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London: River Thames Dinner Cruise

1. London: River Thames Dinner Cruise

Take a leisurely evening cruise through the heart of London to see its famous sights illuminated at night. In the summer, there is the added delight of watching the sun set from the water before the lights come alive! The 3-hour cruise from Westminster to the Thames Barrier and back starts with a welcome drink when you board. Follow your cocktail with a delicious 4-course dinner, plus entertainment from a live singer. This dinner cruise from the heart of London combines a great meal with cabaret and dancing. Sail past the modern landmarks of the O2 Arena, Canary Wharf, and City Hall, and continue as far as the monumental Thames Barrier flood defense before turning back to the Houses of Parliament. By the time darkness falls, dinner gives way to a cabaret singer performing tunes from West End Shows both past and present, along with other popular music. Although dancing is encouraged during and after the cabaret performance, if you prefer you can sit back and simply enjoy the music and floodlit sights. The cruise ends at the original starting point. Menu • Scottish Smoked Salmon Mousse with Mustard and Dill Center, King Prawns with Lemon and Mesclun Salad • Tomato, Roast Pepper, and Basil Soup • Roasted Supreme of Chicken Wrapped in Parma Ham, served with Dauphinoise Potatoes and Mushrooms with Thyme and Red Wine Sauce, along with Seasonal Vegetables • White, Dark, and Milk Chocolate Truffle Cake with Raspberry Sauce • Tea or Coffee, Mints Vegetarian Menu • Salad with Feta, Walnuts, Green Beans, Cherry Tomatoes, Roast Peppers, Pumpkin, and Olives with Honey Dressing • Tomato, Roast Pepper, and Basil Soup • Lasagne with Artichokes, Spinach, Sauté of Mixed Mushrooms, and Goat's Cheese, along with Seasonal Vegetables • White, Dark, and Milk Chocolate Truffle Cake with Raspberry Sauce • Tea or Coffee, Mints

London: The London Pass with access to 80+ Attractions

2. London: The London Pass with access to 80+ Attractions

See all that London has to offer with the London Pass. With its wealth of history and culture, London always has plenty to offer visitors. The London Pass is a complete sightseer credits package allowing you access to more than 80 top attractions, tours, and museums. Access a huge range of the top landmarks and attractions including the Tower of London, London Zoo, Windsor Castle, and many more.  Enjoy a 1-Day Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus tour with over 60 stops across London including Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, and Piccadilly Circus. The pass is valid for a full working day across 3 routes. You'll also get access to special London Pass holder perks, including discounts at gift shops at select attractions. The London Pass allows access to over 80 attractions, including: POPULAR ATTRACTIONS • The View from the Shard • Tower of London • 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour • Thames River Boat (Uber Boat by Thames Clippers - 1-day Hop-on Hop-off) • Windsor Castle (afternoon entry only) • Westminster Abbey • London Bridge Experience • Tower Bridge Exhibition • ZSL London Zoo • St Paul's Cathedral • Kensington Palace PLACES OF INTEREST • Shakespeare's Globe Theatre • Royal Albert Hall • Royal Observatory Greenwich • Old Royal Naval College • The Painted Hall • Cutty Sark • Kew Gardens • Hampton Court Palace • Apsley House • Benjamin Franklin House • Eltham Palace • Golden Hinde • Wellington Arch • Chelsea Physic Garden MUSEUMS & GALLERIES • London Transport Museum • Foundling Museum • Household Cavalry Museum • Charles Dickens Museum • Guards Museum • Cartoon Museum • Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art • Wernher Collection at Ranger's House • Fan Museum • London Canal Museum • London Museum of Water and Steam • Garden Museum • Museum of Brands, Packaging, and Advertising • Queen's Gallery (temporarily closed) • Pollock's Toy Museum • The Postal Museum TOURS & EXPERIENCES • ArcelorMittal Orbit • Arsenal FC Stadium (Emirates Stadium) • Chelsea FC Stadium Tour • Tottenham Hotspur FC Stadium Tour • Twickenham Stadium Tour & Rugby Museum • Wembley Stadium Tours & more! Please note: attractions and tours are subject to change. Please check the digital guide included on your confirmation voucher for the full list of inclusions, opening times, and reservation instructions, when applicable before you go.

London: Comedy Horror Ghost Tour on a Bus

3. London: Comedy Horror Ghost Tour on a Bus

All aboard the omnibus for a ride around the dark side of London. Rising from the ashes of a factory fire, the Necrobus is here to creep you out. See London's historic places and famous sites on this unique tour. On-board actors and technical trickery are combined to create the scariest tour in town. A creepy conductor provides the commentary for this sinister sightseeing show, revealing haunted palaces, unmarked burial grounds, and old skeletons in the capital’s closet. The Ghost Bus Tour takes you around the city, to West End, and even south of the river. See some of the oldest and most historic places in London and learn spooky facts about the most famous sights including Westminster Abbey, Fleet Street, The Tower of London, and London Bridge.

London: Historical Pub Walking Tour

4. London: Historical Pub Walking Tour

Enjoy an afternoon stroll through London's liquid history, pausing to quench your thirst in 4 of the city's most historic pubs. This tour of some of the city’s finest alehouses follows in the footsteps of legendary city chroniclers, such as Charles Dickens. Take a gentle 2-mile walk through some of London’s ancient streets, departing from St Paul's underground station and strolling along the "street of shame".  Throughout the tour, enjoy fine views, quirky history, and a drink or two along the way. Stop at no less than 4 different pubs to quench your thirst, with visits to taverns that date back as far as 1549. Your trip will finish close to the Strand and Covent Garden, where you'll be a short walk from the theaters, shops, and restaurants of London’s West End. Not to mention even more historic pubs if you want to carry on your liquid tour of London on your own.

Central London Bar Crawl and Nightlife Tour

5. Central London Bar Crawl and Nightlife Tour

Live and feel the pulse of London's famous nightlife with this action-packed bar and club crawl through the city's West End (Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus and Soho)! Enjoy free entry to five of the city's best bars and clubs, and get to the know the London nightlife for yourself. Make your way through the best spots in Piccadilly, Leicester Square, and Soho, and at each venue, enjoy a complimentary shot to help you get in the party mood. Get to know fellow travelers or London locals, as well as your cheeky but charming guides, as you enjoy great drinks deals all night. Drinking in London doesn't have to be expensive, you just have to know where to be and who to go there with.

London: Soho Music and Historic Pubs Experience

6. London: Soho Music and Historic Pubs Experience

Beginning at the world-famous Piccadilly Circus, your guide will introduce themselves and give you a brief introduction. From there you’ll start the journey into the infamous Soho area. As you go, you’ll be regaled with hilarious stories about Soho legends such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Mozart, Marilyn Monroe, Jimi Hendrix, and many more. Between the pubs and all of the famous locations you visit, tales of influential characters and the history of the area will be told. From the renowned 'Windmill Girls' of the grownup entertainment industry to the bar brawls of The Who and The Sex Pistols, no stone will be left unturned. At each pub, you'll have the option to buy authentic English beers (though other options are available including non-alcoholic drinks) and do as the locals do. There will be plenty of photo opportunities too, with lots of hidden alleyways and side streets that lead to off-the-beaten-track locations. Your guide will also help you spot the unseen things that everyone misses so that you get a genuinely unique experience that will not get anywhere else. By the end of the tour, you’ll know why Soho has been London's entertainment capital for more than 300 years and you'll want to come back for more.

London in One Day Tour with River Cruise

7. London in One Day Tour with River Cruise

Westminster Abbey and Parliament Square The tour begins with a panoramic drive around parliament Square, to see Westminster Abbey, where many of our Kings, Queens, Statesmen, poets and writers are buried. See Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. London's West End, Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard Enjoy a fascinating panoramic tour, seeing Trafalgar Square, Downing Street, London's Theatre District and Piccadilly Circus. Then to Buckingham Palace to see the colourful ceremony of the Changing of the Guard. St Paul's Cathedral A guided tour of Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece – St Paul's Cathedral - crowned by the magnificent dome that is so much a part of the London skyline. The Cathedral was rebuilt after the Great Fire of London in 1666. In recent years it has seen the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, to Lady Diana Spencer and, most recently, the thanksgiving services for both the Golden Jubilee and 80th Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen. The Tower of London and Crown Jewels Founded by William the Conqueror in 1066 and enlarged by successive sovereigns, the Tower of London is one of the world's most famous and spectacular fortresses. Over the past 1000 years it has been a Royal Palace, an armoury and a place of imprisonment and execution. The Beefeaters who guard the Tower will regale you with stories of its past. We will visit the Crown Jewels, including the magnificent solid-gold crown used at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, the enormous Cullinan diamonds and the extraordinary Koh-i-Noor.   Sunday in London - due to church services St Paul's Cathedral is closed to visitors on Sunday. We will stop for photographs and spend longer in the Tower of London. Occasionally there may not be a Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, on these occasions we will visit the Changing of the Guard at Horse Guards Parade. Thames River Cruise Enjoy your river cruise at your leisure after exploring The Tower of London. Your river cruise will take you from Tower to Westminster Pier, where your tour will conclude.

London: West End Musicals Silent Disco Walking Tour

8. London: West End Musicals Silent Disco Walking Tour

Experience the city like never before as you sing and dance along to all the greatest show tunes it has to offer. This tour can be a great pre-theatre activity to get you in the mood or a fantastic way to learn and discover new musicals. During the tour, you will visit many of the top theaters in London’s West End, whilst you listen to music tracks selected from each of the musicals you visit via a Silent Disco headset. You will also be able to hear your host, who will provide commentary, fun facts, and anecdotes relating to the theme of the tour along the way. Attendees will be singing, dancing, and having fun throughout the whole experience. Whether you’re a musical fan, a wannabe theatre star, or just want to broaden your knowledge in a fun-packed and hilarious way, everyone is welcome on this thrilling and musical walk around London’s fantastic theatreland.

London: Full-Day Rock Music Tour

9. London: Full-Day Rock Music Tour

Follow in the footsteps of the hell-raising, music-making legends of London on a comprehensive tour of some of the city’s most musical neighborhoods. Traveling by 16-seat minibus, you will discover the past and present rock landmarks of bohemian Soho and North London. In the morning, discover the areas of Soho. Learn about the history of British rock and its foundations, from blues and jazz roots through skiffle, folk, and into the heart of swingin’ 60s. Hear about the rebellious punk of the 70s as well as the New Wave and New Romantics of the 80. Meander through the narrow, winding streets of Soho. See where the greats bought their instruments on ‘Tin Pan Alley. This afternoon focuses on North London including the hip artist areas, where clubs and pub venues abound around the street art-filled canals. Learn about hippies who once lived in the area, as well as the Britpop Era of Oasis and Blur in the 90s. See the boutiques, pubs, and clubs that have shaped British music history throughout decades, inspiring well-known lyrics and melodies Visit the areas of Chelsea, Kensington, Notting Hill, and St John’s Wood, and walk across the famous Abbey Road, made iconic by The Beatles.

London: West End Beer Tasting Pub Tour

10. London: West End Beer Tasting Pub Tour

New York has its delis; Paris has its pavement cafés; and London has its pubs. Around 7,000 of them. The question is, which are the best ones to visit? Take this 4-hour pub tour for the answers! Local guides will lead you to the hidden gems of London's famous West End pub scene, and show you their favorite local haunts, all brimming with character and charm. You will learn the history of the West End and of British pubs as your crawl. Sample generous servings of the best beer in the capital at 5 different venues. It’s a great option for a before dinner tour, or if you are planning to catch a show in Theatreland. You will go off-the-beaten-track to visit spots that are London's real heart, and get a great grounding in what makes European and British beer the best in world.

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What people are saying about West End

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based on 3,802 reviews

Very warm, friendly and informative. Nice balance of historic info and fun. Our guide Sy was superb. Really brought the group together and was a very enjoyable afternoon and a fantastic way to meet new people.

Guided by “Danny Boy”, I spent the most enjoyable part of my vacation on this tour. I experienced 4 great Pubs and tasted very good beers. I plan to take this tour again on my next visit to London :)

Absolutely amazing, great food, amazing atmosphere. The singer was unbelievably good. Very nice staff too. We wish it would’ve last longer but definitely beautiful 3 hours. Great job guys

Our guide, Tom, was an excellent guide. Easy to get along with and well versed in the history of Soho. And the bars were all top notch. Strongly recommend.

Great fun!! Super easy to pick up. Bus was clean and the guide was easy to hear and very entertaining.