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London: 3-Hour Secret British Food Tour

1. London: 3-Hour Secret British Food Tour

Firstly, your local London guide takes you to the exciting Borough Market to soak up the atmosphere and eat some English fudges/chocolate. This eating paradise was not even on the tourist foodie radar a few years ago. Still around the market, you will try award winning Cumberland sausages, followed by the best fresh fish and chips in town. Note the difference between "chips" and "French fries!" There is so much to see in the market that your guide will give you 10-20 minutes to look around yourselves, giving you a chance to buy gifts or eat any samples. Your personal guide will explain the history of the market and the surrounding areas including Sir Francis Drake’s Golden Hind, the Shard and Southwark Cathedral. Your tour will continue to a historic pub where you can try the best of British cheeses, served with grapes, fig cakes and chutneys, washed down with real London beers, ales or delicious ciders (or non-alcoholic options). You will also see the world-famous London Bridge and Tower Bridge on the River Thames as well as the Battleship HMS Belfast. Finally, the tour ends with classic desserts, such as cheesecakes, chocolate brownies or sticky toffee puddings, all washed down with a pot of refreshing tea. Oh, and of course there’s a delicious secret dish too!

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London: Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts with Platform 9 ¾

2. 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: Thames Rockets Private Speedboat Experience

3. London: Thames Rockets Private Speedboat Experience

Bring your nearest and dearest for a truly unique adventure. Be together on board your very own charter experience, reserved just for you and your guests. You will have a speedboat all to yourselves as you're whisked out for a breathtaking blast of fun in the fresh air.  First you will be given a full safety briefing and a life jacket, before stepping on board the high-speed vessel from The London Eye pier. Then, feel the wind on your face and the sun on your skin as you travel along the River Thames in central London. Your guide will lead you and your crew, keeping the banter flowing and offering teasers, facts and tales along the way. Let that carefree feeling of singing along at the top of your voice come flooding back, with the trademark onboard sing-a-long medley. For the first time ever small groups can take to the river Thames on a private speedboat ride without the exclusive price tag. The vessel, skipper, guide, and sound system are all yours.

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3-Hour City of London Walking Tour

4. 3-Hour City of London Walking Tour

Meet your guide at 10:00 at your centrally located hotel and set out on an entertaining walking tour of London. Catch a double-decker bus and then walk along cobbled alleyways to reach the Strand and Fleet Street, which was home to Britain’s major newspapers until the 1980s. On this 3-hour tour that’s priced for up to 2 persons you’ll continue on to St. Paul’s Cathedral, the highest point in London for over 1,400 years. Rebuilt after the Great Fire of London, St. Paul's has hosted many notable national events including the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer. As you walk through London's oldest district, you’ll learn more about the Great Fire that reshaped the city, and hear about the Great Plague that killed a third of London’s population. Cross the Millennium Bridge and visit Borough Market and Southwark Cathedral, and see Golden Hinde II, Sir Francis Drake's famous galleon. Stop near London Bridge station, where you’ll learn how the Tower of London, the 11th-century stronghold of William the Conqueror, served as a palace, a prison, and a gruesome execution place. Hear the stories of prisoners such as Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's unfortunate second wife, who met her end there in 1536. Your tour ends at London Bridge station.

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London: Southbank District Private Walking Tour

5. London: Southbank District Private Walking Tour

Explore London Bridge and the Southbank district, which is one of London’s most historic and storied districts, on an exciting and immersive walking tour with a private guide. Begin at London Bridge, where the small trading town built by the Romans stood upon the river Thames. Hear the stories of how the Thames helped Britain take command of the oceans - from Sir Francis Drake and his journey on the Golden Hind to the HMS Belfast, the most significant surviving Royal Navy warship from the Second World War. Move west along the river and into the time of Shakespeare, as you pass by one of the world's most famous theatres, known for the timeless words penned by arguably the greatest playwright of all time. A few blocks east and several centuries later, step into the world of Southwark, which was built on industrial, smoky origins. Grand Victorian wharves, granaries, and shipyards once spanned its shores, amassing the trade and treasures of Her Majesty's Empire. Now, the area has evolved into one of London's most adored and exciting districts. The neighborhood has arguably the best vistas across the city, its finest walk, and London's most beloved food and produce market.

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Private Full Day Tour – Fast Track Tower of London and Lunch

6. Private Full Day Tour – Fast Track Tower of London and Lunch

Discover the most important spots in London on this complete Private Full-Day Tour. Enjoy its history, culture, gastronomy, and local life, as well as secret places that only a local can show you. Visit Roman Ruins and discover the incredible St Paul's Cathedral. Cross the Thames River through its wonderful bridges. Admire the Shakespeare Globe Theatre where the prestigious writer performed his plays. Visit two of the most beautiful markets and experience daily life as a local. One is specialized in food, the other has a beautiful Victorian style, famous for being part of the Harry Potter saga. Then have lunch. Enjoy English Gastronomy in one of its mythical pubs. Local beer is waiting for you. Admire how modern and older architecture blends together. Visit a beautiful gothic church in ruins, due to WWII. Take pictures from the London Bridge, then visit the Towers of London declared World Heritage.  Get your pre-booked tickets and audio guide in your language from your local host. Explore this medieval jewel, with no time limit. The towers, palaces, crown jewels, walls, and chapels are waiting for you. Learn all the insights you need to make the most of your days exploring the city.

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Shakespeare's Globe to the Mayflower and Origins of the USA

7. Shakespeare's Globe to the Mayflower and Origins of the USA

You will start off at the relatively popular Millenium Bridge and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and learn about the abject poverty that used to plague the area with one of the worst prisons in history, The Klink, as well as the ruins of a palace and the famous Borough Market. This region more than perhaps any other has a reputation for naval trade and exploration and the Golden Hinde is just the beginning of what you will see. Following from the beautiful Southwark Cathedral you will pass under London Bridge and see some of the huge developments that London as gone through. Refurbished Victorian docks, warships and glass towers make up for the central section of the walk before you reach Tower Bridge where things get interesting and you go a little off the beaten path. You will visit what was Jacob’s Island, a terrible slum that inspired Charles Dickens. The area has changed in many ways but certain streets still take you back a century or two. See the place where piracy was rife and where criminals were hung by the neck. Eastwards you go through a cherry tree park with lots of history and onto a royal residency where nearby you will learn about some of the social reformers who did so much to improve the lives of the people who lived here a century ago. Wherever there were sailors, there were pubs and on this walk you will visit an old smugglers den where Captain Cook enjoyed himself before sailing off to ‘discover’ Australia and where Christopher Jones recruited a crew for a trip that would change history onboard the Mayflower. Later on you will visit his final resting place. As you near the end of the tour, you will visit an old Watch House where volunteers did their best to uphold the law amongst the slums and rescue the many dead bodies that turned up from the Bodysnatchers. You will learn about one of Britain’s greatest engineers who built the first ever under water tunnel and see a historic tv and film studio that is still making hits today. Finally, the tour ends at the Mayflower pub. A pub was already here before the Mayflower ship departed to the New World from this very spot and later when the captain brought the vessel home, it was left on the shore of the Thames a few feet from where it had departed. Just a few minutes away is a London Underground station for easy return back to your hotel even if you stay on for a drink or one of the Mayflower tasty meals.

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London: Private City Walking Tour

8. London: Private City Walking Tour

Explore the best of London in this private walking city tour, ideal for newcomers. Your local host will give you the best introduction to the city, taking you to discover the secrets and highlights around London while avoiding the crowds. Discover the best of London Downtown and visit St. Paul's Cathedral, the famous Shakespeare's Globe, and the most beautiful bridges that the city can offer, such as the historical London Bridge. Take a ride in the 'underground' and arrive at one of the most iconic areas of London, Westminster. In this private tour, your guide will explain the history and details of the most important buildings of London, including the Palace and the Abbey of Westminster and Big Ben. Together we will also visit Trafalgar Square and see the smallest police station in the city. Last stop is the beautiful Covent Garden Market. Visit its open-air stores and authentic cobblestone corners, and learn about the history behind one of London’s best markets. Get all the information you need to make the most of your visit to London. If you have children, this private visit to the city could be incredible for them too. Just let us know and we will tailor it for them.

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What people are saying about The Golden Hind

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 736 reviews

The tour with charlie was the most fun secret food tour ive ever had! Ive been to 3 other food tours but charlie is the best!the tour was relaxed and fun.charlie was very informative, funny and very engaging to the group.he purposely connects with everyone so no one feels left one.he is truly an amazing tour guide!my husband who is not much into tour guides even took a photo with him lol!we especially love the cheeses,the drinks and the desserts!!!the food wAs delicious and we appreciate that he gave us time to shop a bit. It’s was a great experience!

A very fun and informative excursion. It was an easy jaunt and there were no stairs, hills, or stress. Perfect for a senior traveller and safe for a woman alone. The food was incredible and our guide, David, was helpful, informative, charming and knowledgeable. We tasted foods from the Borough Market and it was teaming with goodies and British history.

Denis is a wonderful guide with extensive knowledge and interesting stories to tell. He takes you to places you didn't know about and he makes sure you get home safely!

A very cool and informative trip. Out guide Charlie was excellent and very fun.

Denis knew a lot about London and made out short trip to London extra special