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London: Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off, River Cruise and London Eye

1. London: Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off, River Cruise and London Eye

Discover the best of London with a hop-on, hop-off tour on board 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 hop-on hop-off access, with stops strategically placed at top locations 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 Ferris Wheel. From the top, you'll 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. 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 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 Notting Hill.

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

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

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 (earbuds provided). Choose between a 24-hour ticket and a 48-hour ticket and 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, revitalized areas of St Pancras and King’s Cross with the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden, making its way through Bloomsbury en route. Thames River Cruise Every ticket includes a 1-way 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. Your guide will reveal historical facts and fascinating stories about famous London buildings and cultural institutions. Choose from one of three 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: Explorer Pass with Entry to 2 to 7 Attractions

3. London: Explorer Pass with Entry to 2 to 7 Attractions

Buy a London Explorer Pass and get 2 to 7 credits to redeem against entry at 80+ top attractions, landmarks, museums and tours. With options including the Tower of London, Shakespeare's Globe, The View from the Shard, St. Paul's Cathedral and more, it's time to tick off your bucket list! Choose any 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 attractions: Top attractions: • 1-day Hop-On-Hop-Off London Bus tour • Tower of London • The View from the Shard • Kensington Palace • Shakespeare’s Globe Exhibition & Theatre Tour • St Paul’s Cathedral • City Cruises Thames River Pass • Tower Bridge • Westminster Abbey • The London Bridge Experience • London Zoo • And more! (see below) Valid for 60 days from first use, the Explorer Pass is perfect if you want to see the best of London but don't want to rush around. Visit an attraction, do some shopping then visit a museum - you can still save up to 50% vs buying individual attraction tickets. Use the free Go City app to plan your trip, reserve attractions where required and help you get around the city. For the best experience, follow the instructions on your booking confirmation to sync your pass with the app. Full List of Attractions: Fun Activities and Tours: • Up at the O2 • Brit Movie Tours • Brit Music Tours • Brit Icon Tours • Hop-on Hop-off Open Bus tour of Windsor • London Bicycle Tour Company - Bicycle Hire • Curzon Soho/ Mayfair or Bloomsbury - Cinema Ticket • Swingers Crazy Golf (West End or City venues) • Sherlock: The Official Live Game • All Star Lanes (bowling) • The Dare Skywalk • Solve a Mystery: the Murder at Trafalgar Square Stadiums & Tours: • Chelsea FC Stadium Tour & Museum • Arsenal Stadium Tour • Tottenham Hotspur FC Stadium Tour • Wembley Stadium Tour • Twickenham Stadium Tour & World Rugby Museum • Kia Oval Ground Tour Food and Drink: • London Food Walking Tour • The Strand Cocktail at The Top Hat • The Chocolate Cocktail Club - One Free Cocktail • The Bermondsey Bierkeller • Fuller's Brewery Tour • Hard Rock Café London • The Seashell of Lisson Grove (Fish and Chips) Museums and Places of Interest: • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew • Royal Observatory Greenwich • London Transport Museum • Cutty Sark • Benjamin Franklin House • Florence Nightingale Museum • Freud Museum London • Hampton Court Palace • Household Cavalry Museum • London Bicycle Tour • Museum of Brands • Old Royal Naval College • Royal Albert Hall Tour • Garden Museum • The Guards Museum • The Monument to The Great Fire of London • The Postal Museum • Wembley Stadium Tour • Apsley House • Eltham Palace • Jewel Tower • Wellington Arch • Chiswick House and Kitchen Garden • Royal Air Force Museum London • The Courtauld Gallery *Savings based on sample itineraries on the Go City website. 

London: British Museum Guided Tour

4. London: British Museum Guided Tour

Discover some of the highlights of the British Museum with a licensed guide, and get a flavor of one of the world’s oldest and finest museums. Because there is so much to see, you could spend a week at the British Museum and still not discover it all. Experience the best of the British Museum’s collections, starting with a view of the breathtaking ceiling. Admire the spectacular glass roof of the Great Court, a work of art in its own right. Then, see the world-famous “Rosetta Stone,” the key to deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphics. Admire the controversial Parthenon Sculptures, taken from the Parthenon in Athens by Lord Elgin, the former British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire. Go to the Ancient Egypt galleries to see the large collection of Egyptian mummies, and discover the Anglo-Saxon “Sutton Hoo” burial relics, as well as the “Winged Bulls” from Khorsabad.

Afternoon Tea at the British Museum

5. Afternoon Tea at the British Museum

Take part in a quintessentially English traditional and enjoy afternoon tea at the Great Court Restaurant under the breathtaking glass roof of the British Museum. Choose from a selection of organic loose leaf teas and delicate flowering teas, such as Rising Flower or Jasmine Fairies. Feast from a selection of traditional delicacies, starting with finger sandwiches before tucking into handmade pastries, cakes and scones with clotted cream and jam.  Make your afternoon tea experience extra special and add a glass of sparkling Prosecco. Relax in an oasis of calm in the center of Bloomsbury and become part of a great tradition.

London: British Museum Highlights In-App Audio Guide

6. London: British Museum Highlights In-App Audio Guide

Discover the fascinating stories behind the most famous objects in the British Museum’s collection. Explore mysteries of ancient civilizations and travel through the history of humankind with a compelling in-app audio guide designed for you to see the best of the museum in a short amount of time. Please, book your free ticket at ticketing.britishmuseum.org in advance to guarantee Museum entry and download the smartphone app to start your audio guide as soon as you walk in. Explore the sights as long as you like and access the tour even when you're offline. Uncover the secrets of ancient Egypt through the Rosetta Stone, which served as the crucial catalyst in deciphering ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. Examine ancient mummies and tombs, and learn more about the Egyptian beliefs of the afterlife. Travel through time and continents while moving to different halls. Be amazed by the 4500-year-old figurine of the Ram in the Thicket and the Statue of Tara from Sri Lanka. Glimpse in awe at the Aztec serpent, composed of 2,000 turquoise pieces, and the ancient moai statue from Easter Island. This tour is not affiliated with the British Museum but is provided by an independent creator. With this in-app audio tour, you get the audio commentary on your phone along a planned route.

London: 5.5-Hour Guided British Museum Tour

7. London: 5.5-Hour Guided British Museum Tour

Follow in the footsteps of the great archaeologists, relic hunters, and explorers who acquired the treasures of the British Museum, and learn about their adventures and the hazards they braved to make their astounding discoveries. Unlock the secrets of the British Museum's extraordinary collection with a qualified archaeologist, tracing humanity's journey from the Stone Age to the modern age.  You'll get to grips with the history of human civilization, exploring our earliest origins in Africa, the first civilizations in Mesopotamia and the first cities, as well as the great empires of Egypt, Assyria, Greece, and Rome, and what happened after they collapsed. Along the way, you'll tour the British Museum's most famous galleries, including Ancient Egypt and Assyria, Ancient Greece and Rome, the Vikings, and the Aztecs, discovering world-famous artifacts such as the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon Marbles, the Sutton Hoo Helmet, and the Lewis Chessmen. Then, join some fun and play one of the world's most ancient board games, The Royal Game of Ur, whose rules were deciphered by British Museum scholars. After lunch, you'll find out how we know what we know in the second part of the tour. Hear about the geniuses who decoded ancient languages such as Egyptian hieroglyphs and Sumerian cuneiform, the world's earliest written language. Learn the basics in reading these writing systems and even get to try your hand at writing your name in Egyptian hieroglyphs. Look at some ancient languages that have not yet been deciphered and try to come up with ideas of how they might be translated. Finally, learn about the science behind archaeology, finding out how ancient objects are dated, how ancient sites come to be buried in the first place, and puzzling over some of the mysteries of the ancient world that still elude us.

London: Harry Potter Movie Locations Magic Guided Tour

8. London: Harry Potter Movie Locations Magic Guided Tour

Join your tour guide and enjoy a stroll through Muggle-run London! Follow in the footsteps of your favourite characters and see treasured landmarks along the way. Start at the iconic Trafalgar Square and see the National Gallery, where thousands of fans camped out for the world premiere. Visit Covent Garden and pass by the Harry Potter Photographic Exhibition, and see 10 Downing Street, home to the British Muggle Prime Minister. Walk to Great Scotland Yard (otherwise known as the entrance to the Ministry of Magic!) and enjoy lots of insider facts and stories as you pass traditional bookstores and Harry Potter inspired shops. Relive your favorite moments, take heaps of photos, enjoy captivating commentary from your guide, and even win 10 points for Gryffindor if you guess some trivia questions correctly! Use the complimentary mobile app to access bonus audio-guided walking routes and continue exploring London once the guided tour is finished.

London: British Museum Private Guided Tour with Tickets

9. London: British Museum Private Guided Tour with Tickets

Discover the history behind some of the British Museum’s most famous artifacts with a licenced Blue Badge professional guide. After your visit you will have a greater appreciation of the museum’s treasures. Meet your guide to the left of the main entrance gates of the British Museum on Great Russell Street. Follow your guide who'll retrace the history behind the objects in the museums collection. See the Rosetta Stone and why it is crucial to the understanding of Ancient Egypt. Learn how Tutankhamun died and why his was the only Pharoah's grave never discovered. See the great statue of Ramesses 11, a sacred metal cat, a giant scarab beetle. Explore an impressive collection of Greek antiquities including the Parthenon sculptures and why the room is so architecturally flawless. Hear about Sparta and Athens. How and why did Rome conquer every country bordering the Mediterranean. Admire a gladiator's helmet, brilliant roman glass, and a bust of the greatest emperor of Rome. Find out the mysteries of the Sutton Hoo burial and get a glimpse into the Anglo Saxon world that made England what it is today.

London: British Museum Guided Tour

10. London: British Museum Guided Tour

The British Museum's extensive collection spans 6,000 years of human history, featuring items from every corner of the world. The guides take a serious but enjoyable approach towards the museum’s galleries, discussing primitive tribes and forgotten empires through a carefully curated selection of exhibits. Discover Samurai armor and centuries-old Assyrian lion hunt reliefs. Learn about the Mummy of Katebet, the Lewis Chessmen, and the Rosetta Stone – the actual rock, not the language learning software. Leave the tour with an understanding of what humans have achieved throughout history and be proud to call yourself a part of this incredible species. Highlights generally include: (if artwork is not on loan or being restored etc) The Rosetta Stone, Assyrian Lion Hunt reliefs, Parthenon Sculpture, Lewis Chessmen, Oxus Treasure, Royal Game of Ur, Mummy of Katebet, Samurai Armour.

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Our tour guide, Luis, was great. His enthusiasm for history was evident and made the tour very enjoyable (even for children). Our group had 8 participants which was a nice size. We were able to hear him clearly without extra audio equipment and the group was small enough where we could ask questions throughout the museum.

It was a hassle free Museum highlights tour with no comparison to the English speaking ones in price. I don’t understand how they don’t charge 10 times the amount like the English Speaking ones available in Get your Guide

Rossa made sure that both me and my daughter (13) had an unforgettable day at the British Museum. We learned a lot and also had a lot of fun.

Exploring Lomdyn by bus is the best option. The bus is punctual and clean. The staff are very nice. I highly recommend it

Professional guide, very nice with our daughter and absolutely knowledgeable