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Parliament Square Tours

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Parliament Square
One of London’s most popular and most visited tourist attractions, Parliament Square links many of the capital’s iconic buildings. The square is ringed by Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, the Supreme Court, and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs and features 12 statues of famous world leaders and historical figures.

The Basics
First designed in 1868, Parliament Square is a sweeping green space surrounded by some of London’s most important landmarks and government buildings. Used by tourists as a place to relax or as the ideal location for photoshoots, the square is also a frequent site of protests and demonstrations. In addition to the world-famous monuments that surround it, Parliament Square features 12 statues of important figures throughout history, from leaders such as Nelson Mandela and Abraham Lincoln to influential activists like Mahatma Gandhi and Millicent Fawcett.

Given its proximity to UNESCO World Heritage Sites and world-renowned landmarks, Parliament Square features on dozens of tour itineraries, from hop-on hop-off bus and private tours to history-themed small-group walking tours.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The square is patrolled by Heritage Wardens (who wear distinctive uniforms and can assist with various sightseeing queries) 24 hours a day.
  • Following bombing damage sustained during World War II, Parliament Square was renovated in 1948 and now features a grand lawn and various walkways.
  • It is forbidden to feed pigeons or other birds on Parliament Square; dogs also must be kept on leashes.
  • As the square is level and includes paved walkways, it is accessible to wheelchair users.

How to Get There
As one of Central London’s most important hubs, Parliament Square is accessible by numerous forms of transit. Via the London Underground, take the Circle, District, or Jubilee line to Westminster Station. The area is also served by many bus lines, including the 3, 11, 12, 24, 53, 87, 88, 148, 159, 211, and 453, and can be reached on foot, by bike, or by car.

When to Get There
Parliament Square is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Be mindful that protests for or against various government actions and policies are often held in Parliament Square; it is best to avoid the area during particularly large or impassioned demonstrations.

Protests at Parliament Square
Protest has been an essential part of Parliament Square’s legacy. From multiyear Iraq War rallies to climate-change demonstrations and marches both for and against Brexit, the square has long been one of the city’s liveliest forums for public debate and dissent.
Address: Westminster, London, England
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Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise with Optional London Eye

Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise with Optional London Eye

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Discover the grandeur of London aboard the open-top, double-decker Big Bus on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. With your 1-, 2-, or 3-day ticket, design a personal itinerary with stops including Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, St. Paul’s Cathedral and more. Enjoy unobstructed views and onboard commentary as you view the city’s highlights and upgrade to The Big London Day Out option to get an aerial view of the city aboard the London Eye giant observation wheel. Hop off to enjoy a Thames River cruise, currently operating Friday to Sunday only.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$41.75
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$41.75
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Behind-the-Scenes Houses of Parliament Guided Tour

Behind-the-Scenes Houses of Parliament Guided Tour

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Step inside one of London's most iconic attractions on this behind-the-scenes tour of the Houses of Parliament. Meet your guide right in front of the UNESCO-listed attraction. Once inside, you’ll follow in royal footsteps, will visit both the House of Commons and the Lords Chamber, will admire artworks and architectural highlights, and more. As you go, your guide will share stories and facts about the landmark’s long history.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$82.17
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$82.17
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Skip the Line into Houses of Parliament & Westminster Abbey Fully-Guided Tour

Skip the Line into Houses of Parliament & Westminster Abbey Fully-Guided Tour

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Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament are two of London’s highlight landmarks—and on this tour, you’ll have special access to both. Skip the line at Westminster Abbey and head inside the soaring church, where your guide will share facts about its royal history. Next, you’ll have the rare opportunity to explore parts of the interior of the Houses of Parliament, which is frequently off-limits to the public.
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  • 3 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$121.93
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$121.93
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Darkest Hour - Parliament and Churchill War Rooms Private Tour

Darkest Hour - Parliament and Churchill War Rooms Private Tour

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Have the rare opportunity to visit the Houses of Parliament—and explore the Churchill War Rooms, too—on this political London tour. Following pickup from your local accommodation, travel to the UNESCO-listed Houses of Parliament, and explore both the Commons Chamber and the Lords Chamber. As you go, learn all about British political history and the fight for democracy. Next, continue to the Churchill War Rooms, located in a bunker deep below street-level. See where the Prime Minister led the war effort, and explore the perfectly preserved setting.
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$298.21
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$298.21
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London In a Day: Tower of London, Westminster Abbey & Changing of the Guard

London In a Day: Tower of London, Westminster Abbey & Changing of the Guard

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Limited time in London doesn’t have to mean a limited view of the capital. Soak up the key sights in just one action-packed day on this guided small-group tour. Explore Westminster Abbey and watch the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace. Then cruise the Thames River to Tower Bridge and explore its inner workings before delving into British history at the Tower of London.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$176.27
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$176.27
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Private Tour London Highlights, entries Westminster Abbey, The Tower of London

Private Tour London Highlights, entries Westminster Abbey, The Tower of London

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The Tower of London and Westminster Abbey are two of London’s most impressive must-see attractions, but the entry queues can be long. On this tour, save valuable sightseeing time with skip-the-line entry and head straight inside with your guide. Learn the history of Parliament Square and Trafalgar Square on a walking visit, and stop at Buckingham Palace, Nelson’s Column, and more.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$432.11
Price varies by group size
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$432.11
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London Super Saver: Royal Walking Tour Including Tower of London and Changing of the Guard plus London Highlights

London Super Saver: Royal Walking Tour Including Tower of London and Changing of the Guard plus London Highlights

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See the royal sights of London and save money at the same time on this day-long Super Saver tour—a combination of two popular sightseeing experiences. Start with early access to the Tower of London, and then take a cruise along the Thames River to central London to see the Changing of the Guard ceremony. In the morning, enjoy a royal-themed walking tour that takes in sights of Buckingham Palace and Big Ben.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$119.02
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$119.02

3 Hour Guided Private Walking Tour: The Best of London

3 Hour Guided Private Walking Tour: The Best of London

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Marvel over royal monuments, architectural masterpieces and iconic landmarks on this 3-hour walking tour of London. Enjoy the undivided attention of your private guide as you stroll around Covent Garden, Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus; snap photos of Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben; and stand in awe before the magnificent Buckingham Palace. For the full experience, upgrade to include a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$203.35
Price varies by group size
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$203.35
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Full Day London Private Classic Tour

Full Day London Private Classic Tour

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Optimize your time in the British capital on a private full-day tour, zipping between landmarks by traditional black cab for an authentic London experience. Discover iconic highlights such as the London Eye, Tower of London, and Buckingham Palace and enjoy plenty of stops for pictures or a closer look. Benefit from your guide’s personalized recommendations to add additional stops according to your interests.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$695.81
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$695.81
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Sir Winston Churchill Private Walking Tour & War Rooms

Sir Winston Churchill Private Walking Tour & War Rooms

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Follow in the footsteps of one of Britain’s most celebrated Prime Ministers and historic figures on this private, Winston Churchill-themed walking tour. Following pickup from your hotel or another convenient meeting point, you’ll explore the areas of Mayfair, Westminster, and Piccadilly associated with Churchill, from his childhood home and 10 Downing Street to the cigar shop he once frequented. Your final stop is at the Churchill War Rooms, the secret bunker from which he ran World War II.
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$203.35
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$203.35
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Private London Sightseeing by Luxury Vehicle

Private London Sightseeing by Luxury Vehicle

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If it’s your first time in London, tick off the city’s top attractions in style on a private 9-hour sightseeing tour. Travelling in a luxurious vehicle equipped with Wi-Fi, you’ll visit icons such as Tower Bridge, 10 Downing Street, and Trafalgar Square. In the afternoon, browse Harrods departments store and admire Kensington Palace, Hyde Park, and the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$994.02
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$994.02
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Royal London Sightseeing Tour with Changing of the Guard Ceremony and Thames River Cruise

Royal London Sightseeing Tour with Changing of the Guard Ceremony and Thames River Cruise

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Discover the regal residences and rich royal history of London on a sightseeing tour and Thames River cruise. With an accomplished guide, travel by luxury coach through the capital’s most opulent areas to see majestic landmarks like Big Ben and Kensington Palace. Gaze at a traditional Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace and then climb aboard a boat for a tranquil cruise on the River Thames. Glide past iconic sights like the London Eye and the Tower of London and enjoy illuminating commentary as you sail.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$63.62
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$63.62
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Private Chauffeured Minivan at Your Disposal in London for 4 Hours

Private Chauffeured Minivan at Your Disposal in London for 4 Hours

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With so much to see and do, travelers visiting London for the first time can often feel overwhelmed. Escape the crowds and skip the hassle of navigating an unfamiliar public transport system on a customizable tour by private minivan, a hassle-free choice designed with travelers on a time budget in mind. Your private chauffeur transports you between top attractions with ease and reveals lesser-known spots that you won't find in the guide book.
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  • 4 hours
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$476.33
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Private Tour, Entry to Westminster Abbey and London Highlights

Private Tour, Entry to Westminster Abbey and London Highlights

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Benefit from a private half-day tour of Westminster that covers some of the most famous sights in London. Visit Westminster Abbey and Parliament Square, and see Big Ben, the Horse Guards Parade at Whitehall, and Buckingham Palace, among other key monuments for both the royal family and British government. You can also walk through St James's Park before your tour ends at Trafalgar Square.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$265.07
Price varies by group size
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$265.07
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WW2 London Blitz Private Tour

WW2 London Blitz Private Tour

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Step back in time, and learn about one of the darkest chapters in London’s history, on this immersive, Blitz-themed walking tour. Meet your guide at your London hotel, and set off on foot; this private tour gives you an intimate way to see the sights. Learn all about the German aerial bombardment of the city, see monuments and the entrance to a public air-raid shelter, discover a fully restored ack-ack gun, and more.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$181.56
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The London Landmarks

The London Landmarks

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Have fun while covering a lot of ground on this cycling tour of London. You’ll see much more than you would on a walking tour, and get a much closer view of the attractions than you would on a bus tour. Pass parks, palaces, battle sites, and the iconic Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, and much more. Along the way your guide will tell you entertaining stories about London and its history.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$39.69
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$39.69
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Private Churchill Walking Tour of London

Private Churchill Walking Tour of London

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Join us for our Churchill Tour of London. Learn about Britain's greatest Britain (as voted for by the British public in 2002) and how he led Britain and its empire to victory over the evils of fascism. Not only will you explore locations linked to Sir Winston Churchill, including his childhood home, you will also get to visit some of the finest shopping areas in London, Green Park which is home to some unusual wildlife, and several areas linked to royalty. Finishing at the Imperial War Museum's Churchill War Rooms (entry not included) the tour is for everyone from people curious about Britain's greatest war-time Prime Minister to people who are well versed in Churchillian history.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$181.56
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$181.56
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Ultimate Changing of the Guard Experience, with Westminster Dome Climb

Ultimate Changing of the Guard Experience, with Westminster Dome Climb

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Combine two quintessential London experiences—the Changing of the Guard ceremony and a dome climb—in one tour. You'll actually get to see two guard ceremonies from an exclusive viewpoint, which makes for great. Learn about British military customs and then do a dome climb for views of central London. Traveling with a small group means personalized attention and a flexible itinerary.
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  • 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$41.09
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$41.09
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Private Half Day London Tour With Car/Black Cab/MPV/Van/Coach

Private Half Day London Tour With Car/Black Cab/MPV/Van/Coach

This half-day tour can start either in the morning or in the afternoon. A car or SUV or an iconic black cab (if available at the time of booking) and other types of vehicles (depending on the number of the participants) will be used for this tour. The direction of the tour can be reversible. On this tour, we aim to give the full history of London in a limited period of time so that visitors can understand the 2000 years of history of the city. Our guides have an excellent knowledge of the city's history. We would be very pleased to offer an immaculate culture experience for our guests. We welcome large groups of travellers as well. Please just contact our tour management service or book your desired options online.
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$878.71
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$878.71
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Half Day Walking Tour of Traditional London by Walking & Public Transportation

Half Day Walking Tour of Traditional London by Walking & Public Transportation

This half-day tour can start in the morning or in the afternoon. The direction of the tour can be reversible. In this tour, we aim to give the full history of London in a limited period of so that visitors can understand the 2000 years of history of the city. Our guides have an excellent knowledge of the city's history and we would be very pleased to offer an immaculate culture experience for our guests. We welcome large groups of travellers as well. Please just contact our tour management service.
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$508.37
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$508.37
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Private Walking Tour: Wonders of Whitehall in London

Private Walking Tour: Wonders of Whitehall in London

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Get acquainted with the wonders of Whitehall on a private 1.5-hour walking tour of central London. In the historical district of Whitehall, legend-shrouded landmarks abound: see the iconic Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey, and uncover the secrets behind notorious British monarchs and world-renowned architecture. While listening to history-rich commentary from your guide, you’ll stroll through Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square, and visit filming locations used in the blockbuster 'Harry Potter' films. Receive undivided attention throughout this private walking tour.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$198.80
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$198.80
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Classic Westminster (Private 2 Hour Tour)

Classic Westminster (Private 2 Hour Tour)

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There’s so much history crammed into this one neighbourhood, you’ll be struggling to keep up. From memorials to greats in Westminster Abbey to the heartbeat of British government in Whitehall to the scene of all action, No. 10 Downing Street…this tour is a fast-paced thriller. Most-photographed, most-recognised and most-loved, every landmark helps you tick off your entire London-essentials list. Buzz of Trafalgar Square, elegance of St. James's Park, to the glamour of Buckingham Palace, it’s a feast all the way. Broad boulevards, and the vistas long -- the perfect backdrop for the pomp and pageantry of royal occasions. Piccadilly Circus, London Eye, River Thames, Hyde Park, Albert Hall, even Harrods…you’ll forget to look at your phone. We even do 3 UNESCO World Heritage and 2 Tudor Palaces. Themes vary from British Monarchy’s Royal Palaces to Pomp and Ceremony to UK Parliament and Brexit to Winston Churchill’s Darkest Hour in World War Two. Which will it be for you today?
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$231.94
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$231.94
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Wartime London small group tour

Wartime London small group tour

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If you’re interested in the history of World War II then look no further than this wartime tour of London, which proves the ideal choice for history buffs. In a small group that ensures you receive personalized attention, you’ll visit top London attractions such as Whitehall and Parliament Square, and learn about their significance to WWII.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$92.71
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$92.71
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Half Day London Tour by Public Transportation

Half Day London Tour by Public Transportation

The tour will begin at the Houses of Parliament and the Elizabeth Tower where you will also learn the history of Big Ben. You will then make your way to Westminster Abbey, the church, burial ground, and coronation site that has attracted visitors over the past 900 years, as well as Parliament Square and then Buckingham Palace - the Queen's official residence since 1837. As you travel through Pall Mall, you will reach Trafalgar Square where the National Gallery, St Martin in the Fields Church, and Admiral Nelson's Column are all located. You will then proceed to Whitehall and through Downing Street, passing Number 10 (the home of the Prime Minister), as you travel alongside the River Thames. The London Eye will greet you directly across from the home of New Scotland Yard. As you progress further along the Thames, the road will take you to Monument and Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece St. Paul's Cathedral. Then you will visit the Tower of London and the tour goes on.
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$508.37
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$508.37
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