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London: Jack The Ripper and Sherlock Holmes Bus Tour

1. London: Jack The Ripper and Sherlock Holmes Bus Tour

Step aboard a vintage open top bus, and journey through the haunted streets of London after dark. Along the way, hear stories about the legends buried at Westminster Abbey, and see the banqueting house where Charles I was beheaded. A guide will explain how the public executioner would often raise a severed head to the crowd to show it still twitching for several seconds after the brutal blows! Continue to the Old Bailey, where numerous public hangings once took place. Pass the Royal London Hospital where the “Elephant Man” once lived. Be spooked by tales of Mrs Lovett’s pie fillings, which she sold from her shop next to a butcherous barber! Then, walk through a deserted Smithfield Market, looking for the William Wallace plaque where Braveheart was tortured. Learn about the 19th-century body snatchers that dug up local cemeteries “in the interests of science.” Listen out for the scratching of the Cock Lane ghost, Fanny Lynes, and hear her story of sex, loan sharks, arsenic poisoning, and séances. As the shadows lengthen, drive into London's East End, a hotbed of crime and vice in the 19th century. Relive the days of Jack the Ripper, when he came out of the fog and dimly lit alleys to stalk and butcher 5 victims. Stroll the path of his death trail to the murder sites, deciphering the evidence of the still unsolved crimes. End in the warmth of the Sherlock Holmes Pub, where a wide collection of Holmes memorabilia is on display. The pub also serves an extensive menu of food, including a traditional fish and chip supper, which you can order from the bar.

London: 4-Hour Private Walking Sightseeing Tour

2. 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 in One Day Tour with River Cruise

3. London in One Day Tour with River Cruise

Westminster Abbey and Parliament Square The tour begins with a panoramic drive around parliament Square, to see Westminster Abbey, where many of our Kings, Queens, Statesmen, poets and writers are buried. See Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. London's West End, Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard Enjoy a fascinating panoramic tour, seeing Trafalgar Square, Downing Street, London's Theatre District and Piccadilly Circus. Then to Buckingham Palace to see the colourful ceremony of the Changing of the Guard**. We will then have a chance to enjoy lunch at a traditional London Pub. St Paul's Cathedral A guided tour of Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece – St Paul's Cathedral - crowned by the magnificent dome that is so much a part of the London skyline. The Cathedral was rebuilt after the Great Fire of London in 1666. In recent years it has seen the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, to Lady Diana Spencer and, most recently, the thanksgiving services for both the Golden Jubilee and 80th Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen. The Tower of London and Crown Jewels Founded by William the Conqueror in 1066-7 and enlarged by successive sovereigns, the Tower of London is one of the world's most famous and spectacular fortresses. Over the past 1000 years it has been a Royal Palace, an armoury and a place of imprisonment and execution. The Beefeaters who guard the Tower will regale you with stories of its past. We will visit the Crown Jewels, including the magnificent solid-gold crown used at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, the enormous Cullinan diamonds and the extraordinary Koh-i-Noor.   Sunday in London - due to church services St Paul's Cathedral is closed to visitors on Sunday. We will stop for photographs and spend longer in the Tower of London. Occasionally there may not be a Changing of the Guard, on these occasions we will visit Horseguards Parade. Thames River Cruise Enjoy your river cruise at your leisure after exploring The Tower of London. Your river cruise will take you from Tower to Westminster Pier, where your tour will conclude.

London: Palaces, Parliament, and Power Walking Tour

4. London: Palaces, Parliament, and Power Walking Tour

Travel through a thousand years of history on a guided walking tour. See the places of power in London and learn about monarchs, prime ministers, Guy Fawkes, and more: maybe even some secret agents.  The walking tour begins outside the Embankment Station exit at the River Thames. Travel through Westminster: London's royal city. Visit palaces, including ones you might not have known were even there, the Houses of Parliament, and Downing Street. See Winston Churchill's secret underground bunker, discover the most beautiful Royal Park in all of London, and learn why you should never eat a fish stolen from a monk's pond. Finish the tour near Green Park Station with deeper insight into the political history of the city. 

London: Royal Palaces Guided Walking Tour

5. London: Royal Palaces Guided Walking Tour

Join a guided sightseeing tour of London's top landmarks designed to delight visitors and locals alike. Explore on foot, viewing some of the world's most beautiful buildings and London's best-known locations, and see the Changing of the Guards. Meet your guide and set out to discover the English capital. Stroll through 2 Royal Parks and walk past 3 of London's Royal Palaces – Buckingham Palace, St James Palace, and The Palace of Westminster. See the Houses of Parliament and marvel at Big Ben, arguably one of the city's most recognizable landmarks. Other notable locations include Trafalgar Square, Horse Guards Parade, 10 Downing Street, and Westminster Abbey. End your tour at Parliament Square, right next to the tube station.

London: Winston Churchill Walking Tour with War Rooms Ticket

6. London: Winston Churchill Walking Tour with War Rooms Ticket

This tour will be for all fans of the man voted the greatest figure in British history, wartime prime minister, Sir Winston Churchill. On this walking tour, you will explore the streets of Piccadilly, St. James and Westminster and visit places that played important roles in his life. Have a chance to sit on a bench with Churchill and his wartime ally, President Roosevelt. Everyone knows that Sir Winston Churchill loved his cigars, as well as various other vices. Visit the store which used to supply his cigars. Inside, there will be a hidden treasure of London which was used by the great man himself. Visit the home where Churchill lived as a young boy as well as Downing Street, where he lived as prime minister and see the church where he and Clementine were married in 1908. Nearby, you will see the most famous statue of Churchill and learn about the story of why it is there and what it represents, handily it is rather close to one of the pubs he used to visit and a good place to visit afterwards. The tour will end outside the Churchill War Rooms which are perfectly preserved from the Second World War and from which Churchill ran the war whilst the streets through which you walked were regularly bombed by the Luftwaffe. Tickets for the War Rooms will be included along with an excellent audio guide.

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What people are saying about Banqueting House

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 230 reviews

The tour was excellent. I am from the U.K., but have never done a walking tour in London and I learnt so much. It was a great pace, full of super interesting information as well as some quirky fun facts. We thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely be recommending it to friends.

The night was amazing and adam and his driver great fun also the histry and facts were fantastic enjoyed every minute worth every penny thankyou kevin doughty

Quite rightly a World Heritage Site! We got there early and were able to see the crown jewels and everything else quite relaxed before the main rush.

This was a great day tour. Leslie was a good guide and there was sufficient time allocated for each of the sites/attractions!

our Guide Allan was AMAZING and Funny, I highly recommend it