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London: Regent’s Canal Waterbus Trip to Little Venice

1. London: Regent’s Canal Waterbus Trip to Little Venice

Travel between vibrant Camden Market and picturesque Little Venice along the Regent's Canal on this scenic 1-way waterbus trip. Sit back and relax as you cruise on a calm waterway through London, navigated by leisure boats and lined with quirky houseboats. Departing from West Yard, Camden Market, pass by Regent’s Park, the grounds of London Zoo, and through the echoey depths of the 249-meter Maida Hill Tunnel. Take advantage of slide-opening windows throughout the boat, so everyone gets a picture-perfect view. As you pass through London Zoo, keep an eye out for warthogs and African hunting dogs, which can often be seen as the boat passes their canal-side enclosure. Cruise past the homes of well-known musicians, actors, and celebrities. See the expansive and landscaped back gardens of grand houses used by ambassadors and visiting international diplomats. End your boat trip in Little Venice, where you can get off and continue your adventure on your own.

From London: Stonehenge Inner Circle and Windsor Day Trip

2. From London: Stonehenge Inner Circle and Windsor Day Trip

Take a day trip from London to marvel at the Stonehenge Inner Circle on an exclusive private tour of the ancient site outside of the usual opening times. After, head to Windsor and choose to either take a guided walking tour of the town or visit Windsor Castle. Depart early in the morning from central London and make your way to Stonehenge. Once there, enjoy exploring this ancient site without the crowds as most regular visitors to Stonehenge are not allowed direct access to the stones. Enter the stone circle itself, and stand beside the magnificent stones towering above you. Soak up the peace and quiet as you experience Stonehenge at its atmospheric best. Following the visit to Stonehenge, make your way to the beautiful town of Windsor, where you will either take a walking tour or enter Windsor Castle. On the walking tour, admire the beautiful Georgian and Victorian architecture as well as Queen Charlotte Street, the shortest street in Britain. See Windsor Castle from the outside, and learn about the history, culture, and heritage of this Royal Borough. Alternatively, choose to visit Windsor Castle itself, home to British kings and queens for almost 1,000 years. Admire this royal residence up close before returning to London. The itinerary is reversed depending on what time you start the tour.

From London: Seven Sisters and South Downs Full-Day Tour

3. From London: Seven Sisters and South Downs Full-Day Tour

Join a small group tour to South Downs National Park and see the white cliffs of the coast from London. You will visit the Devil's Dyke, Seven Sisters Country Park, Beachy Head, and more on a guided tour.  Catch the train to Brighton from London and climb aboard a luxury minibus on arrival. You will reach the beautiful South Downs and marvel at the rolling hills created over thousands of years by grazing animals. Visit Devil's Dyke to appreciate the view across the lowland weald, and learn how the landscape was formed before making your way to Middle Farm, where you can buy cheeses, sparkling wines, or cider from Sussex. Middle Farm will be the lunch stop where the quaint tea rooms serve light lunches, snacks, coffee, or tea. Continue along country lanes to Seven Sisters Country Park to see the Neolithic carving of the Longman of Wilmington. Go for a walk to Beachy Head and take stunning photos of the white cliffs before traveling to Birling Gap to look at the dramatic coastal erosion and get your first glimpse of the Seven Sisters cliffs. Stop at Seaford Head to enjoy an iconic view of the Seven Sisters. Your Guide will take you on a walk around the headland to get the best views of the cliffs and stunning scenery.

Stonehenge Special Access - Evening Tour from London

4. Stonehenge Special Access - Evening Tour from London

After collection in central London, you will depart for Avebury where you'll have a short walking tour of the stone circle that surrounds the tiny village. Following this, you’ll have free time to explore the village – lunch at the infamous haunted Red Lion Pub is recommended, though it does get busy at peak times. After a short drive down the road, you will stop by Silbury Hill and take a walk up the hillside to West Kennet Long Barrow one of the largest Neolithic burial tombs in Britain and over 5000 years old. Your guide will take you into the burial chambers and bring it's fascinating history alive. Then it's off to Stonehenge for special access when the site is normally closed to the public. Your time inside the inner circle lasts up to an hour and is fully guided. After access to the stone circle, you will depart for London. Please note - time can differ on the day depending on traffic and local conditions. Your tour manager will confirm the drop off locations during the day.

Gangster London Walking Tour with Actor Vas Blackwood

5. Gangster London Walking Tour with Actor Vas Blackwood

The East End of London has long been associated with violence, from its association with Jack the Ripper to The Krays. This 2 hour walking tour explores real life and film locations associated with London’s criminal underworld. On-screen hard man, actor Vas Blackwood, best known for his role as Rory Breaker in gangster film “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,” guides the tour around the infamous Kray twin’s stamping ground. The tour goes to the Blind Beggar pub, Repton Boys Club and other locations which played a pivotal role in the lives of the Krays and other gangsters, and which turned them from mere gangsters into celebrity icons. Through his role as an onscreen gangster, Vas has rubbed shoulders with some of London’s ex-gangsters and their associates, including Freddie Foreman, Dave Courtney, Barbara Windsor and gangster-turned-actor Lenny McLean. On this tour Vas retells first hand accounts of crimes from some of London’s most notorious criminals, and provides insight into what it’s really like to be a gangster. It is a thrilling ride!

London: Kensington Palace Gardens Tour with Royal High Tea

6. London: Kensington Palace Gardens Tour with Royal High Tea

Explore the famous Kensington Palace Gardens on a guided tour and see the immaculately-maintained water features, formal areas, Sunken Garden, and more. Marvel at the beautiful surroundings before savoring tea with a selection of sandwiches, cakes, and scones. After meeting your guide, take a walk to Kensington Gardens. You will gain interesting insights into the history of the royal family and Britain's most beloved drink, tea.  Kensington Palace is most well known for being home to members of the British royal family like Princess Diana, Prince Harry, Prince William, and Kate Middleton (along with Prince George, Prince Louis, and Princess Charlotte). See the famous Sunken Garden before ending the walk with an indulgent high tea in the breathtaking surroundings of the Kensington Palace Pavilion. You will be served a selection of afternoon tea sandwiches which include classics such as egg mayonnaise and cress, smoked salmon and cream cheese, roast ham and English mustard, and cucumber and fresh mint. Taste traditional scones made with Welsh butter filled with cream and jam and a selection of fine afternoon tea cakes.

London: 3-Hour Secret British Food Tour

7. London: 3-Hour Secret British Food Tour

Firstly, your local London guide takes you to the exciting Borough Market to soak up the atmosphere and eat some English fudges/chocolate. This eating paradise was not even on the tourist foodie radar a few years ago. Still around the market, you will try award winning Cumberland sausages, followed by the best fresh fish and chips in town. Note the difference between "chips" and "French fries!" There is so much to see in the market that your guide will give you 10-20 minutes to look around yourselves, giving you a chance to buy gifts or eat any samples. Your personal guide will explain the history of the market and the surrounding areas including Sir Francis Drake’s Golden Hind, the Shard and Southwark Cathedral. Your tour will continue to a historic pub where you can try the best of British cheeses, served with grapes, fig cakes and chutneys, washed down with real London beers, ales or delicious ciders (or non-alcoholic options). You will also see the world-famous London Bridge and Tower Bridge on the River Thames as well as the Battleship HMS Belfast. Finally, the tour ends with classic desserts, such as cheesecakes, chocolate brownies or sticky toffee puddings, all washed down with a pot of refreshing tea. Oh, and of course there’s a delicious secret dish too!

London: Landmarks and Secret Gems Bike Tour

8. London: Landmarks and Secret Gems Bike Tour

Saddle up for a fun bike tour of London and see the city like a slightly eccentric local. Ride a fabulous classic-style, traditional English Pashley bicycle, pedaling across the capital using riverside paths, dedicated bicycle lanes, and quiet back streets. Cruise at an easy pace to ensure your comfort and safety at all times, the tour is ideal even for those who haven't ridden a bicycle in years. Make frequent stops to soak in the sights, take photos, and listen to your guide recount interesting facts and strange historical tales of landmarks like Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, and the London Eye. Visit lesser-known spots, including a bizarre stone nose, wartime bunkers, legal graffiti zones, and the best spots for food and drink. Take a break at the best-rated ale and cider pub in town, learn about traditional brewing techniques, taste samples, and enjoy a pint with your group.

London: Secrets of Hampton Court Palace Guided Tour

9. London: Secrets of Hampton Court Palace Guided Tour

This is a private tour, just for you, so can be tailored exactly to your requirements. You can say in advance, or even on the day, what interests you most - whether it be tapestries, art and magnificence or simply the strange and amusing tales of a Royal Court. The tour on request can be designed to suit children. Step back in time to 1540, imagine the colors, sights, sounds and smells. What was it really like to live, work and eat at Hampton Court and how did people dress? The Great Hall has hardly changed since Henry's time, show off his wealth and power. Visit the Haunted Gallery, where you might see the ghost of Queen Catherine Howard, as well as original paintings from the Royal Collection. The beautiful Chapel Royal has the finest 16th century ceiling in England, studded with blue and gold, while the King's colorful royal beasts can be seen outside in a charming Tudor Garden. A story of two amazing palaces, a Tudor palace made famous by Henry VIII, alongside a 17th century Baroque palace built by William & Mary, with stunning gardens. Why did the British come to have a Dutch king in 1688 and what was he doing at Hampton Court? Find out more about William of Orange, see fabulous interiors including royal bedrooms and look out onto his magnificent Privy Garden as you explore the palace inspired by Versailles! Join a tour with Siobhan Clarke, who has a BA in History and a Teaching Certificate. She has worked at Hampton Court for 20 years and is passionate about sharing her knowledge of the palace and making every visitor experience the best it can be - inspiring and fun. Siobhan is a Member of the Institute of Tourist Guiding. She has featured on BBC radio and PBS television's 'Secrets of Henry VIII's Palace' and is the author of four books on Tudor history and art. She also lectures for the US Smithsonian and the UK Arts Society.

London: Secrets of the London Underground Walking Tour

10. London: Secrets of the London Underground Walking Tour

The London Underground, or the 'Tube' as it is more commonly known, is more than just a transport network- it is an icon of London and the lifeblood of the city; every year, more than 1.3 billion passengers journeys are made across its 270 stations. The tour begins at the historic Baker Street Station, one of the original stops on the Metropolitan Railway, the world's first underground railway. During the course of the tour an expert guide will bring the fascinating history of the London Underground to life as they tell the story of the 'Tube's' evolution including how trains moved from steam-powered to electrified rails, how the very first tunnels of the underground were built, why more than 40 stations have been left abandoned, and the story of the famous 'roundel' underground symbol. Find out which station lies above the remains of 1000 bodies, how the tube was re-purposed and used as a refuge during the Blitz as well as an aircraft factory and storage for the treasures of the British Museum, and which stations are reputed to be haunted by the ghosts of a Pharaoh's daughter and even a nun.

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We had a really good time on our tour. Evan is a knowledgeable and entertaining guide who introduced us to London‘s brutalist heritage. Highly recommendable for anyone interested in a fresh view to the cityscape.

The Street Art Tour from Gary was really amazing. He really gives you something from himself, a very inspiring person!

Tom was very kind and funny. He also found alternative foods for my lactose intolerance. Recommended!

Absolutely fantastic. It opened my eyes to understand that all the great art works aren't in museums.

Rachel and the tour were great. Strongly reccommended. Thank you!