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London: Westminster to Tower Bridge River Thames Cruise

1. London: Westminster to Tower Bridge River Thames Cruise

Climb aboard a sightseeing boat at Westminster Pier and cruise through the heart of London, admiring the many sights along the River Thames along the way. Stop at Embankment Pier, Festival Pier, and Bankside Pier before arriving at Tower Bridge Quay. Catch sights of St. Paul's Cathedral, The Shard, Tate Modern, Globe Theatre, and much more en route. Choose a 1-way trip to Tower Bridge Quay or opt for a round-trip cruise and return to Westminster. Listen to the live audio commentary from your captain and make use of the state-of-the-art facilities onboard the boat.   Benefit from regular departures from Westminster Pier every hour along with ideal viewing opportunities from the open top deck of the modern "Sapele" and "Mercuria" vessels or the open deck of the traditional "Sarah Kathleen." Each vessel features a bar serving light refreshments to purchase.

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London: Harry Potter Walking Tour

2. London: Harry Potter Walking Tour

Walk in the footsteps of your favorite wizards (and witches) around Muggle London on an interactive guided walking tour. Your Harry Potter enthusiast guide will be armed with wonderful trivia as you visit many of the iconic real-life locations that inspired the book and were featured in the movies. Learn about London’s rich muggle and wizarding history. Discover amazing facts about the books and films, and see many of the film locations used in London, including the Ministry of Magic and the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron. The tour not only includes familiar Harry Potter film locations but also iconic London landmarks, such as St Paul’s Cathedral, Millennium Bridge, Tate Modern, Borough Market, and Leadenhall Market. Along the route of this magical Harry Potter walking tour, you’ll have plenty of chances to take pictures and see the film locations up-close as well as places that inspired JK Rowling in her writings. Leave this tour feeling full of amazing Harry Potter trivia and almost as though you had been in one of the films or the books.

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London: Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts with Platform 9 ¾

3. London: Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts with Platform 9 ¾

Join your tour wizard for a magical unforgettable 3-hour journey through the London locations of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts "Crimes of Grindelwald"! Starting your magical journey in the City of London, you’ll meet your Wizard Guide who will make sure that everyone is ready for an extraordinary adventure. Together, you’ll follow in the footsteps of your favorite Harry Potter characters such as Harry, Hermione, and Ron or Magizoologist Newt Scamander who finds himself waving farewell to New York in the “Crimes of Grindelwald” movie. You’ll enjoy unique access to some of the most famous London locations, including Diagon Alley, Leadenhall Market and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Your very own magical tour guide will help you to discover the real-life movie magic used to create the beloved Harry Potter prequel and original film series while visiting famous, real-life London locations.  Get the inside scoop on the London attractions that inspired J.K. Rowling’s vision, and see how real-life London magically merges with her invented world. Sights visited: • Harry Potter Platform 9 ¾  • Warner Bros Official Souvenir Shop at Kings Cross  • Diagon Alley – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter awaits • The Bank of England  • The Royal Exchange  • Dickens Lane in City of London  • The 14th century Leadenhall Market  • The Monument  • London Bridge  • Southwark Cathedral – 1,000 years old • The 13th century Borough Market – London’s oldest • The 16th century ship: Golden Hinde  • Winchestor Cathedral Archaeological Site  • The 12th century Clink Prison  • Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre  • The Death Eaters Millennium Bridge  • City of Westminster School - where Daniel Radcliffe went to school)  • St Paul’s Cathedral

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London: Old City Walking Tour

4. 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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London in Style with Afternoon Tea at Westminster Abbey

5. London in Style with Afternoon Tea at Westminster Abbey

Enjoy a private welcome at the Tower of London.Your tour begins with a visit to one of London's most iconic attractions before the crowds. You will enter as one of the first admitted groups of the day before proceeding directly to the most historic part – The White Tower. There you will be welcomed by a White Tower warden for a private talk on its unique history. Then, enjoy exclusive access to the new ‘Armoury in Action’ exhibition. The Tower has always played a prominent role in British History. Explore all 4 floors, including the Royal Armouries Collection. Enjoy the spectacular display of the Crown Jewels, revealing these priceless treasures like never before. The Crown Jewels are part of the Royal Collection and are still used regularly by the Queen. Gems of the City Head into the City of London where you will see St Paul's Cathedral and the Bank of England. Then cross over Tower Bridge to visit Borough Market. Explore London's Oldest Food & Drink Market Borough Market is London’s most renowned food and drink market and dates back in its earliest form to 1014. A source of British and international produce, it consists of more than 100 stalls and stands. Producers from all over the country bring a range of fresh produce to the market, including fish, meats, vegetables, ciders, cheeses, breads, coffees, cakes and patisseries. Other stalls specialise in produce imported from abroad. You will have time to explore the many stalls and avail yourself of some of the local delicacies* before you explore the South Bank, home to the Tate Modern and the Globe Theatre (*optional and cost not included). A Guided Tour of Westminster Abbey Kings, queens, statesmen and soldiers; poets, priests, heroes and villains – Westminster Abbey is a must-see living pageant of British history. The Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066 and is the final resting place of 17 monarchs. The present church, begun by Henry III in 1245, is one of the most important gothic buildings in the country. You will experience a fully guided tour as your Blue Badge guide brings the story of the Abbey to life amid its magnificence and splendour. Afternoon Tea at Westminster Abbey Relax as you round off your tours with a delicious afternoon tea in the sumptuous setting of the Cellarium Café located inside Westminster Abbey. Your afternoon tea consists of a selection of savouries, homemade sweet and savoury scones, a selection of handmade cakes, and a pot of loose English Breakfast tea. Your tour ends here so you can take your time and enjoy your afternoon tea at your own pace.

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London: 1.5-Hour Private Kick-Start Tour with a Local

6. London: 1.5-Hour Private Kick-Start Tour with a Local

Receive a warm welcome to London with a private tour that will kick off your time in the city in the best way possible. Discover main attractions and landmarks like Big Ben and Westminster Abbey in only 90 minutes. Get up-to-date tips on where locals like to grab a bite and unwind, or what about a unique family-owned restaurant in a local hotspot? On this private tour, your local guide will make sure you see London like a local. Your guide will have all your questions covered and will give you a city orientation to get you acquainted with London to help you enjoy the rest of your stay to the fullest.

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What people are saying about Tate Modern

Overall rating

3.6 / 5

based on 671 reviews

Lovely little experience of being on the river if you haven’t got the time for a longer trip. 30 min one way trip and wasn’t expecting a tour guide telling us what we were seeing on the journey so that was a nice little bonus. Would recommend if you’re heading to the Tower of London and fancy something more interesting than an underground journey!

It was really informative and we discovered some great facts that we would never had know. My only feedback is I was disappointed not to have been able to get a drink on the boat as it only takes cash, in times of covid it should accept cards.

The trip had an unofficial guide who was crew on the boat pointing out landmarks and history. In fairness he was probably one of the best guides had ever heard! Truthful, funny and knowledgeable!

It was a brilliant trip. It had the perfect balance of being relaxing while also learning a bit about the surroundings. The narrator was hilarious and loved his dry sense of humour.

Very joyful experience in cruise with wonderful commentary...