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Once a Tudor palace, Somerset House was redesigned by Sir William Chambers in 1776 as part of the city’s infrastructural improvements. Now a creative and cultural hub offering shows and activities year-round, the building is also known to have appeared in the Sherlock Holmes and James Bond films, among others.

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Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

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Discover the grandeur of London aboard the open-top, double-decker Big Bus on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. With your 1-, 2-, or 3-day ticket, design a personal itinerary with stops including Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, St. Paul’s Cathedral and more. Enjoy unobstructed views and onboard commentary as you view the city’s highlights and upgrade to the fast-track London Eye option to get an aerial view of the city aboard the London Eye giant observation wheel. Hop off at Westminster Pier or Tower of London stop to enjoy a Thames River cruise.
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  • 2 hours 20 minutes to 3 hours 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour in London

Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour in London

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Follow in the footsteps of London’s most famous sleuth on a 2-hour Sherlock Holmes tour. With your film-savvy guide, explore myriad feature locations from Holmes’ literary and cinematic journeys. Visit the Royal Academy building, complete with fascinating reference to the thriller Murder by Decree. Literary buffs will enjoying see the sites of the fictional Diogenes Club and Pentonville Prison, as well as the charmed location of Holmes and Dr. Watson’s first meeting.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$19.68
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City Sightseeing London Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing London Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

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This hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour is the ultimate convenient way of exploring London’s top landmarks. Avoid the stress of navigating London’s underground system, and instead—simply hop on and off the bus at stops on its designated route. Potential stops include Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Big Ben, Oxford Street, and The Shard.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$39.35
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The Big Day out - London Eye Ticket, London Hop-on Hop-Off Tour & River Cruise

The Big Day out - London Eye Ticket, London Hop-on Hop-Off Tour & River Cruise

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See London from the streets, water, and sky with this great-value package that lets you explore London at your own pace. Easily reach top sights without spending a fortune on cab fare with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket valid for 1, 2, or 3 days. You’ll also get an aerial view of the city aboard the London Eye giant observation wheel and glide past Parliament and Big Ben on a Thames River cruise (Fri-Sun only).
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes to 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$68.56
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London Eye Fast-Track Ticket with Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

London Eye Fast-Track Ticket with Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

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Have only a short stay in London? See the best of the city—and enjoy a variety of sightseeing experiences—with this convenient package. Begin with a hop-on hop-off bus tour: pick from 24-, 48-, or 72-hour passes, and cruise around town at your own pace. Then, head to the London Eye, where you’ll enjoy fast-track entry and sky-high views. This package also includes a river cruise which currently operates Friday to Sunday.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$82.00
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$82.00

Sherlock Holmes Old London - Very Small Group Walking Tour
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Sherlock Holmes Old London - Very Small Group Walking Tour

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This is the perfect tour for fans of Sherlock Holmes. Take part in London sightseeing with a special purpose—to learn more about one of the world’s most loved detective novels. Learn what life was like when the original stories were written in the Victorian times, and stroll past places that featured in the plots—such as the Langham Hotel and 221B Baker Street.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.93
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$79.93

Private James Bond Walking Tour

Private James Bond Walking Tour

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Our James Bond Tour is perfect for anyone who is passionate about all things 007. We believe that every tour should be magical, regardless of your age and this tour takes in some of the best Bond locations in London. Even if you are being dragged along, kicking and screaming, we know that you will leave having learned something and having been entertained and we hope that by the time you leave that you'll have had one of the best experiences of your life - one that you will remember long after you’ve returned home. We lead tours because that’s what we love what we do. Many of our guides trained as performers, and all of us are passionate about the tours that we deliver. As a company we have made a promise that we will never ask a guide to lead a tour that they weren’t interested, engaged and enthusiastic about because this would compromise the quality of your experience; and we want everyone – including the people who work for us – to enjoy every second of every tour.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$153.72
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$153.72
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London's Grime & Punishment Tour

London's Grime & Punishment Tour

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Journey to London’s secret underworld on a walking tour that focuses on the capital’s macabre past. Perfect for visitors seeking an alternative sightseeing experience, this tour reveals London’s gruesome history and gives you an intimate glimpse into the city as you explore areas such as Seven Dials. Drury Lane, ad Covent Garden on foot.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$19.68
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$19.68

James Bond Private Tour
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James Bond Private Tour

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Discover the movie magic that kept 007 in action happened during this private walking tour of James Bond filming locations. Meet your guide and go at your own pace visiting filming locations from Skyfall, Goldeneye, and other films. See how real-life spy work is done with a visit to parts of Whitehall and learn about the most infamous murder in Cold War spy history.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$196.76
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$196.76
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London's Alternative History Tour Self-guided Audio Walk

London's Alternative History Tour Self-guided Audio Walk

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Listen to London's quirkiest stories and hidden histories during this self-guided audio tour, which can be downloaded and accessed offline. Highlights include the city's original Victorian-era street lamp, little-known back streets surrounding bustling Covent Garden, and the strange features behind landmarks like the Savoy Theatre and St. Paul's Church.
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  • 1 hour
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$5.99
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Harry Potter Photographic Exhibition and Big Bus Tours Hop on Hop off Tour

Harry Potter Photographic Exhibition and Big Bus Tours Hop on Hop off Tour

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Entry to Harry Potter Photographic Exhibition. Journey through memories captured during years of magical filmmaking in a display of iconic behind-the-scenes images, never before seen in one place. Housing iconic production photographs, the Photographic Exhibition takes fans behind-the-scenes of key moments in the film series, from Harry’s first day at Hogwarts through to the Battle of Hogwarts. A must-visit for any Harry Potter fan. Located in Covent Garden, the Photographic Exhibition is home to London’s only bottled Butterbeer bar. See the sights of London aboard an open-top, double-decker Big Bus as you admire 360-degree views of top attractions and listen to captivating commentary. Use your 24 hour ticket on two different routes with audio narration, and hop on or off at any of the stops around town. A River Thames cruise between the Tower of London and Westminster Pier (in either direction) is included with all tickets.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.48
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Private Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour of London
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Private Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour of London

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This Sherlock Holmes walking tour is a must-do for fans of the famed detective, following his footsteps from the West End to the City of London. Over a couple of hours, you'll combine some of the most famous sights like the Sherlock Holmes pub with photo opportunities along the way. Your private guide will point out literary and film references with captivating stories and historical facts. Leave feeling like you've practically met the Sherlock actors yourself.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$221.35
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Private Bespoke Tour: Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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Private Bespoke Tour: Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Travel back to the days of hansom cabs and fog-shrouded nights of Victorian intrigue on this Sherlock Holmes-themed sightseeing tour. Visit iconic scenes from the legendary detective’s most unforgettable cases, and learn more about the man behind the stories, famed for his cunning narratives: doctor Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Tours are conducted by a bonafide Sherlockian and also cover filming locations from Sherlock TV adaptations.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Bond with 007 in London - A spy mysteries tour ‘Licensed to Thrill’

Bond with 007 in London - A spy mysteries tour ‘Licensed to Thrill’

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This is an ideal option for fans of spy thrillers—especially James Bond. Swap predictable sightseeing itineraries for something completely different—a spy-themed private tour around London that uncovers mysterious places linked to James Bond and other spies. The tour takes you to key London locations such as Downing Street, the National Gallery, Westminster, and Whitehall—with plenty of surprises and top-secret information along the way.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$418.11
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James Bond’s London: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

James Bond’s London: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

For almost sixty years, James Bond films have been at the top of box office charts, making this one of the most successful movie franchises ever. Fans worldwide have been thrilled by the storylines, the action, the glamour and the cars – as well as the iconic locations, many of which are right here in London. This self-guided audio tour starts in Piccadilly, and then navigates the elegant streets of St James's where you'll find some of London's most exclusive private members clubs and ends up in the vibrant Covent Garden area. Along the way, you'll hear fun facts and trivia about the making of the films and gossip about the various actors who've made this iconic role their own. This is a great tour for James Bond enthusiasts, but equally enjoyable for those who simply want to soak up the unique atmosphere that this great city has to offer. This walking tour can be enjoyed on location or even virtually at home with VoiceMap's Continuous Play function which disables the GPS playback.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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$7.99
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London Lights: A Self-Guided Audio Tour of the Cultural Capital of the World

London Lights: A Self-Guided Audio Tour of the Cultural Capital of the World

Take the lead in a tour of London's historical cultural influences through time with the helping hand of me, blogger Shaun Nolan! "Light the Lights" takes you on a self-guided audio tour from the Embankment, up Charing Cross Road, into Covent Garden, along the Strand and back to Leicester Square. As you walk, I'll tell you everything you need to know about the history of the beautiful buildings you see and the amazing people who have walked the same pavements as you. London has forever been shaped by the culture that has influenced it. Famous creatives like Charles Dickens and Henry Irving have spent a lot of their lives in the city, being influenced by the environment and atmosphere. And it's not just a writer's playground - modern designers, intelligent innovators and important names have also helped to shape the city.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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$5.54
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007 James Bond's London Private Half Day Tour

007 James Bond's London Private Half Day Tour

London is not just the capital of the world but it's also the capital of the Bond Movie series such as The World is Not Enough, Goldeneye, Skyfall, Spectre. Throughout our Bond tour, your professional tour guide will reveal the secret paths, government buildings, bunkers, London's iconic Bond venues. You will admire a guided walking tour in all the major Bond locations in this Bond-themed tour. Immerse yourself in the longest series in the history of the film industry and get closer to Mr Bond. Along the way, your guide will illustrate some fascinating landmarks in London and their past in particular around Whitehall in Westminster, a neighbourhood that created a nation and is at the heart of British spy literature. Marvel at "Bond in Motion" with an amazing show featuring the biggest official collection of original James Bond cars, props and artefacts. This tour is a dedication to Ian Fleming's creativity and the most famous fictional spy ever, that's Double-O-Seven, Bond, James Bond!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$671.99
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007 James Bond's London Private Half Day Tour
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007 James Bond's London Private Half Day Tour

London is not just the capital of the world but it's also the capital of the Bond Movie series such as The World is Not Enough, Goldeneye, Skyfall, Spectre. Throughout our Bond tour, your professional tour guide will reveal the secret paths, government buildings, bunkers, London's iconic Bond venues. You will admire a guided walking tour in all the major Bond locations in this Bond-themed tour. Immerse yourself in the longest series in the history of the film industry and get closer to Mr Bond. Along the way, your guide will illustrate some fascinating landmarks in London and their past in particular around Whitehall in Westminster, a neighbourhood that created a nation and is at the heart of British spy literature. Marvel at "Bond in Motion" with an amazing show featuring the biggest official collection of original James Bond cars, props and artefacts. This tour is a dedication to Ian Fleming's creativity and the most famous fictional spy ever, that's Double-O-Seven, Bond, James Bond!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$671.99
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$671.99
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4-hour Private Tour of London

4-hour Private Tour of London

We specialise in providing tours that are not only informative, but genuinely enjoyable and engaging too. Our guides don’t bore you with huge lists of dates and historical facts. They share their historical knowledge in a way that is fun and interesting to all our visitors. In the first hour of this tour you will visit the Tower of London and learn about the bloody activities of the infamous Henry VIII. Our expert guide will separate myths from facts and take you on a splendid journey across centuries. The second hour will focus on fiction and the arts! Discover Shakespeare’s Globe, learn about the filming of Harry Potter and the city's spectacular architecture. Then you will break for lunch for 30- minutes to 1 hour. This time is not deducted from your tour time. The last two hours will cover key central landmarks steeped in history. Including: St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Parliament Square, Churchill War Rooms, 10 Downing Street and Buckingham Palace.
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  • 4 hours
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$228.46
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8 Day Music Theatre and Movies English Course in London

8 Day Music Theatre and Movies English Course in London

London is the capital of fine arts, music, theatre, films and all performances and therefore this course is perfect for anyone interested in the arts and media studies and is the greatest venue for all movie sets of all times. The city that Beatles gave their jubilee concert in the city for the longest-running plays like Broadway, the city having disused tube stations for filming Hollywood movies. It’s the city of James Bond as well as Harry Potter. The inspiring city of films of all times. Our theatre, film and TV week will tell you all this and more while improving your English. Here in this program, you can see and explore the inspiration for the Music, theatre and movie facts in the British entertainment industry. As you go with the program you will explore the music, theatre and film locations. It is a perfect combination of music, theatre and movie related activities in London.
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  • 8 days
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$4,771.75
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$4,771.75
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8 Day Winter Wonderland English Language Course in London

8 Day Winter Wonderland English Language Course in London

Winter Wonderland English Course in London is a great idea to spend very precious warm moments in the world’s capital. Now you have a great reason to study English in London in the winter. Visit the city without crowds after Christmas. Furthermore, it’s a great time to take part in the traditional Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace. Discover London during the holidays, as Christmas markets and Christmas trees pop throughout the city, and the lights and decorations of the capital shine brilliantly. In winter in London, we have designed exclusive winter packages for your great joy and happiness. In addition to this, from Halloween to Easter, everybody in London has a joy of life. Our Winter Wonderland English Course in London brings you all goodness and happiness of London in the winter. Our London Standard Course is for groups and people who want to increase their educational skills by studying English in London’s exciting cosmopolitan atmosphere. Join us!
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  • 8 days
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$4,771.75
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$4,771.75
Price varies by group size

Afternoon Tea Bike Tour

Afternoon Tea Bike Tour

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We are the experts in pedal powered, electrically assisted tricycle cabs known as E-trikes that allow you to experience London from a unique road level viewpoint. We have partnered exclusively with the wonderful Brigit’s Bakery to bring you an afternoon tea with an array of tasty sandwiches, delicious cakes, pastries and quintessentially English cups of tea for two. From the comfort of a private E-trike Veluba, it is a truly indulgent way to see the sights of London. Following our London Highlights route taking in the most iconic parts of London. Your Veluba driver will follow our London Highlights Tour route which takes in the most iconic parts of the City, including Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, and more; and hear their stories via the onboard multi lingual commentary. This is the perfect way to celebrate any occasion, from birthdays to anniversaries and everything in between.
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$51.65
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London: 3 City Walking Tours

London: 3 City Walking Tours

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Discover London, one of the most emblematic and impressive capitals, on our epic walking tours by day or evening with a flexible 3 day ticket! On our guided walking tours, you will discover its wealth of heritage and influence on modern culture. As well as taking you to all of the top tourist spots, including palaces, parks and museums, our epic guided London walking tours give you a full picture of what London has to offer, with magical stories in our Wizard Walk and the best nightlife spots in our London by Night tour. If you don't have time to join our day tour and evening tour on the same day, don't worry! Your ticket is valid for 3 days from first use. London is such a multifaceted city that there’s always something else to be explored. So, use the free Vox City app (included in your ticket) to discover more delightful walking routes in and around this cool capital city like ‘Parks and Palaces’, ‘Best of Soho’, and ‘Tower and Thames’.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.74
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London by Night Walking Tour

London by Night Walking Tour

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Explore London as it comes alive during the evening, on this entertaining 1-hour walking tour! Your guide will introduce you to London's vibrant nightlife, showing you some of the capital's most-loved landmarks at the same time. Before you stroll along the River Thames towards the iconic London Eye, enjoy hearing about the famous sights in Parliament Square, including Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament! As you continue along Southbank, you'll spot countless bars and eateries boasting panoramic waterfront views. Leave your tour for a bite to eat, or cross Waterloo Bridge as the tour takes you towards Piccadilly Circus. Here, you'll be amazed by the treasured National Gallery, and one of London's most bustling squares. This tour is the perfect way to introduce you to London's best evening spots!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$11.07
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