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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.

James Bond 007 Private Walking Tour of London

2. 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: James Bond Walking Tour

3. 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.

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What people are saying about Somerset House

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 1,635 reviews

This was a great day out. Great sights on the river and very interesting commentary on the river. Greenwich is an interesting town and the Cutty Sark was fascinating. The Maritime Museum less so, especially the section on The Artic/Antatica. Having been to other museums with was disappointing. Very flat and lacking in detail and information.

Lovely trip down the Thames to Greenwich & with the option to get on/off at different stops. Regular cruise times too to depart and on to return. Informative and cheerful guide aboard who made the journey enjoyable! Would definitely recommend

Journeying down the Thames is a must, though, the crew made it truly enjoyable. Instead of a recording, we were treated to a live commentary. The crew members are also very easy on the eyes. ;)

Fantastic tour! Tour guide was brilliant and very informative, much better than a pre-recorded radio guide. Night tour in December is amazing with all the lights etc, highly recommended. A+

Hop on hop off tour. Great way to see sights. Kids loved it. Definitely a great thing to do on a visit to london