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LONDON'S TOP SITES

London has world class ancient and historic sites. Only Blue Badge guides are permitted to provide tours at these sites. Let me give you an exclusive tour of London’s most popular attractions. Please note that the admission fee to these sites is not included in the guiding price.

Westminster Abbey (Half Day)

Westminster Abbey is one of the most famous churches in the World. This is the place where Kings and Queens are crowned. It is the scene of many a Royal Wedding. We all remember William and Kate’s wedding in 2011. This year sees the 70th anniversary of the wedding of HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh!  Nearly 1000 years of history are crammed into this remarkable and architecturally stunning church. We will look at the tomb of the Unknown Warrior, a place honoured by every visiting Head of State. This is also the last resting place of a saint and many medieval Kings and Queens. If architecture is your thing, this will be the highlight of your tour.  Over 3000 people are buried here and countless other s remembered with poignant and sometimes extravagant monuments. Britain’s writers and poets are commemorated  at Poets Corner. But this only scratches the surface. There is so much to see that you really need to devote some time to this extraordinary and unique place.

St Paul's Cathedral (Half Day)

St Paul’s Cathedral, located in the City of London is the Capital’s most important church. This is the masterpiece of perhaps London’s greatest architect, Sir Christopher Wren. Built in the aftermath of the Great Fire of London, it is built in English Baroque style and is quite unlike any other Cathedral in Britain. Its scale is astounding and you’ll be surprised how light it is inside. (Wren was not a fan of stained glass). This was the backdrop for the wedding of HRH Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer in 1981. There are many wonderful monuments and chapels to visit. The American Memorial Chapel, commemorating the 28,000 US citizens who died having been stationed in the UK during World War II is a must see for our visiting American friends.

Tower of London (Half Day)

London’s fortress, palace and prison. This is the most complete medieval fortress in Europe. Kings and Queens stayed here, often during the period immediately before their Coronation at Westminster Abbey. Built by William the Conqueror in the late 11th Century and added to by successive monarchs the Tower retains an atmosphere of power and menace. This is where the Crown Jewels are kept in conditions of the highest security. These fabulous objects are used during the Coronation and State Opening of Parliament. They include the enormous Culinan 1, otherwise known as The Star of Africa, the largest cut diamond in the World! The Tower was also the backdrop for the tragic executions of Queens, Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, two of Henry VIII’s six wives.  You will get to see the fabulously attired Yeoman Warders or Beefeaters who still live within the Tower precincts. A truly memorable place to spend some time.

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