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London: Westminster Walking Tour with Churchill’s War Rooms

1. London: Westminster Walking Tour with Churchill’s War Rooms

Explore the World War II history of London’s Westminster district and discover the secret bunker that Prime Minister Winston Churchill and his government used during the German bombing campaigns. Home to undercover and often underground bases for governments in exile, Westminster suffered especially badly during the blitz and was awash with espionage. Your unique tour starts with a walk around some of London’s most historic sites, such as 10 Downing Street, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. End at the Cenotaph, built as a memorial to the First World War and now the UK’s primary national war memorial. Along the way, see the statue of Sir Winston Churchill and the monument to the Women of World War II, hear about governments and monarchs that were forced into exile in London as Germany overtook the nations of Europe and more. Then, it’s time to head to the wartime bunker of the Churchill War Rooms. Tour the Churchill Museum and learn about the maze of underground rooms that were used to plot and plan war strategies. Although your guide will not accompany you inside, you'll be able to browse the War Rooms at your leisure and hear fascinating facts from your audio guide as you wander round. Experience what life was like for those that worked in the dark rooms and how they deciphered enemy communications and created maps of the army’s movements. Learn about the primitive sun lamps that were used to get sufficient levels of vitamin D and how even the families of those that worked there couldn't know what they did for a living. Explore the legacy of Sir Winston Churchill and hear authentic audio of his inspiring wartime speeches. Discover fascinating stories about Churchill’s private and public life, from his love of his wife to his special relationship with President Roosevelt. You’ll even see the original door to 10 Downing Street that he walked through after becoming prime minister. The war rooms have been preserved exactly as they were on the day the lights were switched off in 1945, with signs that indicated the weather outside. As you venture deeper into the labyrinth, discover how life continued underground, from top-secret conversations between Churchill and Roosevelt in the Transatlantic Telephone Room, to simple domestic concerns in Churchill’s kitchen.

Afternoon Tea at the British Museum

2. Afternoon Tea at the British Museum

Take part in a quintessentially English traditional and enjoy afternoon tea at the Great Court Restaurant under the breathtaking glass roof of the British Museum. Choose from a selection of organic loose leaf teas and delicate flowering teas, such as Rising Flower or Jasmine Fairies. Feast from a selection of traditional delicacies, starting with finger sandwiches before tucking into handmade pastries, cakes and scones with clotted cream and jam.  Make your afternoon tea experience extra special and add a glass of sparkling Prosecco. Relax in an oasis of calm in the center of Bloomsbury and become part of a great tradition.

Greenwich Highlights Half Day Tour

3. 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.

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.

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

5. 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.

Chartwell House Tour: Home of Sir Winston Churchill

6. Chartwell House Tour: Home of Sir Winston Churchill

Your guide will meet you at your hotel and you’ll head off on a private drive through the English countryside on this 1-3 hour tour. The duration of the tour depends on whether you choose to add a visit to Quebec House. Set in the beautiful rolling hills of Kent, and just a short drive south of London, lies the family home of legendary former Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill. The house is exactly as Churchill left it and much of the gardens are as he arranged them. It's well worth taking some time to explore the gardens and the larger estate. Churchill was one of the most talented figures in history in the political arena, as was also an accomplished writer, historian, and artist. Many of his paintings are on display in a gallery on the estate. Close by is Quebec House, the home of General Wolfe, who captured Quebec. You can visit the house in addition to Chartwell House for an additional fee.

Hendon Royal Air Force Museum Guided Tour

7. 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: Sherlock Holmes 3-Hour Private Guided Tour

8. 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.”

The British Museum in London Guided Tour

9. The British Museum in London Guided Tour

The British Museum's extensive collection spans 6,000 years of human history, featuring items from every corner of the world. The guides 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. 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 throughout history and be proud to call yourself a part of this incredible species. Highlights generally include: (if artwork is not on loan or being restored etc) The Rosetta Stone, Assyrian Lion Hunt reliefs, Parthenon Sculpture, Lewis Chessmen, Oxus Treasure, Royal Game of Ur, Mummy of Katebet, Samurai Armour.

London: Night Tour in Spanish

10. 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.

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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.

Rosie was fantastic! Great stories. Great insights on history and architecture and people. The war rooms are a bit overwhelming, and her insights about Churchill prior to going in gave us a chance to skip through some of the minutia! Thanks again Rosie!

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.