LONDON TOURS BY PRIVATE CAR

LONDON HALF DAY TOUR (4 hrs)

An overview of one of the most iconic and exciting cities in the world, with inside information and plenty of history to bring the city to life.

Your guide will collect you from your central London hotel for your private guided tour and together you’ll see:

At the end of our tour, your guide can drop you at your hotel or another central London location i.e. Covent Garden, Oxford Street or Bond Street for just a bit more shopping?

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LONDON FULL DAY TOUR (8 hrs)

Our most popular tour – all the big sites and many of the ‘secret’ ones,  this will give you a real chance to get under the skin of this ever changing city. With inside information and plenty of history to bring the city to life, we hope you’ll begin to agree with Samuel Johnson that “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life!”

Your guide will collect you from your central London hotel for your private guided tour and together you’ll see:

  •  Big Ben
  • The Houses of Parliament
  • Buckingham Palace
  • St. James’ Palace
  • St Paul’s Cathedral
  • The Changing of The Guard*
  • The London Eye
  • Trafalgar Square
  • As well as all this, you’ll have the chance to explore some of the lovely backstreets and neigbourhoods you wouldn’t normally find.
  • You will also have time for two (2) detailed interior visits of your choice – Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral or The Tower of London for example.

* Changing of the Guard doesn’t take place every day and you’ll need to move about to see the best bits. It will take approx. 60 mins and we can tailor the rest of the day accordingly.

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ROYAL WESTMINSTER (4 hrs)

If you were glued to the TV when William & Katherine were married at Westminster Abbey, or are simply interested in all things Royal, this is the tour for you. Royalty past, present and future.

Your guide will collect you from your central London hotel for your private guided tour and together you’ll see:

  • Interior Westminster Abbey – The Royal Coronation Church
  • Guard Change*
  • Buckingham Palace
  • St. James Palace
  • 2 Royal Parks
  • Prince Charles’ Home
  • Horseguard’s Parade
  • Downing Street

*The Changing of the Guard doesn’t take place every day and you’ll need to move about to see the best bits. It will take approx. 60 minutes and we can tailor the rest of the day accordingly.

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LONDON AT WAR (4 hrs)

WWII had a devastating effect on the City of Westminster, the hub of British Government and Royalty; effects that can still be seen and experienced today.

Your guide will collect you from your central London hotel for your private guided tour and together you’ll see:

  •  Churchill’s War Rooms This amazing series of underground rooms is where Churchill (reluctantly) met his heads of staff to administer the war effort. Bedrooms, meeting rooms and kitchens combine withe the Churchill Museum to give a comprehensive  account of the unseen war and the man in charge of it.
  • Explore London backstreets that still bear the evidence of war. See how life looked in London during the war. How whole neighbourhoods were destroyed during the Blitz and amazingly, how many of the most iconic sites of London survived or where rescued from Hitler’s intense bombing in an effort to crush Britain’s moral.

Combine with:
ROMANS, RIVER, FIRE & BLITZ to create an 8 hour day and a comprehensive account of London at War.

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WESTMINSTER URBAN SAFARI (4 hrs)

If you’ve been to London before and want to head off the beaten track, then join me on this Urban Safari. We’ll track the eclectic, hilarious and the just plain odd – that gives historical proof to our grand British eccentricity.

Your guide will collect you from your central London hotel for your private guided tour and will gladly show you…

  • Beautiful back streets, hidden alleyways and secret passages
  • Why we drive on the ‘correct’ side of the road
  •  Where and why we have gas lit streets in 2015
  • The jobs that produced phrases such as ‘To get knocked up’
  • How London’s first ‘Taxis’ revolutionised the cities architecture
  • The best cheese shop in London
  • A shopping Mall guarded by Beadles 
  • What ancient ‘privilege’ London taxi drivers still enjoy
  • Plenty of hidden stories behind Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and much, much more…

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ROMANS, RIVER, FIRE & BLITZ (4 hrs)

The Roman City of London was established 2000 years ago, and this one (1) square mile, just east of the City of Westminster, is not only jam packed with history, but just happens to also be our financial district.

Your guide will collect you from your central London hotel for your private guided tour and together you’ll see:

  • St. Paul’s Cathedral Interior Visit
  • The River Thames
  • The Bank of England 
  • Monument to The Great Fire of London
  • WWII ruins
  • Cutting edge Modern Architecture
  • Tiny Alley Ways and Famous Markets

Combine with:
LONDON AT WAR  to create an 8 hour day and a comprehensive account of London’s tumultuous history.
Or
Add an interior visit to The Tower of London to create a full 8 hour day, to include a stop for lunch.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE BRITISH MUSEUM & THE NATIONAL ART GALLERY (4 hrs)

This feast of culture captures the best of the best in two of our greatest national collections.

Your guide will collect you from your central London hotel for your private guided tour and together you’ll visit:

The British Museum, considered by many to be the greatest collection of antiquities in the world.

  • The Great Court Glass Roof
  • The Rosetta Stone
  • The Parthenon Marbles
  • The Lammasu that guards the Entrance of Sargon’s Palace
  • The Lion Hunt Murals
  • ‘Ginger’ and The Egyption Mummies

The National Gallery, which holds a selection of the most beautiful and influential paintings ever created. See how art has developed through the ages including…

  • Monet’s ‘Water Lillies’
  • Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’
  • JMW Turner
  • Van Eyke
  • Da Vinci
  • Rembrandt… among others

Because parking is difficult near the National Gallery we will travel by Black Cab. All transport costs are included up to 4 passengers.

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ROYAL MARITIME GREENWICH (7 hrs)

Best known as the home to the Meridian Line and ‘Greenwich Mean Time’ – from which the world sets it’s watch – Greenwich also has Royal Houses, wonderful architecture, a Maritime Museum, beautiful parks and a covered Market.
Located down River from central London, this tour will take us by boat along the Thames from Westminster Bridge, through central London itself, with many sites and landmarks to see along the way. At Greenwich we will travel by foot and Black Cab

Your guide will collect you from your central London hotel for your private guided tour and together you’ll see and enjoy:

  • An open topped boat trip with ‘local’ commentary
  • The Royal Observatory
  • The Meridian Line
  • Visit to the world famous Cutty Sark Tea Clipper ship
  • Old Naval College
  • National Maritime Museum
  • Lunch at a riverside Pub
  • The old Covered Market
  • Train back to central London
  • Black Cab trips included

*Because Greenwich is a Maritime location near the Royal Observatory (and quite hilly) it is best to travel by boat and Black Cab. All transport costs are included in the price of the tour, up to 4 passengers.

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LONDON'S MARKETS (4 hrs)

London’s markets were and are still, some of the most vibrant and least touristy places in the city. Many have been in existence for centuries and one, has been selling food to pilgrims for almost a thousand years.

Your guide will collect you from your central London hotel for your private guided tour and depending on the day of the week and time of year, you can visit two or three markets in your time together. 

  • Spitalfields Market – Retro Fashion, Food and Art
  • Borough Market – Food, Crafts and Fashion
  • Smithfield Market – Meat
  • Portabello Market – Antiques, Fashion, Food, Tattooists,
    an eclectic mix of the globe in miniature
  • Covent Garden – A landmark smack in the middle of the city.
  • You’ll end our tour here, where your guide will leave you to eat and spend!

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LONDON'S NEIGHBOURHOODS (4 hrs)

If you have been to London before or are here for more than a few days, this is a chance to explore a side of the city that most tourists never see. London is made up of two cities and 32 boroughs and each city and borough has an eclectic mix of neighbourhoods with various and varied, styles of living.

Your guide will collect you from your central London hotel for your private guided tour and depending on your interests, together you can explore some of the following:

  • Boho Notting Hill’s avenues and ‘Key Squares’
  • The grand mansions of St. James and Belgravia with their carriage houses and mews behind
  • The back streets surrounding Westminster where many of our current politicians live
  • The East End and Wapping (home to the great East India Docks where the great ships brought in London’s riches from around
    the globe)

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