HIGHLIGHTS

  • Leaving central London at 9am
  • Visit Westminster Abbey
  • See Changing of the Guard
  • Photo stops at St Paul's Cathedral and Buckingham Palace
  • Visit Windsor if time permit
  • Visit National Gallery or St Martin's
  • EXTENDED Visit to the Tower of London
  • See the famous Crown Jewels
  • English Pub Lunch
  • River Cruise
  • British Airways London Eye

his is THE COMPLETE tour of London taking in the pageantry, the history and the splendour of England’s Capital City

Westminister Abbey – Founded over a thousand years ago Westminster Abbey is a burial place of Kings, Statesmen, poets, scientists, warriors and musicians. The Abbey has seen 38 coronations since that of William the Conqueror on Christmas Day 1066, as well as the funerals of Diana Princess of Wales and the Queen Mother. If a religious service prevents us visiting inside the Abbey we will visit the Cloisters and Chapter House.

Parliament, Whitehall, Downing Street, Pall Mall – Drive past the Houses Of Parliament; Downing Street and the official London residence of the British Prime Minister; Horse Guards and Pall Mall, home to traditional gentlemen’s clubs from the 1700s onwards.

Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace – We alight near he Mall, and either go via St. James’s Palace to Buckingham Palace, the London residence of Her Majesty the Queen, for the Changing of the Foot Guard; or to Horseguards Parade, to see the Changing of the Household Cavalry. Wonderful, colourful spectacles and a great photo opportunity!

Traditional English Pub Lunch at the Albert – This distinguished pub has survived the Blitz and 1960's redevelopment. It was built in 1864, named in honour of Queen Victoria's husband, the Prince Consort. On the walls hang portraits of British Prime Ministers, from Salisbury, to an autographed one of Tony Blair. Members of Parliament often dine here and for their convenience a division bell is installed.

Trafalgar Square's National Gallery or St Martin's (Brass Rubbing Centre) – Here the choice is yours. Just a few steps away from the coach you can view priceless paintings by Titian and others in the National Gallery; or pop across the road into an early 18th Century church, St Martin’s-in-the-Fields, and see the Brass Rubbing Centre.

The Ancient City of London – Centuries ago English Kings and Queens had to ask the Mayor’s permission to enter the ‘square mile’. You’ll be warmly welcomed today in the ancient City of London – the birthplace of trade, commerce and banking. You’ll hear about the City of London’s fascinating history including its emergence from the Great Fire of 1666 and the Blitz of 1940/41.

St Paul's Cathedral – A photo stop at this outstanding church, completed in 1710, is the masterpiece of Sir Christopher Wren, who’s buried in the crypt with Admiral Lord Nelson and the Duke of Wellington.

Walking Tour of the City and the Globe Theatre – An enjoyable 15-minute stroll over the award-winning MillenniumBridge to rejoin our coach close to the Tate Modern Gallery and the Globe Theatre.

Extended Visit to Tower of London & Crown Jewels – Surrounded by a moat, and stone towers with slits for bowmen to fire arrows through, this was a royal palace, fortress, prison, mint and zoo. It saw three Queens of England beheaded with the axe or sword; and the torture of numerous prisoners, stretched on the rack and crushed in the Scavenger’s Daughter. Start with a tour hosted by your Blue Badge guide, and then have time to explore on your own. Meet the Yeoman Warders and visit the Crown Jewels, the White Tower built by King William the Conqueror, back in 1078, the Bloody Tower, the Traitors’ Gate, and the Royal Chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula.

Cruise on the River Thames – Enjoy a delightful cruise along the Thames, gliding smoothly through the heart of London enjoying superb riverside views of London's grand majestic riverside buildings.

British Airways London Eye – London’s latest attraction the British Airways London Eye is 450ft tall making it the world’s highest observation wheel and London’s fourth tallest structure. As well as being one of the most visually striking structures in the world - the British Airways London Eye offers you a new perspective on a great city. London's famous streets, churches, palaces and monuments spread out below in a panoramic scene grown up from Roman times - and, on a clear day - views that stretch 25 miles to Windsor Castle. There are 32 fully enclosed, high tech capsules, each accommodating up to 25 people, taking 30 minutes to complete one full 360 degree rotation.

This tour finishes at approximately 6.00 pm in central London

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