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Essential London

Half day morning orientation tour of central London.
Price GBP 31 per person.
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Tour runs daily, all year.
   Starts at 08:45 am from Victoria Coach Station
   Ends at 12:30 pm at Trafalgar Square

London Tower Bridge The tour starts with a professional guide showing you the architectural masterpiece that is Westminster Abbey where Kings, Queens, statesmen, poets and writers whose lives altered the course of British history are buried, together with the hushed secrets they took to their graves… The scene of 38 coronations and 14 Royal weddings, the very walls of Westminster Abbey resonate with the pulse of Britain. Find out who’s buried standing up, and whose body was dug up, hanged and beheaded (and why!)

As the tour continues your guide will show you other famous London sights, including Big Ben, its world-famous chimes ringing out the hours, as well as the breathtaking Gothic wonder that is the Houses of Parliament. We travel along Whitehall and Downing Street - the London residence of the Prime Minister - to Trafalgar Square, the proud Victorian centre of London watched over by Lord Nelson from the top of the 202 foot Nelson’s Column towering above London’s skyline.

You’ll then see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace in all its colourful pageantry and ceremony set to the stirring tunes of the Regimental band - don’t forget your camera!
(Occasionally there may not be a Changing of the Guard. On these occasions we will visit Horseguards Parade, built on the site of the jousting yard of the old Whitehall Palace and the scene of reviews, parades and ceremonies.)

Back on the coach we travel through the splendidly aristocratic area of Mayfair with its exclusive clubs and restaurants, and head for the bold and brash lights of Piccadilly Circus, the heart of London’s West End where cinemas, historic theatres, nightclubs, restaurants and bars jostle for space on the streets of the City reputed to be paved with gold!

The tour ends at around 12.30 in Trafalgar Square where you are free to explore the area – the National Gallery on the Square houses a unique collection of paintings by world renowned artists, or you might choose to visit St Martins-in-the-fields on the Square, where the Brass Rubbing Centre is situated.

Tower of London & River Cruise

Afternoon visit of the Tower of London and the Crown Jewels and Thames River Cruise
Price GBP 39 per person.
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Daily All year.
  Starts at 13:00 from 258 Vauxhall Bridge Road
  Ends at 18:00 at Victoria

Tower of London, UKLondon was built along the shores of the Thames 2,000 years ago – what better way to experience the city than to travel along its river on a Thames River Cruise! You’ll get stunning uninterrupted views of the Gothic style Houses of Parliament, the London Eye perched high over the River, the South Bank Arts Complex built for the 1951 Festival of Britain and of course many of London’s famous bridges the way they were meant to be seen – passing under them! A Thames Waterman will point out places of interest along the way.

Then it’s onto the Tower of London Jet black ravens guard this ancient fortress steeped in centuries of murder, treason and the untold secrets of the condemned... Hear the tragic story of Lady Jane Grey - Queen for 9 days, and the story of the 2 young Princes who were never seen again, as well as other tales of royals and noblemen meeting their end within the cold cruel walls of the Tower. A hallowed spot even before the fortress was ever built, it’s hardly any surprise the ghosts of the Tower linger long after you leave... The splendidly dressed Beefeaters will tell you about the Tower’s history, and of course you must visit the Crown Jewels including the 6,000 year old Koh-I-Noor diamond worn by all the Queens of England since Victoria as well as the other regalia used during coronation ceremonies.

On by coach to the City of London, which packs into its square mile bold, brash award-winning new architecture towering above dignified, confident Victorian masterpieces to create a kaleidoscope of styles along narrow streets that still follow their medieval street plan. 2,000 years ago the Romans founded Londinium here, and the City’s square mile to this day jealously guards its ancient ceremonies and traditions. Hear about some of these arcane traditions, and see the glorious dome of St Paul’s Cathedral watching over the hustle and bustle of City merchants, the elegant Mansion House, home to the Lord Mayor of London, and the nearby Bank of England, known as The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street, at the heart of the City.

Windsor Castle and Runnymede

Half day afternoon tour.
Price GBP 39 per person.
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Tour operates April to October
Mon, Wed, Fri and Sun
  Departs at 13:00   from 258 Vauxhall Bridge Road and at 13:15 from Millenium Gloucester Hotel
  Returns at 18:00 in Victoria

Windsor Castle UKThis delightful tour starts at the home of the Royal Family for 900 years: Windsor Castle - the largest and oldest occupied Castle in the world.

Its proud, strong walls dominate the delightful town that has grown around the castle over the years. Generations of Kings and Queens have conducted their business here and enjoyed its grounds, and you get a real sense of British history breathing through the walls of Windsor Castle, first founded by William the Conqueror a day’s march from London. You’ll see the lavishly decorated State Apartments containing priceless furniture in glorious colours and St George’s Chapel, home to the 14th Century Order of the Royal Garter, our senior chivalric order.

Departing Windsor we make our way to the magnificent Runnymede, where King John met his barons in 1215 and agreed to seal the Magna Carta that was to have a profound influence on rights and freedoms, not only in England, but across much of the civilised world.

All entrances included.

On rare occasions the State Apartments may be closed. Viewing is restricted on Sundays.

Jack the Ripper’s sinister London

Half day evening tour.
Price GBP 25 per person.
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Tour operates All year
Fri Sat and Sun
  Departs at 18:45   from 258 Vauxhall Bridge Road and at 19:00 from Strand Palace Hotel
  Returns at 22:30 in Victoria

The first Sherlock Holmes story by Arthur Conan Doyle has just been published, the first cheap Kodak cameras are in the shops, the first trams are running and electric lighting is starting to make the streets safer at night – or so they thought in the crowded, poverty-stricken East End of London.

All of a sudden terror grips the population of Whitechapel, a short distance from the City of London and yet a world away. Five women are butchered in the most grotesque fashion by the world’s first recognised serial killer, Jack the Ripper.

We re-trace the footsteps of this infamous and surely deranged lunatic through narrow alleyways, derelict corners and Victorian pubs following a trail that some experts say leads to Queen Victoria herself!

Your professional Blue Badge Guide will talk you through the suspects that sparked the biggest Whodunit of its time – you’ll be as gripped as the Ripper’s victims! You’ll also get the chance to see parts of London in the shadow of the financial district that have barely changed since Victorian times, with long-forgotten streets, secret squares, and quiet corners where time stands still.

Round off the evening with a delicious fish and chip supper in a lovely traditional London pub surrounded by Victorian style decorations and furniture. Comfortable walking shoes and a strong stomach recommended!
Meal not included

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