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London: National Gallery Guided Tour

1. London: National Gallery Guided Tour

Journey through the history of art on a guided tour of the National Gallery in London, available either as a private or small group option for no more than 8 people. Hear interesting stories about artists such as Botticelli, Monet, Rembrandt, and Vermeer. Home to a collection of paintings from the 1300s onwards, there is no shortage of things to see, from early 20th-century art like Velázquez's Rokeby Venus to Botticelli's panel painting of Venus and Mars. View Da Vinci’s The Virgin of the Rocks before fast-forwarding to Seurat’s Bathers at Asnières to witness the changing styles over the centuries. Get all the information you need about the history of the art works, such as Vermeer's Lady Standing at a Virginal, Van Gogh's Sunflowers, and early devotional paintings by Raphael.

London: Tootbus Must-See Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Cruise

2. London: Tootbus Must-See Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Cruise

Hop on board the Must See London tour, sit back, relax, and (re)discover the city from a whole new perspective. See the best bits of London on this tour designed to see the most famous sights and incredible views of the city. Enjoy a tour past London's top attractions and landmarks including; Tower Bridge, Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, London Eye, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, National Gallery, and Downing Street. Start the tour at any of the bus stops. Be welcome on board whether you are a first-time visitor with just a few hours in town and want to get a taste of London or a Londoner who wants to experience the city differently. Download the Tootbus app to easily find your way around, follow the buses in real-time, and enjoy self-guided walking tours to help you explore more of London.

London: 4-Hour Private Walking Sightseeing Tour

3. London: 4-Hour Private Walking Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy an intimate introduction to England's capital on a private 4-hour sightseeing tour of Central London, and see some of the city's most iconic sights. Your private guide will collect you from the lobby of your hotel at 10:00. Discuss the flexible itinerary before you set off. Go to Buckingham Palace, official residence of the Royal Family. See the balcony where Prince William kissed his new wife Catherine in 2011. Watch the Queen’s Foot Guard march to a military band at the Changing of the Guards ceremony. Marvel at the eye-catching outfits and bearskin hats. Continue to Westminster Abbey, final resting place of kings, queens, poets and statesmen. Admire architectural details of the former Benedictine monastery, including the stone cloisters, Chapter House and Strong Room. Take in the Clock Tower, home to Big Ben, and the marvelous Gothic edifice of the Houses of Parliament. Then, walk up Whitehall, past Banqueting House and No. 10 Downing Street, to arrive at Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery.

London: Official National Gallery Highlights Guided Tour

4. London: Official National Gallery Highlights Guided Tour

Discover London's National Gallery on this guided tour. See masterpieces from around the world and learn about the Gallery's rich history as you explore this massive art museum on Trafalgar Square. Enter the magnificent National Gallery on London's iconic Trafalgar Square and meet your guide. As you explore the Gallery, learn the history of European art from your guide. Marvel at famous works by Johannes Vermeer, Paul Cézanne, Claude Monet, and Raphael. Wander through the halls of the Gallery, a grade I listed heritage building, and hear the history of this significant collection. The Gallery's over 2,600 works of art cover 700 years of history, from medieval Europe to the French Impressionists.

London Half-Day Private Chauffeur Driven Tour

5. London Half-Day Private Chauffeur Driven Tour

Discover London in complete privacy and luxury on a private, chauffeur-driven tour of the city center, and see some of the city’s top attractions away from the hustle and bustle of organized group tours. If you are looking for a unique way to discover London, this private tour is the perfect choice! Your chauffeur will take you on an intimate journey, guided by a professional guide who will provide you with personal attention and courtesy throughout your urban adventure. Take the family to some of the best-known and historic sites of London, such as the imposing Tower of London where the Crown Jewels are kept. Pass one of the official residences of Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Drive through Trafalgar Square and see Nelson’s Column, the National Gallery, and National Portrait Gallery. Pass Westminster Abbey, also known as the Houses of Parliament. Relax in the comfort of your private car, and discover some places that other tourists never get to see!

London: Notting Hill, Downtown & Markets Private Tour

6. London: Notting Hill, Downtown & Markets Private Tour

Explore London on this half-day Private Walking City Tour. See the best of London Downtown and the Notting Hill district. Let your private guide take you through the highlights and secrets that this incredible city has to offer, avoiding the crowds. Visit the beautiful Soho district, with its characteristic gateway to Chinatown. Walk down the colorful hidden streets and even a mural in a secret passage. Get into the famous art gallery dedicated purely to the Harry Potter saga, before arriving at the prestigious National Gallery. Come to Trafalgar Square and see the smallest police station in town. Visit the most important buildings in London such as the Palace and the Abbey of Westminster and the famous London icon: Big Ben. Learn about its political history as well as its emblematic monarchy. Get into the famous London Underground and reach one of the most charming districts: Notting Hill. Lose yourself in its narrow streets of colorful houses, scenes of famous movies. Taste the classic British bakery with the best and traditional English tea, in one of its most prestigious bakery shops. Visit the open-air shops and the most authentic corners of Portobello Market, considered the most beautiful in London.

London: Best of London Half-Day Tour

7. London: Best of London Half-Day Tour

After meeting your guide at the meeting point early in the morning, you will advance to see the city’s landmarks from the cruise ship. Following this, cross Westminster Bridge to the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey, one of the most historic buildings in London and the setting for royal coronations, weddings, and burials. Afterwards, continue through Parliament Square, before heading down Whitehall towards the Cenotaph War Memorial. Just after that, see one of the most popular tourist spots in London, the mounted soldiers at Horse Guards. Walk through the central arch into the parade grounds at the back, one of the finest sights in London. Continue your tour down Whitehall until you reach Trafalgar Square and Nelson’s Column. When you reach the north side of the square, you will visit the National Gallery, London’s premier art gallery with over 2000 works dating from 1260 onward. Some of the artists on display are Botticelli, Cézanne, Constable, Monet, Rembrandt, Renoir, Titian, Turner, and Van Gogh. Then, head through Admiralty Arch and walk up the mall towards Buckingham Palace. Have the opportunity to take pictures outside and listen to the history of the palace, which has served as the official London residence of the UK’s sovereigns since 1837 and is currently the administrative headquarters of the Queen. Your tour will continue with a walk through Green Park, one of four “royal” parks in central London that is officially owned by the sovereign. Your guide will then take you to London’s biggest shopping streets. Pass the Ritz Hotel and Fortnum and Mason, one of the most famous shops on Piccadilly that was founded in 1707 by William Fortnum and Hugh Mason. Your tour will then conclude at the Royal Academy of Arts.

London: 3 Art Galleries Guided Tour

8. London: 3 Art Galleries Guided Tour

Immerse yourself in London's vibrant art scene with a tour of the city's best art galleries. Start your tour at the National Gallery and admire paintings by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Turner, Renoir and Van Gogh. Learn more about the history, significance, and stories behind each of the paintings from your expert guide. Then, move on to the National Portrait Gallery. Here, admire the world’s largest collection of personalities and faces, from the late Middle Ages to the present day. See works by a wide variety of artists, from Holbein to Hockney. You can also admire a collection of portraits of the English royal family. Finally, head to the Tate Modern, where a collection of modern and contemporary art from around the world awaits you. Stroll through the awe-inspiring Turbine Hall, where you can see masterpieces by the likes of Cézanne, Bonnard, Matisse, Picasso, Rothko, Dalí, and Warhol.

London: The Impressionists of London 2-Hour Guided Tour

9. London: The Impressionists of London 2-Hour Guided Tour

Follow in the footsteps of the great French and English Impressionists like Claude Monet and J. M. W. Turner. Tour the locations throughout London that inspired their work and learn about their lives and art with a professional guide. Walk along the Thames Path towards St Thomas' Hospital and take in the views that inspired many of Monet’s paintings. Hear about J. M. W. Turner’s paintings that depict a fire destroying the Houses of Parliament. After, visit the exact locations where James MacNeil Whistler painted his Nocturne series and uncover the story behind its title. Continue to Westminster and Charing Cross which inspired many of Monet's paintings while your guide explains the technique and genius of his work. Hear interesting facts and anecdotes about the painters' lives in London including why the French Impressionists left Paris and sought refuge during the Franco-Prussian War and the story of Monet's stay at the Savoy Hotel. Discover a lesser-known Impressionist who influenced Monet and Van Gogh and visit the site where he painted one of his most important works. Finally, arrive at the National Gallery to view the paintings, including those of other influential Impressionists who fled the war, such as Sisley and Pissarro.

London: 2-Hour Customizable Walking Tour with Private Guide

10. London: 2-Hour Customizable Walking Tour with Private Guide

Create your dream tour of London with this customizable walking tour. Enjoy an intimate introduction to England's capital on a private 2-hour sightseeing tour of Central London, and see some of the city's most iconic sights. Your private guide will meet you at Westminster tube station (exit 1). Discuss the flexible itinerary before you set off. Go to Buckingham Palace, the official residence of the Royal Family and see the balcony where Prince William kissed his new wife Catherine in 2011. Then, watch the Queen’s Foot Guard march to a military band at the Changing of the Guards ceremony and marvel at the eye-catching outfits and bearskin hats. Continue to Westminster Abbey, final resting place of kings, queens, poets, and statesmen. Admire architectural details of the former Benedictine monastery, including the stone cloisters, Chapter House and Strong Room. Take in the Clock Tower, home to Big Ben, and the marvelous Gothic edifice of the Houses of Parliament. Finally, walk up Whitehall, past Banqueting House and No. 10 Downing Street, to arrive at Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery.

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What people are saying about National Gallery, London

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 2,313 reviews

We thoroughly enjoyed our sightseeing bus tour, doing the whole yellow route on 19/04/22. We are a family of five and our three girls aged 14, 11 and 5 enjoyed it so much they didn’t want to get off and we entirely missed lunch! The guides were incredibly knowledgeable and made it interesting and fun at the same time. I wish I’d got their names to add to this but we got on around midday at no 16 and the guide changed at no 1. We did the cruise from Tower Hill to Westminster on 20/04/22 around lunchtime and again everyone thought it was fab. The sailors/tour guides were full of fun facts and information. We did the blue bus route during the afternoon of 20/04/22 from no 21 to no 31 and that was good but the difference between an actual guide and an audio commentary, as on this route, is massive. I would thoroughly recommend this tour to anyone visiting London. It was absolutely worth the money.

Great hop on hop off bus tour around London with live commentary on some buses. The yellow line is very regular service and blue line which takes you a wider route less frequent. The Thames cruise was excellent, highlight of tour with very informative, funny commentary. Highly recommend and cheaper than other tours offering same service.

Thank you for the excellent experience and that lovely trip . But please make sure your comes in time to pick your passengers waiting at the bus stop . Thanks

the tour of both Paris and London were excellent, buses were clean and the whole user experience were very pleasant

Amazing tour and very worthy, you guy must try it for the first time in London