise

Hop on board the Must See London tour, sit back, relax, and (re)discover the city from a whole new perspective. See the best bits of London on this tour designed to see the most famous sights and incredible views of the city. Enjoy a tour past London's top attractions and landmarks including; Tower Bridge, Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, London Eye, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, National Gallery, and Downing Street. Start the tour at any of the bus stops. Be welcome on board whether you are a first-time visitor with just a few hours in town and want to get a taste of London or a Londoner who wants to experience the city differently. Download the Tootbus app to easily find your way around, follow the buses in real-time, and enjoy self-guided walking tours to help you explore more of London.

London: Private Walking Sightseeing Tour

4. 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: 2-Hour Customizable Walking Tour with Private Guide

5. London: 2-Hour Customizable Walking Tour with Private Guide

Create your dream tour of London with this customizable walking tour. Enjoy an intimate introduction to England's capital on a private 2-hour sightseeing tour of Central London, and see some of the city's most iconic sights. Your private guide will meet you at Westminster tube station (exit 1). Discuss the flexible itinerary before you set off. Go to Buckingham Palace, the official residence of the Royal Family and see the balcony where Prince William kissed his new wife Catherine in 2011. Then, watch the Queen’s Foot Guard march to a military band at the Changing of the Guards ceremony and 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. Finally, walk up Whitehall, past Banqueting House and No. 10 Downing Street, to arrive at Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery.

London: Best of London Half-Day Tour

6. London: Best of London Half-Day Tour

After meeting your guide at the meeting point early in the morning, you will advance to see the city’s landmarks from the cruise ship. Following this, cross Westminster Bridge to the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey, one of the most historic buildings in London and the setting for royal coronations, weddings, and burials. Afterwards, continue through Parliament Square, before heading down Whitehall towards the Cenotaph War Memorial. Just after that, see one of the most popular tourist spots in London, the mounted soldiers at Horse Guards. Walk through the central arch into the parade grounds at the back, one of the finest sights in London. Continue your tour down Whitehall until you reach Trafalgar Square and Nelson’s Column. When you reach the north side of the square, you will visit the National Gallery, London’s premier art gallery with over 2000 works dating from 1260 onward. Some of the artists on display are Botticelli, Cézanne, Constable, Monet, Rembrandt, Renoir, Titian, Turner, and Van Gogh. Then, head through Admiralty Arch and walk up the mall towards Buckingham Palace. Have the opportunity to take pictures outside and listen to the history of the palace, which has served as the official London residence of the UK’s sovereigns since 1837 and is currently the administrative headquarters of the Queen. Your tour will continue with a walk through Green Park, one of four “royal” parks in central London that is officially owned by the sovereign. Your guide will then take you to London’s biggest shopping streets. Pass the Ritz Hotel and Fortnum and Mason, one of the most famous shops on Piccadilly that was founded in 1707 by William Fortnum and Hugh Mason. Your tour will then conclude at the Royal Academy of Arts.

London: Best of London Day Tour with Pub Lunch

7. London: Best of London Day Tour with Pub Lunch

Your tour begins at the front steps of St Martin-in-the-Fields Church. From there you will stroll through London’s most famous piazza, Trafalgar Square, admiring Nelson’s Column. You will then walk down the dramatic mall which leads to Buckingham Palace, and on which many royal processions take place. You will stop briefly at Henry VII’s St James’s Palace, before watching the Changing of The Guard near Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s official residence in London. Afterwards, you will make your way to Horse Guards Parade where the Queen’s Life Guards are on duty 24/7 protecting the royal palaces. You will walk down Whitehall, passing #10 Downing Street (the Prime Minister’s residence), the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey. You will then jump into an iconic "Black Cab", which will take you to a well-deserved traditional English pub for a lovely lunch. Following lunch you will arrive to the magnificent St. Paul’s Cathedral, which was built by Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of London in 1666. Here you will be able to spend some time inside the magical Whispering Gallery, where you can see the amazing painted dome up close. Leaving St. Paul's you will begin to explore the City of London, which dates back 2000 years to when the Romans called it "Londinium". You will visit London’s only Roman amphitheater as well as the historic Guildhall, before then passing the historic Bank of England. It will be here that you will be able to best experience how the city's skyline is changing, as you observe new buildings such as the Gherkin, the Cheesegrater, and the Walkie-Talkie. Towards the end of your tour you will visit Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley, where you can visit the monument which marks where the Great Fire of London began. Finally, you will arrive at the Tower of London, the famous royal fortress where the Queen keeps her Crown Jewels. Your tour ends here, from where you can easily take a taxi, bus, the tube, or a river boat to anywhere in London.

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What people are saying about Nelson's Column

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 2,395 reviews

Drivers are friendly, knowledgeable and will instruct you on how and when you can transfer from yellow to blue bus route. Always look at the front of the bus with digital label for the route. Weekend in London means heavy traffic and buses may take a while to arrive at pickup points. Overall, good choice to cover the city for sightseeing.

It was a fantastic experience. All the staff were so helpful and supportive. Especially Christina, one of the HOP-ON HOP-OFF BUS drivers was just outstanding. A big shout out for you Christina

Easy to book. Efficient and clear communication before the event. Brilliant tour, clear, informative and informative commentary for adults and children. Would highly recommend

Excellent value for the money. A great way to tour and learn about the many sights of London.

Perfect activity for children. We loved every second of it!