8. London: Full-Day Sightseeing and Harry Potter Tour
This is an all-day London sightseeing tour, plus during the day you will get to see Harry Potter's London film location sites that were used. This tour does not go to the Studios. The tour is fantastic fun for the whole family — this is the best of both worlds!
Your guided tour takes you past many of London's major sights and landmarks. See Westminster Abbey* (exterior only), where monarchs have been crowned since 1066 . Stand outside Buckingham Palace and watch the Changing of the Guard*. Go to the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus and Eros.
Take a drive past Downing Street, Harrods, the London Eye, museums, galleries, the areas of Soho, Piccadilly, Kensington Palace, Albert Hall, and much more, before stopping for lunch. No London tour is complete without a lunch in a pub. Situated on the edge of the River Thames, enjoy lunch in a pub that's over 300 years old.
After lunch, continue your tour with a visit to the Tower of London, the most impressive medieval fortress in Britain. Built by William the Conqueror, during its history it has been a palace, a prison, a zoo, a royal mint, an observatory, an armory and a place of execution. It is home to the Crown Jewels, the ravens and famous Beefeaters.
From here, move on to Tower Bridge and then into the City of London, the one square mile that was built by the Romans over 2000 years ago. See the modern financial district that stands side by side with ancient sites. Next, visit Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and the Rose Theatre. View the Roman wall that once surrounded the city and the oldest church in the city built in 1123. Your guide will show you the London very few visitors get to see!
Carry on to explore more of the city's unusual and lesser-known monuments and treasures. Visit the site where the Great Fire of London started in 1666, then travel the short distance to St Paul's Cathedral.
• Westminster Abbey is closed on Sunday for services
• At certain times there may be no Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace
As the title says, this is a day of seeing the sights and secrets of London and you will not be disappointed. During the course of your day, visit shops that are over 300 years old and still trading, a pub that sells corpses, a house with false windows, a Roman Bath, a medieval banquet hall and Winston Churchill's cigar chair. Take a photograph with an original gas lamp, visit a Dead house and discover much more.
Enter the world of Harry Potter during your London tour.
Visit Gringotts Bank (outside only) and walk over to the Knight Bus bridge. Walk the avenue to the Leaky Cauldron. Stand at the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron, seen during the third film, have your photo taken outside the Third Hand book emporium. See the bridge destroyed by Death Eaters. Follow Harry's complete flight along the River Thames on his broomstick. See Grimmauld Place and where Harry actually disappears at Kings Cross Station Platform 9 ¾ . See photos of the props used in the station scenes taken by your guide.
Then it's off to get a picture at the entrance to Platform 9 ¾. See where Harry and Ron stole the flying car. Take a photo inside the train station used for exiting to the Ministry of Magic. Walk the footsteps of Harry and Mr. Weasley to the Ministry of Magic. See where Ron spies on the ministry. Your expert Harry Potter guide will take you to all of these sites and more.
On route there is time to ask questions about the films and there is even a small quiz to keep you on your toes. See places from earlier films that ended up on the cutting room floor. And as if this wasn't enough there will be some secret places, items and surprises along the way
At the end of the tour you have time to purchase genuine Harry Potter merchandise from your guide.