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Most popular tours of London

London in a nutshell – "An Instant Introduction"


This is London of picture postcards, film sets, and history books. It is a combination of a panoramic drive with photo stops at key landmarks. We follow the best itinerary to show you all the world-famous attractions: Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament, Tower of London and Tower Bridge. Further highlights include: Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, 10 Downing Street, London Eye. It is a wonderful introduction to London for first time visitors, and for people who don`t have much time, but still intend to see as much as possible.


Grand Tour of London – "Miss it and you've missed London"


If you only have a day, this tour shows you all the top landmarks. See Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and St Paul's Cathedral while travelling around the West End and the City of London. Watch the Changing of the Guard, a fantastic display of British pomp and ceremony outside Buckingham Palace. Have lunch in a traditional English pub, stroll in a Royal Park and have your photo taken at Trafalgar Square. Tour the Tower of London with your "Blue Badge" Guide and see the original British Crown Jewels.


London By Night – "The Night Time View"


Make your night extra special by discovering the city while it is wonderfully lit up against the night sky. You might have visited London during day time, but at night it will surprise you with a very different experience. See the vivid colours of Piccadilly Circus, "London`s Time Square" and the famous Harrods lit up by 11.000 light bulbs. Cross the unique Tower Bridge and enjoy a photo stop by London's most photographed evening landmark, London Eye, illuminated in red. Finally, enjoy a short stroll around China Town or Soho, the capital`s favourite nightlife spots.


London Pub Tour: The Tavern Trail


It is PUB TIME, so we will explore several of London's best watering holes. The "Public House" is a quintessentially British institution and all Englishman have their own favourite "local" as they call it. Some are historical, others elegant or feature an unexpectedly surprising interior. You will be introduced to "pub etiquette" and find out about the countless different types of beer. Enjoy a pint of Real Ale in the first pub, a pint of Guinness in the second and a Cider in the third. Soak up the casual pub atmosphere, the friendliness of the local people - your great evening out is guaranteed.



Top Attractions

Tower of London – "Home of The Crown Jewels"


Immerse yourself in 1000 years history in the famous Tower of London, Europe's best preserved medieval fortress. See the invaluable collection of the British Crown Jewels and get a good insight into the darkest chapters of English history: the War of the Roses and the mysterious disappearance of the "Princes of the Tower". Hear about thrilling ghost stories, see the infamous Traitors Gate and the terrifying scaffold site. Have your photo taken with the Beefeaters, the traditional guards of the Tower, and find out more about the legendary Ravens.


Westminster Abbey – "The Royal Coronation Church"


Discover Westminster Abbey, the royal coronation church and final resting place of many English monarchs. It is also the stage of fabulous royal weddings - most recently of the marriage ceremony of "Kate & William". See the famous Poet`s Corner, have a look at the 750 years old Coronation Chair, and marvel at the wonderful Henry VII Chapel, masterpiece of English Gothic architecture. The past here is cast in stone. Please note, Westminster Abbey only allows group visits guided by an official London "Blue Badge" Guide. Maximum group size is 30 people.


St Paul's Cathedral –"Christopher Wren Masterpiece


The "nation`s cathedral" has been essential part of London`s skyline for over 300 years. The current building was erected after the devastating "Great Fire of London" of 1666. During our visit we admire the cathedral`s baroque architecture unique to England and marvel at the huge, 68,000 tonnes dome structure. We pay our respect by the sarcophagus of the two national heroes: Admiral Nelson and the Duke of Wellington, both victors against Bonaparte Napoleon. Those who have enough energy can even climb up to the famous "Whispering Gallery".


Houses of Parliament – "The mother of all parliaments"


London`s most iconic building is the Houses of Parliament with Big Ben. See the richly decorated House of Lords Chamber and the green Chamber of the House of Commons or the medieval Westminster Hall surviving fires and bombings in its 900 years of history. Find out more about 1000 years of British democracy, hear entertaining stories about Sir Winston Churchill or Margaret Teacher, the "Iron Lady" and follow the footsteps of Her Majesty the Queen, who opens the Parliament every year by reading the "Queens Speech".



Museuns and Galleries

British Museum


See the world "under one roof" in the British Museum. More than 10 million objects from every corner of the planet are awaiting you: the Rosetta Stone from Egypt, the Royal Lion Hunt Reliefs from Babylon, the Parthenon Sculptures from ancient Greece, the Enlightenment Gallery, the 4,500 year old natural mummy of "Ginger". The "Sutton Hoo Treasure" from Anglo-Saxon England or the famous Lewis Chessmen from the Scottish Islands and much more. It is quite easy to "get lost" among the millions of exhibits, so an interesting guided tour is the best choice in order to see it all.


National Gallery – "Home of Western Masterpieces"


The display of the National Gallery on London's Trafalgar Square spans over 700 years of European art history including works of the most famous Italian, Dutch and Spanish masters such as Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael, Titian, Rembrandt or Rubens. To get a great overview join me for a Highlights Tour. For art lovers I offer in depth specialist tours such as Britain's History in Paintings / the Mythology in European Painting / or Discover the Impressionists. Animal Painting Tours are extremely popular among families.


Tate Modern


Visit London`s famous gallery of modern and contemporary art. See world-class works by Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Rothko, Jackson Pollock and many more. The museum is housed in the former power station on the banks of the Thames, masterminded by the same architect who also designed the UK's iconic red telephone boxes. It has been a massive success since its opening in 2000. Modern art can be sometimes confusing, so in order to get the most out of your visit, take a guided tour with a "Blue Badge" Guide and get a good overview of those confusing "isms": 'Expressionism', 'Cubism', 'Surrealism', 'Futurism' etc.


Victoria & Albert Museum – "Temple of Art"


The V&A boasts the world's richest collections of decorative and applied arts spanning 5,000 years of art history from the antiquity to the present day. It embraces almost all artistic genres: ceramics, glass, textiles, costumes, sculptures. Depending on your interest choose from the following options: General Highlights Tour / Eastern Treasures Tour (A wander through the art of China, Japan, Korea and South Asia), British Galleries (The development of British interior design from the Tudor era until the 19th century) Fashion Tour of the V&A (The colourful word of design and jewels).


Natural History Museum – "The Temple of Nature"


Come and explore the wonders of the natural word in London's 'Museum Mile'. The building of the museum in itself is an architectural masterpiece. Among 75 million exhibits, the main attractions are of course the dinosaurs. Upon entering we are greeted by a 26 m long Diplodocus. See the 200 million years old fossils of marine reptiles once dominating the sea around Britain, the T-Rex Session, the creepy crawlies and try the active volcano model and the earthquake machine. In the geological department marvel at colourful gemstones, rare meteors and even at stardust.


Museum of London – "2000 years of History Under One Roof"


London's museum of urban history where the capital`s story comes to life from the pre-historic times to the present day. With help of the museum`s vast and varied collection explore "Londinium", Roman London where Romans were bartering Britons for wine and olives. Gain insight into the darkest chapters of the "Black Death" which quartered the City`s inhabitants and the Great Fire of 1666, which destroyed 4/5th of its territory. Highlights include the golden carriage of the Lord Mayor used every November for the Lord Mayor Show, the gold Art Deco lift of the famous Selfridges Store such as the life size replica of a Victorian street scene.


National Portrait Gallery – "Face to Face"


Come and put a face to the famous names of Great Britain! This museum is home to the world's largest ever portrait collection. More than 10,000 works of all major figure in British history will line up in front of you from the Middle Ages to the present day: from King Henry VIII., Florence Nightingale to the Beatles and Queen Elizabeth II. You can marvel at paintings, drawings, cartoons, sculptures and portrait photographs of the great and the good of British history, politics, science and art. Besides general highlights tour you can chose between my "Royal Tour of National Portrait Gallery" or "Greatest Britons of all times".


Tate Britain – "Home to British Art"


Discover the national collection of British art from 1500 to the present day and get to know all the famous British painters: John Constable, Thomas Gainsborough, Joshua Reynolds, JMW Turner, Francis Bacon and the revolutionary Pre-Raphaelites. Tate Britain is also home to the Turner Bequest, a wonderful collection of paintings, drawings and watercolours what arguably England's finest landscape painter, JMW Turner left to the nation in his will. Why not jump on the Tate to Tate boat service and combine your visit with Tate Britain`s sister museum: Tate Modern?


Wallace Collection – "Hidden Gem in the Heart of London


Visit Wallace Collection, a lesser known wonderful museum which displays the best assortment of 18. century French paintings and artworks in the UK. All this set in a historic London town house with 28 elegant rooms. Many of the furniture and porcelain on display once belonged to Madame de Pompadour and Queen Marie Antoinette. Let me introduce you to the astonishing paintings by Titian, Canaletto, Rembrandt and Gainsborough. But we won`t miss Hals' famous 'Laughing Cavalier' and Fragonard's 'Swing' either. The Wallace Collection is an excellent choice for those interested in something different than the best known museums.


London Transport Museum – "Mind The Gap"


This fascinating museum comprises more than 450,000 objects which cover all aspects of public transport in London from 1800 to the present day. During the 19th century innovations in river, railway, and road transport changed Londoners' lives fundamentally. Museum highlights include the iconic red double decker bus, the world's first underground carriage and of course the black cab – today all are symbols of London recognized across the world. This museum is a good choice for families or for school groups as it is full of interactive exhibits.



London walking tours

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City of London – "The Famous Square Mile"


Today the City is the financial capital of the UK and one of the largest business and financial districts of the world. Our tour covers St Paul`s Cathedral, Europe`s second largest religious building, The Bank of England, where the country`s gold reserve is safeguarded, the Monument designed by Sir Christopher Wren to commemorate the Great Fire of London. The ultramodern City skyscrapers representing the modern style of the new millennium, such as Sir Norman Foster`s Gherkin, the "Cheese Grater" or the "Walkie Talkie".


Maritime Greenwich


London's riverside village of Greenwich is famous for its naval past and maritime connections, which managed to retain its original charm until today. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is the place where the Eastern and Western hemisphere meets by the famous Prime meridian. We discover the most important attractions of Greenwich as The Royal Observatory, The National Maritime Museum or Sir Christopher Wren's Royal Naval College. See the recently restored tea clipper, the Cutty Shark , which used to be the fastest commercial vessel in its heyday. We will stroll alongside the River Thames what's more under it...


Harry Potter's Magical World


Witches, Wizards and Muggles, prepare yourself to enjoy a magical tour around the Harry Potter film locations dotted across London and learn about the capital's rich muggle and wizarding history. See Gringotts Bank, cross over the Knight Bus bridge, walk the avenue of the magical Diagon Alley to Leaky Cauldron. Have a photo taken outside the Third Hand Book Emporium, cross the bridge which was destroyed by Death Eaters and follow Harry's complete flight along the River Thames on his broomstick. Take pictures by the famous Platform 9 3/4, gateway to the magic world and spot where Harry and Ron stole the flying car.


Royal London – "From the Prince Regent to Prince Harry"


This day is about kings and queens, princes and princesses. Apart from seeing the most prominent royal landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Tower of London, home to the British Crown Jewels, we will see out where Prince Charles and her consort live and hear about where Prince Harry goes out, and where Kate likes to shop, dine or socialize. We will discover secrets about former royal dynasties: find out which queen introduced the tradition of the Afternoon Tea to England, why did King Henry VIII. get executed even 2 of his 6 wives and why was Queen Victoria mourning for 40 years.


Soho, Chinatown & Covent Garden


Soho has been London's playground for more than two centuries, where spies, chancers, bohemians, drunks and prostitutes spent their time. Next comes Chinatown, the bustling hub of London's East Asian community, here since the 1950's; however, the Chinatown story goes much further back, right across London to the East End and all the way to the Far East. Finally we discover Covent Garden, once a vegetable garden, today the most popular meeting place of Londoners. Featuring the capital's oldest restaurant, accommodating the Royal Opera House and the famous Covered Market.


Literary London


Lovers of literature attention! From Chaucer to Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare to Virginia Woolf and T.S. Eliot, London has provided inspiration and home to some of the English language's greatest writers. Follow in their illustrious footsteps on this interesting walking tour around Bohemian Bloomsbury and the City of London. Hear about Oscar Wild who at the height of his fame was amusing and outraging Victorian society, see Dr. Johnson's House who composed the first English dictionary and "meet" mad, bad and dangerous to know Lord Byron. A special, literary themed pub walk is also available on request!


Hidden London


London has more than its fair share of must-sees and instantly recognizable landmarks. But hidden away from the busy main roads you will find a secret city of narrow alleyways, hidden courtyards and ancient buildings all of which are cobwebbed by time. Throw off the crowds and get to know an unfamiliar, but intriguing side of London. On this unique walk we go off the beaten track and venture into the streets of hidden London. This walk is ideal for visitors who wish to see something different from the top attractions but also for Londoners intending to explore more about their own city.


Fashion Tour – "From Street Fashion to Haute Couture"


Come to explore London's top fashion scenes from Savile Row to New Bond Street, from Mount Street to Bruton Street, etc. Hear about quintessentially British brands, iconic designers (From Vivien Westwood to Stella McCartney, etc), well known fashion houses and the famous London Fashion Week. Besides the most elegant shopping streets of the capital city we won't miss either Carnaby Street and Kings Road, birthplace of the "Swinging Sixties". Your London fashion experience includes a visit to the fashion and jewellry session of V&A.


Little Venice and Camden Town – A Stroll Alongside The Canal


Along the way we discover Little Venice, London`s neighborhood full of canals where house boats and narrow canal boats anchor. London hides hundreds of kilometres of canals, 47 navigable tunnels and dozens of hidden aqueducts. From London via the Grand Union Canal many big cities are accessible by boat, eg. Manchester, Leeds or Bristol. We walk to Regents Canal, where we admire the elegant white waterfront villas and hear about the most famous animals of the nearby London Zoo. Our trip finishes in Camden Market, in the heart of Camden Town, probably the most interesting and colorful area of the capital.


Theatreland – "Not Just for Theatre Lovers"


Discover West End! We pass by the oldest theatre on Drury Lane, see the famous Royal Opera House, the London Coliseum, home to English ballet, we shall also see Shakespeare's iconic Globe Theatre. We hear stories and anecdotes about some of the greatest actors who have appeared on their stages what's more about theatre ghosts, which allegedly haunt between the walls of some of the old Victorian theatres. Anna Pavlova, George Bernard Shaw, Noel Coward, Sir Lawrence Olivier and Harry Potter are just a few "names" who will crop up during the tour.


Medical London – "From Body Snatchers to Harley Street


Join me for an interesting and surprising medically themed walk through London. You will hear about the illnesses of blue blooded Royalty, anatomists and anaesthetists, physicians and pharmacists to the founding fathers of NHS. Not to be missed fashionable Marylebone's 'Medical Mile' with the best known medical streets in the world: Harley Street. See Homes for Healing of famous practitioners curing the upper classes and stroll down 'Gin Lane' to hear the intriguing story of alcohol and (ill) health during the London gin-mania. Finally find out more about barber shops, scary body snatchers and military medicine.


Westminster Politics – "Big Ben & Downing Street"


Come and discover the world of British politics in governmental London. Get an insider view into how Parliament works and get to know it`s ancient customs and traditions. You will hear anecdotes of British prime ministers, and fierce suffragettes, and of course good old political gossip. Get amused by tales about Sir Winston Churchill, see The Cabinet War Rooms secret meeting place of the War Cabinet during the second world war. 10 Downing Street, the best known address of London, Whitehall, the high street of political power won't be missed either.


Legal London – "The curious world of the Inns of Courts"


This is an incredibly interesting walk which introduces you a real hidden gem of London: the world of the 4 Inns of Courts. This is the heart of English legal system since the 13. century. Hear about the legal profession, high profile cases and top lawyers, find out the difference between barrister and solicitor, see the shop where English judges purchase their wigs and gowns and see the workplace of Her Majesty's lawyers. See the only round church of the capital which featured even in Dan Brown's "Da Vinci Code" and was the spiritual home of the Knights Templar.