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South Bank
Packed with cultural hot spots and boasting a uniquely laid-back atmosphere, the South Bank district is a must for anyone curious about London life. Locals and visitors alike stroll the riverbank for striking views of Westminster and beyond, or pop into any of the museums, galleries, theaters, or pubs for which the area is famous.

The Basics
South Bank boasts many of London’s top landmarks, and a number of city sightseeing tours offer the opportunity to explore by foot or boat. The London Eye and the London Dungeon are popular family-friendly attractions, while art enthusiasts flock to the Tate Modern and Tate Britain. Southbank Centre hosts many cultural events across its venues, and the National Theatre, Young Vic, and Old Vic offer affordable and trendy West End alternatives.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Popular with hip locals, culture vultures, and families, the vibrant district offers something for everyone.
  • London’s national museums and galleries are free to visit, but shows and special exhibitions charge an entry fee.
  • South Bank’s brutalist architecture can lead to big puddles in the rainy months, so it’s a good idea to pack an umbrella and water-repellent shoes.
  • The wide, paved riverside paths are wheelchair-friendly and most attractions offer access, though some do have restrictions.

How to Get There
Waterloo Station, nestled in the heart of South Bank, is served by the Jubilee, Bakerloo, and Northern lines, as well as direct National Rail links to Clapham Junction. Westminster, Blackfriars, and Embankment stations are also located nearby. South Bank is easily accessed by river bus and city cruiser, with London Eye and Festival piers serving the area.

When to Get There
As throughout the rest of London, there is always something happening along the South Bank, making it well worth a visit at any time of year. Winter brings Christmas markets and festive decorations, while funfairs and festivals arrive between April and August.

South Bank Through the Ages
Though South Bank as it exists today is a relatively new district, the south bank of the Thames has been an entertainment hub since the Middle Ages. Even in Elizabethan England, it provided a popular escape from heavy regulation in the city, with draws including Shakespeare’s own Globe Theatre. Today, a reconstructed Globe sits farther along the bank, and visitors can catch a show from the traditional standing yard.
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Visit Shakespeare's Globe Theatre & See 30+ London Sights Tour!

Visit Shakespeare's Globe Theatre & See 30+ London Sights Tour!

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London attracts visitors from across the world to its landmarks and attractions, but navigating the streets to explore solo cuts into valuable sightseeing time. On this walking tour, leave the map behind and follow your guide to famous sites like the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey. Catch the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace, and learn of London’s theater history at Shakespeare's Globe.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.27
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$80.27

The Original Tour London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

The Original Tour London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

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See the best of London without the stress of rigid tour times and massive crowds on this hop-on hop-off bus tour. With your flexible pass, hop aboard the double-decker, open-top bus for a comfortable sightseeing excursion. Great for kids and adults, your pass offers multiple route options with stops at main attractions like Big Ben, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and more. Bonus features include a free city walking tour, a Thames River cruise, and local discounts.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.82
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$40.82
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South Bank (London Bridge) Walking Tour & Enter The Tower of London

South Bank (London Bridge) Walking Tour & Enter The Tower of London

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London’s South Bank area is home to more than a dozen of the city’s top attractions, so see them all in just a few hours on this insightful walking tour. In addition to the famous London Bridge, see the Clink Prison, the Globe Theatre, St. Paul's Cathedral, and the Shard, while hearing London legends and trivia from an entertaining guide. Finally, be dazzled by the crown jewels with included admission to the Tower of London.
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  • 3 hours
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$74.46
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$74.46

London Thames River Dinner Cruise

London Thames River Dinner Cruise

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Take to the Thames for a sparkling river dinner sailing past London’s waterfront sights. Settle at your table to savor a delectable dinner and admire floodlit city sights such as Tower Bridge, the London Eye, and Big Ben as you eat and relax, and enjoy enchanting live entertainment.
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  • 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$148.30
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$148.30
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South Bank Photography Tour - Small Group

South Bank Photography Tour - Small Group

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Capture the infectious energy of London’s South Bank on this 4-hour photography walking tour. Your professional photographer guide will show you how to adjust aperture, shutter speed and depth of field to snap candid portraits of the street entertainers and market vendors that line the River Thames. With tour places limited to six, you’ll enjoy one-on-one tuition to help you achieve winning shots of landmarks like the London Eye, Big Ben and St Paul's Cathedral.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$186.38
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$186.38
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Private Tour: South Bank Photography Walking Tour in London

Private Tour: South Bank Photography Walking Tour in London

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Combine a 4-hour walking tour along London’s atmospheric South Bank with an expert-led photography class tailored to your interests and knowledge level. Pass iconic landmarks like Big Ben, the London Eye and Westminster Bridge, set against a photogenic backdrop of the Thames River. Your private guide will show you how to get the best possible shots with your camera and point out little-known viewpoints to make your photos unique and memorable.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$238.58
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$238.58
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South Bank (London Bridge) Walking Tour & Enter Westminster Abbey

South Bank (London Bridge) Walking Tour & Enter Westminster Abbey

Make the most of your time in London with a walking tour of the London Bridge area that concludes with admission to Westminster Abbey. Hear live commentary as you see 15 of London’s top sights, including the Tower of London, The Shard, The Globe Theatre, and St Paul's Cathedral. The walking tour ends at Westminster Abbey, where you enter on your own and spend as much time as you like.
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$69.72
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$69.72
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South London Food Tour With A Local: Borough Market, Southbank & London Bridge

South London Food Tour With A Local: Borough Market, Southbank & London Bridge

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Enjoy a fully personalized half-day tasting tour around London, customized to your tastes and preferences. Sample up to eight savory and sweet British delicacies, from Cumberland sausages and artisanal chocolates to traditional jellied eel, as you explore the city on foot. Possible stops include baked goods at Borough Market, a classic roast at the Southbank Centre, or a British craft beer or ale on Charles Street.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$148.18
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$148.18
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Must See London With A Local: Private & Personalized

Must See London With A Local: Private & Personalized

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Make your London adventure a personal one on a private 8-hour sightseeing tour. Your tailor made itinerary can include Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the city’s hidden gems, and much more. It's up to you. Thanks to the expert navigation skills of your Londoner guide, you’re able to explore in an efficient, but leisurely manner. Leave with exclusive tips on what to see, eat, and do with the rest of your vacation.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$178.93
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$178.93
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Southbank or Westminster Photography Tour at Night

Southbank or Westminster Photography Tour at Night

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See an alternative side of London while honing your photography skills on this 2-hour evening photography tour. Master basic techniques or improve existing camera skills alongside an expert guide and capture flawless shots of London’s illuminated landmarks. Choose between a creative workshop in Westminster, home to the iconic Big Ben, London Eye, and the Houses of Parliament, or opt to photograph London’s famous skyline from Southbank on the Thames River.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$149.10
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$149.10

2 Hours In London With A Local Host: Private & Personalized

2 Hours In London With A Local Host: Private & Personalized

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Experience London like a local on this private 2-hour walking tour and maximize your time with a custom-made itinerary. Perhaps check off famous landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and the Tower of London; discover neighborhoods like Soho and Covent Garden; or get insider tips on where to shop, dine, or party in the city.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$69.89
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$69.89
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Escape The Airport: See London On Your Layover

Escape The Airport: See London On Your Layover

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Why spend your Heathrow layover stuck in the airport food court when you can explore London’s top attractions? Take a 6-hour private tour of the capital and create a custom itinerary based on the things that interest you. Visit Big Ben, eat traditional fish and chips, stroll through Covent Garden, and more. Whatever you decide, your private guide is with you every step of the way to ensure an authentic English experience.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$197.28
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$197.28
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The Tasty Weekend Walk- Eat and Sights!

The Tasty Weekend Walk- Eat and Sights!

In a small group, you will discover 2 award-winning markets where Londoner's hangout and like to keep secret. These 2 markets are on each end of the walking tour, they are united by the deliciousness of their extensive variety of award-winning food. Between those 2 delicious markets, we will take you on a picturesque walk along the Thames which is perfect for pictures, Instagram friendly and traffic-free. You will see more than 20 landmarks and 6 bridges including Big Ben, London Eye South Bank Centre The National Theatre The British Film Industry building Tate Modern Shakespeare Globe Saint Paul Cathedrale The Clink Southwark Cathedrale HMS Belfast The London Skyline Tower Bridge Tower of London After this 60-90 min walk, we will indulge in some delicious foods and a refreshing glass of locally brewed beer or Kombucha...
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  • 3 hours
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$87.97
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$87.97

Shakespeare Walking Tour in London

Shakespeare Walking Tour in London

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Retrace the footsteps of iconic playwright William Shakespeare on this 3-hour walking tour of central London. Visit London’s lively South Bank and the legendary Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, plus see the site of the original theatre and its competitor, the Rose Theatre. Additional attractions include the Shakespeare stained glass window at Southwark Cathedral, Winchester Palace, the Golden Hind and the Anchor Pub.
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  • 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$174.74
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Comprehensive London Collection: 10 podcast walks to discover the city

Comprehensive London Collection: 10 podcast walks to discover the city

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Love podcasts? You'll love our immersive walking tour of London! The digital audio guide can be downloaded anytime directly on your smartphone! We've teamed up with expert historians, storytellers and influencers to give you a unique and engaging experience of London! Explore London thoroughly thanks to these 10 self-guided audio tours and discover all there is to know about the city! We will discover some of London's most iconic landmarks as well as taking you off the beaten track and away from the crowds to discover some of the lesser known gems! You'll learn all about the role and relevance of the monarchy with our Royal London tour and the parliamentary system in our Westminster tour. Fancy something a bit more off-the beaten track? We'll take you around some of the coolest instagram spots in Soho, to the cultural scene of Southbank, the colourful neighbourhoods of Covent Garden, the dynamic Shoreditch, the vibrant Brixton, and to the UNESCO Heritage Site of Kew Gardens!
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  • 1 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$20.39
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$20.39

Private Tour: The Tasty Weekend Walk- Eat and Sights!

Private Tour: The Tasty Weekend Walk- Eat and Sights!

In a Private group, you will discover 2 award-winning markets where Londoner's hangout and like to keep secret. These 2 markets are on each end of the walking tour, they are united by the deliciousness of their extensive variety of award-winning food. Between those 2 delicious markets, we will take you on a picturesque walk along the Thames which is perfect for pictures, Instagram friendly and traffic-free. You will see more than 20 landmarks and 6 bridges including Big Ben, London Eye South Bank Centre The National Theatre The British Film Industry building Tate Modern Shakespeare Globe Saint Paul Cathedrale The Clink Southwark Cathedrale HMS Belfast The London Skyline Tower Bridge Tower of London After this 60-90 min walk, we will indulge in some delicious foods and a refreshing glass of locally brewed beer or Kombucha...
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  • 3 hours
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$125.25
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$125.25

Private Tour: Night Photography Tour in London

Private Tour: Night Photography Tour in London

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Discover the enchantment of London at night, and learn to take evening photos using professional techniques. Explore iconic London landmarks and examine unique architecture while learning to capture the perfect shots. Enjoy the personalized attention of an experienced photographer on a private night photography tour.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$223.66
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$223.66
Price varies by group size
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VIP Tour: The Tasty Weekend Walk- Eat and Sights!

VIP Tour: The Tasty Weekend Walk- Eat and Sights!

In a small group, you will discover 2 award-winning markets where Londoner's hangout and like to keep secret. These 2 markets are on each end of the walking tour, they are united by the deliciousness of their extensive variety of award-winning food. Between those 2 delicious markets, we will take you on a picturesque walk along the Thames which is perfect for pictures, Instagram friendly and traffic-free. You will see more than 20 landmarks and 6 bridges including Big Ben, London Eye South Bank Centre The National Theatre The British Film Industry building Tate Modern Shakespeare Globe Saint Paul Cathedrale The Clink Southwark Cathedrale HMS Belfast The London Skyline Tower Bridge Tower of London After this 60-90 min walk, we will indulge in some delicious foods and a refreshing glass of locally brewed beer or Kombucha... As a VIP you will get a luxury drink on top of your experience
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  • 3 hours
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$102.89
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$102.89

Private London Travel Photography Course

Private London Travel Photography Course

Join an exceptionally scenic photography workshop which fuels your passion for photography as you unlock the power of your camera to discover great shots. Learn how to get the best holiday photos which show off your wonderful adventures perfectly. This is an outstanding photography learning experience as you explore and photograph the cultural heart of London with professional Fine Art Photographer, Lou Smith. Your expert photographer has extensive teaching experience and knows a multitude of cameras. Photograph the vibrant and buzzing nature of London's South Bank where teaching is geared towards you and the camera you own. Capture street entertainers, musicians, market stalls, iconic architecture and outstanding river views. Learn About; * Composition and framing * Aperture and depth of field * Shutter speed to freeze action and create motion * Lens choices and zoom selection * Light and how it affects your photos * Get the best from the camera you own * And much more...
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$231.30
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$231.30
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Photos at the Landmarks (Travel Photos)

Photos at the Landmarks (Travel Photos)

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Get over 40 professional-quality photographs taken by a noted Instagrammer during this photo walk through London. Choose from two different walking routes, either north or south of the Thames River, and snap iconic landmarks like the Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and the London Eye. You'll also get personalized tips for how to boost your social media following.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$178.93
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$178.93
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VIP British Food Tour

VIP British Food Tour

We aim to convince you that British Food is not that bad :) In a small group, you will discover the South Bank & Borough Market. These are two of the most loved areas of London which offer the most delicious and best variety of food in town. Here we will discover the best of British food from local artisans. This will give you a good idea of the history and tastes of one of the World's most dynamic cities Foods you will try include: Bacon Sandwich Scones Tea presentation Award-Winning Sausage Roll Fish & Chips Cider Beer & English Pub Snacks Sample of British Cheese (or alternative) You will receive a glass of bubble At the start we will head through the South Bank, stopping at renowned landmarks such as Shakespeare’s Globe, The Anchor Pub and Borough Market (1000-year-old Food Market: oldest in Europe). We will nibble, taste & try food all along the route while you discover some unusual facts & stories about this incredible neighbourhood and its landmarks.
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  • 3 hours
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$117.80
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$117.80

Discover London Along The River

Discover London Along The River

When it comes to cultural diversity, London is up there with the best of them, and if you head south of the river you'll experience a whole other atmosphere that celebrates London's arty side. With one of our London hosts by your side, you can tap into that creative energy as you explore museums, contemporary and forward-thinking art galleries and even a Shakespearean theatre. Take a scenic walk along the banks of the Thames, working up an appetite that you can then quell with innovative foods from one of London's most eclectic food markets. Within 24 hours after booking you'll receive a short questionnaire about your personality and interests. Based on your responses, you'll be assigned a like-minded host. Your host will communicate with you directly to suggest an itinerary to help you discover what makes the city unique. You will also agree on a meeting time and place. Your itinerary is flexible, so during the experience, you can always change your mind about what you want to do.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$111.84
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$111.84
Price varies by group size
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The Tower of London: Explore its often gruesome history on a walking audio tour

The Tower of London: Explore its often gruesome history on a walking audio tour

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No visit to England’s capital would be complete without exploring the Tower of London, of the city’s most-recognizable landmarks. Explore the attraction at your own pace on a self-guided tour led by audio commentary. You’ll discover stories that you’re unlikely to find in the guidebook.
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  • 40 minutes to 2 hours
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$5.55
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$5.55

VIP Tour: Award Winning Christmas Market Tour

VIP Tour: Award Winning Christmas Market Tour

Cider, Delicious Foods, Carols, and a Christmas market The perfect combination at Wintertime :) "it's all happening down by the river and in a great spirit" In a small group, you will discover the South Bank and Borough Market (1000-year-old Market). These are two of the most loved areas of London which offer the most delicious and best variety of food in town. Eat your way along the river Thames and tuck into festive snacks and steaming drinks, from mulled wine and hot chocolate to German sausages, mince pies and spiced cider Here we will discover our friendly award-winning suppliers and have fun discovering the buzzing riverbank with artisans introducing handmade gifts and delicious street food from traditional wooden chalets. Foods you will try include: German Sausage Tasting Fish and Chips Award-Winning Sausage Roll Oysters (or alternative) Cider or Eggnog Hot Chocolate Mulled Wine Fruit mince pies An absolute treat to the palate And exclusively for you a Luxury drink!
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  • 3 hours
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$117.80
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$117.80

The Original Tour - London by Night with River Cruise

The Original Tour - London by Night with River Cruise

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Experience the city as the sun begins to set and London lights up around you. A non-stop tour combining a live guided bus tour and a river cruise. A great tour to rediscover the city under a new light, the best of London by bus and boat. The city bursts into life at night and London looks spectacular with twinkling lights cutting through the darkness. Watch the city come alive as the sun sets and as famous monuments such as the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye light up. From the comfort of the top deck, to a tranquil seat on the river, don’t miss out on the perfect night experience. Some of the landmarks on our night tour include: Buckingham Palace, Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower of London and many more.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$39.46
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Frequently Asked Questions

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Should I book South Bank tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since South Bank can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 24 South Bank tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit South Bank 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to South Bank costs USD 80.27. Guided South Bank tours start around USD 80.27 per person. See all 24 South Bank tickets and tours on Viator.
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