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London: Winston Churchill and World War II

1. London: Winston Churchill and World War II

Learn the devastating history of London during World War 2. Discover how one man carried a nation’s weight of expectation on his shoulders, as London was mercilessly bombed by the Nazis, Winston Churchill plotted victory from the streets of London and operations room in Westminster. Hear about London during the Blitz, the courage of ordinary people in the face of terror, and see the city through the eyes of the iconic Prime Minister. Use old photos and incredible stories to invoke the famous Blitz Spirit. On your journey into the heart of Westminster, take in the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Parliament Square, Downing Street, and Whitehall, see war memorials, a bomb escape hatch, Churchill’s statue, and more.

London: Churchill War Rooms & WW2 Westminster Private Tour

2. London: Churchill War Rooms & WW2 Westminster Private Tour

Join a guided private historical walking tour around London with your live guide, a fellow historian lover. Enjoy a day exploring all the iconic sites such as the Houses of Parliament and Whitehall to discover the military bunkers of the Churchill War Rooms. Learn all about World War II, when on September 7th, 1940, Nazi Germany sparked a lightning war on London, dropping bombs across the city and beginning 57 consecutive nights of terror on Britain’s capital. But how did we get there, and what was to happen next? On a private walking tour with a Blue Badge licensed guide, discover the grandeur of the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, the Cenotaph, Ministry of War, 10 Downing Street, and Whitehall through the lens of WW2 - learn about the famous British resolve and the reality of life for millions at that time. As your private guided experience continues, descend below the streets of Whitehall to discover the military bunkers of the Churchill War Rooms, frozen in time and ready to be explored once again. Roam the top-secret corridors with your private guide. Absorb the atmosphere of a Cabinet War Room where the decisions made could lead to victory… or disaster. Chart the course of the war in a Map Room, untouched since 1945. Learn more about the man who led a nation through their darkest hour in a museum brimming with artefacts from Winston Churchill’s life- from his baby rattle to the cigar and bowler hat he was never seen without. Discover the reality of life in the bunkers for the men and women who slept, ate and worked here as the bombs rained overhead. ‘’It is the time to dare and endure.’’ —Winston Churchill

London: Westminster Tour, River Cruise, and Tower of London

3. London: Westminster Tour, River Cruise, and Tower of London

From the meeting point, start the 3-hour walking tour by heading through Green Park to Buckingham Palace, admiring the well-manicured trees and flowers along the way. At the palace, watch the world-famous Changing of the Guard Ceremony.   Afterward, see 17 other iconic London sights such as Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the London Eye, Parliament Square, and the Houses of Parliament. After the walking tour, take to the River Thames for a sightseeing cruise where you will get to see many other iconic buildings and sights. Disembark at Tower Pier and head to the Tower of London for the exciting Beefeater tour. Walk around the Tower of London, discovering the history, stories, and ghosts that lie within. Marvel at the Crown Jewels and other fascinating historical artifacts including the suits of armor worn by former kings of England. See the cells where prisoners were once kept and journey back in time for an exciting trip into Britain’s past.

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

4. 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!

London: Westminster Tour, Climb The O2 Arena, and Cable Car

5. London: Westminster Tour, Climb The O2 Arena, and Cable Car

From the meeting point, start the 3-hour walking tour by heading through Green Park to Buckingham Palace, admiring the well-manicured trees and flowers along the way. At the palace, watch the world-famous Changing of the Guard Ceremony.   Afterward, see other iconic London sights such as Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the London Eye, Parliament Square, and the Houses of Parliament.   Next, head to the O2 Arena and get ready for a guided climb across the arena roof for scenic views of London's landmarks. Lastly, take the cable car for an easy ride across the River Thames, allowing for further amazing views of the London skyline from up high.

London in One Day Tour with River Cruise

6. 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: Westminster in WWII Walking Tour

7. London: Westminster in WWII Walking Tour

On a private or shared group walking tour with an expert guide, discover the grandeur of the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, the Cenotaph, Ministry of War, 10 Downing Street, and Whitehall through the lens of WWII. Learn about the British resolve and the reality of life for millions at that time. Start your tour outside the Monument to the RAF, which commemorates the individuals who took part in the Battle of Britain during the Second World War. Meet your guide who will begin to tell you the history of the area, and about life during WWII. Together, travel through London visiting iconic landmarks, such as Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey, as your guide tells you the impact of WWII and how Britain coped with the war. Finish your tour outside the Churchill’s War Rooms. Your guide will leave you here to explore if desired. Explore strategic bunkers from where Winston Churchill and cabinet were to conduct their part of WWII, frozen in time and ready to be discovered once again.

London: Westminster, Downing Street & Big Ben Walking Tour

8. London: Westminster, Downing Street & Big Ben Walking Tour

When most people are asked to think of the most iconic landmarks in London, the answers come thick and fast- Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Downing Street, Trafalgar Square but as a tale of two cities, all of these actually lay in the regal city of Westminster. Come along on a small-group adventure, guided by a local expert, through over 1000 years of history and hear the stories of Saxon Kings, Civil War, religious Reformation, important cats, the truth behind our Fireworks Night, Blitz, Crusades, heroes, villains and even how to tell when you’re on land owned by the royals. Walk in the footsteps of Winston Churchill, Henry VIII, Queen Victoria, Lord Admiral Nelson, Richard the Lionheart, Guy Fawkes and the Suffragettes. Capture the ultimate Westminster snapshots as you visit the most iconic telephone box in the city and the Queen’s Lifeguards who, on horseback, guard the entrances to the royal residences. Saunter right to the heart of British democracy with us.

James Bond 007 Private Walking Tour of London

9. 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 by Night Taxi Tour

10. London by Night Taxi Tour

London takes on a different kind of splendor and a magical atmosphere when the sun goes down and the lights come on. Many of London’s iconic buildings are artistically and creatively lit up just for your enjoyment and appreciation. On this 3-hour tour you will see the very best of the iconic London buildings and bridges, dramatically illuminated at night. There is nothing like stopping on the famous London bridge and taking a moment or two to look down the River Thames, it's a simply stunning view of London . A London by Night Taxi Tour will be one of the most memorable things you do when you visit London. Your London by Night Taxi Tour Adventure Starts Here! Your 3-hour Taxi Tour Will Include: • Big Ben • Parliament Square • The London Eye • Trafalgar Square • London Bridges • The Tower of London • Buckingham Place And so much more...   

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What people are saying about Parliament Square, London

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 58 reviews

Tim, was hilarious, very funny and made the walking tour very pleasant. My husband and I found our tour guide very knowledgeable in the history while explaining the tour. The river cruise was delightful and pugs us right next to the tower bridge , perfect photo and for last the Tower of London which is the mis rain where the Queen has her jewels, excellent. We definitely recommend this tour, please do remember on Tuesday there is no change of guard in front of the Buckingham palace, therefore we missed that part of the tour. Will suggest to carry umbrella or rain jacket

Tim was a great host for the 3 hour walking tour. Loads of facts and stories which were fun and great even for those who have lived or worked in London for years. Then we were on our own with tickets for the cable car (not sure why but we only had single tickets which meant queuing to buy returns in the rain). Then the walk across the dome. Thankfully it had stopped raining and the views were brilliant and well briefed. Matt was fab and the experience is all well planned. A lovely day - thank you

Tim, our guide, was superb. Very knowledgeable, patient, easy to understand and really cared that everyone had what they needed. Great sense of British humor. Really knew his stuff.

Really nice tour around London. Our guide Lew had a great sense of humour which I always value on tours. Great value for money too.

Great tour with a great guide in perfect weather. What more do you want.