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East End: Street Art Walking Tour

1. East End: Street Art Walking Tour

Take a walking tour of one of London’s most vibrant areas, and discover the alternative scenes of fashionable East London. Meet your guide just outside the City of London (London’s historic financial district). Learn the history of the East End as you walk down streets covered in street art. Gain unique insights into the urban art and graffiti scene of the area from your knowledgeable guide. Wander through areas such as Spitalfields, Brick Lane, and trendy Shoreditch, and discover works from dozens of artists, depending on the option chosen. Street art by its nature constantly changes, which in turn means that these tours evolve on a regular basis and that you’ll get a unique experience.

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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Guided Tour

2. Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Guided Tour

Your expert guide will bring this extraordinary open-air theatre to life in a 50 minute guided tour of the auditorium. Listen to colorful stories of the 1599 Globe, the reconstruction process in the 1990s, and how the building works today as an imaginative and experimental theatre space. Admire the architecture of the playhouse, an accurate reconstruction of the building where Shakespeare worked, and for which he wrote many of his most famous plays. Take a seat within this wooden O and listen, absorb, and ask questions as the secrets of the Globe unfold.

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London Vintage Bus Tour, Thames Cruise, Fish & Chips

3. London Vintage Bus Tour, Thames Cruise, Fish & Chips

There can be few better ways of viewing the English capital than from one of its traditional double-decker buses. See all the city's highlights from its open top, with lunch and a river cruise included. See Westminster Abbey, then head to Buckingham Palace, the official Royal residence of Queen Elizabeth II. Witness the world-famous Changing of the Guard ceremony (only on the morning tour), as the Queen's soldiers, dressed in their fabulous tunics and busbies, march to the might of the accompanying military music. In the event of no ceremony taking place, the tour will still stop at the palace for photographs. Following your vintage open-top bus ride you can enjoy a Great British pastime with some of the tastiest fish and chips London has to offer in a traditional Central London pub. From Buckingham Palace, your vintage open-top bus ride will finish up at a pub in Victoria, where you’ll enjoy an iconic feature of London cuisine. Although they're no longer served in the newspaper, you can’t possibly leave London without sampling a plate of crisply battered fish and piping hot chips!

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London: Shakespeare's Globe Guided Tour and Afternoon Tea

4. London: Shakespeare's Globe Guided Tour and Afternoon Tea

Step inside this faithful recreation of William Shakespeare’s iconic Globe Theatre. Imagine it as it would have been at the center of London’s notorious Bankside entertainment district. Throughout the year, expert guides bring this extraordinary open-air theatre to life on a 50-minute guided tour, with colorful stories of the 1599 Globe, the reconstruction process in the 1990s, and how the building works today as an imaginative and experimental theater space. Take a seat ‘within this wooden O,’ then listen, absorb, and ask questions as the secrets of the Globe unfold. Following your tour, eat your way through the twists and turns of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays with an enchanting afternoon tea at Swan at the Globe, the theatre's on-site bar and restaurant. This exquisite experience puts a theatrical twist on afternoon tea, with plays such as ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’ serving as inspiration. Tea is served in the Swan’s beautiful dining room which overlooks St. Paul’s Cathedral, the bustling Bankside, and the majestic River Thames. Take in the stunning views of London whilst enjoying a selection of finger sandwiches, warm scones, and sweet delicacies. Try themed fancies with names such as Oberon’s Contempt, Bittersweet Lips, and Here in Heaven, displayed in tiered stands and served on beautiful bespoke crockery decorated with illustrations inspired by the plays. This is an immersive Shakespearean experience not to be missed.

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London: See 30+ Top Sights and Eat 8 British Foods Tour

5. London: See 30+ Top Sights and Eat 8 British Foods Tour

Join an exploration of over thirty of London’s major landmarks and best of British foods for a good idea of the history and tastes of one of Europe’s best-loved cities. Start your tour as you head through Green Park to Buckingham Palace, where you can watch the world-famous Changing of the Guard ceremony (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday during the winter months). You will then head to Westminster, and along the way see sights such as Parliament Square, St. James Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben (sadly covered up at the moment) and the Houses of Parliament. You will then move on to the London Bridge area to see Shakespeare’s Globe, the Shard, HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. By this point, you'll have worked up an appetite, so you will be invited to stop for a feast of the best of British foods in one of the UK's most historic pubs. From here you will explore Borough market, Europe's favorite food market, and a bustling hub of smells and flavors. You will sample fish and chips, pie and mash, English beer and also taste a world famous doughnut!

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London Full-Day Walking Tour and Tower of London

6. London Full-Day Walking Tour and Tower of London

Experience the best of London on a 2-part walking tour, exploring the historic landmarks of the city center. Meet at the Tower of London, home to the Yeoman Warders (“Beefeaters”), and a former prison that was the site of the execution of 3 English queens! Marvel at the Crown Jewels of the English monarchy, and see official regalia worn by HM the Queen, including orbs, swords, crowns and scepters. Go to the White Tower where the “Princes in the Tower” were held before being murdered, allegedly by Richard III. Next, cruise down the Thames on board a river boat. Admire the sights en route to the Embankment, such as St. Paul’s Cathedral and Shakespeare’s Globe. Upon arrival at the Embankment, stroll over to watch the changing of the guards ceremony, either at Buckingham Palace or Horse Guards Parade. Your guide will put you in prime position for the best views of the crowded event, and provide a colorful commentary as the pageant unfolds. End your morning tour at Buckingham Palace, the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II. Get recommendations for nearby restaurants for lunch (own expense) from your guide. Then, re-group for a guided afternoon walk around Trafalgar Square, past the government offices of Whitehall, to the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. Along the way, your guide will point out iconic attractions, such as the site of the old Palace of Whitehall, and the Banqueting Hall where King Charles I was executed.

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London: Private City Highlights Car Tour with Transfer

7. London: Private City Highlights Car Tour with Transfer

Discover London in privacy and luxury with a private, chauffeur-driven tour of the city center, and see the city’s top attractions away from the hustle and bustle of organized group tours. Sit back and relax as your private driver takes you past sights such as Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, the Houses of Parliament, and more, depending on the option selected. Tailor your perfect day along with your driver and stop at the points that most interest you. Ask your driver all the questions you’ve ever had about historic London.

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London in Style with Afternoon Tea at Westminster Abbey

8. London in Style with Afternoon Tea at Westminster Abbey

Enjoy a private welcome at the Tower of London.Your tour begins with a visit to one of London's most iconic attractions before the crowds. You will enter as one of the first admitted groups of the day before proceeding directly to the most historic part – The White Tower. There you will be welcomed by a White Tower warden for a private talk on its unique history. Then, enjoy exclusive access to the new ‘Armoury in Action’ exhibition. The Tower has always played a prominent role in British History. Explore all 4 floors, including the Royal Armouries Collection. Enjoy the spectacular display of the Crown Jewels, revealing these priceless treasures like never before. The Crown Jewels are part of the Royal Collection and are still used regularly by the Queen. Gems of the City Head into the City of London where you will see St Paul's Cathedral and the Bank of England. Then cross over Tower Bridge to visit Borough Market. Explore London's Oldest Food & Drink Market Borough Market is London’s most renowned food and drink market and dates back in its earliest form to 1014. A source of British and international produce, it consists of more than 100 stalls and stands. Producers from all over the country bring a range of fresh produce to the market, including fish, meats, vegetables, ciders, cheeses, breads, coffees, cakes and patisseries. Other stalls specialise in produce imported from abroad. You will have time to explore the many stalls and avail yourself of some of the local delicacies* before you explore the South Bank, home to the Tate Modern and the Globe Theatre (*optional and cost not included). A Guided Tour of Westminster Abbey Kings, queens, statesmen and soldiers; poets, priests, heroes and villains – Westminster Abbey is a must-see living pageant of British history. The Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066 and is the final resting place of 17 monarchs. The present church, begun by Henry III in 1245, is one of the most important gothic buildings in the country. You will experience a fully guided tour as your Blue Badge guide brings the story of the Abbey to life amid its magnificence and splendour. Afternoon Tea at Westminster Abbey Relax as you round off your tours with a delicious afternoon tea in the sumptuous setting of the Cellarium Café located inside Westminster Abbey. Your afternoon tea consists of a selection of savouries, homemade sweet and savoury scones, a selection of handmade cakes, and a pot of loose English Breakfast tea. Your tour ends here so you can take your time and enjoy your afternoon tea at your own pace.

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Romantic Private Guided Tour of London

9. Romantic Private Guided Tour of London

Whisk your partner off their feet with a ride in a classic Mini Cooper. Cozy up in the blankets provided and listen to the soothing tones of Barry White as you glide along the streets of London. You’ll make brief stops to admire sights such as The Globe Theatre, where some of the greatest love stories of all time have been performed. Climb the steps of St. Paul's Cathedral if you like and stand where, over the years, so many marriage proposals have been made. Feel free to bring along a bottle of bubbly and the glasses will be provided for you! You’ll receive a beautiful box of handmade chocolates, from Cakes By Robin that can be hidden away until that perfect moment or left on the seat for the beginning of the tour. Pick-up from your Zone 1 (central London) hotel is provided. At the end of your 90-minute tour you’ll be dropped off at Gordon's Wine Bar to complete the perfect romantic trip with a bit of wine and cheese!

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Shakespeare's Globe to the Mayflower and Origins of the USA

10. Shakespeare's Globe to the Mayflower and Origins of the USA

You will start off at the relatively popular Millenium Bridge and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and learn about the abject poverty that used to plague the area with one of the worst prisons in history, The Klink, as well as the ruins of a palace and the famous Borough Market. This region more than perhaps any other has a reputation for naval trade and exploration and the Golden Hinde is just the beginning of what you will see. Following from the beautiful Southwark Cathedral you will pass under London Bridge and see some of the huge developments that London as gone through. Refurbished Victorian docks, warships and glass towers make up for the central section of the walk before you reach Tower Bridge where things get interesting and you go a little off the beaten path. You will visit what was Jacob’s Island, a terrible slum that inspired Charles Dickens. The area has changed in many ways but certain streets still take you back a century or two. See the place where piracy was rife and where criminals were hung by the neck. Eastwards you go through a cherry tree park with lots of history and onto a royal residency where nearby you will learn about some of the social reformers who did so much to improve the lives of the people who lived here a century ago. Wherever there were sailors, there were pubs and on this walk you will visit an old smugglers den where Captain Cook enjoyed himself before sailing off to ‘discover’ Australia and where Christopher Jones recruited a crew for a trip that would change history onboard the Mayflower. Later on you will visit his final resting place. As you near the end of the tour, you will visit an old Watch House where volunteers did their best to uphold the law amongst the slums and rescue the many dead bodies that turned up from the Bodysnatchers. You will learn about one of Britain’s greatest engineers who built the first ever under water tunnel and see a historic tv and film studio that is still making hits today. Finally, the tour ends at the Mayflower pub. A pub was already here before the Mayflower ship departed to the New World from this very spot and later when the captain brought the vessel home, it was left on the shore of the Thames a few feet from where it had departed. Just a few minutes away is a London Underground station for easy return back to your hotel even if you stay on for a drink or one of the Mayflower tasty meals.

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What people are saying about Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Genuinely one of the best things we’ve done in London. Our cruise departed just before it started to go dark so we got to sightsee in daylight and in the dark. The food was lovely and the staff were very attentive, offering tea and coffee refills constantly.

We loved the experience of having a lovely afternoon tea and being on a river boat, seeing some of the sights in London, great!

Great afternoon out especially the return trip with the lights on the riverside buildings

It’s was nicely organized good views and lively stuff

Truly amazing experience we loved ever minute of it.