London Bridge Tours

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Though often confused with its grandiose neighbor Tower Bridge, London Bridge is, in reality, more functional than fancy. It does, however, have a long history, with its first iteration having been erected by the Romans way back in AD 50. No visible trace remains of the original bridge, nor of the handful of structures that replaced it, including the one that became the subject of that famous nursery rhyme. Though the current 1970s-built concrete version is not quite as eye-catching, the views it offers of Tower Bridge are hard to top.

The Basics
Many visitors to the British capital see the bridge during London tours, whether on a guided evening cycling excursion, a cruise down the River Thames, or while traveling via hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus. Some travelers also traverse the famous bridge on a walking tour or on their way to the London Bridge Experience and the London Tombs. The London Bridge Experience, situated within the still-standing vaults of the old 19th-century bridge, brings visitors on an interactive tour through time, with costumed actors enacting episodes from the bridge’s two-millennia-long history, while the London Tombs takes travelers to a former plague pit to relive some gruesome incidents from centuries past.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Bring a camera to take photos of Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, the Shard, the HMS Belfast, and the City of London, all of which are visible from London Bridge.
  • Visit at night to see the shimmering lights of London reflected on the Thames River.  
  • Bring raingear to protect yourself from London’s frequent downpours.
 
How to Get There
London Bridge is well-connected. Take the tube to Monument station (via the District or Circle line) at the north end of the bridge or to London Bridge station (via the Northern or Jubilee line) at the south end. London Bridge also serves as a rail station, with routes running across greater London and beyond.
 
When to Get There
Avoid visiting during the morning and evening rush hours, when commuting city workers crowd the sidewalks. Mid-mornings and mid-afternoons are quieter.
 
The Sale of London Bridge
Perhaps the most famous story associated with this icon is one of mistaken identity. In the 1960s, the rapidly deteriorating 1831-built London Bridge was purchased for a tidy sum by American businessman Robert P. McCulloch, who—according to rumor—believed he had purchased the much more magnificent Tower Bridge. Either way, McCulloch had the last laugh, relocating the 19th-century bridge to Arizona’s Lake Havasu, where it’s now a major tourist draw.
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Address: London Bridge, London SE1 9BG, England
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Secret Food Tour in London: London Bridge and Borough Market

From timeless recipes to creative new cuisine – get a taste of real British food on this 3.5-hour walking tour of London Bridge and the famous Borough Market. Follow your foodie guide to local pubs, market stalls, artisan stores and bakeries, and learn about the latest gastronomic trends as you pass landmarks like Tower Bridge and the HMS 'Belfast.' Sample British cheese and chutney, fish ‘n’ chips and award-winning Lincolnshire sausages, washed down with London ale or cider, then indulge in a portion of treacle sponge pudding or some tasty homemade fudge.
  • Duration: 3 hours 18 minutes
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Tower of London and Tower Bridge Walking Tour

Experience the remarkable architecture and age-old traditions of the Tower of London and Tower Bridge on a 3-hour walking tour of historic London. Arrive early to view the official opening ceremony of the Tower of London Beefeaters, take a peek at the Crown Jewels before the crowds arrive, then tour the legendary White Tower and hear the tales of torture and execution that the Tower is notorious for. Finally, head to the Tower Bridge Exhibition, where you can learn about the 120-year-old bridge and enjoy panoramic views over London.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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The London Bridge Experience and London Tombs Entrance Ticket

Visit both the London Bridge Experience and London Tombs in one day with this prebooked admission ticket to the city’s spookiest attractions. A treat for fearless history fiends, the combo ticket includes a fully immersive show at the London Bridge Experience so you can discover the landmark’s history through sight, sound, and even smell. Then, you'll descend into the London Tombs, set within the bridge vaults.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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 dozens of possible 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. Hop off to enjoy a free walking tours and a River Thames cruise.
  • Duration: 3 days
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The Original London Sightseeing Tour: Hop-on Hop-off

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, single-day pass, pick any date you’d like to hop aboard the double-decker, open-top bus for a comfortable sightseeing excursion. Great for kids and adults, your pass offers three route options with stops at main attractions like Big Ben, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and more. Bonus features include three city walking tours, a River Thames cruise and local discounts.
  • Duration: 24 to 72 hrs
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London Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Entry to Over 80 Attractions

Discover London’s top sights for one low price with the London Pass. Choose a 1-, 2-, 3-, 4- or 5-, 6- day pass, and enjoy free entrance to more than 80 attractions including skip-the-line access to Kensington Palace and London Zoo. Your London sightseeing pass also includes a hop-on hop-off bus ticket and valuable shopping and dining discounts.
  • Duration: 6 days
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Private Tour: Traditional Black Cab Tour of London’s Christmas Lights

See London’s Christmas lights in style with this private, 2.5-hour tour by black cab. Cruise past top London sights and jump out for a stroll down the city's bustling shopping streets. Marvel at glitzy illuminations, twinkling lights and extravagantly decorated shop windows in upmarket neighborhoods such as Belgravia and Chelsea, and see the iconic Oxford Street Christmas light displays. Receive undivided attention from your guide on this private tour.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Vintage London Bus Tour Including Thames Cruise with Optional London Eye

See London’s signature sights by vintage Routemaster bus and Thames River boat on this 3.5-hour sightseeing tour. Board a retro, red double-decker bus London Routemaster, and enjoy stellar views of top London attractions including the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. Then, after a short Thames sightseeing cruise, ride your London double-decker to Buckingham Palace for a photo stop or to witness the colorful Changing of the Guard ceremony. If you wish, upgrade to add a visit to the London Eye or UNESCO-listed Stonehenge after your tour.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Small-Group Tour: Historical Pub Walking Tour of London

Experience London’s traditional drinking scene on this 3-hour afternoon pub crawl. Accompany your guide on a fun and educational tour in and around the city, where you’ll visit at least four historic pubs and taste different brews (own expense). Pop into centuries-old ale houses, see literary haunts favored by writers like Charles Dickens, and learn about local drinking culture through the ages.
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London Ghost Tour by Vintage Bus

Tangle with the macabre on a 1-hour ghost bus tour through London! With your ghoulish guide, visit notorious local haunts (so to speak) of restless spirits, and pass chilling sites of murder, execution and torture such as St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London and the little-known Cross Bones Graveyard. Hear fascinating facts about the London’s gruesome past and make key stops at the city’s eeriest landmarks. 
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Small Group Best London Highlights Tour

Designed to orient first-time visitors, this 4-hour London walking tour allows you to explore England’s capital in a small group limited to ten people. Traveling on public transport and on foot, you’ll tick off top London attractions such as the Tower of London, Big Ben, and Trafalgar Square. Plus, you’ll witness a Changing of the Guard Ceremony outside of Buckingham Palace (on days the ceremony is performed). This tour does not offer interior visits of the sights.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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London Vintage Bus Tour Including River Thames Cruise with Optional Lunch

Hop aboard a vintage double-decker bus for a comfortable sightseeing bus tour through London! On this fun-filled 3.5-hour excursion, you'll see main attractions like Big Ben and the Tower of London, take a Thames River cruise past Westminster and the London Eye, and watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Upgrade to include lunch at a traditional British pub.
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London Old City Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in legend and grandeur on a 2.5-hour walking tour through London! On this fun and informative excursion, you'll explore the warren of streets that make up London's Old City to visit sites like Covent Garden, St Paul’s Cathedral and London Bridge, as well as infamous locations such as the Tower of London – where many tyrants and politicians met their deaths. Explore this cutting-edge metropolis that remains a landmark of tradition.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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London Harry Potter Tour (Kids Go Free)

This walking tour of London unfurls the movie set locations of the world's most famous Wizard (you know who he is!) Great day out for the family You will see over 10 movie set locations and several locations that inspired JK Rowling. We will visit actual filming locations in London! The tour starts at King Cross Train station : for a special photo stop at platform 9 3/4. We then head to Leicester square area to see some of the film locations & visit a shop that made all of the paper props for the films After visiting this incredible area we head to London Bridge where we see more film locations. These include the Millennium (aka Wobbly) Bridge and the Leaky Cauldron. In addition to the film locations we will see sights and buildings that inspired JK Roling when she was writing each of the books. This is a great tour for families & die hard fans of Harry Potter
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The Mayflower Private Walking Tour

There isn’t another tour that is quite like this one where we will visit some of the most historic yet less visited sites in London.  This walking tour takes places entirely along and around the South Bank of the River Thames which has two thousand years of rich if sometimes less glamerous history which makes for a fascinating tour that opens the door on this less visited part of London.From theatres to churches and cathedrals.  Palaces to prisons, hangings and slums. Voyagers of discover to engineering marvels.  Markets, smugglers and bodysnatchers to the birthplace of America.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Family-Friendly Tower of London Tour Including Thames River Cruise

Learn about the history behind the Tower of London during this 2.5-hour family friendly tour, including a cruise down the River Thames. Take advantage of early entry into the Tower of London; you'll be among the first visitors to walk through its gates in the early morning. Ride down the Thames and picture the smugglers, pirates and mutineers who've sailed there before you. Through engaging narrative from your guide, your family will be encouraged to envision London's rich history using imagination and creativity.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Traditional English Food Tasting Walking Tour in London

London’s culinary scene is fast becoming one of Europe’s most exciting. Ensure you experience the best of the capital’s gourmet offerings on this 3.5-hour walking tour of the City and Southwark Borough. Alongside a gastronome guide, you’ll visit more than 12 eateries to sample English classics such as fish and chips, scones, and scotch eggs. Visit the renowned Borough Market, taste locally produced cheese, and learn about London’s culinary culture. Small-group tour limited to 10 people.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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London City Tour and River Thames Cruise with Spanish-Speaking Guide

Check off the key London highlights in double-quick time on this action-packed tour with Spanish-speaking guide. Enjoy photo stops at the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, and more. Watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace, tour the Tower of London, and enjoy a river cruise from Tower Pier to the London Eye.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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London Evening Bike Tour

Experience London beneath atmospheric cloak of evening on a 4-hour sunset bicycle tour with a knowledgeable guide. Discover all of the English capital’s iconic landmarks as you cycle at a leisurely pace past Big Ben, the London Eye, and the Houses of Parliament. Marvel at the illuminated majesty of Tower Bridge and the Tower of London and enjoy a brief interlude in one of London’s best historical pubs to sip a refreshing drink. Gain fascinating insight into the city’s intriguing historical heritage and receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Small-Group River Thames Bike Tour

Explore the main attractions along London’s central riverside on this 5-hour River Thames bike tour. On this small-group excursion, see the world-famous sites that flank the river, including Big Ben, Shakespeare’s Globe Theater and St. Paul’s Cathedral, cross the Tower Bridge and indulge in international delicacies at Borough Market. As you ride, enjoy interesting commentary about the city's rich and extensive history. 
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Time-Traveling Tour of London by Vintage Bus

Travel through the English capital’s past, present and future on this entertaining 1-hour tour. Make your way through London aboard a souped-up, double-checker Routemaster bus, and pass by showstopper sights like Westminster Abbey, Downing Street, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Along the way, hear the time-traveling tales and hilarious commentary of your guide, Professor Quantum, and discover a whole new side to the centuries-old city.
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Famous Londoners and Local Tastings Private Tour

London has a rich movie-making history and this tour will take you in the footsteps of film favorites including Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes, Bridget Jones, and James Bond. Enjoy the undivided attention of a private guide as you visit memorable film locations all around the city, admire stunning views along the River Thames, and sample some delicious local foods and drinks along the way.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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