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Magical London: Harry Potter Guided Walking Tour

1. Magical London: Harry Potter Guided Walking Tour

Walk in the footsteps of your favorite wizards (and witches) around Muggle London. Your Harry Potter enthusiast guide will be armed with weird and wonderful trivia all along the way.  Meet your guide and start your adventure by finding out which Hogwarts House you belong in. Compete against other Houses in an interactive quiz as you see the sites that inspired J.K. Rowling, from Shakespeare's Globe to the London alleys that inspired Knockturn Alley. Highlights include passing The Leaky Cauldron, the secret wizarding inn. Explore the real Diagon Alley, where Harry buys his first wand. Even see the bridge destroyed by the Death Eaters in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince".  For part of your guided tour, choose to either take the London Underground or a short boat trip down the Thames. Both options follow this itinerary:  1. Southwark Cathedral 2. Borough Market 3. The Golden Hinde 4. Winchester Palace 5. The Clink Prison Museum 6. Shakespeare's Globe 7. Millennium Bridge 8. Daniel Radcliffe's School 9. The London Eye 10. River Thames 11. Sherlock Holmes' Pub 12. Great Scotland Yard 13. Gringotts Wizarding Bank 14. The world's smallest police station 15. Trafalgar Square 16. Knockturn Alley 17. Diagon Alley 18. Palace Theatre

London: Stansted Airport from/to Central London Bus Transfer

2. London: Stansted Airport from/to Central London Bus Transfer

Start or finish your holiday the easy way with a great value bus transfer between Stansted Airport and London Victoria coach station. This high-frequency service from Stansted Airport will take you all the way to the capital, calling at key central London destinations along the way including Golders Green, Baker Street, Liverpool Street, Stratford, and Marble Arch. Upon arrival at either airport, exchange your GetYourGuide voucher at one of the many retail desks. As this is a standby ticket, you will be able to board the next transfer service with space available. With regular departures throughout the day and night, you'll be able to make your way quickly and comfortably to your next stop in no time at all. High specification coaches will take you directly from the airport door to central London. Sit back and relax in leather seats with headrests, seat-back tables, ample legroom, toilets, air conditioning, and power sockets; with selected services also having onboard Wi-Fi.

Harry Potter Studios & Private Transfer from Central London

3. Harry Potter Studios & Private Transfer from Central London

Go on an enchanting journey into the world of “Harry Potter” on a day trip from London to the Warner Bros. Studios, including entrance tickets and round-trip transfer from London. Make your way to the studios by private transportation from central London, and on arrival discover all the secrets of your favorite “Harry Potter” saga. Enter an alternate world as you walk around Diagon Alley. See stores such as Flourish and Blotts or Ollivanders Wand Shop. Go to Hogwarts and see the Great Hall, Dumbledor's office, and the Gryffindor rooms. Marvel at Platform 9¾ and the Hogwarts Express. Learn how the special effects work, and admire costumes and props that made the films feel so real. Before you go back to the world of the Muggles, enjoy a “butterbeer,” or purchase some souvenirs at the studio shop.

London: Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off Tour and River Cruise

4. London: Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off Tour and River Cruise

Discover what London has to offer on the most famous hop-on hop-off tour of the Capital. Pass iconic landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, London Eye, and Big Ben with engaging audio commentary available on board. Choose between a 24-hour or a 48-hour ticket and discover London via 3 specially-designed routes covering 50+ stops: Red Route The Red route takes in the best of historic London including Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, and St Paul’s Cathedral. Blue Route The Blue Route covers all of central London from Kensington Palace in the West to the Tower of London in the East including Harrods and Madame Tussauds. Green Route The Green Route links St Pancras and King’s Cross stations in the North with Covent Garden, via the British Museum. Thames River Cruise Every ticket includes a river cruise from the Tower of London to Westminster (in either direction). The river cruise includes live commentary in 8 languages. See top London attractions lining the Thames, including Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast, Shakespeare's Globe, and the Tate Modern. Departure times for the river cruise are approximately every 45 minutes. Guided Walking Tour Discover the heart of London on foot. Our walking tours, led by expert Big Bus tour guides, give you access to areas that you can’t visit by bus. Tours include: The Royal Walk Hidden Gems of City of London Hidden Gems of the City of Westminster Jack the Ripper Select a 48-hour option to benefit from all four walking tour options. Panoramic Evening Tour Choose the option that includes a Panoramic Evening Tour to discover the magic of London as the city becomes illuminated in the evening. Hop on for a nonstop, panoramic tour of London's top landmarks as the sun begins to set.

London: Westminster Abbey, Big Ben & Buckingham Palace Tour

5. London: Westminster Abbey, Big Ben & Buckingham Palace Tour

Do you know who is buried in Westminster Abbey? Join our original tour of Westminster Abbey and the City of Westminster to discover the history, iconic landmarks, and hidden gems of London. We're the only tour operator to offer skip-the-line tickets and guided tours inside the Westminster Abbey in your chosen language (others offer only self-guided visits). Discover the best things to do in Central London! Book this 4-hour walking tour of London to visit Westminster Abbey and see Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and other must-see sights and hidden gems. Our tour begins in the City of Westminster, the center of British government and power. We'll visit one of the capital’s top-rated attractions: Westminster Abbey. Led by a licensed Blue Badge Guide, our small group of up to 20 participants can beat the crowds and enjoy priority group entry to the Abbey, thus skipping the long line for individual visitors. This will give us more time to discover the Abbey's royal heritage as the site of royal weddings, coronations and burials, and to admire the beautiful Gothic nave, royal chapels and the Poets’ Corner. We'll explore the beating heart of London, learning about the British government and politics as we admire the magnificent Palace of Westminster - home to the Houses of Parliament and the iconic Big Ben. The guide will also show us many monuments to important historical figures, such as Sir Winston Churchill and Mahatma Gandhi. We’ll then head to the main gate of Buckingham Palace, to admire the exterior of one of the world's most famous royal residences and to hear fascinating stories about the late Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana of Wales, Queen Victoria and other inspiring members of the British royal family.

London: Luton Airport to/from Central London Bus Transfer

6. London: Luton Airport to/from Central London Bus Transfer

Start or finish your holiday the easy way with a great value bus transfer between Luton Airport and London Victoria coach station. This high-frequency service from Luton Airport will take you all the way to central London and call at key central London destinations including Golders Green, Baker Street, and Marble Arch. Upon arrival at either airport, exchange your GetYourGuide voucher at one of the many retail desks. As this is a standby ticket, you will be able to board the next transfer service with space available. With regular services running 24/7 and departing roughly every 20 minutes, find yourself in the capital in no time at all. High specification coaches will take you directly from the airport door to central London. Sit back and relax in leather seats with headrests, seat-back tables, ample legroom, toilets, air conditioning, power sockets, and onboard WiFi.

Gatwick Airport: Bus Transfer from/to Central London

7. Gatwick Airport: Bus Transfer from/to Central London

Start or finish off your holiday the easy way with a great value bus transfer from Gatwick Airport to London Victoria coach station. This high-frequency service from Gatwick Airport will take you all the way to central London and call at key central London destinations. Upon arrival at either airport, exchange your GetYourGuide voucher at one of the many retail desks. As this is a standby ticket, you will be able to board the next transfer service with space available. With regular departures throughout the day and night, you'll be able to make your way quickly and comfortably to your next stop in no time at all. High specification coaches will take you directly from the airport door to central London. Sit back and relax in leather seats with headrests, seat-back tables, ample leg room, toilets, air conditioning and power sockets; with selected services also having on-board Wi-Fi. Take your return trip back whenever you wish, with a voucher valid for up to 3 months.

London: ABBA Voyage Express Bus and Concert Ticket

8. London: ABBA Voyage Express Bus and Concert Ticket

ABBA Voyage is the long-awaited concert from one of the biggest pop acts of all time featuring a setlist of ABBA’s biggest, most popular hits – each handpicked with great care by the band. ABBA’s breathtaking arena delivers the perfect setting for ABBA Voyage, offering you a live music experience like no other. Guests can now travel to the arena in style on the ABBA Voyage Express - a fully branded electric coach offering a convenient and comfortable direct transfer from the heart of the capital. With a scene-setting video and onboard soundtrack to compliment the ABBA Voyage experience, guests can start their experience from the moment they get on board. Plus, enjoy skip-the-line access to the arena on arrival at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Your experience will start with a warm welcome by your Guest Services Assistant, who will issue each guest with their wristband and concert ticket and ensure prompt boarding. Enjoy a scene-setting video and an onboard soundtrack to compliment the ABBA Voyage experience. Learn about the reunion of Benny, Björn, Anni-Frid and Agnetha some 40 years after their last performance together and the creation of the ABBA Voyage experience. On arrival at the arena you will be welcomed by an ABBA Voyage team member and enjoy Skip the Line entrance to ensure there is ample time to enjoy the refreshment and merchandise outlets prior to the concert. After your ABBA Voyage experience, you will rejoin your Guest Services Assistant for the climate-controlled, comfortable transfer straight back to the heart of London. Take the ABBA Voyage Express and enjoy a concert like no other in the most comfortable and convenient way.

London: Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour with Transfer

9. London: Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour with Transfer

Explore the iconic Warner Bros. Studio at your own pace with an admission ticket. See Dumbledore's office, Gryffindor’s common room, and more on a self-guided tour. Board a train from central London and start your magical journey to the studio. Upon arrival, step into a world of enchantment surrounded by the behind-the-scenes magic of the Harry Potter films. Marvel at the iconic Great Hall set, stroll through the cobbled streets of Diagon Alley, and more. You will also see famous shops like Ollivanders, Flourish and Blotts, and Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes. Click a photo at Platform 9¾ capturing the thrill of the wizarding world. Delve into the intricate details of Dumbledore's office, and Gryffindor’s common room. Witness the whimsical charm of Hagrid's Hut, and the classrooms, and even visit Professor Umbridge's office at the Ministry of Magic. Experience all the magical wonders and let your imagination soar as you make your way through the intricately detailed studio. After your visit, use your open train ticket to travel back to central London. 

London: Classic Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

10. London: Classic Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

Capture the heart of the city’s culture, landmarks and history on this London bus tour, while sipping a lovely cup of tea and enjoying the exquisite tastes of England. Indulge in High Tea, which is accompanied by an array of tasty sandwiches and delicious cakes and pastries. Your London bus driver will take you round several iconic sites, such as Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, St James’s Park, Hyde Park, The Royal Albert Hall, Marble Arch, Nelson’s Column, Downing Street and more. This sightseeing tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes depending on traffic. Nothing beats a good cuppa, so experience the beating heart of England like a local!

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Hanna was superb! What a perfect match for such a fun tour, focusing on Harry Potter but sprinkled with tidbits of London's history and culture throughout! We highly recommend this tour to HP fans of rank, house, or age!

Brilliant my daughter has ASD and loved it and was very happy and the stuff was great and special the cone with cream that was delicious more savoury less sweet please. Like first class in a plan

Fantastic. Worth every penny. Our guide gave incredible detail and I felt she was invested in us and our experience. Highly recommend her as a guide.

Loved every minute lovely afternoon tea good tour round a very busy London very nice and attentive staff would definitely recommend

Our guide was wonderful and made the tour light-hearted, fun, and very informational.