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London's Top Sights: Walking Tour with Local Guide

1. London's Top Sights: Walking Tour with Local Guide

This tour will take you on an exploration of London’s major landmarks, giving you a good overview of the history, culture and legends of one of Europe’s best-loved cities. Start by heading through Green Park to Buckingham Palace, where on selected days you can watch the world-famous Changing of the Guard ceremony. After witnessing this impressive traditional ritual, where the New Guard exchanges duties with the Old Guard, head to Westminster. Sights you'll see along the way include Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. The walk will be timed so that you get to hear Big Ben's globally recognizable chimes. Then, head to the London Bridge area, where you'll see Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, the Shard, HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. What makes this tour unique is the expertise and enthusiasm of your guide, who has lived in the center of London for over 20 years (right next to the Tower of London). He is passionate about—and fascinated by—the history and architecture of the city. He is proud to live here and really enjoys showing off the city to visitors. Lots of interaction on this walking excursion will make it a lot more interesting than your average London tour! Your guide has read countless books and attended many talks on London, so they will have many great stories to share.

London: Top 30 Sights Tour and Sherlock Holmes Museum

2. London: Top 30 Sights Tour and Sherlock Holmes Museum

Start with a walking tour of the history, culture, and legends of one of Europe’s best-loved cities. Head through Green Park to Buckingham Palace, watch the world-famous Changing of the Guard ceremony. Head to Westminster, see Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament. See 30 sights in one day, including: • Buckingham Palace • Trafalgar Square • Changing of the Guard • Big Ben • Downing Street • Westminster Abbey • Whitehall • Houses of Parliament • London Eye After your tour, visit the world-famous consulting detective Sherlock Holmes, who lived at 221b Baker Street between 1881-1904, according to the stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Mr. Holmes shared his place with his loyal friend and colleague Dr. Watson. The house is protected by the government due to the special architectural and historical interest. The first-floor study overlooking Baker Street is faithfully maintained for posterity and just as it was kept by Mrs. Hudson in Victorian Times.

London: Westminster Walking Tour and Kensington Palace Visit

3. London: Westminster Walking Tour and Kensington Palace Visit

Explore 30 of London's most incredible sights on this attraction-packed historical walking tour that takes you through some of the city's most famous neighborhoods. Listen to your guide as they tell you stories of the history, culture, and legends of England's capital city. Start your tour in the beautiful royal parks and then head on to Buckingham Palace where you can watch the famous Changing of the Guards ceremony. Later, marvel at the architecture of Westminster Abbey, peer into Downing Street and visit the bustling Trafalgar Square. Journey past historical Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament and then onto London Bridge to visit Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, The Shard, HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge, The London Eye, and the Tower of London. After all of this, head to Kensington Palace, which has been home to several young royals over the last 300 years. Walk in the footsteps of royalty in Victoria's re-imagined childhood rooms and the magnificent King's State Apartments. Afterward, enjoy a stroll through the famous Sunken Garden.

London: Walking Tour, River Cruise and Entry to The Shard

4. London: Walking Tour, River Cruise and Entry to The Shard

Join a guided walking tour of the famous Westminster area in London. Pass historic landmarks, including Buckingham Palace. Cruise along the Thames and admire London from the Shard. Marvel at Buckingham Palace and get a chance to see the Changing of the Guard during the summer months. See Big Ben and the London Eye before delving into the world of British politics at Downing Street, the Houses of Parliament, and Parliament Square. Make your way along historic Whitehall to Trafalgar Square and learn interesting facts and stories about your surroundings from your guide. After, head to Westminster pier and jump on a Thames riverboat to see the English capital from the water. Once the river cruise has finished, walk over Tower Bridge and head to the Shard. Ascend the tallest building in London, almost twice the height of any other viewing platform in the capital, and enjoy 360-degree views for up to 40 miles.

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What people are saying about The Shard

Overall rating

3.3 / 5

based on 10 reviews

First trip to London & thought it would be good to get an overview of the area. Really enjoyed our guide Tim & his stories. Weather was beautiful. Saw Spencer house, caught changing of the guard & the horse guards. Took the tube - our first time & so easy. Went to a huge Market for a quick bite but can’t recall the name. Saw the bubblegum artist at work on the millennium bridge. Really enjoyed our tour.

Our family took the 5 hr tour. It was great and made so especially since our guide Connor was very knowledgeable and humour our. An excellent way to see the city and learn much history of the area, monarchy and country. Highly recommend it!

Very fun and informative. The five hours is not as intimidating as it might sound. Tim was a great guide and shared a lot of fun tidbits with the group along the way. Would highly recommend.

Super exciting, interesting, insider knowledge, very great, personable, attentive guide! Highly recommended! Gladly again! :-)

Chris was our guide. His knowledge is amazing and he told us about the history of the royalty family 8n a very funny way