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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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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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$313.20
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$313.20
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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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$123.89
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$123.89
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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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$86.30
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$86.30
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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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$48.86
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$48.86
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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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$453.83
Price varies by group size
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$453.83
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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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$179.57
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$179.57
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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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$125.00
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$125.00

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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$213.57
Price varies by group size
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$213.57
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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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$730.79
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$730.79
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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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$213.57
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$213.57
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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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$97.37
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$97.37
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Premier Classic London Private Half Day Tour

Premier Classic London Private Half Day Tour

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An excellent choice for first-time visitors, this tour takes you around the city in a classic London black cab. Visit notable sites and landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, London Bridge, the London Eye, Tower of London, and much more as your local guide shares interesting stories and history at each locale. You can also choose to attend a Changing of the Guard ceremony.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$417.59
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$417.59
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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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$41.69
Price varies by group size
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$41.69
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Private Tour London Highlights, entries St Paul's Cathedral, The Tower of London

Private Tour London Highlights, entries St Paul's Cathedral, The Tower of London

With two years of extensive training, Blue Badge guides are some of the most qualified tour operators in London and are the only external guides permitted to show visitors around major attractions like Westminster Abbey. This full-day Blue Badge tour of London, which comes with a guarantee to skip long lines, is ideal for travelers seeking a world-class British history lesson without the wait.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$453.83
Price varies by group size
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$453.83
Price varies by group size
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Private Spy Walking Tour of London

Private Spy Walking Tour of London

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What we know about the world of spies and spying is limited to what governments, the military and spy organisations want us to know. The information that is released to the general public, through declassification, autobiographies from retired spies, and 'leaks'; only give us the smallest look into the secretive, selective, and seemingly seductive world of spies. This spy tour of London cannot reveal everything, but we can tell you what you need to know. Aimed with both die-hard spy geeks and people who are curious if the best spies really do drink Vodka Martini's this tour gives you insight into what is known about the people who keep us safe from behind the scenes, and how they manage to do this without being noticed. Beginning in Swiss Cottage, the starting point for a spy story almost too good to be true, which involves the only Brit to receive the Iron Cross, we will take you to the anonymous and infamous sights of London that spies would rather you didn't know.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$174.00
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$174.00
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The London Eye with London Hop-on Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

The London Eye with London Hop-on Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

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See London from the streets, water, and sky with this great-value package that lets you explore London at your own pace. Easily reach top sights without spending a fortune on cab fare with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket valid for 1, 2, or 3 days. You’ll also get an aerial view of the city aboard the London Eye giant observation wheel and glide past Parliament and Big Ben on a Thames River cruise (Fri-Sun only).
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$68.49
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$68.49
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007 James Bond's London Private Half Day Tour

007 James Bond's London Private Half Day Tour

London is not just the capital of the world but it's also the capital of the Bond Movie series such as The World is Not Enough, Goldeneye, Skyfall, Spectre. Throughout our Bond tour, your professional tour guide will reveal the secret paths, government buildings, bunkers, London's iconic Bond venues. You will admire a guided walking tour in all the major Bond locations in this Bond-themed tour. Immerse yourself in the longest series in the history of the film industry and get closer to Mr Bond. Along the way, your guide will illustrate some fascinating landmarks in London and their past in particular around Whitehall in Westminster, a neighbourhood that created a nation and is at the heart of British spy literature. Marvel at "Bond in Motion" with an amazing show featuring the biggest official collection of original James Bond cars, props and artefacts. This tour is a dedication to Ian Fleming's creativity and the most famous fictional spy ever, that's Double-O-Seven, Bond, James Bond!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$695.99
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$695.99
per group
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Private Family Tour of London

Private Family Tour of London

London is full of engrossing historical sites and some of the world’s most famous landmarks. From Big Ben, to Harry Potter, or the bloody trail of Jack the Ripper, the city has something for every traveler. We are here to introduce you to this bustling metropolis and help you find what you want on this private tour! Get one-on-one attention from a professional and knowledgeable local guide and customise any element of the tour, from a longer or shorter duration to specific start or end points. Do you want to know more about the British monarchy? Or maybe you’d like a closer focus on London’s varied and impressive architecture? Whatever your preferences, we’ll cover them! We specialise in providing tours that are not only informative, but genuinely enjoyable and engaging too. Our guides don’t bore you with huge lists of dates and historical facts. They bring across their historical knowledge in a way that is fun and interesting to all our visitors.
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  • 2 hours
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$111.34
Price varies by group size
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$111.34
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Private Layover Tour of London from Heathrow Airport

Private Layover Tour of London from Heathrow Airport

Welcome to our lovely city ! There is always a getaway from the routine, so we are here to take you out of this routine. Meet our guide in the arrival hall, or we will see you once you are out and it's the starting time of the magical moments in yesterday's Londinium, today's "The City". Let's get away for 4 to 8 hours to brighten up an otherwise boring waiting time in the dull atmosphere of the airport. It's precious time for yourself and your party. It's the time to see, hear, learn, touch, smell, taste and laugh. All are on this tour and await you in the world's capital while you are already in the city. Every spot has its own story, and our blue badge guides are excited to tell you everything. Every spot is a piece of a puzzle of this charming city, and you will, then, be able to see the real picture of London in your mind right after this tour. With our "Private Layover Tour in London", you will see how an ordinary stopover turns into a magical quest that you will never forget.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$922.88
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$922.88
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Battle of Britain : Private One Day Walking and Driving Tour

Battle of Britain : Private One Day Walking and Driving Tour

This tour combines the key sites that make up the Battle of Britain Heritage Walk in Central London with a visit to The Battle of Britain Bunker in Uxbridge in North West London. As part of the walking tour we visit the many relevant statues and monuments that commemorate this dramatic turning point in the Second World War and the Churchill War Rooms. Along the way you will hear some of the many stories of courage that have been kept alive from that key period in this country's history. Then, by car, we visit the Battle of Britain Bunker where the original operations rooms have been preserved exactly as they were at the height of the battle, on 15th September 1940 at 11.30am.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$476.71
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$476.71
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Get London in Half a Day

Get London in Half a Day

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I have offered this tour for 9 years. It has proven very popular for those wanting get an idea of London either because they have limited time or want it as an introduction at the outset of a stay. We cove as much as we can in the time touching on themes including Royalty, Parliament and key aspects of our illustrious history and modern day offerings.
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  • 4 hours
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$626.39
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$626.39
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Whitehall Bespoke London Walk - The Street that Shaped a Nation

Whitehall Bespoke London Walk - The Street that Shaped a Nation

You can be picked up from the hotel or a location of your choice, discover how Whitehall shaped the history of Great Britain. See where Charles I, King of England was executed at the end of the English Civil War on the site of what was the palace of Whitehall from a time of Henry VIII.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$417.59
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$417.59
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Private Half Day London Tour With Car/MPV/Van/Coach

Private Half Day London Tour With Car/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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$922.88
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$922.88
per group
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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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$533.92
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$533.92
per group
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