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London: River Thames Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Cruise

London: River Thames Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Cruise

Explore the River Thames as it weaves through the heart of London and discover fascinating history around every bend. Today, you can experience the splendor of this great city from the relaxed comfort of a modern, all-weather and wheelchair-friendly sightseeing boat. Informative commentary interlaced with colorful tales of the city's past will keep your mind engaged as you cruise down the Thames! Cruises depart frequently from Westminster Pier, Greenwich Pier, London Eye Pier, and Tower Pier, sailing every day of the year except Christmas Day. With a regular timetable, and evening cruises all summer, you can enjoy a full-day on the river in comfort. Hop on and off the boat as many times as you wish to explore sights such as the Cutty Sark, the Royal Observatory, Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tate Modern, Borough Market, South Bank Centre, and the London Eye. Or grab a refreshment from the on-board bar and relax as you sail past Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Bridge, the Royal Festival Hall, Cleopatra's Needle, Somerset House, the Millennium Footbridge, Shakespeare's Globe, Monument, H.M.S.Belfast, and much more. During the festive season from December to January, all boats will be decorated and kids will get Christmas coloring sheet and pencils to keep them entertained while parents relax by sipping on a cup of mulled wine and a mince pie from our fully stocked bar. 'Tis the season to be jolly!

London: River Thames Speed Boat Tour

London: River Thames Speed Boat Tour

Experience a wild and fantastic River Thames boat cruise that is fun for all ages. You will climb aboard a high-speed vessel that offers non-traditional views of England's capital at speeds of up to 30 knots. You will be given a full safety briefing and a life jacket - just in case! Named by leading listings magazine Time Out as a "must-do" experience, both visitors and residents of London will be thrilled with this outing. Speed under the capital’s bridges, and marvel at landmarks such as the London Eye, Houses of Parliament and South Bank from an exclusive vantage point. Music floats through the air via the onboard sound system, as you power out toward the Docklands. High-brow banter is provided by an award-winning comedian guide, whose cheery anecdotes include narration through the greatest open air museum in the world.

London: Peppa Pig Afternoon Tea Bus Tour with Audio Guide

London: Peppa Pig Afternoon Tea Bus Tour with Audio Guide

Enjoy the best views of Central London on a double-decker Routemaster bus while enjoying a Peppa Pig-themed afternoon tea. Listen to a Peppa Pig audio guide full of fun games and sing-a-long songs the whole family will love. Meet your host at the Somerset House. Hop on the double-decker red bus and get ready for a unique adventure. Take your seat, where your unique built-in tablet provides a Peppa Pig guided animation of the London tour itinerary and sing-a-long songs that the whole family will enjoy. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride as your driver takes you past Peppa’s favorite landmarks, such as Big Ben and Piccadilly Circus. Listen as Peppa will tell you about some of her exciting adventures. Tuck into your delicious afternoon tea served to you on board; you will have a choice of sweet and savoury British treats that you and the kids will love.

London: The Courtauld Gallery at Somerset House Entry Ticket

London: The Courtauld Gallery at Somerset House Entry Ticket

Discover the Courtauld Gallery's diverse treasures, from Impressionist gems by Manet and Van Gogh to Renaissance masterpieces in the Blavatnik Fine Rooms. Explore Medieval and 20th-century art in a stunning setting at Somerset House. Begin your visit at the Courtauld Gallery with a journey through time. Marvel at the iconic Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces that grace the LVMH Great Room. Manet's "A Bar at the Folies Bergère" and Van Gogh's "Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear" await, alongside a UK treasure trove of Cézanne's works. Ascend to the Blavatnik Fine Rooms on the second floor, a haven of Renaissance to 18th-century art. Be captivated by Lucas Cranach's "Adam and Eve" and Rubens' "The Descent From The Cross." Admire Botticelli's "The Trinity with Saints" and Pieter Bruegel the Elder's "Landscape with a flight into Egypt." Explore the Ruddock Family Gallery dedicated to Medieval and Early Renaissance art. Wander through 20th-century art and the Bloomsbury Group's world in ever-changing displays. At the Courtauld, art history unfolds in a magnificent setting, a captivating journey through the ages.

London: Christmas Day Sightseeing Cruise

London: Christmas Day Sightseeing Cruise

Enjoy a 1 hour circular cruise on the River Thames past historic riverside sights in the comfort of a fully heated modern river boat that also has an open upper deck. Informative and entertaining commentary will be provided live by the crew (recorded commentary in 8 languages) while a variety of drinks and snacks will be available for purchase from the on-board bar, including mulled wine and mince pies. With under 5s travelling free, this is something the whole family can enjoy. The perfect stocking filler! Marvel at some of London's wonderful sights lit up for the season’s festivities. Enjoy panoramic views of the Tower of London and Tower Bridge before heading up river towards Westminster and the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. Along the way, expect to see a great number of famous attractions, including the London Eye, Cleopatra's Needle, Shakespeare's Globe, the Golden Hinde, St. Paul's Cathedral, Tate Modern, and Somerset House. Admire Renzo Piano’s Shard up-close, and pass the recently refurbished Savoy Hotel.

London: Highlights self-guided walking tour with mobile app

London: Highlights self-guided walking tour with mobile app

Embark on an Unforgettable Journey through the Heart of London! The Tourific London Highlights Walking Tour is a meticulously curated adventure through the bustling heart of one of the world's most historic cities. This guided excursion spans approximately 10 kilometers and offers a deep dive into over twenty of Central London's most iconic landmarks and hidden gems. Start your tour with a spectacular view of the Tower Bridge and end at The London Eye. As you traverse the cobbled streets and modern thoroughfares, you'll journey through time from London's Roman origins to its contemporary status as a global metropolis. Highlights include the majestic St. Paul's Cathedral, the regal Buckingham Palace, and the serene expanse of St. James Park—each with stories to tell. Learn about the city’s evolution through wars, fires, and its rise as a cultural and political powerhouse. Whether you’re a history buff, a lover of art, or a fan of architectural marvels, this tour caters to all interests. With inputs from London locals and narration by cutting-edge artificial intelligence, let history and contemporary stories come alive as you walk. Download the Tourific app and tour to your mobile device (following instructions sent to you after booking) and access it when offline. Take advantage of an easy-to-follow map to guide you seamlessly from one location to the next. Need to take a break? You can simply pause your tour and resume when you’re ready or split the tour across multiple days. We're confident you'll love our tour! Not satisfied? Write to us and will offer you a full refund. So what are you waiting for? Book our self-guided tour today!

London: Thames Sunset Speedboat Experience with Drink

London: Thames Sunset Speedboat Experience with Drink

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city as you enjoy a night cruising along the River Thames. See famous sites light up as you whizz through the heart of London. Meet your guide just after sunset and board the speedboat. Enjoy London's night skies, one of the most famous skylines in the world, as you surf through the waves at a nerve-inducing 35mph. Listen as your guide provides commentary and tells you all about the city. Marvel at the London Tower Bridge from a distance as you see the evening light show. Hold on tight as you rock and roll down the river. Enjoy the music as you reach high speeds that will take your breath away.  Set sail back to London Tower Bridge, where you can unwind and enjoy a seasonal drink.

London: Private Walking Tour in Spanish

London: Private Walking Tour in Spanish

Traveling with a Spanish-speaking guide, visit Picadilly Circus before moving on to Buckingham Palace to see the famous Changing of the Guard. Following that, travel along St. Jame's Park before encountering the houses of Parliament and being passing by Big Ben. You then continue to Trafalgar Square before finding the National Gallery and arriving to Leicester Square. After a stop for lunch you will walk through Chinatown and Covent Garden, a market filled with stalls, shops, and vibrant restaurants. Do not miss Somerset House, located on the banks of the River Thames where you will stop to admire another of the most emblematic icons of the city, the amazing London Eye. This magical location is the perfect place for your experience to end.

London: Pedicab Bike Tour with Afternoon Tea

London: Pedicab Bike Tour with Afternoon Tea

Experience Afternoon Tea with a difference on the Afternoon Tea Bike Tour operated by Veluba. Your eco-friendly and private pedicab will cruise round Central London, taking in some of the City's best sights, whilst you can indulge in the fabulous Afternoon Tea from Brigit’s Bakery. Capture the heart of the city's culture and history whilst sipping on a lovely cup of tea, coffee or prosecco. Learn about some of London's most famous landmarks with our multilingual commentary whilst savouring a selection of freshly made sandwiches, cakes and pastries. Sit back and relax as your trained Veluba driver takes you around the Capital in style on this one-hour private tour. Discover the most iconic landmarks of London from the London Eye, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square and many more. * With space for two this is the perfect way to celebrate any occasion, from birthdays to anniversaries and everything in between. Traditional, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free and Halal Afternoon Teas available. Brigit’s Bakery cannot guarantee 100% gluten free products as traces may be found. Please note Brigit’s Bakery does not cater for nut allergies or a combination of gluten and dairy free. * (subject to road closures, traffic and London events).

London: James Bond and Spies Walking Tour

London: James Bond and Spies Walking Tour

Meet your guide by the London Eye and prepare to explore the exciting world of espionage from the James Bond franchise. Learn all about the man behind Bond, Ian Fleming, and how his experiences in combat and spying on enemies of Britain led to the creation of fiction's greatest secret agent. Hear about some other spies in London, including John Le Carre's George Smiley, Mick Herron's Slow Horses, and Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne. Listen to real tales of espionage within the capital. See sights like Westminster Bridge, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, and the MI5 building. Find out where to go if you want to dress like James Bond, and where spies like James Bond go out to dine with a glass of martini... shaken, not stirred.

Somerset House: Our most recommended tours and activities

London: River Thames Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Cruise

London: River Thames Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Cruise

Explore the River Thames as it weaves through the heart of London and discover fascinating history around every bend. Today, you can experience the splendor of this great city from the relaxed comfort of a modern, all-weather and wheelchair-friendly sightseeing boat. Informative commentary interlaced with colorful tales of the city's past will keep your mind engaged as you cruise down the Thames! Cruises depart frequently from Westminster Pier, Greenwich Pier, London Eye Pier, and Tower Pier, sailing every day of the year except Christmas Day. With a regular timetable, and evening cruises all summer, you can enjoy a full-day on the river in comfort. Hop on and off the boat as many times as you wish to explore sights such as the Cutty Sark, the Royal Observatory, Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tate Modern, Borough Market, South Bank Centre, and the London Eye. Or grab a refreshment from the on-board bar and relax as you sail past Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Bridge, the Royal Festival Hall, Cleopatra's Needle, Somerset House, the Millennium Footbridge, Shakespeare's Globe, Monument, H.M.S.Belfast, and much more. During the festive season from December to January, all boats will be decorated and kids will get Christmas coloring sheet and pencils to keep them entertained while parents relax by sipping on a cup of mulled wine and a mince pie from our fully stocked bar. 'Tis the season to be jolly!

London: River Thames Speed Boat Tour

London: River Thames Speed Boat Tour

Experience a wild and fantastic River Thames boat cruise that is fun for all ages. You will climb aboard a high-speed vessel that offers non-traditional views of England's capital at speeds of up to 30 knots. You will be given a full safety briefing and a life jacket - just in case! Named by leading listings magazine Time Out as a "must-do" experience, both visitors and residents of London will be thrilled with this outing. Speed under the capital’s bridges, and marvel at landmarks such as the London Eye, Houses of Parliament and South Bank from an exclusive vantage point. Music floats through the air via the onboard sound system, as you power out toward the Docklands. High-brow banter is provided by an award-winning comedian guide, whose cheery anecdotes include narration through the greatest open air museum in the world.

London: Peppa Pig Afternoon Tea Bus Tour with Audio Guide

London: Peppa Pig Afternoon Tea Bus Tour with Audio Guide

Enjoy the best views of Central London on a double-decker Routemaster bus while enjoying a Peppa Pig-themed afternoon tea. Listen to a Peppa Pig audio guide full of fun games and sing-a-long songs the whole family will love. Meet your host at the Somerset House. Hop on the double-decker red bus and get ready for a unique adventure. Take your seat, where your unique built-in tablet provides a Peppa Pig guided animation of the London tour itinerary and sing-a-long songs that the whole family will enjoy. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride as your driver takes you past Peppa’s favorite landmarks, such as Big Ben and Piccadilly Circus. Listen as Peppa will tell you about some of her exciting adventures. Tuck into your delicious afternoon tea served to you on board; you will have a choice of sweet and savoury British treats that you and the kids will love.

London: The Courtauld Gallery at Somerset House Entry Ticket

London: The Courtauld Gallery at Somerset House Entry Ticket

Discover the Courtauld Gallery's diverse treasures, from Impressionist gems by Manet and Van Gogh to Renaissance masterpieces in the Blavatnik Fine Rooms. Explore Medieval and 20th-century art in a stunning setting at Somerset House. Begin your visit at the Courtauld Gallery with a journey through time. Marvel at the iconic Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces that grace the LVMH Great Room. Manet's "A Bar at the Folies Bergère" and Van Gogh's "Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear" await, alongside a UK treasure trove of Cézanne's works. Ascend to the Blavatnik Fine Rooms on the second floor, a haven of Renaissance to 18th-century art. Be captivated by Lucas Cranach's "Adam and Eve" and Rubens' "The Descent From The Cross." Admire Botticelli's "The Trinity with Saints" and Pieter Bruegel the Elder's "Landscape with a flight into Egypt." Explore the Ruddock Family Gallery dedicated to Medieval and Early Renaissance art. Wander through 20th-century art and the Bloomsbury Group's world in ever-changing displays. At the Courtauld, art history unfolds in a magnificent setting, a captivating journey through the ages.

London: Christmas Day Sightseeing Cruise

London: Christmas Day Sightseeing Cruise

Enjoy a 1 hour circular cruise on the River Thames past historic riverside sights in the comfort of a fully heated modern river boat that also has an open upper deck. Informative and entertaining commentary will be provided live by the crew (recorded commentary in 8 languages) while a variety of drinks and snacks will be available for purchase from the on-board bar, including mulled wine and mince pies. With under 5s travelling free, this is something the whole family can enjoy. The perfect stocking filler! Marvel at some of London's wonderful sights lit up for the season’s festivities. Enjoy panoramic views of the Tower of London and Tower Bridge before heading up river towards Westminster and the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. Along the way, expect to see a great number of famous attractions, including the London Eye, Cleopatra's Needle, Shakespeare's Globe, the Golden Hinde, St. Paul's Cathedral, Tate Modern, and Somerset House. Admire Renzo Piano’s Shard up-close, and pass the recently refurbished Savoy Hotel.

London: Highlights self-guided walking tour with mobile app

London: Highlights self-guided walking tour with mobile app

Embark on an Unforgettable Journey through the Heart of London! The Tourific London Highlights Walking Tour is a meticulously curated adventure through the bustling heart of one of the world's most historic cities. This guided excursion spans approximately 10 kilometers and offers a deep dive into over twenty of Central London's most iconic landmarks and hidden gems. Start your tour with a spectacular view of the Tower Bridge and end at The London Eye. As you traverse the cobbled streets and modern thoroughfares, you'll journey through time from London's Roman origins to its contemporary status as a global metropolis. Highlights include the majestic St. Paul's Cathedral, the regal Buckingham Palace, and the serene expanse of St. James Park—each with stories to tell. Learn about the city’s evolution through wars, fires, and its rise as a cultural and political powerhouse. Whether you’re a history buff, a lover of art, or a fan of architectural marvels, this tour caters to all interests. With inputs from London locals and narration by cutting-edge artificial intelligence, let history and contemporary stories come alive as you walk. Download the Tourific app and tour to your mobile device (following instructions sent to you after booking) and access it when offline. Take advantage of an easy-to-follow map to guide you seamlessly from one location to the next. Need to take a break? You can simply pause your tour and resume when you’re ready or split the tour across multiple days. We're confident you'll love our tour! Not satisfied? Write to us and will offer you a full refund. So what are you waiting for? Book our self-guided tour today!

London: Thames Sunset Speedboat Experience with Drink

London: Thames Sunset Speedboat Experience with Drink

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city as you enjoy a night cruising along the River Thames. See famous sites light up as you whizz through the heart of London. Meet your guide just after sunset and board the speedboat. Enjoy London's night skies, one of the most famous skylines in the world, as you surf through the waves at a nerve-inducing 35mph. Listen as your guide provides commentary and tells you all about the city. Marvel at the London Tower Bridge from a distance as you see the evening light show. Hold on tight as you rock and roll down the river. Enjoy the music as you reach high speeds that will take your breath away.  Set sail back to London Tower Bridge, where you can unwind and enjoy a seasonal drink.

London: Private Walking Tour in Spanish

London: Private Walking Tour in Spanish

Traveling with a Spanish-speaking guide, visit Picadilly Circus before moving on to Buckingham Palace to see the famous Changing of the Guard. Following that, travel along St. Jame's Park before encountering the houses of Parliament and being passing by Big Ben. You then continue to Trafalgar Square before finding the National Gallery and arriving to Leicester Square. After a stop for lunch you will walk through Chinatown and Covent Garden, a market filled with stalls, shops, and vibrant restaurants. Do not miss Somerset House, located on the banks of the River Thames where you will stop to admire another of the most emblematic icons of the city, the amazing London Eye. This magical location is the perfect place for your experience to end.

London: Pedicab Bike Tour with Afternoon Tea

London: Pedicab Bike Tour with Afternoon Tea

Experience Afternoon Tea with a difference on the Afternoon Tea Bike Tour operated by Veluba. Your eco-friendly and private pedicab will cruise round Central London, taking in some of the City's best sights, whilst you can indulge in the fabulous Afternoon Tea from Brigit’s Bakery. Capture the heart of the city's culture and history whilst sipping on a lovely cup of tea, coffee or prosecco. Learn about some of London's most famous landmarks with our multilingual commentary whilst savouring a selection of freshly made sandwiches, cakes and pastries. Sit back and relax as your trained Veluba driver takes you around the Capital in style on this one-hour private tour. Discover the most iconic landmarks of London from the London Eye, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square and many more. * With space for two this is the perfect way to celebrate any occasion, from birthdays to anniversaries and everything in between. Traditional, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free and Halal Afternoon Teas available. Brigit’s Bakery cannot guarantee 100% gluten free products as traces may be found. Please note Brigit’s Bakery does not cater for nut allergies or a combination of gluten and dairy free. * (subject to road closures, traffic and London events).

London: James Bond and Spies Walking Tour

London: James Bond and Spies Walking Tour

Meet your guide by the London Eye and prepare to explore the exciting world of espionage from the James Bond franchise. Learn all about the man behind Bond, Ian Fleming, and how his experiences in combat and spying on enemies of Britain led to the creation of fiction's greatest secret agent. Hear about some other spies in London, including John Le Carre's George Smiley, Mick Herron's Slow Horses, and Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne. Listen to real tales of espionage within the capital. See sights like Westminster Bridge, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, and the MI5 building. Find out where to go if you want to dress like James Bond, and where spies like James Bond go out to dine with a glass of martini... shaken, not stirred.

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Nikki and I had a great experience with Jamie as our tour guide for the James Bond and Spies Walking Tour experience. Jamie was knowledgeable around James Bond, real world espionage, and the history of London. He is very smart and took the time to articulate each location, scene, and the next step in our journey. Highly recommend this tour for anyone interested in 007 or espionage in general. 😎 👍🏼

I did this activity by myself without a child and had an incredible time. if you're solo traveling or on a girls trip I highly would recommend this

The staff taking the time to give commentary when they don’t have too was amazing and very funny

Enjoyed the boat trip along the river, brought back a lot of good memories.

Really cool ! And the explanations were very funny!