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London: Children's Bus Tour with Commentary

1. London: Children's Bus Tour with Commentary

Join the bus at the meeting point and be whisked around London. Head past some of the main sights of the British capital on a non-stop tour that is specially designed for children between the ages of 6 and 12. Learn about the history of the major landmarks from the live kid-friendly commentary. The onboard guide will provide stories and insights to captivate children’s imaginations.  Drive past the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Pall Mall, Piccadilly Circus, Downing Street, and many more and more on this bus tour. Additionally, get free access to the open-top double-decker bus app allowing you to locate the main attractions, locate the point of departure, prepare your visit ahead, and enjoy self-guided walking tours.

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

3. 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 Half-Day Private Chauffeur Driven Tour

4. 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: Best of London Half-Day Tour

5. 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: 2-Hour Customizable Walking Tour with Private Guide

6. 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.

London: Custom Private Tour by Car

7. London: Custom Private Tour by Car

Take a London private tour to explore the capital city's top sights. Be picked up straight from your hotel or the airport in a spacious car or minivan. Your driver will personalize the tour for you and build the route around your preferences. Choose to have your tour in either English, Spanish or Portuguese. Entirely customizable, the tour will cover a variety of sightseeing spots. Drive around the center of London in comfort and get a feel for the old town and historical neighborhoods such as Mayfair, Kensington, Westminister and Fitzrovia. Whether it's visiting famous landmarks or going on a shopping spree, the choice is up to you. Pick and choose the London attractions that you would like to see, including: • Green Park • The Globe Theatre • Trafalgar Square • Piccadilly Circus • British Museum • Regent Street • Tower of London • London Bridge and Mayfair • Hyde Park • Royal Albert Hall • Harrods • Buckingham Palace • 10 Downing Street • London Eye • Natural History Museum

Westminster and National Gallery 3.5-Hour Tour in Italian

8. Westminster and National Gallery 3.5-Hour Tour in Italian

Enjoy a walking tour of Westminster with an Italian-speaking guide and see London’s most historic places. The 4-hour program also includes a visit to the National Gallery. Start the tour near the Palace of Westminster, a stunning example of neo-Gothic architecture. The structure is dominated by the iconic clock known as Big Ben. Continue to Westminster Abbey, walk through St. James's Park and by 10 Downing Street. Watch the Changing of the Horse Guards. At the north end of Trafalgar Square is the National Gallery, which is home to a vast collection of art from the Renaissance to Impressionism. With an art expert guide, you'll see paintings by a range of important artists.

The Best of London: Guided Walking Tour

9. The Best of London: Guided Walking Tour

Enjoy a leisurely walking tour through the beautiful city of London. Start at the Big Ben and listen to the chimes of one of London's most iconic attractions then head over to the Houses of Parliament. Continue walking to the stunning Westminster Abbey then up past the Prime Minister's home and the Horse Guards Parade where you may see the Queen's personal cavalry in action.  After walking past several national war memorials and other state buildings, you will find yourself in the bustling Trafalgar Square, home of Nelsons Column, with its picturesque fountains and national galleries. A visit to Covent Garden is often popular before visiting Leicester Square and London's answer to Times Square: Piccadilly Circus. After a short walk through Green Park, find yourself before Buckingham Palace, home of the Queen. Choose the extended tour to also visit St. Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge and The Tower of London (external).

London: Best of London Day Tour with Pub Lunch

10. London: Best of London Day Tour with Pub Lunch

Your tour begins at the front steps of St Martin-in-the-Fields Church. From there you will stroll through London’s most famous piazza, Trafalgar Square, admiring Nelson’s Column. You will then walk down the dramatic mall which leads to Buckingham Palace, and on which many royal processions take place. You will stop briefly at Henry VII’s St James’s Palace, before watching the Changing of The Guard near Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s official residence in London. Afterwards, you will make your way to Horse Guards Parade where the Queen’s Life Guards are on duty 24/7 protecting the royal palaces. You will walk down Whitehall, passing #10 Downing Street (the Prime Minister’s residence), the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey. You will then jump into an iconic "Black Cab", which will take you to a well-deserved traditional English pub for a lovely lunch. Following lunch you will arrive to the magnificent St. Paul’s Cathedral, which was built by Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of London in 1666. Here you will be able to spend some time inside the magical Whispering Gallery, where you can see the amazing painted dome up close. Leaving St. Paul's you will begin to explore the City of London, which dates back 2000 years to when the Romans called it "Londinium". You will visit London’s only Roman amphitheater as well as the historic Guildhall, before then passing the historic Bank of England. It will be here that you will be able to best experience how the city's skyline is changing, as you observe new buildings such as the Gherkin, the Cheesegrater, and the Walkie-Talkie. Towards the end of your tour you will visit Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley, where you can visit the monument which marks where the Great Fire of London began. Finally, you will arrive at the Tower of London, the famous royal fortress where the Queen keeps her Crown Jewels. Your tour ends here, from where you can easily take a taxi, bus, the tube, or a river boat to anywhere in London.

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What people are saying about Nelson's Column

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 2,346 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.

It isn't obvious where you will board the bus but it is at the end of the street closest to Her Majesty's Theatre. Very well organised boarding and each child is given a really good quality booklet with lots of information and spaces to fill in answers to questions about some of the things they will see. Commentary was loud enough to hear from the back seat. Very clear. Staff were friendly and helpful. Would go again.

We really enjoyed the bus tour, and the guide made it very interesting. It is the right length for children before they start getting fidgety. Me and my husband had done a tour a few years previous but we enjoyed this one more. It would be helpful if there was a small sign to show where the meeting point is, however when the guide appeared before the bus he did come over to let us know we were in the right place.

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