LONDON WALKING TOURS

LONDON WHISTLESTOP WALKING TOUR (4 hrs)

Experience London, like Londoner. On foot, by tube and a famous red bus, this cracking tour will give you an overview of one of the most iconic and exciting cities in the world from the ground up.  Light on history but packing the sights, you’ll be navigating like a native on future visits! Your guide will meet you at your central London hotel for your private guided tour and after purchasing your London Travel Cards (good on tubes & buses) together you’ll see:

  • Big Ben
  • The Houses of Parliament
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Buckingham Palace
  • St James Palace
  • The Tower of London
  • St Paul’s Cathedral
  • The London Eye
  • Trafalgar Square
  • NB. Because this tour is designed to see as many London’s sights as possible, there is not time for interior visits or The Changing of The Guard. Check out our other tours below for more options.

Please note that this tour finishes at Trafalgar Square, the very centre of London. It is close to The National Gallery, Covent Garden, Bond Street and Regent Street – ideal for for more sightseeing, or perhaps just a little light shopping?


FULL DAY LONDON WALKING TOUR (7 hrs)

All the big sites and a many of the ‘secret’ ones, will give you a real chance to get under the skin of this ever changing world city – even more so surrounded by the people and sounds who help make it what it is.

By foot, tube, a famous red bus – and possibly a boat ride along the Thames, you will get a chance to immerse yourself in one of the most iconic and exciting cities in the world from the ground up.

With inside information and plenty of history to bring the city to life, I 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 meet you at your central London hotel for your private guided tour and after purchasing your London Travel Cards (good on tubes & buses) 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, we’ll have the chance to explore some of the lovely backstreets and neigbourhoods you wouldn’t normally find.
  • We 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. Just let us know your choices!

* Changing of the Guard doesn’t take place every day and we’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.


ROYAL WESTMINSTER ON FOOT (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 meet you at your central London hotel for your private guided tour and after purchasing your London Travel Cards (good on tubes & buses) together you’ll see:

  • Interior visit to 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 we’ll need to move about to see the best bits. Let us know if you would like to see this, and we’ll check to see if it’s on on the day of your tour.


LONDON AT WAR ON FOOT (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. Whether you’re a WWII buff, or simply curious, this tour will show the reality of this

Your guide will meet you at your central London hotel for your private guided tour and after purchasing your London Travel Cards (good on tubes & buses) 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. You’ll also take a look inside the award winning underground museum.
  • Explore London backstreets that still bear the evidence of war.
    Your guide will show you 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  for an 7 hour day and a comprehensive account of London at War.


WESTMINSTER SAFARI ON FOOT (4 hrs)

If you’ve been to London before and want to head off the beaten track, then join your guide on this Urban Safari. You’ll track the eclectic, hilarious and the just plain odd – all giving historical proof to our grand British eccentricity!

Your guide will meet you at your central London hotel for your private guided tour and after purchasing your London Travel Cards (good on tubes & buses) and your guide 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…

Quirky London at its best!


RIVER, ROMANS, FIRE AND BLITZ ON FOOT (4 hrs)

The Roman City of London was established 2000 years ago, and this one square mile, just east of the City of Westminster, is not only jam-packed with history, but also happens to be our world-leading financial district. This is an area packed with great stories – of two invasions, empire-building, devastating fire, plague and power. This is London’s ancient heart.

Your guide will meet you at your central London hotel for your private guided tour and after purchasing your London Travel Cards (good on tubes & busses) 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 Alleyways and Famous Markets

Combine with:
LONDON AT WAR  to create an 7 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.


HIGHLIGHTS OF THE BRITISH MUSUEM AND NATIONAL GALLERY ON FOOT (4 hrs)

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

Your guide will meet you at your central London hotel for your private guided tour and after purchasing your London Travel Cards (good on tubes & buses) together you’ll see:

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, holds a selection of the most beautiful and influential paintings ever created. Together we’ll chart 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

ROYAL MARITIME GREENWICH ON FOOT (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.

Your guide will meet you at your central London hotel for your private guided tour and after purchasing your London Travel Cards (good on tubes & buses) you’ll head off to the river to purchase tickets for the boat. Together we’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 for up to four passengers

*Please bear in mind that Greenwich and the area around the Royal Observatory is quite hilly, so sturdy shoes and a certain level of fitness are required.


LONDON'S MARKETS ON FOOT (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 meet you at your central London hotel for your private guided tour and after purchasing your London Travel Cards (good on tubes & buses) 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 (All week, but biggest on Sundays)
  • Borough Market – Food, Crafts and Fashion
  • Smithfield Market – Meat
  • Portabello Market – Antiques, Fashion, Food, Tattooists – the whole world is here (Saturdays)
  • Covent Garden – A landmark smack in the middle of the city.
    You’ll end your tour here, where your guide will leave you to eat and spend!

If you are particularly interested in food, Contact Us and we can arrange food tours with local experts.


TOWER OF LONDON & ST PAUL'S ON FOOT (4 hrs)

For kids and adults alike, two of London’s most fascinating locations combined into an action packed 4 hours.

At one, people gathered for celebration, the other, the mere thought of entering filled them with dread.

The Tower of London an absolute must-see…

  •  London’s Medieval Castle, fortress, palace and prison
  • The British Crown Jewels
  • The site of the scaffold where Anne Boleyn met her end
  • Traitor’s Gate
  • Stories of invasion, escape and bloody, botched executions

St. Paul’s Cathedral is Christopher Wren’s masterpiece.

  • Wedding church of Prince Charles & Lady Diana Spencer
  • Burial place of heroes, including Lord Nelson and The Duke of Wellington
  • Heroism, devastation and the Dome that ‘should never have been’
  •  Climb to the ‘Whispering Gallery’ to test the acoustics,
    or to the very top for wonderful views over London (if open – work is planned on the upper galleries)

*The journey between The Tower and St. Paul’s will be on a famous red double decker bus.

NB. In order to have time to visit both these iconic London sites in your 4hr tour, you will meet your guide at a specified place at The Tower of London. If you would prefer to be escorted from your hotel, just let us know, but it will probably mean extending the tour to 5hrs.