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  • The Big Smoke in a Whiff! 5-Hour Bike Tour

    1. The Big Smoke in a Whiff! 5-Hour Bike Tour

    The journey starts outside Hotel Hilton at 129 Bayswater road, 20 meters from Queensway tube station. You will cruise through the wonderful Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park to visit some of the most famous places in the world such as Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, and Big Ben. Then, follow the River Thames towards the iconic Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, making a stop at the Monument of London and, of course, at Sir Christopher Wren's St Paul's Cathedral. This is approximately a 5-hour tour at a slow pace and it provides a chance to see the best places in London. You'll stop for a snack along the way and you're welcome to bring your own. After the tour your guide will be happy to assist you in any way they can and share their great experiences of London.

  • London: Tower of London and Crown Jewels Exhibition Ticket

    2. London: Tower of London and Crown Jewels Exhibition Ticket

    Take a tour of the timeless Tower of London – part of British history since the 11th century. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was built in 1086 by William the Conqueror.  Discover London’s castle – a secure fortress, royal palace, and infamous prison. Spot the ravens that live on the premises and find out why they are known as the guardians of the Tower. Stroll across Tower Green to see where many executions took place, including those of 2 of Henry VIII's wives. You will also have access to the inside of the tower. Prepare to be dazzled by the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom. These priceless symbols of the British Monarchy compose the greatest working collection of crown jewels in the world. Pore over the 23,578 gems, including the glistening Imperial State Crown - this piece alone has 2,868 diamonds, 273 pearls, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, and 5 rubies. Gain valuable insights into...

    There was lots to see. There were a lot of staff to answer questions and inquiries. It was a lot of walking and climbing up steps for people with mobility problems. There was an amazing aura from the past in some of the buildings.

  • London: Ghost Walk and Spooky River Thames Boat Ride

    3. London: Ghost Walk and Spooky River Thames Boat Ride

    Feel shivers down your spine on a ghost walk around the haunted and historic sights of London. Follow the shadows to some of the darkest corners of the city on a 2-hour walking tour and boat ride. Cruise in luxury along the River Thames aboard a boat with an on-board bar. See London's legendary attractions illuminated for the evening against the black night sky. Discover the site of the most haunted house and creep through parks rich with horrific history.  End the night at the royal castle and former prison of the Tower of London.  

    Lula was a great guide, very good stories. Reasonable value for money. Worth doing if in London for a few days.

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

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

    Big Bus Route Highlights:

    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

    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

    Notting Hill

    This Big Bus Tour on open-top, double decker bus gives you unlimited hop-on, hop-off use on all routes for either 24-, 48- or 72- hours, taking you to London’s ...

    The actual route aside from not seeing the front of Buckingham Palace was good. What really let the whole experience down was the headphone commentary. Our group found this to be childish and informative in any tangible way. This tour would be greatly improved if there was a continual commentary talking about all of the sites and places of interest that we passed. Scrap the quiz and the mindless banter. No one is interested.

  • London: Westminster Pier to Tower Bridge Quay City Cruise

    5. London: Westminster Pier to Tower Bridge Quay City Cruise

    Climb aboard a sightseeing boat at Westminster Pier and cruise through the heart of London, admiring the many sights along the River Thames along the way. Stop at Embankment Pier, Festival Pier, and Bankside Pier before arriving at Tower Bridge Quay. Catch sights of St. Paul's Cathedral, The Shard, Tate Modern, Globe Theatre, and much more en route. Choose a 1-way trip to Tower Bridge Quay or opt for a round-trip cruise and return to Westminster non-stop. Listen to the live audio commentary from your captain and make use of the state-of-the-art facilities onboard the boat.   Benefit from regular departures from Westminster Pier every 40 minutes along with ideal viewing opportunities from the open top deck of the modern "Sapele" and "Mercuria" vessels or the open deck of the traditional "Sarah Kathleen." Each vessel features a bar serving light refreshments to purchase.

    We enjoyed our little tour, really nice experience. I can recommend to all people visiting for the first time but even Londoners

  • London: Tower of London Early Access Tour with Beefeater

    6. London: Tower of London Early Access Tour with Beefeater

    Explore one of the oldest monuments in London on an early morning guided tour of the Tower of London, and see the Crown Jewels before the crowds arrive. Skip the long lines to the legendary site, where 3 English queens were executed, and get a brief introduction to the origins of the attraction before you meet one of the Yeomen Warders, more commonly known as Beefeaters. Learn about the traditions of these elite guardsmen, historically responsible for the prisoners at the tower and for safeguarding the Crown Jewels. Journey through centuries of British history and see where Guy Fawkes was put on trial. Marvel at magnificent orbs, swords, rings, crowns and scepters used for royal ceremonies and coronations. Stay at the Tower of London to explore at your own pace once your official tour is over.

    Our tour of the Tower of London was amazing the beefeater who took us around his name was Scott he was absolutely great explained everything in detail constantly asters if there was any questions it was an amazing experience would highly recommend it we got there very early Which is the best thing to do because as we were coming out it was so so busy but still an amazing experience I will definitely go back again

  • London: Ghastly Ghosts 2-Hour Walking Tour

    7. London: Ghastly Ghosts 2-Hour Walking Tour

    Go off the beaten path on a 2-hour after dark walking tour of London, and learn about the city’s ghastly ghosts and ghouls. Meet your guide at All Hallows by-the-Tower, one of the oldest churches in London, with a Saxon arch and recycled Roman tiles. Surrounded by the City of London’s skyscrapers and trendy restaurants, it’s hard to imagine the full extent of London's haunted past, but as you sneak down the dark streets of "the world's best city," your guide will regale you with tales of ghouls, ghosts, and specters. Feel the chills down your spine as London’s dark history is brought to life. Hear stories of unspeakable suffering, blood-curdling crime, and horrid murders. London is full to the brim with terrible tales of midnight monsters and devilish demons. Dare to walk in the footsteps of the unexplained, and experience a terrifying walk through the historic City of London, starting...

    A good tour, you get some history of the places which is what I was hoping to learn. Obviously, it’s not exactly spine-tingling and you don’t get to look inside any of the places you discuss. But I enjoyed it and saw some areas I wouldn’t have otherwise.

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

    8. 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 unrivalled bird's eye view. You can start your tour at any of the Big Bus stops. Popular starting points include the Lon...

    We had a really lovely day , we learnt lots , things we didn’t know , the staff were exceptional , really helpful , polite and knowledgeable .

  • London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

    9. London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

    Find the prime vantage points that most people miss and see this time-honored tradition from outside Buckingham Palace. Follow your guide on a dynamic journey that will take you through each stage of the entire Changing of the Guard ceremony from beginning to end. Navigate the crowds easily and quickly. Let your guide take you to the best spots with unobstructed views for taking photos of the palace, gardens, and parade grounds. Marvel at the precision with which the Queen’s Foot Guards march to Buckingham Palace, clad in their iconic red tunics and bearskin hats. Admire the gleaming coats of the Household Cavalry’s horses as they emerge at Horse Guard’s Parade. As you watch, hear about the history of this fascinating ceremony and gain invaluable insight into every detail of this British spectacle.

  • Tower of London and Tower Bridge VIP Early-Access Tour

    10. Tower of London and Tower Bridge VIP Early-Access Tour

    Feel like a VIP on an exclusive, early access tour of the Tower of London and Tower Bridge in central London. Meet your guide at Tower Hill Underground Station. Then, skip the lines to London’s most historic royal palace at the Tower of London. Watch the official opening ceremony by the Yeoman Warders. Go inside to look at the Crown Jewels without the crowds. Then, walk over to Tower Bridge and skip-the-lines to the Tower Bridge Experience. Learn the history of London’s most famous bridge, and enjoy panoramic views down the River Thames. Look inside the Victorian Engine Rooms to see the coal-driven engines that used to power the opening of the bridge. See exhibits that explain the workings and history of Tower Bridge for a more immersive experience.

    Fantastic experience, Rob was hugely knowledgeable, I want to take Rob on all my future tours, great inside view of the opening ceremony

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What people are saying about Tower of London

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 834 reviews

Really great tour. Tour guide John was amazing, very knowledgeable and answered any questions we had. Very friendly. The tour was great, walking around London and seen all the amazing sights. The boat trip was lovely, especially to see all the London lights. Highly recommend. Walk all flat. Not scary, just really good stories.

Michael was an amazing tour guide (although he did say he wasn’t official and just a member of the boat crew). He made everyone feel safe and added some great commentary along the ride. Would definitely book again as we go a great view of either side of the Thames!

Very entertaining evening with tales of ghastly ghosts and a lot of history thrown in! Nice couple of hours that flew by with our enthusiastic host George. Loved it

We enjoyed our little tour, really nice experience. I can recommend to all people visiting for the first time but even Londoners

Fantastic sunny day, very friendly staff. Great atmosphereand exhibitions