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Bank of England: Our most recommended tours and activities

London: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

1. London: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

Discover what London has to offer on a hop-on hop-off tour of the English capital. Pass iconic landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, London Eye, and Big Ben with audio commentary available on board. Choose from a 24-hour (Classic), 48-hour (Premium), or 72-hour (Deluxe) ticket where you will have the flexibility to explore at your leisure. You can also explore London on foot with a live guide with a choice of 3 daily walking tours (included in Premium & Deluxe tickets). Walking Tours last about 1.5-2 hours. Discover London via 3 specially-designed routes covering over 45 stops: Red Route The Red route takes in the best of historic London including Big Ben, the London Eye, and St Paul’s Cathedral. Blue Route The Blue Route is a comprehensive route covering all of central London from Kensington Palace in the West to the Tower of London in the East. Stops include Harrods, the South Kensington Museums, and Madame Tussauds. Green Route The Green Route links the beautiful, regenerated area of St Pancras and King’s Cross with the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden making its way through Bloomsbury en route. River Cruise Classic, Premium & Deluxe tickets includes a river cruise from 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. Panoramic Evening Tour The panoramic evening tour is included in the Premium & Deluxe ticket. Discover the magic of London as the city becomes illuminated in the evening. Hop on for a one-round panoramic tour past London's top landmarks as the sun begins to set.

London: London Eye, Big Bus and Thames River Cruise

2. London: London Eye, Big Bus and Thames River Cruise

Discover the best of London with a hop-on, hop-off tour onboard an open-top, double-decker bus and enjoy a trip on the London Eye as part of your ticket. Enjoy a relaxing river cruise along the Thames as part of your ticket as well. A hop-on, hop-off tour is the ideal way to discover the best sights, landmarks, and attractions of London at your own pace. The tour gives you unlimited use, with stops strategically placed at all the places you would like to visit including Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge, and St Paul's Cathedral. Hop off the bus at Westminster Bridge to take an unforgettable ride on the London Eye. From the top, you can take in the breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view of the city's impressive skyline. See the city's most famous sights including Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament from an unrivaled bird's eye view. You can start your tour at any of the Big Bus stops. Popular starting points include the London Eye, Marble Arch, Victoria Station, and Trafalgar Square. With all ticket types, you can enjoy a boat cruise along the River Thames. A Classic ticket includes a single river cruise between the Tower of London to Westminster Pier (in either direction). Big Bus route highlights include: Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, 10 Downing Street, Whitehall, Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Street, Regent Street, Trafalgar Square, London Eye, London Dungeon, Sea Life London Aquarium, Madame Tussauds, Covent Garden, Bank of England, Monument, St Pauls Cathedral, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, The Shard, City Hall, Lambeth Palace, British Museum, Marble Arch, Mayfair, Green Park, Hyde Park Corner, Harrods, South Kensington Museums, Kensington Palace and Notting Hill.

Secret London Tour by Bike

3. Secret London Tour by Bike

This quirky London guided bike tour packs in a lot in a short time exploring the colorful back streets of the East End and the financial district, and is full of interesting anecdotes. See world famous sights such as the Tower of London, the site of the Great Fire of 1666 and iconic Tower Bridge. Hear bizarre tales of scandal, polar bears in the River Thames and relive the dark days of Jack the Ripper. There are some fabulous hidden gems to discover such as exotic Brick Lane and the cockney 'Bow Bells' along with a visit to an authentic East End pub. The Hidden London bicycle tour will also take in the City of London's most noted landmarks, including the Bank of England, the eye catching 'Gherkin' and the original Stock Exchange building.

London: Harry Potter Movie & Book Locations Walking Tour

4. London: Harry Potter Movie & Book Locations Walking Tour

Join our award-winning walking tour for chance to discover magical London as you’ve never seen it! With a swish and a flick, you’ll be following in the footsteps of the wizarding world’s favourite trio, exploring film and inspiration locations from the Harry Potter series. Start off with us in Leadenhall market and uncover where a secret wizarding pub might lurk, before trying not to get lost down the dark, twisting alleyways of old London. Learn about goblins, why 7 is the most magical number, the Geometric staircase of St. Paul’s, and having to go to math class in wizard outfits – all from our charming, (extremely nerdy!) tour guides. Cross the famous Millennium Bridge – a casualty of dark magic – learn how Shakespeare is connected to J.K. Rowling, and, finally, finish up at the amazing Borough Market, having spent an enchanting few hours listening to the best behind-the-scenes stories. With Tour for Muggles, your mischief is guaranteed, and a magical tour certainly managed! See you soon!

London: Mary Poppins Walking Tour

5. London: Mary Poppins Walking Tour

Join the Mary Poppins tour of London and explore on foot the magical fun packed walking tour of the film locations and inspirations. Learn about everyone’s favorite nanny and how the films were made. Test out your Mary Poppins knowledge. Can you speak Leery? Learn a few catchphrases from the film to try out when you go home.  It may sound a bit bombastic but it is time to trip the light fantastic. Grab your carpet bag and explore the historic streets of the City of London. See where Mary Poppins Returns was filmed, including scenes from the catchy and energetic Trip a Little Light Fantastic. As this is the sequel to the iconic Disney film Mary Poppins, also visit the now famous corner steps where the bird lady sits. She may not be there but you can hum Feed The Birds to yourself and snap a few photos too.  No tour about a flying nanny would be complete without a trip to the rooftops of London. Grab a lift to capture some stunning views of St Paul’s Cathedral. End your tour at the bank, of course, where Jane and Michael flew their kite up to the windows to save No. 17 Cherry Tree Lane. This 2 hour walking tour will have you singing in the streets and make you want to watch the new film all over again. You will also see many other familiar landmarks and your guide will point out some historic locations and provide additional information, a mix of fiction and reality.

London: Historic City Walking Tour

6. London: Historic City Walking Tour

Explore the City of London, visit the borough of Southwark and discover over 2000 years of British history and culture on one of the best London walking tours. On this London walking tour you’ll make your way through the historic City of London where you'll discover the history of St Paul’s Cathedral, walk across the iconic Tower Bridge and get up close of the Tower of London to learn about Beefeaters, Ravens and the Crown Jewels! You’ll stand in the centre of financial power at Bank and discover the glorious Bank of England, the home of traders, merchants and luxury at the Royal Exchange and the powers of the Lord Mayor at Mansion House. Along the way you'll visit the most beautiful market in London at Leadenhall Market and learn the true story of one of the most devastating events in London at the Monument to the Great Fire of London. On this London walking tour you'll also make your way to the borough of Southwark where you’ll visit some additional bonus stops that each contribute London's historic story including the famous London Bridge, the food-lovers heaven that is Borough Market as well as the UK's tallest skyscraper The Shard and the iconic warship that is HMS Belfast located on the River Thames. The City of London is the oldest part of London and no other London walking tour will make you more appreciative of the incredible and fascinating history of the city.

London: Film Walking Tour

7. London: Film Walking Tour

Walk through different filming locations in London on this guided walking tour. See local attractions and architecture as you go. Let your passionate guide share their love of film with you. Discover locations that have been featured in famous films. See where Mary Poppins and the Banks children tried to save their home and the site of carnage by St Pauls Cathedral that occurred in Men in Black International. Find out what role London has played in hosting prominent fictional characters. Stroll through locations from 101 Dalmatians, Minions, Spiderman, Justice League, and Men in Black: International. Hear more from your guide about the making of these films and learn behind-the-scenes snippets. Stand in the exact film location and see a clip of a scene from the movie through an app that you can download to your smartphone.

Roman Ruins to Blitz Bombings: London's Fiery History

8. Roman Ruins to Blitz Bombings: London's Fiery History

Travel through two thousand years of history, meeting Romans, kings, Charles Dickens, Anne Boleyn's ghost, and Queen Boudica (and hear how she's connected to Harry Potter!) On our walking tour we'll travel across the City of London, the ancient heart of the capital. We'll learn about the City's founding two thousand years ago and where you can still see Roman ruins to this day, its survival through fire and war, the Tower of London's bloody past, the City's oldest pub, and the easiest way to tunnel into the Bank of England's vaults! The walking tour begins outside Tower Hill Station exit, ends near to Blackfriars Station, and will take around two hours. Total distance is about two and a half miles. Ticket sales will be limited to circa ten attendees, to ensure maximum enjoyment for everybody on the tour.

London: Walk the City With a Certified Guide in German

9. London: Walk the City With a Certified Guide in German

After meeting your qualified guide at St Paul's Cathedral, you will begin to take a closer look at the city of London's "Square Mile". From your point of meeting, you will advance to find out where the London Stock Exchange is. From here you will venture onward to discover the best views of the dome of St Paul's Cathedral. Next you will learn all about what the guilds are, and why they are still so important. You will then progress onward to find out who is in charge at the Bank of England, and discover where they store some of Germany/Austria’s gold reserves. You can listen to interesting details about the history of London, including the many institutions that have shaped it. Within the 3 hours of your tour, you will have seen the most memorable sights in London. You will be guided by your certified city of London guide, undergoing an enjoyable walk through London's financial district. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be dropped off by your guide at the Tower of London.

London: City Sightseeing Walking Tour with 30+ sights

10. London: City Sightseeing Walking Tour with 30+ sights

See 30+ of the best London sightseeing spots and top London attractions on the ultimate London walking tour! On this exciting London walking tour you'll start by exploring the City of London where you'll discover over 2000 years of history with famous London sights including: Tower of London, St Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Bank of England, Monument, Leadenhall Market, Royal Exchange, London Bridge, The Shard, City Hall & more. After a quick lunch stop (own expense) you’ll then take a journey on the famous London Underground to visit Westminster and see even more of the best London sightseeing spots including: Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Houses of Parliament, London Eye, Downing Street, St James’s Palace, Clarence House, The Mall & more. Led by a local London tour guide, the tour uses photos to bring the stories of London to life in a relaxed atmosphere (no boring lectures!) allowing everyone to participate in the tour with questions, trivia, great photo opportunities and a lot of fun! Finish up in central London close to many of the best London attractions, bars and restaurants to help you further explore London after the tour.

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What people are saying about Bank of England

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Highly recommend this day out. The Big Bus is awesome and the commentary is great - for young and old. It’s convenient and you can just plan your day as you wish. Don’t forget to book your time slot for the London Eye online. The cruise was good - a nice way to see the sights - especially The Tower of London. We added St Paul’s Cathedral entrance tickets and stopped there along the way - unbelievable. A must do!

We reserved a big bus bundle package including London Eye which the date (2 Jan) we went there was extremely full. The guy who served me at the service point was really helpful to get me a timeslot for the London Eye to avoid the disappointment to my family.

The tourist bus experience has been a success and accompanied by the London Eye and the cruise on the Thames makes it exceptional

Have tickets printed at one of the Big Bus sellers. Nice route, well organized.

Super friendly and helpful staff! Many stops! Highly recommended!