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Big London Ticket: London Eye, Big Bus & Thames River Cruise

1. Big London Ticket: London Eye, Big Bus & Thames River Cruise

Discover the best of London with a hop-on, hop-off tour on-board an open-top, double-decker bus and enjoy a trip on the London Eye as part of your ticket. A hop-on, hop-off tour is the ideal way to discover the best sights, landmarks and attractions of London at your own pace. The tour gives you unlimited use, with stops strategically placed at all the places you would like to visit including Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge and St Pauls Cathedral. Hop off the bus at Westminster Bridge to take an unforgettable ride on the London Eye. From the top, you can take in the breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view of the city's impressive skyline. See the city's most famous sights including Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament from an unrivalled bird's eye view. You can start your tour at any of the Big Bus stops. Popular starting points include the London Eye, Marble Arch, Victoria Station and Trafalgar Square. With all ticket types you can enjoy a boat cruise along the River Thames. A Classic ticket includes a single river cruise from Westminster to the Tower of London (in either direction) whilst the Premium and Premium Plus tickets include a return river cruise between Westminster and Greenwich with the option to break the journey at the Tower of London. Departure times vary for the river cruise. You can board the river cruise at Tower Pier (near stop 16), Greenwich Pier, Westminster Pier (near stop 18) and the London Eye Pier (near stop 11). Big Bus route highlights include Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, 10 Downing Street, Whitehall, Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Street, Regent Street, Trafalgar Square, London Eye, London Dungeon, Sea Life London Aquarium, Madame Tussauds, Covent Garden, Bank of England, Monument, St Pauls Cathedral, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, The Shard, City Hall, Lambeth Palace, British Museum, Marble Arch, Mayfair, Green Park, Hyde Park Corner, Harrods, South Kensington Museums, Kensington Palace and Notting Hill.

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London Hop-On Hop-Off Open Top Bus Tour

2. London Hop-On Hop-Off Open Top Bus Tour

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 complimentary walking tour and 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. Audio guides are available in the following languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Mandarin, Russian, and Hindi. Choose from 3 routes and 1 feeder route covering over 70 stops. Red Route Covers all the main Central London sights and visits London’s Museum Quarter. Route map can be found here: https://d1wgio6yfhqlw1.cloudfront.net/UserFiles/image/London_hoho_Map.jpg Yellow Route – Courtesy feeder service Operating in the morning, this route 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

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London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

3. London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

Find the prime vantage points that most people miss and see this time-honored tradition from outside Buckingham Palace. Follow your guide on a dynamic journey that will take you through each stage of the entire Changing of the Guard ceremony from beginning to end. Navigate the crowds easily and quickly. Let your guide take you to the best spots with unobstructed views for taking photos of the palace, gardens, and parade grounds. Marvel at the precision with which the Queen’s Foot Guards march to Buckingham Palace, clad in their iconic red tunics and bearskin hats. Admire the gleaming coats of the Household Cavalry’s horses as they emerge at Horse Guard’s Parade. As you watch, hear about the history of this fascinating ceremony and gain invaluable insight into every detail of this British spectacle.

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Notting Hill Walking Tour

4. Notting Hill Walking Tour

See the highlights of this trendy urban village in West London on a 1 hour and 40-minute tour with a local expert guide. Notting Hill is world famous for its annual street carnival, Portobello Road market and of course the film of the same name with Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts. See famous film locations, celebrity homes and trendy restaurants and bars. Take in the buzz of the world-famous Portobello Road market on market day. See buskers, visit spice shops, and cafés, and taste delicious international dishes prepared at the market stalls. Experience the beating heart of Notting Hill and see aspects that many tourists miss when visiting on their own.

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London: The Original Shoreditch Pub Crawl

5. London: The Original Shoreditch Pub Crawl

Experience a party pub crawl like no other in Shoreditch, one of London's coolest areas. Visit bars full of bohemians, creatives, hipsters and the odd banker from the city. Expect graffiti covered walls, quirky cocktails and lots of photo opportunities. Every Friday and Saturday night our fun and friendly guides take you to 5 of East London's most happening bars and clubs. In each venue you'll get a free shot, exclusive drink discounts, photos of the night's fun, while drinking and dancing with your fellow pub crawlers.  Make new friends and befriend locals while you discover the capital's best nightlife scene without breaking the bank.

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James Bond 007 Private Walking Tour of London

6. James Bond 007 Private Walking Tour of London

Visit a selection of London sites featured in the James Bond movies and see some of the most famous buildings in London as well on this private walking tour. There are 2 versions of the James Bond Tour available. The Shaken Not Stirred Tour lasts approximately 3 hours. More experienced spies might prefer the Access All Areas Tour, which lasts around 5 hours. Whichever tour you choose, it will be private and personalized. See the house where James Bond lives in the upcoming Spectre film. Visit sites from recent movies such as Skyfall, Quantum of Solace, Goldeneye, The World is Not Enough, and from classics such as Her Majesty’s Secret Service. In addition, you’ll visit parts of Whitehall and other areas that related to the security services, and where behind closed doors decisions are being taken to combat terrorists. James Bond may be a glamorous vision of a spy but sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, as you’ll learn when you visit the precise spot of the most famous Cold War spy murder in history.

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London: Personal Travel & Vacation Photographer

7. London: Personal Travel & Vacation Photographer

The tour will organise the locations for the photo shoot based on your own unique requirements, whether it be a family getaway, a romantic trip or a livelier one with friends.  Once the details are organized, you will receive confirmation of all the infomation you need, leaving you to simply meet the photographer on the day and let the photographer work their magic, capturing your travels in a contemporary and candid style of photography. Our photogrpahers are hand-picked and highly experienced. They are local experts and will share their knowledge of their city like an old friend. Once your photo tour has finished, you will receive a link to your own personal online gallery (password protected), containing your images, all free to download. This photo tour allows you to look back over your travels with fond memories, when all too often you are left with rusty memories of your journeys. Make sure that the next time you travel you have momentos that will last a lifetime and beyond.

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Royal London Half-Day Bike Tour

8. Royal London Half-Day Bike Tour

Discover royal London by bike! Hear about kings, queens, and princesses from your engaging guide. Learn about the royal parks and palaces and the history of parliament. Discover the heroes and villains of Britain's historic battles and hear lots of London trivia along the way. The comfortable cruiser bikes provide for smooth cycling as you tour classic London attractions such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey. Halfway through the tour you’ll take a break at a traditional English pub. Why not enjoy a bite of lunch and a traditional pint of English beer? After lunch you’ll continue your journey and discover more of royal London. Singing “God Save The Queen” as you cycle is by no means compulsory, but it's strongly encouraged! With a friendly guide and action-packed schedule, this is one tour you shouldn't miss!

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London: The Beatles Walking Tour

9. London: The Beatles Walking Tour

Follow in the footsteps of the Fab Four. Learn how London helped shape the Beatles and see the mark they left on the city in return. See where Beatlemania began, as you walk the streets that were scenes of a wild frenzy whenever the band appeared. Have your photo taken on the Abbey Road crossing and imitate the legendary cover of the 1969 album. Visit Carnaby Street, the epicenter of cool during the Swinging Sixties in London. Visit film locations used in A Hard Day's Night and Help! as well as recording studios of some of the band’s most famous albums. See the homes and hangouts – past and present – graced by John, Paul, Ringo, and George.

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London: Full-Day Rock Music Tour

10. London: Full-Day Rock Music Tour

Follow in the footsteps of the hell-raising, music-making legends of London on a comprehensive full-day tour of some of the city’s most musical neighborhoods. Traveling by 16-seat minibus, you will discover the past and present rock landmarks of bohemian Soho, as well as the music venues north and west of the West End. A specialist music guide will take you to clubs including The Marquee, Ronnie Scott’s, and UFO. Discover where Queen, Bowie and Bolan cut their seminal albums at Trident Studios. Go to “Tin Pan Alley” where the Rolling Stone’s had their 1st recording session. Listen to fascinating stories of the time Bowie lived in a caravan, see where the Sex Pistols rehearsed, and where Bob Dylan played his 1st London gig. Discover the site of Joe Meek’ home studio, where Jimmy Page cut his 1st disc, and see where Pink Floyd recorded “The Wall.” Your guide will tell you about the time Elton John tried to commit suicide, and take you past the homes of Pete Townsend, Ritchie Blackmore, Syd Barrett, and more. Discover where Amy Winehouse ended her problem-filled life in Camden Town. Drive to iconic Abbey Road, stopping to walk across the zebra crossing to recreate one of the most famous album covers of all time. See the theater that The Beatles once owned, as well as the early offices of NEMS and McCartney. You will be dropped of at the Hard Rock Café for lunch (own expense), before your afternoon tour of Chelsea, Kensington, Holland Park, Notting Hill Gate, St. John's Wood, Marylebone and the West End. Learn what made the ‘60s “Swinging” and where psychedelic and punk rock were born. Discover locations that inspired hundreds of lyrics as you pass Brian Epstein's former apartment, the King’s Road flat where Ringo lived, and John and Yoko's 1st London home. See the current London residence of Sir Paul McCartney, as well as iconic Beatles locations, including the site where the Sergeant Pepper's album cover was shot. The tour includes plenty of Clash memorabilia in the neighborhood they frequented, as well as a drive past the former haunts of Bob Marley. There are more than a dozen sites to please Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix fans, as well as sightings of the former homes of Freddie Mercury, the Bee Gees, Clapton, and many more. Stop at Bill Wyman’s legendary “Sticky Fingers” restaurant, learn about the secluded hotels favored by the stars, and much more.

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What people are saying about Notting Hill

Overall rating

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based on 728 reviews

This was the best tour I’ve been on. The bikes were very comfortable and easy to use. Our guide Jamie was friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and entertaining. This was a lovely way to see London and 4hrs didn’t seem long enough my friend and I were really disappointed when it finished. We would both recommend this tour, definitely value for money.

A fantastic way to see the sights Ashley was fantastic. The best guide in London. He knows so many stories about all the monuments we visited which makes it interesting. I will do the tour again it’s a a good laugh.

A brilliant experience, I would highly recommend to others. We got to see the most beautiful parts of London in one morning. The guide was amazing and didn't rush us. He was very knowledgeable and funny too.

Great experience. Our hosts Luke and Alex were fantastic and catered to our needs whilst keep the party spirt hyped! Will definitely be doing ti's again. A fantastic time was had!

This was great fun! Definitely the best way to tour the sights and learn some history too.