These highlight tours show what London has to offer; you can choose a half-day, full day or multi-day tour and do a mixture of sight-seeing and visiting some attractions. We will pick you up from your hotel and then explore London. On a half day tour we will visit either one or two sites and on a full day tour three or possibly four sites. As we drive around, and depending upon where we are, you will see many other famous sites such as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace. A half day and full day driving tour costs £375 and £565 respectively; this price is for the whole group, not per person. In addition you will pay for your entrance and refreshments. Please tell us if there are particular places you want to visit, or if you want a more in-depth tour as we can always customise a tour for you.
This tour is great for first timers to London as you see four key sites: 1000 years of history at Westminster Abbey; get up close to the splendid cavalry officers at the Changing the Guard at Horseguards; go underground at the Churchill War Rooms where he directed WWII and finally visit the Tower of London to see the Beefeaters, the sumptuous Crown Jewels & Tower Bridge.
Churchill War Rooms
This underground command bunker is where Sir Winston Churchill, our World war II Prime Minister led Britain’s war effort. He and his cabinet made their momentous decisions here and now you can experience how people lived and worked, feeling the atmosphere and tensions in the rooms. A museum also charts the life of this exceptional man and his 60 years in politics.
A thousand years of British history in one place. Over three thousand memorials and tombs including the famous Poets Corner. It is where all of our monarchs have been crowned since the 1200s, and where Prince William married Kate Middleton. Stunning architecture and soaring ceilings make Westminster Abbey a sight to behold.
St Paul's Cathedral
This masterpiece of Baroque architecture was built in 1675 by Sir Christopher Wren. The interior is an opulent display of arches and glistening mosaics and its dome is a feature of London’s skyline. Hear stories of Admiral Lord Nelson and the Duke of Wellington, two of England’s most famous military leaders who are buried here and visit the American Chapel.
Home to some world famous exhibits such as the Rosetta Stone and the Parthenon Marbles the British Museum gets over 6 million visitors a year. This highlights tour will cover items from across the world and a wide range of cultures including the 5000 year old mummified Gebbelein Man from Egypt as well as gold treasure trove from England.
Tower of London
The Crown Jewels are housed in one of the most secure fortresses in Britain - The Tower of London. Built by William the Conqueror in 1068 the Tower is the setting for some of the bloodiest episodes in British history: gruesome executions and political intrigue. See the wondrous opulence of the jewels including the largest cut polished diamond in the world.
Explore Britain's Maritime History on a full day tour. Go onboard (and under) the Cutty Sark - the world's fastest sailing tea clipper. Stand astride the Meridian line where East meets West at the Royal Observatory. Explore the fascinating exhibits at the National Maritime Museum. Walk through the Old Royal Naval College buildings, recognisable from film locations.
World War II London
Explore HMS Belfast from the bridge to the engine room via the guns. Now moored on the River Thames this World War II battleship fired the first shots of the D Day landing in 1944. See fascinating and unique exhibits at the Imperial War Museum. Combine these with a visit to Churchill's War Rooms and you have a complete World War II tour (£20 supplement).
Changing the Guard
Nobody does pomp and ceremony like the Brits! See the famous ceremony and military bands at Buckingham Palace (not on every day). Or get up close to the Household Cavalry and witness the defaulters parade, which came about after Queen Victoria discovered her guard had been drinking and insisted on an inspection every afternoon that still goes on.
It was built due to the growing number of people living and dying in London. The Victorians loved the imposing architecture and we still feel it today. We will see the graves of Karl Marx and Douglas Adams in the East Cemetery and go on a tour of the atmospheric West Cemetery with an in-house specialist guide. This is a fascinating and unusual tour.
Situated on Hampstead Heath and surrounded by tranquil gardens, Kenwood is one of London's hidden gems. The glorious parkland was designed by Sir Humphry Repton and contrast with the surrounding natural heathland. The house has stunning paintings and interiors, including fine examples of ceilings by the famous 18-century architect Robert Adams.
V & A Museum
The Victoria and Albert Museum of Fine and Decorative Arts contains an eclectic mix of exhibits. This highlights tour takes you from England to Italy across the ages. From huge plaster casts of the front of the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela to the tiny but exquisite Burghley Neff (a glorious salt cellar). A break in the Victorian tiled cafe is a treat.