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

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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: Thames Sunset Speedboat Experience with Drink

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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: South Bank Self-Guided Mobile Audio Tour

8. London: South Bank Self-Guided Mobile Audio Tour

Stroll along the south side of the famous river Thames to discover a more funky side of London. The Southbank has become synonymous with art, culture, food, drink and fun. Start this 60 minute self guided audio tour on the north side of the river at the beautiful Somerset House, cross to the south going over the famous Waterloo Bridge and wander the southbank of the river taking in its sights and sounds. The tour's last stop is Borough Market and now favourite with foodies where you can delight in flavours from around the world. Discover the view of London from the other side of the river on this personal favourite self guided audio tour.

Private Fictional & Film Spy Tour of London

9. Private Fictional & Film Spy Tour of London

Zig-zag across central London, from the stately Somerset House to the luxurious Savoy hotel, Trafalgar Square to Whitehall. Savour sumptuous sites from hit films, books, tv shows and even the odd stage production and uncover real-life spy secrets. See how art imitates life and vice versa through the lens of Ian Fleming's James Bond as well as other famous spy books, films, and comics. Start at Somerset House, a filming location for the films Goldeneye and Tomorrow Never Dies. You will discover how this historic building in the heart of central London was transformed into Russia through clever set dressing and props and how its history has links back to the running of the British Navy. After a short walk to the Savoy, discover the identity of one resident, a secret but well-known spy who was Fleming's friend, and leave shaken and stirred. Next, visit another iconic London landmark, Rules, London’s oldest restaurant. Learn how the site is linked not just to real-life spies but also to fictional film spies. Visit locations in and around Trafalgar Square. Then it's over to Whitehall, where your guide will explain how the film crew managed to film securely in the throbbing heart of central London. In Whitehall, listen to your guide explain how Fleming’s work in the intelligence community inspired the world’s most famous fictional spy. Final stop: the exterior of the MI6 headquarters in London. Discover all that the public knows about the Secret Intelligence Service. Learn how the IRA attacked the building in a very fanciful and filmic style, and how the makers of one of the world's most famous spy film franchises managed to get permission to use the real Mi6 headquarters in their films!

London: History and Highlights Private Guided Walking Tour

10. London: History and Highlights Private Guided Walking Tour

From monuments of the British Empire to top-class contemporary architecture, London is a multicultural metropolis with plenty of interesting stories to tell. Join our Local Guide on the streets of the historic City Center to see must-see sights and hidden gems of London. Fall in love with the city and feel it's beating heart! The 2-hour walking tour is a perfect introduction to London’s history and heritage, including the royal family, British politics, WWII and even local folklore. For example, do you know what the City of London Corporation is? Have you ever wondered if people still live in the Tower of London, and what is the difference between the Tower Bridge and London Bridge? Your Private Guide will answer all of these questions, share interesting facts about these important landmarks and help you find the best spots for taking pictures. You will admire the scenic Thames river and see notable landmarks such as the Monument to the Great Fire, Mansion House and the Bank of England. As this is a private tour, you will have the full attention of your Private Guide so you can even ask about the best entertainment venues, restaurants and pubs to visit in town. Join the 3-hour tour to add a visit to the oldest church in the City of London to the itinerary. All Hallows By The Tower houses over 1300 years of history under its roof, including strong connections to London's elite. This tour will show you more city highlights along with immersive commentary on the local history, government institutions, big corporations and impressive skyscrapers, such as the iconic Sky Garden. . Choose the 4-hour tour to also see the Blackfriars district and visit St Paul’s Cathedral. Your Private Guide will show you the amazing details of its exterior and interior architecture, which was inspired by the world’s greatest St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. You will admire its stunning altars, frescoes and paintings, including the quiet Whispers Gallery and other galleries. This tour also includes climbing up the Cathedral’s magnificent dome to see the phenomenal views of Thames and London skyline, something you don't want to miss for sure! The 7-hour option is the most comprehensive tour of central London. The extended walking tour will take you past the Two Temple Place, King’s College London and Somerset House to the bustling Trafalgar Square, home to the famous National Gallery, fountains and monuments. You will also see the highlights of the City of Westminster, such as the 10 Downing Street, the Parliament building and its iconic Big Ben. Admire the scenic panorama over the Thames River, with the landmark London Eye and a forest of modern skyscrapers. The main attraction of this extended tour will be a visit inside Westminster Abbey, a historic church where Queen Elizabeth II and other British royals since 1066 have been crowned. Skip-the-line tickets are included so you will not have to waste time buying tickets on site.

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It was a pleasure to walk around London with our guide Dewi, what a treat to get to listen to all the stories narrated with passion. We can recommend it highly to anyone in love with spy movies in general. One of the most original activity we got to experience, thank you!

Such a fun activity! I took my 16 year off brother and we both really enjoyed it! I felt totally safe at the hands of our skipper Mike and our guide Ed... or Nick (my memory is terrible) was really funny. Would 100% recommend.

took my parents to see London with the Christmas lights. Highly entertaining live guide (out of the ordinary and a lovely surprise) that acted as a complement to the fantastic audioguide. They enjoyed it and so did I.

Really enjoyable, the guide was excellent. Lots of interesting facts and info.

The Captain was super funny and the crew members polite. Good view.