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Tailor your own day tour from London with our variety of options.


Day tour from London in private vehicle with accredited driver-guide.
For couples, families or small private groups (up to 7 persons). Subject to availability.
Timings: 9am-6pm. Pick-up and drop-off at any central London hotel or residence.
Prices: 1-2 passengers = £640.00; 3-4 pass = £680.00; 5-7 pass = £720.00.
Any admission fees are extra and usually payable on entry. Booking enquiries.



Itinerary: select any 2 from the 6 options below to create your full-day tour:

Option 1: BICESTER DESIGNER OUTLETS (half-day)

Fancy a few hours of designer shopping? Bicester Village is a neat complex of outlets specialising in the very best designer brands. All the great international brands have their own store here: Aquascutum, Armani, Boss, Burberry, Choo, DKNY, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Hilfiger, Klein, Lauren, Millen, Prada, St Laurent, Versace, Westwood. And all offer discounts on their top ranges.
● Usually open daily.
● Free entry.
● Your guide will introduce the layout, then let you shop!

Option 2: BLENHEIM PALACE (half-day)
Winston Churchill’s ancestral home and birth-place. It was built to commemorate a great military victory over 300 years ago and is great example of the excesses of late baroque architecture. Stories of scandal abound throughout its history and your guide will fill you in with the scurrilous details. There is an option to join an inhouse tour or you can wander the gardens at your own pace. The landscape, designed in part by the famous Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, is simply stunning in its magnitude. There is also an opportunity to visit the churchyard in the village of Bladon to see the simple grave where Churchill is buried.
● Usualy open daily Feb-Oct.
● Admission payable on entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.

Option 3: HARRY POTTER STUDIO TOUR (half-day)
At Leavesden in North London is one of the most exciting attractions to open in the capital for many years: the film company Warner Brothers have built a superb Studio Tour and Exhibition called 'The Making of Harry Potter'. Visitors can explore iconic sets from the movies such as the Great Hall at Hogwarts, Dumbledore’s office and Diagon Alley. Plus the Gryffindor common room, Hagrid's hut, and the Potion classroom. View original props such as Harry's flying broomstick, Hagrid's motorcycle, and the Hogwarts Sorting Hat, and find out about special effects, animatronics and CGI. There are exclusive video pieces featuring the cast and crew, plus a studio cafe and souvenir shop. Wizard!
● Usually open daily.
● Entry tickets must be pre-ordered.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.

Option 4: OXFORD (half-day)
Famous throughout the world as a university town, with over 40 colleges. The poet Matthew Arnold described it as ‘That sweet city with her dreaming spires’. Your guide explain the mysterious traditions of this ancient town, its college system, and the architecture which sets it apart from other centres of academia, and the real world! We get many complaints about the academic haughtiness towards visitors, but a little forewarning from your guide will help you to smile at the bumptious attitudes rather than let it spoil your tour. There are a number of options which your guide will suggest. Fans of Harry Potter will recognize the great hall at the famous Christchurch College, while fans of Alice in Wonderland will recognize a number of references here too. There are also options to visit the renowned Bodleian Library and Ashmolean Museum.
● Usually open daily.
● Admission payable on entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.

Option 5: THAMES VALLEY DRIVE (half-day)
This tour dips its toe into a right British carry-on! The Thames Valley has long been a place of indulgence. We start in the privileged world of Eton School, well known for its odd ways and traditions. Bray Studio is close by - where the famous Hammer films were made, responsible for such horror classics such as Brides of Dracula, Curse of Frankenstein and the Quatermass Experiment. The nearby gothic Oakley Court Hotel was the location of Dracula’s Castle. Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee both stayed here. At Bray village we hear the story of the 'swinging vicar' and the unholy statue in his church. At Maidenhead we hear the story of the chapel built without permission for pilgrims who came to visit the skull of one of St. Ursula's 11,000 virgins. Now onto Cliveden, where high-society was entertained and high-politics was scandalised by sex, drugs and rock & roll. Then up through the picturesque towns of Cookham, where the artist Stanley Spencer painted his deathly masterpieces, and Marlow, where Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein. For lunch, why not indulge in a little sin yourself in the foodie heavens along the route? Close-by is the celebrity restaurant once dubbed the best in the world. Or there is Michel Roux Jr’s Waterside Inn, the only restaurant in England to hold 3 stars for over 25 years. Also near is Raymond Blanc’s famous Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons.
● Usually open daily.
● Any admissions payable on entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.

Option 6: WINDSOR CASTLE (half-day)
About 20 miles west of London is the Queen's home, Windsor Castle. First built in 1080 and described by Samuel Pepys over 300 years ago as the most romantic of castles, it is also the largest and oldest continually inhabited castle in the world. Your guide will conduct you on a tour. Highlights include the magnificent George Chapel (ten monarchs are buried here including Henry VIII), the opulent State Apartments and the incredible Queen Mary's Dolls' House. On certain days you can see the changing of the guard ceremony up-close (much better than outside Buckingham Palace!).
● Usually open daily.
● Admission payable on entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.



TOUR PRICES:

FULL DAY PRIVATE TOUR FROM LONDON (9am-6pm)

PRICE
(not including entrance fees)

TOUR BY PRIVATE CAR (1-2 passengers)

£640.00
(+ any entrance fees)

TOUR BY PRIVATE CAR (3-4 passengers)

£680.00
(+ any entrance fees)

TOUR BY PRIVATE CAR (5-7 passengers)

£720.00
(+ any entrance fees)



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BOOKING POLICY AND NOTES:
Bookings are dealt with on a one-to-one basis via e-mail only.
To secure your preferred date we recommend booking well in advance.
We do not accept bookings with less than 72 hours notice.
All tours subject to availability. Booking will not go ahead until availability is confirmed.
Tour is not guaranteed to go ahead until 100% of payment is received.
We do not usually pre-book tickets for attractions. We recommended these are paid
  for at the gate on the day. In circumstances where pre-booking is the only option for
  attractions, tickets must be paid for in advance and are non-refundable.
Administration fees may be added for extensive itineraries or advance ticket booking.
We do not arrange flights, accommodation, travel tickets or tickets for special events.
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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.

Clothing: Clients should dress appropriately making allowances for the changeable British weather, outdoor activities or visiting churches, etc. Our main tip is to dress comfortably. For more tips to help make your tour even more enjoyable click here.

Format: The tour has been specially researched and designed by our staff (copyright applies) and is exclusive to Your London Tours & associates. Selected elements of different tours may be combined to create other tour options.

General: Rest assured with Your London Tours: All our tours are tailored to YOUR requirements. The guide will be exclusively dedicated to your family or group during the tour itself, so you will be able to relax and enjoy your day.



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