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London: Kensington Palace Gardens Tour with Royal High Tea

1. London: Kensington Palace Gardens Tour with Royal High Tea

Meet your guide at the meeting point and walk to the iconic Kensington Palace. On a guided tour of the palace’s gardens, walk around the immaculately-maintained grounds where you will be given interesting insights into the history of the royal family and Britain's most beloved drink: tea.  Kensington Palace is most well known for being home to members of the British royal family like Princess Diana, Prince Harry, and now Prince William and Kate Middleton (along with Prince George, Prince Louis, and Princess Charlotte).  See the famous Sunken Garden before ending the walk with an indulgent high tea in the breathtaking surroundings of Kensington Palace Pavilion. You will be served a selection of afternoon tea sandwiches which include classics such as egg mayonnaise and cress, smoked salmon and cream cheese, roast ham and English mustard, and cucumber and fresh mint. Taste traditional scones made with Welsh butter filled with cream and jam and a selection of fine afternoon tea cakes.

London: 1-Hour Guided Tour of the Royal Albert Hall

2. London: 1-Hour Guided Tour of the Royal Albert Hall

Make your way to London's leafy Kensington neighborhood and enter the beautiful Royal Albert Hall to take a 1-hour guided tour through its salubrious history and lavish interiors. Start your tour at Door 12, where you will be greeted by one of the hall's knowledgeable and friendly tour guides. Follow them on a magical journey around the iconic building, visiting front of house areas and the Queen's Royal Box and private suites, decorated with wallpaper designed by William Morris. Experience the excitement as the concert hall prepares for its next performance, and soak up the spirit of the stunning auditorium, where so many of the world's stars have performed to acclaim. Get breathtaking views from the Gallery, and hope to see an artist in rehearsal (not guaranteed)! End back at Door 12 and get the opportunity to round your tour off with lunch or afternoon tea in the Verdi Restaurant (located on the Grand Tier) or with a simple coffee and pastry from the Cafe Bar. It is also where the Gift Shop is located for souvenirs. Show your tour ticket to receive a 10% discount on your treats! 

London: Essentials Morning Bike Tour

3. London: Essentials Morning Bike Tour

This tour starts in Kensington Garden - you'll start the morning by cycling through this beautiful park to see where Queen Victoria grew up and where Princess Diana lived. Further down the road, you'll stop at London's most classic venue, The Royal Albert Hall, built to memorialize Prince Albert. Feel free to do your own "last night of the proms" or lay back and listen to one of your guide's anecdotes. Your group will then follow the "rotten row" in the magical Hyde park to the statue of one of England's biggest heroes of all time, the man who defeated Napoleon back in 1815: if you know his name and where the battle took place you're the hero of the day. It's all downhill from there, through the Green Park to visit the official residence of the Royal family, Buckingham Palace - maybe you'll get invited for a cup of tea? We hope to tell you some stories about the Palace that you won't find in a travel guide! Next stop on your route is Trafalgar square, one of the world's most famous places. Whatever happened to Lord Nelson in Trafalgar and where did all the pigeons that once lived here go? If you know this then please do share - that's what the tour is all about, sharing some stories  - it's more of a chat than a lecture with a lot of yeardropping. If you like the royal weddings and the coronations, the amazing Westminster Abbey might be the highlight for you on the tour, if you prefer some good old execution and torture you can pay some extra attention by ţhe Houses of Parliament. Then, take a selfie at Big Ben, London's number one landmark before your group goes back again through the Royal Parks to the meeting point again. But please don't rush off without challenging your guides with any questions you may have about other attractions, museums, markets and more ways to enjoy this fabulous city.

From London: Windsor, Bath, Stonehenge & Salisbury Day Trip

4. From London: Windsor, Bath, Stonehenge & Salisbury Day Trip

Mystical Stonehenge You'll never forget your first glimpse of spectacular Stonehenge, its monolithic rocks rising up against the skyline on Salisbury Hill. Theories abound about the mysterious rock formation. Was it intended as a religious temple? An astronomical clock? A Bronze Age burial ground? Salisbury Sample the splendor of Salisbury! Soaring into the skyline, the spire of Salisbury Cathedral stands at an astounding 123m (404ft)! Erected 800 years ago, the revolutionary spire is considered one of the leading examples of Early English architecture. Delve into the charms of the bustling market at your leisure. Bath Standing proudly on the slopes of the River Avon, beautiful Bath was the first city in England to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. The gorgeous 15th century Bath Abbey, the stunning Georgian architecture, the romantic Pulteney Bridge, modeled on Florence's Ponte Vecchio, are all sights to linger on in the memory of your day. Explore the delights of Bath at your leisure. Windsor  Windsor is a stunning English town, rich in history and located on the River Thames. The town is famed for its royal connections, and is home to Windsor Castle which is the queen’s official residence. Surrounded by gorgeous countryside, it has a diverse mix of history, culture and heritage so is well worth visiting while in the UK.  This tour will finish at approximately 8:00 PM in London.

London: Westminster Walking Tour and Kensington Palace Visit

5. London: Westminster Walking Tour and Kensington Palace Visit

Explore 30 of London's most incredible sights on this attraction-packed historical walking tour that takes you through some of the city's most famous neighborhoods. Listen to your guide as they tell you stories of the history, culture, and legends of England's capital city. Start your tour in the beautiful royal parks and then head on to Buckingham Palace where you can watch the famous Changing of the Guards ceremony. Later, marvel at the architecture of Westminster Abbey, peer into Downing Street and visit the bustling Trafalgar Square. Journey past historical Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament and then onto London Bridge to visit Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, The Shard, HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge, The London Eye, and the Tower of London. After all of this, head to Kensington Palace, which has been home to several young royals over the last 300 years. Walk in the footsteps of royalty in Victoria's re-imagined childhood rooms and the magnificent King's State Apartments. Afterward, enjoy a stroll through the famous Sunken Garden.

London: Evening Bike Tour to London Landmarks

6. London: Evening Bike Tour to London Landmarks

Enjoy a guided bike tour through the heart of London in the evening. Ride your bike through Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, admiring Kensington Palace and the Royal Albert Hall. Cycle into Trafalgar Square, past Buckingham Palace, and take a break at Parliament Hill. Make your way to the bike rental garage next to Queensway tube station and get on your bike. Cycle through Kensington Gardens, admiring this peaceful green space in the heart of London, making stops at Kensington Palace and the Royal Albert Hall. Cross through the gardens into Hyde Park, seeing the lake and watching people rollerskate along the wide paths. Reach Hyde Park Corner and view Apsley House, the townhouse of the Dukes of Wellington. Pass by Buckingham Palace into Trafalgar Square and dismount for a guided walk along Downing Street. Take a break at Parliament Square, relaxing with views of the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and Big Ben. On your way back, cycle through St. James Park, Green Park, Hyde Park, and Kensington Gardens to arrive at the meeting point where you started.

London Essentials: 3.5-Hour Bike Tour

7. London Essentials: 3.5-Hour Bike Tour

Your journey starts by Kensington gardens. The first stop in this beautiful Royal park is Kensington Palace. Next, you cycle to the Royal Albert Hall, London's most classic venue, built to memorialize Prince Albert and the now the host for everything from the Miss World contest to rock concerts. Feel free to do your own "Last night of the proms" or stand back and listen to one of your guide's anecdotes and stories about the British Empire. You then follow the "rotten row" and the Serpentine in the amazing Hyde park to the statue of one of England's greatest war heroes. From here, you head downhill on Constitution Hill along the Green park, (the route where Queen Victoria had three assassination attempts on her life) to visit the official residence of the Royal family, Buckingham Palace. Maybe you will be invited in for a cup of tea? Your next stop is Trafalgar Square, right in the heart of London. Find out what happened to Lord Nelson in Trafalgar and all the pigeons that once lived here? Then it is time for 250 meters by foot down to Whitehall, the political center of England. Next up, take some selfies at Big Ben before you go back through the Royal parks to the meeting point which is also the end of the line. But please don´t rush off without challenging your guide with any questions you may have about museums, markets, shopping, sport or other ways to enjoy this fantastic city.

London: The Age of Steam and Progress Guided Walk

8. London: The Age of Steam and Progress Guided Walk

Explore the event of the Great Exhibition of 1851 during a walking tour in London, accompanied by a guide. Learn the story that was the showcase for British pride and industrial wealth, Admire Albert Memorial, and get a breathtaking birds-eye view of the city from the Wellington Arch. Begin with a stroll through the former site of the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park. Hear stories of the exhibits, characters, and the Victorian technological marvels that were on display. Make your way towards Buckingham Palace to learn about the politics, class, social mores, and urbanism of Victorian times. Paint a mental picture of London as the much different city it was, at the center of a much different world by stripping your surroundings from the sensory stimuli of modern times. Then, enter the famous Wellington Arch and view London from above, while listening to stories of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, one of the most revered (and often hated) Victorians. Move on to London’s famous Clubland along Pall Mall, where you’ll discover the history of the Gentlemen’s Clubs while catching a glimpse of the opulence and magnificence of the remaining clubs.

Royal London Private Full-Day Sightseeing Tour by Black Taxi

9. Royal London Private Full-Day Sightseeing Tour by Black Taxi

Immerse yourself in a world of kings, queens, coronations, royal weddings and funerals, and jubilee celebrations on this full-day tour by iconic black cab. Your driver/guide will explain the 1,000-year history of the British monarchy and give you a behind the scenes look at the current Royal Family. Discover the significance of the Changing of the Guard, who lives in which palace, and where the royals shop. See statues of Henry VIII and Alfred the Great, memorials to Diana, Prince Albert and George VI. Marvel at the homes and palaces where the royals have lived and still live. Follow in the footsteps of the current Queen, from where she was born to her present day role. Even your lunch will be royal as you eat in a building built in the reign of Elizabeth I. No royal tour is complete without scandal, and you will see where Princess Anne was almost assassinated and the apartment building where Princess Margaret and Anthony Armstrong Jones would meet in secret.

London: City Highlights Bike Tour

10. London: City Highlights Bike Tour

Ride at a gentle pace and discover some of the most famous landmarks 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. 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, and St Paul's Cathedral.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 176 reviews

This was a great experience! I got to learn about the history behind Kensington Gardens and Kensington Palace. I enjoyed walking around the park. The afternoon tea was delicious and worth the expense. Highly recommend this experience to all travelers, especially those who had never experienced afternoon tea before.

Highly recommend this tour. Doug was very knowledgeable and kept conversation lively. Doug was a fabulous companion during tea explaining proper etiquette. A very nice relaxed tour. You won’t be disappointed.

Our tour guide was Doug. He was amazing!! Very informative and exceedingly friendly. Made us feel like old friends by the end of the tour. Would highly recommend the tour AND Doug!!

thoroughly enjoyed our tour yesterday, learning the history behind the Royal Albert Hall, the tour guideway very pleasant & informative.

Don't miss this spectacular tour of the Royal Albert Concert Hall. It was informative and fascinating from the start to the finish.