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London: Piccadilly and Soho Beer Bike Tour

1. London: Piccadilly and Soho Beer Bike Tour

Enjoy a unique 15-person bike tour through the streets of London. Travel in style and experience London’s famous landmarks in a completely different way. Raise a toast with your companions as you go on a 1- or 2-hour tour.  During your experience, cycle to local, world-famous pubs in London for a pint. Join a tour that has played host to James Corden, the Late Late Show, and the cast of Dark Phoenix. An onboard driver, host/barista will keep the drinks flowing and tunes rocking. Drinks are not included; please order on board.

London: Westminster in WW2 and Churchill War Room Entrance

2. London: Westminster in WW2 and Churchill War Room Entrance

It’s time to go back to the 1940s. Big Ben no longer sounds. Air raid sirens are the norm. German bombing raids come under cover of darkness. The population lives with rations and restrictions. Many Brits lay down their lives in Europe and beyond. With your local expert guide, you will keep calm and carry on, learning about the British resolve and getting the inside scoop on the truth behind Westminster in wartime on this walking tour past important monuments like the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, the Cenotaph, Ministry of War, 10 Downing Street and Whitehall. After your Westminster small group experience, bid your new-found friend and guide a fond farewell to descend into the War Rooms. At your own pace, discover the miles of strategic bunkers where Winston Churchill and his cabinet were to conduct their part in WW2. This unforgettable location is frozen in time and ready to be discovered once again.

The Royal Parks and Royal Palaces 3.5-Hour Morning Tour

3. The Royal Parks and Royal Palaces 3.5-Hour Morning Tour

This tour starts in Kensington Garden - you'll start the morning by cycling through this beautiful park to see where Queen Victoria grew up and where Princess Diana lived. Further down the road, you'll stop at London's most classic venue, The Royal Albert Hall, built to memorialize Prince Albert. Feel free to do your own "last night of the proms" or lay back and listen to one of your guide's anecdotes. Your group will then follow the "rotten row" in the magical Hyde park to the statue of one of England's biggest heroes of all time, the man who defeated Napoleon back in 1815: if you know his name and where the battle took place you're the hero of the day. It's all downhill from there, through the Green Park to visit the official residence of the Royal family, Buckingham Palace - maybe you'll get invited for a cup of tea? We hope to tell you some stories about the Palace that you won't find in a travel guide! Next stop on your route is Trafalgar square, one of the world's most famous places. Whatever happened to Lord Nelson in Trafalgar and where did all the pigeons that once lived here go? If you know this then please do share - that's what the tour is all about, sharing some stories  - it's more of a chat than a lecture with a lot of yeardropping. If you like the royal weddings and the coronations, the amazing Westminster Abbey might be the highlight for you on the tour, if you prefer some good old execution and torture you can pay some extra attention by ţhe Houses of Parliament. Then, take a selfie at Big Ben, London's number one landmark before your group goes back again through the Royal Parks to the meeting point again. But please don't rush off without challenging your guides with any questions you may have about other attractions, museums, markets and more ways to enjoy this fabulous city.

London: Monuments & Back Streets Guided Tour in Black Taxi

4. London: Monuments & Back Streets Guided Tour in Black Taxi

Your tour will take place in an iconic London black taxi, with a clear glass roof to take in as much of the city as possible. You will visit the places you have heard of as well as other places that only a select few people know about. Stand outside Buckingham Palace, gaze at Westminster Abbey, and see Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Drive alongside the River Thames, before seeing the flowers blooming in the Royal Parks. Stop off at Trafalgar Square and take a walk through Piccadilly Circus. Your guide will show you buildings that are 500 years old and still functioning. Hear stories about how the City and many famous landmarks shaped London’s history. Whether you have been to London before or if it is your first time, you will explore the lesser-known sights of the capital. Dive into the history and culture of the city by listening to stories about Londoners past and present.  See London from up high in a medieval tower, see a "Dead House", and visit the most haunted pub in London. You will even walk on a Roman pavement. This unique tour will really show you London at its very best.

London Private Welcome Tour with a Local Guide

5. London Private Welcome Tour with a Local Guide

Explore London with a friendly local who is passionate about the city and eager to share all the information that will help you make the most of your trip. Get to know London through the eyes of a Lokafyer on a 2 to 6-hour private tour. Meet your guide at your accommodation and head out on the tour to get familiar with the neighborhood. Learn about the best places to eat and buy groceries, the easiest ways to get around and the top things to see and do. During the walking tour there will be the option of taking public transportation or a taxi to get around the city. Please inform the tour operator if you’d like a private car included in the tour.

London: Private Welcome Tour with Local Guide

6. London: Private Welcome Tour with Local Guide

Meet your guide at your hotel or a prearranged meeting point, then head out onto the bustling streets of London. Discover the city like a local and learn everything you need to know for your stay in the capital with the help of your expert guide, who is passionate about their city. Go on a tour of the neighborhood you’re staying in and get to know the best places to eat or buy groceries as well as how to get around on public transport, on foot, or in a taxi. Listen to your guide share their knowledge and discover the top attractions and things to do during your stay. After the tour, you’ll feel confident and comfortable navigating the city on your own, armed with plenty of tips to make the most of your visit.

Soho: Drag Queen Disco Diva Tour

7. Soho: Drag Queen Disco Diva Tour

Experience the joy and sass of a drag queen disco tour like no other. A fabulous medley of ‘Disco Diva’ tunes is on the cards as we explore London’s iconic Soho & China Town districts. Do you want to know the best spots to catch the Drag Race girls performing? Learn more about the iconic Drag performer Danny La Rue. Most importantly, hear hilarious and outrageous facts like where Cher took a dump after eating a dodgy kebab. Our fabulous drag queen host knows all the answers. Featuring hits from the Spice Girls, Madonna, Kylie, Lady Gaga, Cher, and many more – be prepared to sing, dance, strut your stuff, and hear some shocking revelations, some of which may even be true... Perfect for hen nights, stag parties, birthday celebrations, and any other kind of fabulous occasion.

The Beatles Fab 4 Magical History Taxi Tour

8. The Beatles Fab 4 Magical History Taxi Tour

Take your "Ticket to Ride" and join on this family fun packed tour as you "Get Back" to "Yesterday" to see if "She Loves You, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah." You wont need any "Help" on this tour as your guide lived through the Beatles era and is an expert on everything pop music related. This is a nostalgic trip down memory lane to the swinging sixties and the Beatles, visiting the exterior of Abbey Road Studios. You stop for photographs on that famous zebra crossing; visit the house where Paul wrote "I wanna hold your hand", and view properties that the fab four owned and the places where they worked. See where John and Yoko met, Apple Headquarters, the Rooftop Concert - the list of places goes on and on! Music of the era will be played and sung by you and the guide whilst on tour and your guide will have personal photos of The Fab Four and the 1960s era to show you.

London: 2-Hour Private City Tour Off the Beaten Track

9. London: 2-Hour Private City Tour Off the Beaten Track

Dive into Shoreditch, London's alternative side. Step away from the tourist trails and follow your local guide on a private tour full of surprises. Check out Brick Lane, Old Spitalfields market, local street art, spot architectural gems, and more. See and learn about the unexpected side of London. Let your guide show you hangout spots and historical spots representative of the area.

London: Winston Churchill & Westminster in WWII Walking Tour

10. London: Winston Churchill & Westminster in WWII Walking Tour

On a private or shared group walking tour with an expert guide, discover the grandeur of the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, the Cenotaph, Ministry of War, 10 Downing Street, and Whitehall through the lens of WWII. Learn about the British resolve and the reality of life for millions at that time. Start your tour outside the Monument to the RAF, which commemorates the individuals who took part in the Battle of Britain during the Second World War. Meet your guide who will begin to tell you the history of the area, and about life during WWII. Together, travel through London visiting iconic landmarks, such as Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey, as your guide tells you the impact of WWII and how Britain coped with the war. Finish your tour outside the Churchill’s War Rooms. Your guide will leave you here to explore if desired. Explore strategic bunkers from where Winston Churchill and cabinet were to conduct their part of WWII, frozen in time and ready to be discovered once again.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 217 reviews

My guide Ana Maria was so sweet to me it was like I was walking around the city with my own mother except she knows London like the back of her hand. She accommodated me in every way and made sure I know some historical background of England. Awesome tour guide for people arriving here for the first time!

My tour guide was Hannah Montana. They were so great and made it all so fun, even though I was alone. Honestly, I didn't know some of the song because they were popular british songs, but it was just so much fun.

Ewa was very friendly and helpful. She knew the best locations and clicked amazing pictures. Highly recommended to make your London Trip even more memorable.

Ola is a very competent, safe, and chilled out guide. Just the person you want to take you around London.

Very interesting tour in an exceptional area of London. The guide showed us interesting hidden places.