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From London: Stonehenge, Windsor & Bath Small Group Day Tour

1. From London: Stonehenge, Windsor & Bath Small Group Day Tour

Begin with a drive to the ancient kingdom of Wessex, where you’ll visit the world-famous Stonehenge monument. With a history spanning 5,000 years, this stone circle continues to be shrouded in mystery and myth. Your guide will tell you what is known and what may never be known about these giant stones located on Salisbury Plain. Absorb the powerful presence of this ancient site and admire the views before continuing on the drive through beautiful Wiltshire and Somerset, passing thatched cottages and idyllic villages en route to the city of Bath. Both Romans and Georgians have left their mark in Bath. The only hot thermal springs in Britain were a draw for those early invaders from warmer lands, and the Roman resort of Aqua Sulis can be seen in the Roman Baths Museum. The Georgian elite of London arrived here in the 18th century to take the waters and cure themselves of rheumatic disease and gout. The elegant squares, circuses, and crescents date from this time. After lunch and a guided tour of this delightful city you’ll continue on to Royal Windsor. The remainder of the tour will be spent in Windsor, home to the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, and the Queen’s favorite home. Your guide will give you a full account of the history of this royal residence and take you on a tour of the famous town. Walk in the footsteps of royalty and statesmen and enter the castle (closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays). Inside the castle, you can admire the fine furniture and paintings owned by Her Majesty. See Queen Mary's Dolls’ House and visit St. George's Chapel, which is the final resting place of English kings and queens, including Henry VIII and Charles I. Head back to London via historic Runnymede where the Magna Carta was sealed by King John in 1215.

London: Sherlock Holmes 3-Hour Private Guided Tour

2. London: Sherlock Holmes 3-Hour Private Guided Tour

Immerse yourself in the world of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson on a half-day tour that is perfect for fans of the hit BBC TV series “Sherlock” as well as the original books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Your guide will pick you up from your hotel and walk you to 221B Baker Street, the famous fictional address of Holmes, and now home to the Sherlock Holmes Museum. Now protected as a place of "special architectural and historical interest,” the handsome house includes a 1st floor study that has been faithfully maintained to depict the Victorian era. Pop into the next door Sherlock Holmes Store to purchase Sherlock memorabilia, and continue to locations in Central London used to recreate the Victorian atmosphere in the hit BBC series. Your guide can take you to Russell Square to show you where John Watson met the old friend that would change his life forever, or go to New Scotland Yard, headquarters of the Metropolitan Police on historic Whitehall. You will also see the spot where Sherlock jumps (or falls) to his "death" in the “Sherlock” cliffhanger episode “The Reichenbach Fall.”

London: Sherlock Holmes Tour by Black Cab

3. London: Sherlock Holmes Tour by Black Cab

Tour London in hot pursuit of the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes, and his sidekick, Dr. Watson. The 3-hour tour by iconic London taxi takes in all the main sights associated with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his fictional creation, as well as locations of classic Holmes films. You will visit 221B Baker Street, Holmes’s London address and the site of the Sherlock Holmes Museum. Your driver will tell a lively story as you tour, not just of Sherlock Holmes and the crimes he solved, but of real life detectives and London's “bobbies” (police force). Stop for photo opportunities outside Scotland Yard. Visit the London home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. And find out how and who he based the Holmes character on. Break for libations at the Sherlock Holmes pub, where representations of his Baker Street rooms are displayed. A new TV series of Sherlock is due in 2013 and filming will take place from March until the summer. So, grab your deerstalker and pipe, book your tour now, and see if you might bump into the stars during filming.

National Maritime Museum and Greenwich Tour

4. National Maritime Museum and Greenwich Tour

Visit the National Maritime Museum in London, the world's largest maritime museum, on a 3.5-hour tour designed for lovers of all things naval and maritime. Experience 500 years of British naval power and traditions. The Museum houses over 2 million artifacts from which exhibitions are drawn. On your tour you’ll see Turner's wonderful painting of the Battle of Trafalgar, which he completed in the 1820s. The king at the time, who had the painting commissioned, was apparently not impressed with Turner's realism depicting the horrors of war. For this reason the masterpiece is not hidden away in a royal palace, but is on display in a public museum. You’ll also be able to visit the Nelson, Navy, and Nation gallery with its paintings, weapons, and exhibitions about Horatio Nelson. See the jacket Nelson was wearing when he was shot and killed by a sniper in 1805. His body was brought back to Greenwich to lay in state, in the Painted Hall, for 3 days as thousands of British citizens came to pay their respects. Visit the poignant Atlantic Slave Trade Gallery as well. Midway through the tour, you’ll stop at the smart Museum café, where you can enjoy tea, coffee, and other refreshments.

Greenwich Highlights Half Day Tour

5. Greenwich Highlights Half Day Tour

Starting at the Greenwich Visitor Centre, you'll walk along the River Thames towards the nearby Old Royal Naval College, which was designed by Sir Christopher Wren. See the famous Painted Hall, with its magnificent murals and painted ceiling, and other important sites of the Old Royal Naval College. From there you will walk up to the world famous Greenwich Royal Observatory, site of the Prime Meridian. Here visitors will see the line that divides the Western and Eastern hemispheres of the globe. Another highlight here are the unique clocks that occupy the Observatory museum, designed by Harrison, which eventually solved the "longitude" problem for seafarers. Following the visit to the Observatory, walk down to the largest maritime museum in the world: the National Maritime Museum. Britain's seafaring past and history as a naval power is on showcase here. You'll have the opportunity to rest your feet and enjoy a tea or coffee here. From here, your guide will take you aboard the world-famous clipper ship Cutty Sark. In her time, at the very end of the Age of Sail, she was the fastest ship on water. Newly restored for a staggering price tag of 50 million pounds, she was reopened to the public on May 1st, 2012. The tour ends at the historic Greenwich Market, home to art galleries, antiques and amazing street food.

Hendon Royal Air Force Museum Guided Tour

6. Hendon Royal Air Force Museum Guided Tour

This is a great day out for anyone with an appreciation for military history and airplanes. Your guide will pick you up at your hotel or at a train/tube station in the morning. Enjoy complimentary drinks and entrance fees on this full-day tour of the Royal Air Force Museum at Hendon. RAF Hendon houses planes from around the world, dating from over 100 years ago right up to the present day Eurofighter, with special emphasis on the RAF. Learn all about the Battle of Britain and experience an air raid over London. See the heroics of the early aviation pioneers and learn from your guide’s personal experience, as the workshop of one of his relatives is part of the tour. Your visit to Hendon can be as long or short as you'd like it to be. There’s certainly more to see than is possible to cover in a single day. See Spitfires, Hurricanes, Lancasters, Vulcans, Typhoons, Meschersmitts, Stukas, Mustangs, F35s, and over 100 other types of aircraft.

London: Night Tour in Spanish

7. London: Night Tour in Spanish

Get ready to discover the charm of London illuminated at night and immerse yourself in the nightlife of the British capital. During this tour you will listen to interesting anecdotes such as the origin of the name Covent Garden and the word "pub". Discover the secrets of London: the church where famous artists go to pray on Sundays or the place where important movies are released. Find out the material used to build the lions of Trafalgar Square and many more curiosities and anecdotes related to British culture. Next, venture into the fantastic world of London’s Soho with a wander along Carnaby Street and its many shops and unique restaurants. At the end of the tour, you will make a stop in a legendary British pub to enjoy a beer or a soft drink together.

Full-Day Tour of York by Rail From London

8. Full-Day Tour of York by Rail From London

Take a day trip to York from London to learn more about this historic city's past and present. Arrive at King’s Cross station at 7:30 AM for your 8:00 AM departure, and meet a tour representative by the ticket office. They will check you in, give you a welcome pack, and escort you to your reserved seats for your arrival into York at 9:51 AM. Once you've arrived, embark on a hop-on hop-off bus tour through the city. Marvel at York Minster's stained-glass windows, stroll along the cobbled Shambles, and learn about the city's rich heritage on this picturesque open-top tour of York. Then, discover York. Take your time to explore this picturesque city, then prepare for your return trip to London. A representative will meet you by the ticket office and escort you to your reserved seats. The train departs at 7:31 PM and arrives back in London at 9:39 PM.

Charles Dickens Walking Tour

9. Charles Dickens Walking Tour

This walking tour will take you to places that both inspired Charles Dickens the writer but also those real locations that shaped Dickens the man. All writers take inspiration from the people they meet and places they visit, and Charles Dickens was no different. His novels are so successful because he so enjoyed wandering the streets of London and picking up the rich details of everyday life. This Charles Dickens tour will start off south of the Thames in one of the lesser-visited areas of Central London, where you will visit the only surviving remnant of Marshalsea Prison, which had a great impact on young Charles and his family. Nearby you will visit Little Dorrit Church, and see the only remaining galleried inn in all of London which Dickens himself would visit and the building next door where Sam Weller met with Mr. Pickwick in the famous scene from The Pickwick Papers. Northwards you will meander through the ancient Borough Market with its Victorian structure that both Dickens and his characters were so familiar with before reaching the river and the steps where Nancy met Mr. Brownlow in Oliver Twist which quickly led to her horrific death. Crossing over the famous old river you will visit Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, which featured in both Dickens' work but was also a favorite drinking establishment of the writer, and then we begin to enter one of the great legal areas of London where Magwitch visits Pip at his chambers in Great Expectations. Just along the road is where Charles Dickens worked in the Blacking Factory. In the literary world, David Copperfield and Martin Chuzzlewit found themselves just where you will: at the famous Old Curiosity Shop, perhaps the oldest shop in central London. Lincolns Inn Fields was close to Dickens home and as such features prominently in his literature. The Old Hall appears in the opening scene of Bleak House where close by you will see the home of Charles Dickens' friend and biographer, John Forster, whose property became the residence of Mr. Tulkinghorn in Bleak House. More Bleak House locations come thick and fast, as you pass The Royal College of Surgeons and the likely location of Krooks horrid shop before he went up in flames. As you reach the end of our tour, you will walk the streets of Bloomsbury that were long the literary capital of the world and whose residents have included Orson Welles, Virginia Woolf, E.M. Forster, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and JM Barrie, who created Peter Pan. The tour concludes at the Dickens House Museum, which you will be free to visit in your own time, or perhaps have lunch in one of the many fine old pubs and restaurants in this district of Bloomsbury that Charles Dickens knew so well.

British Museum & London Historical Guided Walking Tour

10. British Museum & London Historical Guided Walking Tour

Start at the British Museum and explore its extensive collection spanning 6000 years of human history, featuring items from every corner of the world. Your guides will take a serious but enjoyable approach towards the museum’s galleries, discussing primitive tribes and forgotten empires through a carefully curated selection of exhibits. Discover Samurai armor and centuries’ old Assyrian lion hunt reliefs. You’ll learn about the Mummy of Katebet, the Lewis Chessmen and the Rosetta Stone – the actual rock, not the language learning software! Leave the tour with an understanding of what humans have achieved during our short history and be proud to call yourself a part of this incredible species. After a break for lunch, the discoveries continue in London’s streets. Learn about Chaucer at Westminster Abbey and bump into the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street. This small group tour will pass through the lush green parks, bustling crowds, and manicured squares that make up this fascinating urban landscape. Discuss Big Ben at the House of Parliament and pass through the famed Trafalgar Square. Guides will share stories about monarchs and leaders, like Queen Elizabeth II and Winston Churchill. Take advantage of your local guide, who will be more than willing to share their favorite addresses as you explore together. And yes, they can even tell you where to go for a pint and some fish and chips – there’s some history to learn there as well! Highlights generally include: (if artwork is not on loan or being restored etc.) Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, 10 Downing St (Home of British Prime Minister),Westminster Abbey, St James's Park, Churchill’s war cabinet bunker, The Rosetta Stone,Assyrian Lion Hunt reliefs, Parthenon Sculpture, Lewis Chessmen, Oxus Treasure,Royal Game of Ur, Mummy of Katebet and Samurai Armour.

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Tony our guide was fantastic and we would recommend him. He is knowledgeable, entertaining, organised and professional. The British Museum itself is a beautiful building and the exhibits were impressive and beautifully displayed. A great experience to enjoy and learn.

High tea was great, the dishes were lovely and the food was excellent. The only recommendation would be to have white tablecloth on the table to make it more fancy. .

Had a blast! It was my first time trying hot tea and the little sandwiches that came with it were really good. The museum was terrific and we were seated quickly

This was my very first afternoon tea experience and i love it.

Worth the money and a thoroughly enjoyable experience.