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London: River Thames Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Cruise

1. London: River Thames Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Cruise

Explore the River Thames as it weaves through the heart of London and discover fascinating history around every bend. Today, you can experience the splendor of this great city from the relaxed comfort of a modern, all-weather and wheelchair-friendly sightseeing boat. Informative commentary interlaced with colorful tales of the city's past will keep your mind engaged as you cruise down the Thames! Cruises depart frequently from Westminster Pier, Greenwich Pier, London Eye Pier, and Tower Pier, sailing every day of the year except Christmas Day. With a regular timetable, and evening cruises all summer, you can enjoy a full-day on the river in comfort. Hop on and off the boat as many times as you wish to explore sights such as the Cutty Sark, the Royal Observatory, Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tate Modern, Borough Market, South Bank Centre, and the London Eye. Or grab a refreshment from the on-board bar and relax as you sail past Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Bridge, the Royal Festival Hall, Cleopatra's Needle, Somerset House, the Millennium Footbridge, Shakespeare's Globe, Monument, H.M.S.Belfast, and much more.

London: James Bond Walking Tour

2. London: James Bond Walking Tour

Zig-zag across central London, from stately Somerset House to the luxury Savoy hotel, Trafalgar Square to Whitehall. Savor sumptuous filming locations and uncover real-life spy secrets. See how art imitates life and vice versa through the lens of Ian Fleming's James Bond and his films. Start at Somerset House, a filming location for both Goldeneye and Tomorrow Never Dies. Discover how this historic building in the heart of central London was transformed into Russia through clever set dressing and props. After a short walk to the Savoy, discover the identity of one resident, a secret but well-known spy who was Fleming's friend, and leave shaken and stirred. Next, visit another iconic London landmark, Rules, London’s oldest restaurant. Learn how the site was used to film Daniel Craig’s Bond movie Spectre. Visit locations in and around Trafalgar Square. Then it's over to Whitehall, where your guide will explain how the film crew managed to film securely in the throbbing heart of central London. In Whitehall, listen to your guide explain how Fleming’s work in the intelligence community inspired the world’s most famous fictional spy. Final stop: the exterior of the MI6 headquarters in London. Discover all that the public knows about the Secret Intelligence Service. Learn how the IRA attacked the building Bond-style, and how the Bond makers managed to get permission to film here.

James Bond 007 Private Walking Tour of London

3. James Bond 007 Private Walking Tour of London

Visit a selection of London sites featured in the James Bond movies and see some of the most famous buildings in London as well on this private walking tour. There are 2 versions of the James Bond Tour available. The Shaken Not Stirred Tour lasts approximately 3 hours. More experienced spies might prefer the Access All Areas Tour, which lasts around 5 hours. Whichever tour you choose, it will be private and personalized. See the house where James Bond lives in the upcoming Spectre film. Visit sites from recent movies such as Skyfall, Quantum of Solace, Goldeneye, The World is Not Enough, and from classics such as Her Majesty’s Secret Service. In addition, you’ll visit parts of Whitehall and other areas that related to the security services, and where behind closed doors decisions are being taken to combat terrorists. James Bond may be a glamorous vision of a spy but sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, as you’ll learn when you visit the precise spot of the most famous Cold War spy murder in history.

London: History and Highlights Private Guided Walking Tour

4. London: History and Highlights Private Guided Walking Tour

From monuments of the British Empire to top-class contemporary architecture, London is a multicultural metropolis with plenty of interesting stories to tell. Join our Local Guide on the streets of the historic City Center to see must-see sights and hidden gems of London. Fall in love with the city and feel it's beating heart! The 2-hour walking tour is a perfect introduction to London’s history and heritage, including the royal family, British politics, WWII and even local folklore. For example, do you know what the City of London Corporation is? Have you ever wondered if people still live in the Tower of London, and what is the difference between the Tower Bridge and London Bridge? Your Private Guide will answer all of these questions, share interesting facts about these important landmarks and help you find the best spots for taking pictures. You will admire the scenic Thames river and see notable landmarks such as the Monument to the Great Fire, Mansion House and the Bank of England. As this is a private tour, you will have the full attention of your Private Guide so you can even ask about the best entertainment venues, restaurants and pubs to visit in town. Join the 3-hour tour to add a visit to the oldest church in the City of London to the itinerary. All Hallows By The Tower houses over 1300 years of history under its roof, including strong connections to London's elite. This tour will show you more city highlights along with immersive commentary on the local history, government institutions, big corporations and impressive skyscrapers, such as the iconic Sky Garden. . Choose the 4-hour tour to also see the Blackfriars district and visit St Paul’s Cathedral. Your Private Guide will show you the amazing details of its exterior and interior architecture, which was inspired by the world’s greatest St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. You will admire its stunning altars, frescoes and paintings, including the quiet Whispers Gallery and other galleries. This tour also includes climbing up the Cathedral’s magnificent dome to see the phenomenal views of Thames and London skyline, something you don't want to miss for sure! The 7-hour option is the most comprehensive tour of central London. The extended walking tour will take you past the Two Temple Place, King’s College London and Somerset House to the bustling Trafalgar Square, home to the famous National Gallery, fountains and monuments. You will also see the highlights of the City of Westminster, such as the 10 Downing Street, the Parliament building and its iconic Big Ben. Admire the scenic panorama over the Thames River, with the landmark London Eye and a forest of modern skyscrapers. The main attraction of this extended tour will be a visit inside Westminster Abbey, a historic church where Queen Elizabeth II and other British royals since 1066 have been crowned. Skip-the-line tickets are included so you will not have to waste time buying tickets on site.

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What people are saying about Somerset House

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 1,655 reviews

It was a short but fun cruise and it was nice to be able to hop on and off for other activities that I had planned.

If you don’t have much time in London, this is the best way to see it all. More pleasant than a bus.

Very fun and amusing staff who gave commentary during the cruise. Bar staff was also very pleasant.

Really enjoyed the river cruise. The commentary was really good too. Would definitely recommend.

Well worth the cost, even more enjoyable if you have nice weather.