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London: Climb The Roof of The O2 Arena

1. London: Climb The Roof of The O2 Arena

Discover stunning views of London and experience the thrill of climbing the O2 Arena with this attraction ticket. Leave your fear behind with high-quality climbing equipment that is regularly maintained to high standards and the help of your climbing guide that is with you every step of the way. Put on your climb suit, boots, and harness. Become a true urban mountaineer. Ascend the O2 Arena, a London landmark, and cross the walkway suspended 52 meters in the air. At the top, take in panoramic views over Greenwich, the Olympic Park, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, Canary Wharf, and The Shard.  Climb during the day and enjoy the clearest views for miles, at sunset for a romantic experience, or opt for the twilight climb and marvel at the twinkling city light. 

London: Christmas Lights by Night Open-Top Bus Tour

2. London: Christmas Lights by Night Open-Top Bus Tour

Make it a memorable Christmas with a festive tour of London’s top attractions. Atop an open double-decker bus, you’ll have the best seats in the house for savoring panoramic views of the glowing streets. Watch the city light up when the sun goes down, and see how London does Christmas. Set off from the illuminated London Eye, and onto the iconic Westminster Abbey and Big Ben. Marvel at the exquisite displays in Buckingham Palace and St Paul’s Cathedral. See one of the tallest Christmas trees in the city at Trafalgar Square. Hear about the fascinating history of the Tower of London as you cross the magical Tower Bridge. Cruise through the winding streets of London and feel dazzled by the merry décor. Take your pick between a live or audio guide to learn some jolly facts about each location.

London: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing-Tour

3. London: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing-Tour

Explore London on a convenient hop-on hop-off bus tour. Learn about the city's history, culture, and architecture from onboard audio commentary and enjoy the panoramic views offered by the open-topped bus. Your ticket also includes a shuttle service route. Visit all of London's most important sights on a bus route with 19 stops, starting at Grosvenor Gardens and ending at Buckingham Palace. See Queen Elizabeth Gate in Hyde Park and the Thames Embankment. Travel across Westminster Bridge and catch a glimpse of the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, and the London Eye. See St Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Tower Bridge. Experience the glitz and glamour of London's West End as your tour bus heads to Leicester Square and finally, head to Buckingham Place, the principal royal residence. Enjoy the flexibility of exploring the sights at your own pace. You can hop off at any of the 19 stops along the route and explore the nearby sights. Purchase a 24, 48, or 72-hour ticket and enjoy a free cruise along the River Thames between Westminster Pier and Tower Pier. Pass under some of the city's most famous bridges and see London from the water. Bus Stops: Belvedere Road Aldwych (One Aldwych Hotel) Ludgate Hill (St Paul's Cathedral) Queen Victoria Street (The City) London Bridge Tooley Street (Tower Bridge) Tower Hill (Tower of London) Victoria Embankment Westminster Bridge (Big Ben) Horseferry Road Buckingham Gate (Buckingham Palace) - closed until further notice Buckingham Palace Road (Victoria Station) Buckingham Palace Road, Stop Z12 Grosvenor Gardens Queen Elizabeth Gate, Hyde Park Marble Arch (Speakers Corner) Marble Arch (Park Lane) Haymarket Pall Mall East (Trafalgar Square) Westminster Bridge (South) Green Route - Shuttle Service Stop 1: Belvedere Road, Stand 3788, behind the London Eye Stop 2- Aldwych, outside One Aldwych Hotel Stop 21: Southampton Row, Stop Y, for the British Museum Stop 22: Woburn Place, Stop H outside the Royal National Hotel Stop 23: Bedford Way, Stop BP 4580, behind the Royal National Hotel Stop 24: Southampton Row, Stop B, for the City Sightseeing shop and information center Stop 25 - Lancaster Place, Somerset House, Stop B

London: London by Night Sightseeing Open-Top Bus Tour

4. London: London by Night Sightseeing Open-Top Bus Tour

Experience London’s grand architecture and vibrant atmosphere which are impressive by day, and which truly come alive at night. Add a spark to your London trip and enjoy this city tour aboard an open-top bus. See the famous landmarks lit up against the night sky. Witness the Tower of London and Tower Bridge standing proud amongst the skyline and feel a thrill as you glide past the monumental Big Ben. Witnessthe fountains of Trafalgar Square dance with joy from the light that shines within them, and let the neon screens of Piccadilly Circus dazzle and thrill. As you pass Harrods, witness the exquisite lights which are evocative of Christmas, even in summer. Learn about the history of landmarks like St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey from your guide and hear fascinating stories about the city. Embark on a fun and informative tour suitable for families and groups of friends.

London: Westminster and Changing of the Guard Tour

5. London: Westminster and Changing of the Guard Tour

The Royal Westminster and Changing of the Guard guided walking tour offers you the ability to get up close and personal with London’s most famous and impressive sights. Beginning with Buckingham Palace, the most famous residence of the King, we will explore the iconic buildings, parks, and monuments of Royal London.  Witness parades by the world-famous King's Guards before continuing along the corridor of power which includes Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and 10 Downing Street.  You'll be led by an expert in London’s political, royal, and cultural history who knows the best places to witness the Changing of the Guard ceremony, allowing you the best views and photo opportunities away from the crowds. Along the way, be entertained and enthralled by your tour guide’s in-depth knowledge, memorable anecdotes, and unique take on London's history, as you discover the Kings, Queens, rogues, and villains behind this incredible city, and witness iconic buildings and mesmerizing parades along the way. Suitable for all ages and encompassing multiple different experiences in a single two-and-a-quarter-hour period, this Westminster and Changing of the Guard Walking Tour is the best way to experience Royal Westminster all in one day. 

London: Tootbus London Discovery Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

6. London: Tootbus London Discovery Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Enjoy the flexibility to hop on and hop off as you like throughout the day with this hop-on hop-off bus tour. See essential sights like Big Ben and Buckingham Palace from the top deck of the bus, and enjoy extra options through the inclusive app. Board a famous double-decker bus at one of 8 conveniently-located central London bus stops. Once checked in, your ticket will be valid to come and go from the buses as many times as you like throughout the next 24 hours. Settle into your seat and enjoy cruising past some truly iconic landmarks. Take advantage of the incredible top deck views as your journey takes you to Tower Bridge, Piccadilly Circus, the London Eye, and many more. Discover the city with knowledgeable commentary from local expert guides. If you are traveling with children, a child-friendly audio guide is available. Your ticket also gives you access to the app, including multi-lingual options and self-guided walking tours to try out at your own pace.

London: Christmas Lights Bus Tour

7. London: Christmas Lights Bus Tour

With the call of ‘all aboard’, take your seat on an immaculately restored vintage bus and begin your tour of London’s stunning Christmas lights display and more.  Pass under the world famous lights of Oxford Street, Regent Street, and Knightsbridge, illuminating you from above as you get almost close enough to touch. Catch a glimpse of the city’s most important landmarks along the way, including Big Ben and Lord Nelson himself at Trafalgar Square.  Benefit from live commentary from an expert guide, imparting fascinating knowledge throughout your journey.

Westminster Abbey Tour with Optional Houses of Parliament

8. Westminster Abbey Tour with Optional Houses of Parliament

Meet your guide at the entrance to Westminster Abbey at 09:15 AM, and then look inside the historic monument to stand in the footsteps of kings and queens. Since the coronation of William the Conqueror in 1066, all coronations of English and British monarchs have been held in the abbey, as have many royal weddings, including that of Prince William to Kate Middleton in 2011. Then, take a panoramic tour around the Houses of Parliament and pass the Elizabeth Tower where the famous Big Ben bell chimes every quarter hour. Learn about the role of MPs who sit in the House of Commons and the function of the House of Lords. Hear how, and why, the Elizabeth Tower and its great clock and iconic bell were built. For a more complete experience, select the option that includes the ticket to the Parliament and get an audio-guided tour inside the building.  Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, the Palace of Westminster (the official name of the Houses of Parliament) boasts an ostentatious façade with golden spires and statues of kings that reflect in the River Thames. Listen as your guide explains the history of the building, from the first medieval clock tower built in the old Palace of Westminster, to the design and construction of the present Elizabeth Tower.  

London: Iconic Routemaster Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Ride

9. London: Iconic Routemaster Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Ride

Hop on board an atmospheric and photogenic Routemaster bus for a journey around central London's most famous landmarks. Benefit from hop-on hop-off access througout the day, a frequent schedule, and the freedom to explore as you like. Take in London's fascinating cityscape onboard a bus which remains a famous city symbol. Make the most of a frequent and convenient schedule with buses every 15-20 minutes, 7 days a week. Take advantage of stops by notable landmarks like Waterloo Station, Piccadilly Circus, the London Eye, and Westminster Abbey. See sights like the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben and Downing Street, as well as Horse Guards Parade and Trafalguar Square.

Grand London Half-Day Bicycle Tour

10. Grand London Half-Day Bicycle Tour

Visit all of London’s must-see sights and attractions by bicycle as well as off-the-beaten track places that tour buses can’t take you. You’ll hear quirky tales about London’s amazing and sometimes bizarre history on this unique half-day excursion. You’ll cycle at a comfortable pace along riverside pathways, dedicated bike lanes, and park routes, ensuring your complete safety at all times. The tour stops at major highlights, such as the London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and Buckingham Palace. Other places of interest that you’ll see include Admiralty Arch, Trafalgar Square, Chinatown, Covent Garden, and St. Paul's Cathedral. You’ll also learn about amusing and unusual elements of this great city, such as the world’s smallest police station and an ancient Egyptian tower that has survived for 3,000 years. You’ll hear about the historic struggle between the town planners and the milkmaids at St. James Park, and discover the church that inspired the wedding cake! There will be time for a break at Covent Garden to watch the street entertainers and visit the best muffin shop in London.

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What people are saying about Big Ben

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It was very well organised from booking in advance to getting kitted out and set up for the experience. It started and finished on time with plenty of time on the summit to look around, take photos and enjoy the views. I felt completely safe with all the safety features such as video, clear instructions and equipment. It was very windy but this was not a problem.

Really good guide (Mick) made it very interesting without over doing it. Saw all that was promised plus the (King)!!!! Very enjoyable couple of hours.

Jason was a very good knowledgeable guide. No complaints at all. We had a great day. Thank you all

Friendly conductors and drivers; iconic route master buses. A great value way to see the sights!

Fun and full of information. Great to see london at night.