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CLASSIC WALKING TOURS OF LONDON

None of these tours are set in stone. Flexibility is key and I will adapt any of the tours to fit your interests and those of your family or group.  We can allow time to visit particular attractions too.  Please note that admission fees for individual sites and transportation costs are not included in the guiding price.

Classic London Tour (full day)

A full day tour on foot and public transport (bus, boat, taxi, tube) taking in views of London’s top sites. These will include the Westminster Unesco World Heritage Site. This includes the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben (look out for MPs and Lords doing their thing) and Westminster Abbey, scene of Coronations and Royal Weddings. Buckingham Palace (is the Queen at home?) Horseguards Parade, scene of the daily  Household Cavalry Guard Change. Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery. We might take in a flight on the London Eye for outstanding views of all of London. We journey to the East and the City of London where highlights include, St Paul’s Cathedral, the skyscrapers of  the financial district, many nicknamed by Londoners, the Gherkin, Walkie Talkie and Cheese-grater to name but three. The Bank of England. We can climb the Monument a 202ft tall column commemorating the Great Fire of London. We take in the 1000 year old Tower of London, the capital’s fortress, prison and palace. We might end up at the Tate Modern art gallery for a cup of Tea or explore William Shakespeare’s Southwark on the South Bank.

 

Classic London Tour (half day)

Like the full day but taking in either Westminster or the City, but not both because…there won’t be enough time! Still a brilliant tour though.

City of London Tour (half day)

Get to know the ancient Square Mile from the arrival of the Romans, 2000 years ago through to the modern centre of commerce and finance. We’ll linger to admire Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece, St Paul’s Cathedral. We can go and hold a bar of gold at the Bank of England and go and have lunch with the City suits at the Royal Exchange. We’ll follow in the footsteps of William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and even Harry Potter. Did you know that Pocahontas spent time here too? We can combine some shopping and great views of the City from 1 New Change.  

 

London Villages (full or half day) Greenwich

Greenwich has a rich association with the Navy and all matters nautical. There is so much to see and do at the second of London’s Unesco World Heritage Sites that we could easily spend a full day here. To get the most out of this tour, I highly recommend arriving by boat from Central London. We’ll get great views of Tower Bridge, The Tower of London and the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf and the redeveloped London Docklands. On arrival at Greenwich we should make for the Royal Observatory and stand astride the Prime Meridian (0 degrees longitude) dividing the Eastern and Western Hemispheres. We could take in a show at the Greenwich Planetarium and take a tour around the old observatory where the first Astronomer Royal, John Flamsteed set up his telescopes and other scientific instruments. We wll visit Inigo Jones architectural gem, The Queen’s House now looking spectacular following a multi million pound refurbishment. Onwards to Wrens beautiful Royal Naval College used as the backdrop to many movies, “The Golden Compass” and “Les Miserables” both had memorable scenes shot here. The Painted Hall is spectacular and where Admiral Lord Nelson laid in State following his death at Trafalgar. We still have the excellent National Maritime Museum and the wonderfully preserved tea clipper, “The Cutty Sark” to visit. If it all gets too much we can take a picnic into Greenwich Park and enjoy the views.  We could have a look at the stalls in Greenwich Market and if you’re still hungry, we could get a plate of whitebait at the famous Trafalgar Tavern.

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