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Big London Ticket: London Eye, Big Bus & Thames River Cruise

1. Big London Ticket: London Eye, Big Bus & Thames River Cruise

Discover the best of London with a hop-on, hop-off tour on-board an open-top, double-decker bus and enjoy a trip on the London Eye as part of your ticket. A hop-on, hop-off tour is the ideal way to discover the best sights, landmarks and attractions of London at your own pace. The tour gives you unlimited use, with stops strategically placed at all the places you would like to visit including Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge and St Pauls Cathedral. Hop off the bus at Westminster Bridge to take an unforgettable ride on the London Eye. From the top, you can take in the breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view of the city's impressive skyline. See the city's most famous sights including Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament from an unrivaled bird's eye view. You can start your tour at any of the Big Bus stops. Popular starting points include the London Eye, Marble Arch, Victoria Station and Trafalgar Square. With all ticket types you can enjoy a boat cruise along the River Thames. A Classic ticket includes a single river cruise from the Tower of London to Westminster Pier (in either direction). Departure times vary for the river cruise. You can board the river cruise at Tower Pier (near stop 16) or Westminster Pier (near stop 18). Big Bus route highlights include Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, 10 Downing Street, Whitehall, Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Street, Regent Street, Trafalgar Square, London Eye, London Dungeon, Sea Life London Aquarium, Madame Tussauds, Covent Garden, Bank of England, Monument, St Pauls Cathedral, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, The Shard, City Hall, Lambeth Palace, British Museum, Marble Arch, Mayfair, Green Park, Hyde Park Corner, Harrods, South Kensington Museums, Kensington Palace and Notting Hill.

London: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

2. London: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

Discover what London has to offer on a hop-on hop-off tour of the English capital. Pass iconic landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, London Eye, and Big Ben with audio commentary available on board. Choose from a selection of tickets and routes. You can also explore London on foot with a live guide with a choice of 3 daily walking tours (included in Premium & Deluxe tickets). Walking Tours last about 1.5-2 hours. Changing of the Guard Walking Tour – 10 AM – Stop 7 (Trafalgar Square) City of London Past to Present– 1 PM – Stop 15 (St Paul's Cathedral) Jack the Ripper – 4 PM – Stop 17 (Tower of London) Classic Ticket Hop-on, hop-off for 1 day (24 hours from time of redemption) Single river cruise between Tower of London and Westminster – either direction A choice of 3 live guided walking tours Premium Ticket Hop-on, hop-off for 2 days (48 hours from time of redemption) Single river cruise between Tower of London and Westminster – either direction Panoramic evening tour A choice of 3 live guided walking tours Deluxe Ticket Hop-on, hop-off for 3 days (72 hours from time of redemption) Single river cruise between Tower of London and Westminster – either direction Panoramic evening tour A choice of 3 live guided walking tours Discover London via 3 specially-designed routes covering over 45 stops: Red Route The Red route takes in the best of historic London including Big Ben, the London Eye, and St Paul’s Cathedral. Frequency: approx. every 10-20 minutes. Blue Route The Blue Route is a comprehensive route covering all of central London from Kensington Palace in the West to the Tower of London in the East. Stops include Harrods, the South Kensington Museums, and Madame Tussauds. Frequency: approx. every 10-20 minutes. Green Route The Green Route links the beautiful, regenerated area of St Pancras and King’s Cross with the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden making its way through Bloomsbury en route. Departure time is every 20 minutes. River Cruise Classic, Premium & Deluxe tickets includes a river cruise from Tower of London to Westminster in either direction. The river cruise includes live commentary in 8 languages. See top London attractions lining the Thames, including Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast, Shakespeare's Globe, and the Tate Modern. Departure times for the river cruise are approximately every 45 minutes. Panoramic Evening Tour The panoramic evening tour is included in the Premium & Premium Plus ticket types. Discover the magic of London as the city becomes illuminated in the evening. Hop on for a one-round panoramic tour past London's top landmarks as the sun begins to set. The tour departs daily at 06:00 PM from bus stop 12 at The London Eye.

Secret London Tour by Bike

3. Secret London Tour by Bike

This quirky London guided bike tour packs in a lot in a short time exploring the colorful back streets of the East End and the financial district, and is full of interesting anecdotes. See world famous sights such as the Tower of London, the site of the Great Fire of 1666 and iconic Tower Bridge. Hear bizarre tales of scandal, polar bears in the River Thames and relive the dark days of Jack the Ripper. There are some fabulous hidden gems to discover such as exotic Brick Lane and the cockney 'Bow Bells' along with a visit to an authentic East End pub. The Hidden London bicycle tour will also take in the City of London's most noted landmarks, including the Bank of England, the eye catching 'Gherkin' and the original Stock Exchange building.

London: Mary Poppins Walking Tour

4. London: Mary Poppins Walking Tour

Join the Mary Poppins tour of London and explore on foot the magical fun packed walking tour of the film locations and inspirations. Learn about everyone’s favorite nanny and how the films were made. Test out your Mary Poppins knowledge. Can you speak Leery? Learn a few catchphrases from the film to try out when you go home.  It may sound a bit bombastic but it is time to trip the light fantastic. Grab your carpet bag and explore the historic streets of the City of London. See where Mary Poppins Returns was filmed, including scenes from the catchy and energetic Trip a Little Light Fantastic. As this is the sequel to the iconic Disney film Mary Poppins, also visit the now famous corner steps where the bird lady sits. She may not be there but you can hum Feed The Birds to yourself and snap a few photos too.  No tour about a flying nanny would be complete without a trip to the rooftops of London. Grab a lift to capture some stunning views of St Paul’s Cathedral. End your tour at the bank, of course, where Jane and Michael flew their kite up to the windows to save No. 17 Cherry Tree Lane. This 2 hour walking tour will have you singing in the streets and make you want to watch the new film all over again. You will also see many other familiar landmarks and your guide will point out some historic locations and provide additional information, a mix of fiction and reality.

London: Harry Potter Locations and Inspirations Walking Tour

5. London: Harry Potter Locations and Inspirations Walking Tour

Join our award-winning walking tour for chance to discover magical London as you’ve never seen it! With a swish and a flick, you’ll be following in the footsteps of the wizarding world’s favourite trio, exploring film and inspiration locations from the Harry Potter series. Start off with us in Leadenhall market and uncover where a secret wizarding pub might lurk, before trying not to get lost down the dark, twisting alleyways of old London. Learn about goblins, why 7 is the most magical number, the Geometric staircase of St. Paul’s, and having to go to math class in wizard outfits – all from our charming, (extremely nerdy!) tour guides. Cross the famous Millennium Bridge – a casualty of dark magic – learn how Shakespeare is connected to J.K. Rowling, and, finally, finish up at the amazing Borough Market, having spent an enchanting few hours listening to the best behind-the-scenes stories. With Tour for Muggles, your mischief is guaranteed, and a magical tour certainly managed! See you soon!

London: Walk the City With a Certified Guide in German

6. London: Walk the City With a Certified Guide in German

After meeting your qualified guide at St Paul's Cathedral, you will begin to take a closer look at the city of London's "Square Mile". From your point of meeting, you will advance to find out where the London Stock Exchange is. From here you will venture onward to discover the best views of the dome of St Paul's Cathedral. Next you will learn all about what the guilds are, and why they are still so important. You will then progress onward to find out who is in charge at the Bank of England, and discover where they store some of Germany/Austria’s gold reserves. You can listen to interesting details about the history of London, including the many institutions that have shaped it. Within the 3 hours of your tour, you will have seen the most memorable sights in London. You will be guided by your certified city of London guide, undergoing an enjoyable walk through London's financial district. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be dropped off by your guide at the Tower of London.

Roman Ruins to Blitz Bombings: London's Fiery History

7. Roman Ruins to Blitz Bombings: London's Fiery History

Travel through two thousand years of history, meeting Romans, kings, Charles Dickens, Anne Boleyn's ghost, and Queen Boudica (and hear how she's connected to Harry Potter!) On our walking tour we'll travel across the City of London, the ancient heart of the capital. We'll learn about the City's founding two thousand years ago and where you can still see Roman ruins to this day, its survival through fire and war, the Tower of London's bloody past, the City's oldest pub, and the easiest way to tunnel into the Bank of England's vaults! The walking tour begins outside Tower Hill Station exit, ends near to Blackfriars Station, and will take around two hours. Total distance is about two and a half miles. Ticket sales will be limited to circa ten attendees, to ensure maximum enjoyment for everybody on the tour.

London: Film Walking Tour

8. London: Film Walking Tour

Walk through different filming locations in London on this guided walking tour. See local attractions and architecture as you go. Let your passionate guide share their love of film with you. Discover locations that have been featured in famous films. See where Mary Poppins and the Banks children tried to save their home and the site of carnage by St Pauls Cathedral that occurred in Men in Black International. Find out what role London has played in hosting prominent fictional characters. Stroll through locations from 101 Dalmatians, Minions, Spiderman, Justice League, and Men in Black: International. Hear more from your guide about the making of these films and learn behind-the-scenes snippets. Stand in the exact film location and see a clip of a scene from the movie through an app that you can download to your smartphone.

London: History and Highlights Private Guided Walking Tour

9. London: History and Highlights Private Guided Walking Tour

From monuments of the British Empire to top-class contemporary architecture, London is a multicultural metropolis with plenty of interesting stories to tell. Join our Local Guide on the streets of the historic City Center to see must-see sights and hidden gems of London. The 2-hour walking tour is a perfect introduction to London’s history and heritage, including the royal family, British politics, WWII, and even local folklore. For example, do you know what the City of London Corporation is? Have you ever wondered if people still live in the Tower of London? And what's the difference between Tower Bridge and London Bridge? Your guide will answer all of these questions, share interesting facts, and help you find the best spots for taking pictures. Admire the scenic Thames river and see notable landmarks such as the Monument to the Great Fire, Mansion House, and the Bank of England. As this is a private tour, you will have the full attention of your private guide so you can even ask about the best entertainment venues, restaurants and pubs to visit in town. Join the 3-hour tour to add a visit to the oldest church in the City of London to the itinerary. All Hallows By The Tower houses over 1,300 years of history under its roof, including strong connections to London's elite. This tour will show you more city highlights along with immersive commentary on the local history, government institutions, big corporations, and impressive skyscrapers, such as the iconic Sky Garden. Choose the 4-hour tour to also see the Blackfriars district and visit St Paul’s Cathedral. Your private guide will show you the amazing details of its exterior and interior architecture, which was inspired by the world’s greatest St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. Admire its stunning altars, frescoes, and paintings, including the quiet Whispers Gallery and other galleries. Then, climb up the Cathedral’s magnificent dome to see the phenomenal views of the Thames and the London skyline, something you won't want to miss. The 7-hour option is the most comprehensive tour of central London. The extended walking tour will take you past Two Temple Place, King’s College London, and Somerset House to the bustling Trafalgar Square, home to the famous National Gallery, fountains, and monuments. See the highlights of the City of Westminster, such as 10 Downing Street, the Parliament building, and its iconic Big Ben. Admire the scenic panorama over the Thames River, with the landmark London Eye and a forest of modern skyscrapers. The main attraction of this extended tour will be a visit inside Westminster Abbey, a historic church where Queen Elizabeth II and other British royals since 1066 have been crowned. Skip-the-line tickets are included so you won't have to waste time buying tickets on-site.

London: Historic Walking Tour

10. London: Historic Walking Tour

This is a walking tour covering the whole of London history. You will see the remains of a Roman wall surrounded by ultra-modern glass buildings. Also the Bank of England, the second oldest on earth. You will admire The Tower of London, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Do you know what treasures and secrets this tower hides? Is it true that it's haunted by spirits? Visit the Leadenhall Market to see the historic Guildhall. On this tour, get to visit the skyscrapers of the city with your local charismatic guide. Do you know why one of the skyscrapers was called the "Walkie-talkie"? You'll be at the shooting location of one of the Harry Potter films. Plus, see first cafe in town. A local charismatic guide will reveal the secrets and interesting facts about London.

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Booked Hop on Hop bus for 2 days. It was great. Best way to see the main sites in London and hear about them using their headphones and the prerecorded guide especially if you have never been. They have 3 different routes you can explore. Red takes approximately 2.5 hours and the others probably and hour if you don’t get off at all. Must sit on top level that is open air though to enjoy the beautiful sites. Absolutely the best views and great for picture taking. Everyone that worked on the bus was friendly and helpful. Would definitely recommend to anyone especially if it’s your first time in that city.

We loved seeing London on the Big Bus and enjoyed the cruise. Unfortunately, we did not make it on the London Eye; maybe next time! Two things that could be improved: 1. The audio on the Big Bus can be very annoying. Just stick to the facts of the sights without all the joking and music in between. 2. It would be nice if the cruise would go round-trip instead of one-way.

Very good day. Pleasant walk on the Thames. Magnificent London Eye (Be careful, book your time slot well in advance). Big Bus very nice with lots of things to see and lots of anecdotes to know. Easy to get around London. You can go up and down as you want.

Great tour guide. Very knowledgeable and interesting. A great way to see lots of interesting places that we normally wouldn’t find alone.

Super easy to see the city. Absolutely loved the views!