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London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

1. London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

Find the prime vantage points that most people miss and see this time-honored tradition from outside Buckingham Palace. Follow your guide on a dynamic journey that will take you through each stage of the entire Changing of the Guard ceremony from beginning to end. Navigate the crowds easily and quickly. Let your guide take you to the best spots with unobstructed views for taking photos of the palace, gardens, and parade grounds. Marvel at the precision with which the Queen’s Foot Guards march to Buckingham Palace, clad in their iconic red tunics and bearskin hats. Admire the gleaming coats of the Household Cavalry’s horses as they emerge at Horse Guard’s Parade. As you watch, hear about the history of this fascinating ceremony and gain invaluable insight into every detail of this British spectacle.

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British Museum: Tour

2. British Museum: Tour

Visit the British Museum and be led by an expert guide on a carefully planned route designed to maximize your time and give you a greater insight into the museum’s top highlights. See the world-famous “Rosetta Stone”, which was the key to deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphics and admire in awe perfectly preserved mummies, including the Mummy of Katebet. Explore an impressive collection of Greek antiquities including the Parthenon Sculptures. Discover the Anglo-Saxon “Sutton Hoo” burial relics, 16th-century samurai armor, as well as the “Winged Bulls” from Khorsabad. Listen as your guide tells the history behind the relics found in the vast exhibits and come out from your visit with a greater appreciation of the British Museum’s treasures.

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Afternoon Tea at the British Museum

3. 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.

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London Private Family & Children British Museum Tour

4. London Private Family & Children British Museum Tour

Visiting the British Museum with a special children’s guide is a fantastic way to give kids a taste of this important museum. Visited by up to six million visitors per year, it is one of the largest and busiest, museums in the world and an important landmark in London. In addition to the vast collection, the museum’s special exhibition, displays and events are all designed to advance understanding of the collection and cultures they represent. Your tour guide will focus on tow to three exhibits to keep the kids from becoming overwhelmed and losing interest. Experiencing your visit of the British Museum as a family will be a fascinating and memorable moment. You will also be able to take advantage of the museum’s range of family-friendly activities throughout autumn and winter.

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British Museum: Private Tour

5. British Museum: Private Tour

Visit the British Museum and be led by an expert guide on a private tour designed around your interests while maximizing your time and giving you a greater insight into the museum’s top highlights. See the world-famous “Rosetta Stone”, which was the key to deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphics and admire in awe perfectly preserved mummies, including the Mummy of Katebet. Explore an impressive collection of Greek antiquities including the Parthenon Sculptures. Discover the Anglo-Saxon “Sutton Hoo” burial relics, 16th-century samurai armor, as well as the “Winged Bulls” from Khorsabad. Listen as your guide tells the history behind the relics found in the vast exhibits and come out from your visit with a greater appreciation of the British Museum’s treasures.

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London: Secret Societies & Occult Walking Tour

6. London: Secret Societies & Occult Walking Tour

Meet your guide at St James’s Palace, one of the oldest royal palaces in London. From here, your guide will take you to one of the first places in London devoted to the study of magical arts. Afterwards, see where the 19th century secret society named the Suicide Circle was based. Walk along Pall Mall to the oldest occult bookshop in London. Discover stories about the Hermetic order of the Golden Dawn and its members. Continue to the Charring Cross Hotel, where the French occultist Eliphas Levi allegedly performed an act of necromancy. Follow your guide to Cleopatra's Needle on Victoria Embankment, a stone obelisk surrounded by dark legends. Learn how it was brought to London and why some Londoners are still obsessed with Egyptian mythology. Continue to the Freemasons quarter, passing the building where the Ordo Templi Orientis secret society is based. The most influential member was English author and occultist Aleister Crowley. Walk past another occult society before arriving at the British Museum. Learn how pagans and members of secret societies pay tributes to idols in the museum. Discover the history of the occult on this walking tour of London.

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London: Private British Museum Tour

7. London: Private British Museum Tour

In the company of a live guide, explore the highlights of the British Museum, one of the largest museums of its kind in the world. Avoid wasting time stuck in long lines with skip-the-line entrance and make the most of your time in the museum to see treasures such as the Rosetta Stone. After your tour, spend the rest of the day exploring the rest of the museum at your own pace. During your tour, see the museum's most sought-after pieces and learn more about their importance in the modern art scene and as historical collection pieces. From the well-preserved Egyptian Mummies to the mysterious Lewis Chessman, admire collections from around the world and understand what makes these artifacts so unique.

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London: Private City Highlights Car Tour with Transfer

8. London: Private City Highlights Car Tour with Transfer

Discover London in privacy and luxury with a private, chauffeur-driven tour of the city center, and see the city’s top attractions away from the hustle and bustle of organized group tours. Sit back and relax as your private driver takes you past sights such as Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, the Houses of Parliament, and more, depending on the option selected. Tailor your perfect day along with your driver and stop at the points that most interest you. Ask your driver all the questions you’ve ever had about historic London.

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The British Museum in London Guided Tour

9. The British Museum in London 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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London: British Museum Guided Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about British Museum

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 703 reviews

Great experience, and would highly recommend. I was called on the morning of the tour and was told our guide would call 15 mins before the tour starting time. I took the tour guides number just in case we had an issue. I was called exactly on time! Lula, our guide was very friendly and informative. The kids (11 & 13) were engaged and we all saw and learnt something new. I find having a guide is a great way to engage the kids, and also gives a more structured approach when visiting a large museum with so many exhibits.

Tony our guide was fantastic and we would recommend him. He is knowledgeable, entertaining, organised and professional. The British Museum itself is a beautiful building and the exhibits were impressive and beautifully displayed. A great experience to enjoy and learn.

Leo was the best!! He was very professional, friendly, and accommodating. He made the experience super easy and enjoyable! Thanks for everything Leo!!

Lula was extremely informative, friendly and patient. He was good with young and old

Natalie was amazing, thoroughly enjoyed our tour at the British Museum!