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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 either a short boat trip down the Thames or take the world-famous London Underground. Both the boat and Underground options follow this itinerary:  1. Southwark Cathedral 2. 800-year-old Borough Market 3. Sir Francis Drake's world-famous Golden Hinde 4. Winchester Palace 5. 900-year-old Clink Prison 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

Harry Potter London Walking Tour

2. Harry Potter London Walking Tour

Join this Harry Potter walking tour into the magical world of wizardry in London. Learn about London’s rich muggle and wizarding history. Discover amazing facts about the books and films, and see many of the film locations used in London, including the Ministry of Magic and the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron. The tour includes familiar Harry Potter film locations as well as iconic London landmarks, such as St Paul’s Cathedral, Millennium Bridge, Tate Modern, Borough Market, Leadenhall Market and Monument. The tour concludes at Bank Station. Along the route of this magical Harry Potter walking tour, you’ll have plenty of chances to take pictures and see the film locations up close. Group sizes are limited to ensure a better experience for everyone.

London: See 30+ Top Sights and Eat 8 British Foods Tour

3. London: See 30+ Top Sights and Eat 8 British Foods Tour

Join an exploration of over thirty of London’s major landmarks and best of British foods for a good idea of the history and tastes of one of Europe’s best-loved cities. Start your tour as you head through Green Park to Buckingham Palace, where you can watch the world-famous Changing of the Guard ceremony (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday during the winter months). You will then head to Westminster, and along the way see sights such as Parliament Square, St. James Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben (sadly covered up at the moment) and the Houses of Parliament. You will then move on to the London Bridge area to see Shakespeare’s Globe, the Shard, HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. By this point, you'll have worked up an appetite, so you will be invited to stop for a feast of the best of British foods in one of the UK's most historic pubs. From here you will explore Borough market, Europe's favorite food market, and a bustling hub of smells and flavors. You will sample fish and chips, pie and mash, English beer and also taste a world famous doughnut!

London Southwark: Pirates of the Thames Exploration Game

4. London Southwark: Pirates of the Thames Exploration Game

Discover the hidden secrets behind some of London's most iconic locations in Southwark, all the while unraveling the tale of Etta Redlocks, a fearless pirate queen! As you solve challenges, the story unfolds, and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. Begin your game at Shakespeare's Globe and begin solving challenges that will direct you to various locations in Southwark. You can play at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from where you paused it. Your game will finish at the famous Tower Bridge. You can play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. As you play, explore London Southwark in a fun and exciting way.

3-Hour City of London Walking Tour

5. 3-Hour City of London Walking Tour

Meet your guide at 10:00 at your centrally located hotel and set out on an entertaining walking tour of London. Catch a double-decker bus and then walk along cobbled alleyways to reach the Strand and Fleet Street, which was home to Britain’s major newspapers until the 1980s. On this 3-hour tour that’s priced for up to 2 persons you’ll continue on to St. Paul’s Cathedral, the highest point in London for over 1,400 years. Rebuilt after the Great Fire of London, St. Paul's has hosted many notable national events including the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer. As you walk through London's oldest district, you’ll learn more about the Great Fire that reshaped the city, and hear about the Great Plague that killed a third of London’s population. Cross the Millennium Bridge and visit Borough Market and Southwark Cathedral, and see Golden Hinde II, Sir Francis Drake's famous galleon. Stop near London Bridge station, where you’ll learn how the Tower of London, the 11th-century stronghold of William the Conqueror, served as a palace, a prison, and a gruesome execution place. Hear the stories of prisoners such as Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's unfortunate second wife, who met her end there in 1536. Your tour ends at London Bridge station.

London: Private Tour with Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

6. London: Private Tour with Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

See London at its best from the eyes of a local in just 3 hours. Check out prime landmarks like Trafalgar Square, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Borough Market and hear unique insights that only a local would know. Uncover hidden gems and city secrets along the way that will show you an authentic side of the city with the help of a knowledgeable local guide. Fully experience the local flare with an included local treat to make your city tour a complete experience.

London Crimes & Punishment Walking Tour

7. London Crimes & Punishment Walking Tour

This private walking tour might not take you to many of the big tourists sights and famous buildings (though you'll see a few) but what it will do is take you to is to real London.  Sometimes a scary London, full of history of murders, dark deeds by criminals and often even more horrendous tortures and executions by the State. This tour will cover a number of neighborhoods, all of different characteristics and historical time periods.  You'll will start off in the heart of the East End and visit one of the most notorious pubs where The Krays famously and violently ruled the roost in the heart of the old East End (of London). Not too far away you will go back in time almost a century and you will retread the footsteps of Jack The Ripper and his victims whilst visiting and learning about the feared Workhouses that so many lived in and so many were trapped in. From there you will head towards Smithfields, home of many a famous and bloody execution.  Stopping briefly at the beautiful St. Bartholomews church, you'll then visit the shrine of William Wallace (Braveheart) where he was put to death in one of the most horrible ways imaginable. Onwards you'll go to the site of the old Newgate prison where people awaited their trials and deaths for centuries and you will stand on the spot where many of the executions were enacted. The Old Bailey is famous in the U.K. for being the court that holds many of the most infamous trials both now and then and you'll get to see one of the oldest courts in the world as you make our way towards St. Pauls and across the river where the notorious Clink Prison awaits us. Finally, you will pass through the maze of alleys around Borough Market and the setting for the poverty-stricken world of Charles Dickens before finishing on the site of the old Debtors Prison which influenced that Victorian writer in the most stark ways.

London in Style with Afternoon Tea at Westminster Abbey

8. London in Style with Afternoon Tea at Westminster Abbey

Enjoy a private welcome at the Tower of London.Your tour begins with a visit to one of London's most iconic attractions before the crowds. You will enter as one of the first admitted groups of the day before proceeding directly to the most historic part – The White Tower. There you will be welcomed by a White Tower warden for a private talk on its unique history. Then, enjoy exclusive access to the new ‘Armoury in Action’ exhibition. The Tower has always played a prominent role in British History. Explore all 4 floors, including the Royal Armouries Collection. Enjoy the spectacular display of the Crown Jewels, revealing these priceless treasures like never before. The Crown Jewels are part of the Royal Collection and are still used regularly by the Queen. Gems of the City Head into the City of London where you will see St Paul's Cathedral and the Bank of England. Then cross over Tower Bridge to visit Borough Market. Explore London's Oldest Food & Drink Market Borough Market is London’s most renowned food and drink market and dates back in its earliest form to 1014. A source of British and international produce, it consists of more than 100 stalls and stands. Producers from all over the country bring a range of fresh produce to the market, including fish, meats, vegetables, ciders, cheeses, breads, coffees, cakes and patisseries. Other stalls specialise in produce imported from abroad. You will have time to explore the many stalls and avail yourself of some of the local delicacies* before you explore the South Bank, home to the Tate Modern and the Globe Theatre (*optional and cost not included). A Guided Tour of Westminster Abbey Kings, queens, statesmen and soldiers; poets, priests, heroes and villains – Westminster Abbey is a must-see living pageant of British history. The Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066 and is the final resting place of 17 monarchs. The present church, begun by Henry III in 1245, is one of the most important gothic buildings in the country. You will experience a fully guided tour as your Blue Badge guide brings the story of the Abbey to life amid its magnificence and splendour. Afternoon Tea at Westminster Abbey Relax as you round off your tours with a delicious afternoon tea in the sumptuous setting of the Cellarium Café located inside Westminster Abbey. Your afternoon tea consists of a selection of savouries, homemade sweet and savoury scones, a selection of handmade cakes, and a pot of loose English Breakfast tea. Your tour ends here so you can take your time and enjoy your afternoon tea at your own pace.

The Ultimate London Food Experience: The Full English

9. The Ultimate London Food Experience: The Full English

Be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Taste some British food favorites on a 4-hour tour that starts with coffee and traditional fudge by the River Thames. Visit one of London’s best-known markets and learn about regional products like Cumberland sausage, British cheese, and chutney, stopping for tastes at some of the stalls. Head to a historic pub for a pint of British craft beer or cider. Try Scotch eggs and other pub snacks. Continue to another historic place near the river to enjoy fish and chips. Finish off with a selection of classic desserts, such as carrot cake, chocolate brownies, and sticky toffee pudding, along with a pot of tea. Options for vegetarians and vegans those with food intolerances are available.

Charles Dickens Walking Tour

10. Charles Dickens Walking Tour

This walking tour will take you to places that both inspired Charles Dickens the writer but also those real locations that shaped Dickens the man. All writers take inspiration from the people they meet and places they visit, and Charles Dickens was no different. His novels are so successful because he so enjoyed wandering the streets of London and picking up the rich details of everyday life. This Charles Dickens tour will start off south of the Thames in one of the lesser-visited areas of Central London, where you will visit the only surviving remnant of Marshalsea Prison, which had a great impact on young Charles and his family. Nearby you will visit Little Dorrit Church, and see the only remaining galleried inn in all of London which Dickens himself would visit and the building next door where Sam Weller met with Mr. Pickwick in the famous scene from The Pickwick Papers. Northwards you will meander through the ancient Borough Market with its Victorian structure that both Dickens and his characters were so familiar with before reaching the river and the steps where Nancy met Mr. Brownlow in Oliver Twist which quickly led to her horrific death. Crossing over the famous old river you will visit Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, which featured in both Dickens' work but was also a favorite drinking establishment of the writer, and then we begin to enter one of the great legal areas of London where Magwitch visits Pip at his chambers in Great Expectations. Just along the road is where Charles Dickens worked in the Blacking Factory. In the literary world, David Copperfield and Martin Chuzzlewit found themselves just where you will: at the famous Old Curiosity Shop, perhaps the oldest shop in central London. Lincolns Inn Fields was close to Dickens home and as such features prominently in his literature. The Old Hall appears in the opening scene of Bleak House where close by you will see the home of Charles Dickens' friend and biographer, John Forster, whose property became the residence of Mr. Tulkinghorn in Bleak House. More Bleak House locations come thick and fast, as you pass The Royal College of Surgeons and the likely location of Krooks horrid shop before he went up in flames. As you reach the end of our tour, you will walk the streets of Bloomsbury that were long the literary capital of the world and whose residents have included Orson Welles, Virginia Woolf, E.M. Forster, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and JM Barrie, who created Peter Pan. The tour concludes at the Dickens House Museum, which you will be free to visit in your own time, or perhaps have lunch in one of the many fine old pubs and restaurants in this district of Bloomsbury that Charles Dickens knew so well.

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Absolutely worth it! with older children from 8. Thanks to a very competent city guide who knows a lot of interesting and exciting details about the filming, actors etc. about Harry Potter and underpins them accordingly with the original film scenes on the notebook. - We had a boat trip because I don't like taking the metro.

This guided tour makes us visit London differently. A must do for Harry Potter fans and even for those who know him less. My spouse was not necessarily a fan and he loved it. The quiz kept my teens turned on. Really perfect for family!

Enjoyed our tour,very informative,host was very knowledgeable and entertained us and our children.explored a lot on Harry Potter locations which has inspired many scenes throughout the films.

A very good moment both for the places discovered and for the animation of the visit. Thank you

Louis was very nice and it was a very amazing experience in a undiscovered London. Thanks!!