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Day tour of London in private vehicle with accredited driver-guide.
For couples, families or small private groups (up to 7 persons). Subject to availability.
Timings: 9am-5pm. Pick-up and drop-off at any central London hotel or residence.
Prices: 1-2 passengers = £525.00; 3-4 pass = £560.00; 5-7 pass = £595.00.
Any admission fees are extra and usually payable on entry. Booking enquiries.



CHOOSE ANY 3 ATTRACTIONS FROM THE FOLLOWING 25 OPTIONS TO MAKE UP YOUR OWN FULL-DAY LONDON TOUR ITINERARY:
Buckingham Pal Royal Stables Kensington Pal Westminster Abbey St Paul's Cath
Tower of London Churchill Bunker HMS Belfast Parliament War Museum
British Museum Nat History Mus Science Mus V&A Museum Mus of London
National Gallery Tate Britain Tate Modern British Library Hunterian Mus
Globe Theatre London Eye Tower Bridge Transport Mus London Zoo

Note #1: We can tailor your tour to include any central London attractions not listed above, but note that some attractions, such as London Dungeons, Madame Tussauds, Thames River Cruise and the soccer stadium tours, do not really require the services of a guide. Details of the 25 attractions we do offer are listed below in alphabetical order.

Note #2: Attractions recommended for kids are marked with a asterisk (*) but all tours can be adapted for families.

BUCKINGHAM PALACE
One's Royal Home! This is a tour of the main royal residence in central London. If she's home the standard will be flying. We can't promise an invite for tea but we can promise you'll be impressed. The audio-guided tour takes in the magnificent state rooms and gardens. At extra cost you can see the Queen's art collection at the Royal Gallery, which contains some priceless old masters, or tour the Queen's horses and carriages at the Royal Stables adjoining the side of the palace.
● Open Aug-Sep daily.
● Tickets must be pre-booked.
● Audio-guided only.

Outside the general summer opening, there is an opportunity to join a private group tour of the palace. The tour includes the company of an expert guide, a glass of champagne, and a copy of the official guidebook.
● Check with us for availability.
● Tickets must be pre-booked.
● Inhouse guides will conduct the tour.

BRITISH LIBRARY
The British Library contains 14 million books. If you were to see five each day, it would take you 8,000 years to see the whole collection. However, what you can see in just the gallery tour is five of the greatest printed items in history: the world's earliest printed book, the Diamond Sutra; an original copy of the Magna Carta; Europe's earliest printed book, the Gutenberg Bible; a first edition of Shakespeare's plays; a first edition of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Much more besides in this priceless experience.
● Usually open daily.
● Free entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.

BRITISH MUSEUM
Civilization's hall of fame! Step into the Great Court and marvel at the magnificent glass roof. Below are the seven million objects that make up the greatest collection of antiquities in the world. Our main tour is entitled Greatest Treasures of the British Museum. Ten exhibits from different cultures are examined: Rosetta Stone, Devil’s Looking-Glass, Easter Island Statues, Egyptian Mummies, Assyrian Carvings, Parthenon Sculptures, Vindolanda Tablets, Hinton St Mary Mosaic, Sutton Hoo Treasure and the Lewis Chessmen.
● Usually open daily.
● Free entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.

CHURCHILL'S WAR BUNKER
The conflict of World War II brought to life. This series of underground war rooms was built in 1938, accommodating map rooms, cipher rooms, switchboards and emergency living quarters. They were closed down in 1945 and not re-opened until 1973. An amazing time capsule. Also features the superb Churchill museum, featuring interactive exhibits, mementoes from his life and the original door from No.10 Downing Street.
● Usually open daily.
● Admission payable on entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.

HMS BELFAST*
A life on the ocean waves. Find out what it was like for Royal Navy sailors during WWII in this fascinating floating museum. Here's one amazing fact: the forward guns are officially pointed at a service station 14 miles away! The sights and smells of life on-board are certainly brought to life. Lots of knobs to pull and buttons to press for kids who like to pull knobs and press buttons! Have your photo taken in the punishment cell. A fascinating tour for young and old alike.
● Usually open daily.
● Admission payable on entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.

HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT
The mother of political power houses, the home of modern democracy, and an iconic edifice. Hear the great bell of Big Bn chime at the famous landmark also known as the Palace of Westminster. Today it's where our honorable and trustworthy government work so hard (honest!). The tour is a real-eye-opener, the architecture alone is simply stunning. The main building is a masterpiece of Victorian gothic and is flanked by one of the oldest buildings in London, the magnificent Great Hall.
● Open every Sat morning; Aug-Sep: daily.
● Tickets must be pre-booked.
● Inhouse guides will conduct the tour.

HUNTERIAN MUSEUM*
On the first floor of the Royal College of Surgeons in Lincoln's Inn sits an extraordinary museum. It contains the collection of 18th century pioneering surgeon John Hunter. He was the founder of modern surgery and his methods caused a revolution in medicine. He pioneered early organ transplants, electric shock treatment, and wrote a treatise on the natural healing power of the body. But it's his macabre collection of specimens and skeletons that make this museum tour spookily interesting. If you've got kids, it should keep 'em quite for a while!
● Usually open Tue-Fri.
● Admission payable on entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.

IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM
20th century museum of conflict and reconciliation. Here you will find some of the most poignant reminders of war, based, somewhat approriately, in a former asylum. Superb exhibitions reflect the brave experiences of soldiers and refugees alike. Planes, tanks and other vehicles that actually saw action are on display. Experience what life was like in the trenches of WWI or the bomb shelters of the London Blitz. There is a multitude of displays, an impressive art gallery and a fantastic shop to make your visit worthwhile.
● Usually open daily.
● Free entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.

KENSINGTON PALACE
Royal history from the 17th to 21st centuries. Set at the western edge of Hyde Park, known as Kensington Gardens. The palace was famously the last home of Diana, Princess of Wales, and where Princes William and Harry were brought up. Today it's the London home of 'William and Kate'. A young Victoria awoke here one day in 1837 to find out she was queen. Also on display is a collection of Diana’s dresses and the Queen’s outfits. The Orangery in the garden is a pleasant place for refreshments.
● Usually open daily.
● Admission payable on entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.

LONDON EYE*
Get ' around' London with the city's most popular paid-for visitor attraction. The world’s biggest and most famous observation wheel was erected to celebrate the Millennium. It is 350ft high, turns at 1mph, and takes 30 minutes for a full rotation. It offers unrivalled views of London. Sit back and take in the vastness of the city, play the world's biggest game of ‘I Spy’, and be photographed as you 'come in to land'. Line-beating fast-track tickets available.
● Usually open daily.
● Tickets must be pre-booked.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.

LONDON ZOO*
We're going to the zoo, zoo, zoo! How about you, you, you? You can come too, too, too. Animal fun! Kids will enjoy the children’s petting zoo and ‘hands-on’ insect house. Animal magic! The famous reptile house featured in the first Harry Potter movie. Animal tales! In 1843 the first keeper tried to charm a cobra. It bit him between the eyes and he died! Plus elephants and rhinos, monkeys and giraffes, lions and tigers, and, oh so smelly!
● Usually open daily.
● Admission payable on entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.

MUSEUM OF LONDON
A Tale of One City. This quiet, hidden museum in the heart of the City of London is a real gem. The first exhibits tell the story of London from the prehistoric era through to ancient settlements. Then come the Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, and all leaving their footprint on the capital. The city has had its fare share of adversities, and the Black Death, the Great Fire of London and the Blitz displays demonstrate the remarkable phoenix-like qualities of the great metropolis over the centuries.
● Usually open daily.
● Free entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.

NATIONAL GALLERY
The National Gallery contains one of the world's greatest art collections. Attracting over three million visitors a year, the gallery forms a magnificent backdrop to Trafalgar Square and has been recently refurbished. Our Highlights Tour is a good overall introduction: Gothic, Renaissance and Mannerism are displayed in the West Wing, while the North Wing is a monument to Baroque and the Dutch masters. Rococo, revolution and romanticism is the theme of the East Wing, where we also find prominent British artists alongside the great Impressionists such as Monet, Van Gogh and Suerat.
● Usually open daily.
● Free entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM*
Dinosaurs, Darwin & DNA! How's this for a two-for-one offer? The story of life on earth AND a tour of an architectural masterpiece. Amazing earth galleries tell the story of the world's origins and its fate. Incredibly lifelike animatronic dinosaurs will keep the kids quiet for a while! The silent zoo of stuffed animals is truly awesome. Live creepy-crawly area, plus reptile and bird displays too. Great for kids, fun and interactive. Hands-on Darwin Centre newly-opened. Science Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum nearby. What are you waiting for?
● Usually open daily.
● Free entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.

ROYAL STABLES*
A tour of the stables known as the 'Royal Mews' adjoining the side of Buckingham Palace. Here you can find out all about the Queen's horses and how they are looked after, as well as royal carriages and cars.
● Usually open daily.
● Admission payable on entry.
● Inhouse guides will conduct the tour.

ST PAUL'S CATHEDRAL
The defiant giant: Symbol of national pride, focus of London spirituality, and a glorious architectural masterpiece: 50 years to build, 300 years of history. Many important historical events have happened here: the funerals of national heroes Wellington, Nelson and Churchill. This was also the venue where Prince Charles and Lady Diana took their vows in their spectacular, but ill-feted wedding in 1981. The view of the famous sweeping steps may jog some memories, particularly that seminal moment when Diana stepped out of a golden fairy-tale carriage wearing 'that' dress. The impressive interior boasts fantastic decor, wonderful monuments, and an inside view of Sir Christopher Wren's magnificent dome, which, if you are feeling energetic, may be climbed for a superb bird's eye view of London.
● Usually Mon-Sat.
● Admission payable on entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.

SCIENCE MUSEUM*
Rockets, technology, the future. Loads of interactive stuff for budding Einstein’s. Rail enthusiasts will get all steamy-eyed when they see the original locomotives Puffing Billy and Stephenson’s Rocket. Great for kids, fun and interactive. Highlights include man's most famous inventions, superb displays illustrating the attempt to conquer the air, the secret life of domestic appliances, and Launch Pad, and interactive physics experiment centre for all ages. Natural History Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum nearby.
● Usually open daily.
● Free entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.

SHAKESPEARE'S GLOBE THEATRE
Big 'O' tour: Faithful re-creation of the famous 16th century theatre down by the riverside, scene of the Bard's greatest triumphs. Rebuilt in the 1990s by an American film producer using the original plans and original materials. Wooden frame, thatched roof, and not a single metal rivet! The acoustics are incredible, the design having been based on a pub! It’s a working open-air theatre, exhibition and tour. Tickets may even be available for an evening performance.
● Usually open daily.
● Admission payable on entry.
● Inhouse guides will conduct the tour.

TATE BRITAIN GALLERY
The nation's own art collection. On the north bank of the Thames, a little distance away from central London, stands this gallery of mainly traditional British works up to 1920. It includes the English Renaissance, Pre-Raphaelites and the Turner Collection. Heavyweight highlights include Hogarth (the most jingoistic of painters?), Blake and Constable. Plus view the aquatic bints of Millais and Waterhouse and fill yourself with Bacon & Egg! That's right... Francis Bacon and Augustus Egg!
● Usually open daily.
● Free entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.

TATE MODERN
Self-styled 'Power House of Art'. London's most popular free visitor attraction. Housed on seven floors of a huge converted power station, it contains one of the greatest collections of modern art in the world, as well as shops, cafés, and a magnificent view of the Thames. From Dali to Da-Da, from Picasso to Pop-Art, if modern art's your cup of tea, you can drink to your heart’s content. Be shocked by the new. Overcome your fear of abstract expressionism. Or smile at the emperor's new clothes.
● Usually open daily.
● Free entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.

TOWER BRIDGE
Please don’t call me London Bridge! Most photographed bridge in the world, with a great opportunity for a group photograph with the bridge in the background. Built to allow shipping access to the Pool of London and opened 1894 at a cost of £1 million. Designed by Horace Jones, famous for his iron structures, he gave it medieval gothic look to blend in with the adjacent Tower of London. Crossed by 40,000 vehicles a day. In 1952 a No.78 bus jumped the gap! Those with a penchant for engineering will love this tour.
● Usually open daily.
● Admission payable on entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.

TOWER OF LONDON*
Blood, Bling & Beefeaters! London's oldest building and a World Heritage site. Officially known as Her Majesty's Palace and Fortress but once described by Shakespeare as 'The Slaughterhouse'. The tour is themed around the tragic tale of Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII. You will discover his cruelty knew no bounds. Also see the Crown Jewels, king of bling! Seek out the mysterious ravens, and hear how the 'Beefeaters' look after a London landmark packed with history.
● Usually open daily.
● Admission payable on entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.

TRANSPORT MUSEUM*
In the heart of London's trendy covent Garden sits the recently refurbished Transport Museum. It starts around the year 1800, with exhibits on Thames crossings, early railways and horse-drawn transport. It then moves on through three floors of London transport history into the 21st century. Featuring full-size original buses, taxis and trains, this is a truly fascinating tour for the whole family.
● Usually open daily.
● Admission payable on entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.

VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM
Taste Britain: The biggest collection of decorative arts in the world. Known as the 'nation's handbag', it was built on the back of the success of the Great Exhibition of 1851 and illustrates the story of the British rich who had far too much money to burn on furbelows, fripperies and follies. Highlights include the Great Bed of Ware, Henry VIII's writing box and James II's wedding suit. So much more besides. The well-stocked shop sells examples of decorative arts as well as books, stationery and souvenirs.
● Usually open daily.
● Free entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.

WESTMINSTER ABBEY
Crowning glory: National mausoleum, focus for royal events, and one of the world's greatest churches. This tour visits the place where kings and queens have been crowned for a thousand years. Your guide will take you through a gothic labyrinth where you’ll discover the tombs of the legendary royal women of the past, such as the Virgin Queen, Bloody Mary and Mary Queen of Scots. See too, the famous Poets' Corner and the magnificent Henry VII Chapel ceiling. The wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton took place here on April 29, 2011. William's grandparents, the Queen and Prince Philip, married here too, as did his great grandparents, George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. It was also the venue for the memorable funeral of William's mother Diana in 1997.
● Usually open Mon-Sat.
● Admission payable on entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.



TOUR PRICES:

FULL DAY PRIVATE LONDON TOUR (9am-5pm)

PRICE
(not including entrance fees)

TOUR BY PRIVATE CAR (1-2 passengers)

£525.00
(+ any entrance fees)

TOUR BY PRIVATE CAR (3-4 passengers)

£560.00
(+ any entrance fees)

TOUR BY PRIVATE CAR (5-7 passengers)

£595.00
(+ any entrance fees)



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PRACTICAL TOUR INFO:

Important note: 'Private tour' means a privately chartered guided tour. It does not entail exclusive private access. We do not offer tours to individuals wishing to join a larger group (for this you require a scheduled coach tour operator).

Timings: A recommended start time ensures the tour runs to schedule. The duration of this tour is timed from pick-up to drop-off and usually includes built-in stops for photo opportunities, facilities, and a one-hour lunch break.

Pick-up/drop-off: You can be picked-up for your tour anywhere in the central London area, whether at your hotel, place of residence, or venue of your request. The same applies as a dropping-off point after the tour. Tours from London may use fastest routes.

Vehicle: Our typical vehicle is a luxury people carrier. Usually a high-spec 7-passenger Mercedes, with leather seats, armrests, headrests, air-conditioning, tinted windows, front and rear electric sunroof, sliding passenger doors and luggage space.

Driver-Guide: Our presentable, professional and friendly guides drive fully insured private vehicles and carry the British 'Blue Badge' accreditation allowing them to conduct tours, walks and interior visits of major London venues and other UK attractions.

Tour: The main tour is conducted personally by the guide, providing knowledgeable commentary, and assisting with practical issues. Sections of the tour may be conducted by in-house docents or using audio devices, but your guide may still escort you.

Lunch: An appropriate restaurant, traditional pub, or sandwich stop can be arranged for lunch (note: tour price does not include food or refreshments). Alternatively, you may want to bring a pre-packed lunch. The guide may take a rest during this period.

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