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Houses of Parliament & Big Ben Tours and Tickets

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Few landmarks epitomize central London as perfectly as Big Ben, the iconic clock tower of the Houses of Parliament that's officially known as Elizabeth Tower after Queen Elizabeth II. Heralding Great Britain's political nucleus in Westminster, Big Ben stands as the striking centerpiece of the Thames waterfront and is backed by the historic Palace of Westminster, home to the Houses of Parliament.

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Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

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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 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 and upgrade to the fast-track London Eye option to get an aerial view of the city aboard the London Eye giant observation wheel. Hop off at Westminster Pier or Tower of London stop to enjoy a Thames River cruise.
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  • 2 hours 20 minutes to 3 hours 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Westminster to Greenwich Sightseeing Thames Cruise in London

Westminster to Greenwich Sightseeing Thames Cruise in London

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Glide by some of London’s must-see landmarks on a sightseeing cruise from Westminster to Greenwich on the Thames River. Step aboard your comfortable cruise boat at Westminster Pier and listen to the entertaining live commentary as you pass sights such as Shakespeare’s Globe, Tower Bridge, and the Tower of London. Drink in the views from the open or indoor deck, and at Greenwich, step ashore to visit attractions (own expense) such as the Cutty Sark or National Maritime Museum. Upgrade to include a return cruise back to Westminster.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$17.71
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Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament Tour in London
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Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament Tour in London

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Get acquainted with two iconic London monuments on a half-day tour of Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. While gaining fascinating insight into the royal history of Great Britain, absorb the Gothic grandeur of Westminster Abbey’s interior and head inside the Houses of Parliament—home to the renowned Big Ben—to see highlights like the House of Commons and Lord’s Chamber. From your guide, learn about the United Kingdom’s political system and major historic events while touring the prominent landmarks.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Thames 24 Hour Hop-On Hop-Off River Cruise

Thames 24 Hour Hop-On Hop-Off River Cruise

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Discover the sights and history of London from the water on this leisurely cruise down the Thames River. With your 24-hour pass, enjoy unobstructed views of the city’s main riverside attractions like the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament from within an all-weather vessel, and hop on or off at any stop along the way. Create your own London adventure.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$26.57
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London In One Day Tour with Changing of the Guard with London Eye option
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London In One Day Tour with Changing of the Guard with London Eye option

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Get to know London in one day on this sight-packed, full-day tour with a guide. Traveling by air-conditioned coach, see top London attractions such as Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, and enjoy fast-track entry and a guided tour of St. Paul's Cathedral. Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, and then visit the Tower of London. Break for a pub lunch, and receive a ticket for a Thames River sightseeing cruise to use after your tour or another day. For a bird's-eye view of the city, upgrade to include a ticket for the London Eye in the evening.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Historical London Walking Tour in Westminster & Churchill War Rooms Entry
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Historical London Walking Tour in Westminster & Churchill War Rooms Entry

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Immerse yourself in the rich history of World War II on an enriching and emotionally stirring tour of London Westminster with a knowledgeable guide. Descend to the subterranean Churchill War Rooms, an underground network of bunkers that functioned as wartime offices, and enrich your knowledge of British history with commentary that covers little known facts. As you explore, see iconic London sights like the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, and delve into the life and work of former British prime minister, Winston Churchill.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Tootbus Must See London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and Thames River Cruise

Tootbus Must See London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and Thames River Cruise

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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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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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$48.07
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$48.07

Skip the Line into Houses of Parliament & Westminster Abbey Fully-Guided Tour
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Skip the Line into Houses of Parliament & Westminster Abbey Fully-Guided Tour

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Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament are two of London’s highlight landmarks—and on this tour, you’ll have special access to both. Skip the line at Westminster Abbey and head inside the soaring church, where your guide will share facts about its royal history. Next, you’ll have the rare opportunity to explore parts of the interior of the Houses of Parliament, which is frequently off-limits to the public.
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  • 3 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Best of London Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard, with a Cream Tea or London Eye Upgrade
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Best of London Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard, with a Cream Tea or London Eye Upgrade

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See the English capital’s top landmarks on this most comprehensive of London magical tours. Take a tour of beautiful St Paul’s Cathedral, then make a photo stop at Westminster Abbey. Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and visit the Tower of London, where you'll have free time for lunch (own expense). Enjoy an extended river sightseeing cruise, and upgrade to cap everything with a London Eye flight or cream tea at Harrods.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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London In a Day: Tower of London, Westminster Abbey & Changing of the Guard
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London In a Day: Tower of London, Westminster Abbey & Changing of the Guard

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Limited time in London doesn’t have to mean a limited view of the capital. Soak up the key sights in just one action-packed day on this guided small-group tour. Explore Westminster Abbey and watch the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace. Then cruise the Thames River to Tower Bridge and explore its inner workings before delving into British history at the Tower of London.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Tower of London Opening Ceremony with Changing of The Guard and Cruise
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Private Tower of London Opening Ceremony with Changing of The Guard and Cruise

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Discover London’s royal history and sights on a London tour by foot and boat. Start with an early access visit to the Tower of London to see the opening ceremony and Crown Jewels without the usual daytime crowds. Then, take to the water on a half-hour River Thames sightseeing cruise. Stroll to Horse Guard’s Parade or Buckingham Palace to see the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony, and learn all about the British Royal Family from a knowledgeable local guide.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Darkest Hour - Parliament and Churchill War Rooms Private Tour

Darkest Hour - Parliament and Churchill War Rooms Private Tour

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Have the rare opportunity to visit the Houses of Parliament—and explore the Churchill War Rooms, too—on this political London tour. Following pickup from your local accommodation, travel to the UNESCO-listed Houses of Parliament, and explore both the Commons Chamber and the Lords Chamber. As you go, learn all about British political history and the fight for democracy. Next, continue to the Churchill War Rooms, located in a bunker deep below street-level. See where the Prime Minister led the war effort, and explore the perfectly preserved setting.
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  • 4 hours
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High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London

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High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London

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Let your adrenaline levels go through the roof during a white-knuckle ride on the Thames River. Climb aboard a modern RIB (rigid-inflatable-boat) and satisfy an appetite for adventure as you soar past iconic landmarks like Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the London Eye. Enrich your knowledge of English history as you listen to illuminating onboard commentary, and experience the exhilaration of super-fast speeds up to 35 miles (56 km). Enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour, limited to 12 people.
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  • 50 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Ghost Bus Tour of London

Ghost Bus Tour of London

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Tangle with the macabre on a 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 infamous Fleet Street. Hear fascinating facts about London’s gruesome past and make key stops at the city’s eeriest landmarks. 
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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London Royal Parks Bike Tour including Hyde Park
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London Royal Parks Bike Tour including Hyde Park

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Discover the beauty and history of Royal London by bike on a morning or afternoon city tour. Enjoy a guided ride through Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, and St. James's Park. Cruise by the stately monuments such as the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, and view royal sites like Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, and the Princess Diana Memorial. Along the way, learn about London’s rich history and contemporary culture.  
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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River Thames Evening Cruise
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River Thames Evening Cruise

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Witness the enchantment of London at night on an evening cruise along the historic Thames River. Aboard the glass-encased boat, enjoy the city’s main attractions at dusk, including the Shard, Big Ben, and the HMS Belfast. Savor sparkling wine and canapés as you cruise the river and delight in the magic of London’s urban shoreline as night falls.
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  • 2 hours
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Sunday Lunch Jazz Cruise on the River Thames
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Sunday Lunch Jazz Cruise on the River Thames

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Enjoy a delicious meal and be serenaded by live jazz on this relaxing Sunday lunch cruise on the Thames River in London. Step aboard a comfortable sightseeing cruise boat as you sail by top London sights such as Big Ben, the London Eye, Tower Bridge and many other iconic landmarks. As you cruise, sit down to a delicious 3-course lunch and kick back to sparkling jazz classics including easy listening, Dixieland and trad jazz numbers played by a band of acclaimed musicians.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Thames Barrier Speedboat Experience to/from Embankment Pier - 75 minutes
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Thames Barrier Speedboat Experience to/from Embankment Pier - 75 minutes

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Whet your appetite for adventure with a high-speed Thames river RIB experience. Soar over the surf of London’s iconic river and gaze at impressive monuments as your adrenaline levels soar. Listen to commentary from a knowledgeable guide over a state-of-the-art speaker system and see popular attractions from a totally unique vantage point. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to only 12 passengers.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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London by Night Sightseeing Tour - Open top bus

London by Night Sightseeing Tour - Open top bus

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Experience the enchantment of London after hours on a night sightseeing tour. Aboard a double-decker bus, take a trip through the city to see illuminated attractions like Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, and the London Eye. Hear fascinating facts about passing sites and insider tips on where to visit in the bustling capital city from your expert guide.  
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Tower of London and Afternoon Tea at Westminster Abbey by Vintage Bus
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Tower of London and Afternoon Tea at Westminster Abbey by Vintage Bus

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Hop aboard a vintage double-decker Routemaster bus and travel in style across London. Uncover the city’s royal secrets and history with a guided tour from a White Tower Warden at Tower of London with time to explore at your leisure and see the Crown Jewels. After passing St. Paul’s Cathedral, London Eye, Tower Bridge, and Shakespeare’s Globe, stop for a bite to eat at Borough Market. Then head to Westminster Abbey, where William and Kate were married. Receive a guided tour of the Abbey before you're treated to a scrumptious afternoon tea with all the trimmings at the Abbey’s Cellarium Café.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$158.13
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Sir Winston Churchill Private Walking Tour & War Rooms
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Sir Winston Churchill Private Walking Tour & War Rooms

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Follow in the footsteps of one of Britain’s most celebrated Prime Ministers and historic figures on this private, Winston Churchill-themed walking tour. Following pickup from your hotel or another convenient meeting point, you’ll explore the areas of Mayfair, Westminster, and Piccadilly associated with Churchill, from his childhood home and 10 Downing Street to the cigar shop he once frequented. Your final stop is at the Churchill War Rooms, the secret bunker from which he ran World War II.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$182.80
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Classic London Landmarks Bicycle Tour

Classic London Landmarks Bicycle Tour

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Discover the history and diversity of London by bike on a sightseeing tour. Led by a guide, pedal past the city's top sites, including Covent Garden, Buckingham Palace, Westminster, St. Paul's Cathedral, and Trafalgar Square. Along the way, learn about the city’s colorful history — the glorious, the infamous, and everything in between.  
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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London Thames River Dinner Cruise
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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
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Vintage London Bus Tour Including Thames Cruise with Optional London Eye
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Vintage London Bus Tour Including Thames Cruise with Optional London Eye

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See London’s signature sights by vintage Routemaster bus and Thames River cruise on this 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, Tower of London, or UNESCO-listed Stonehenge after your tour.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise
"We loved the Big Bus Tour. Such an easy way to see the best of London’s sights. Helpful & Polite staffs"..."
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Westminster to Greenwich Sightseeing Thames Cruise in London
"A great experience at very reasonable cost to see parts of London we did not know. Would thoroughly recommend"..."
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Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament Tour in London
"The Abbey tour with Viator was spectacular. Our guide was excellent, extremely knowledgeable and made the tour unforgettable."..."
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Thames 24 Hour Hop-On Hop-Off River Cruise
"Very easy to use. Great views. Crew is wonderful. Easy way to get to and from Greenwich. Royal Observatory, The Eye, and Parliament, and views of The Tower Bridge."..."
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London In One Day Tour with Changing of the Guard with London Eye option
"We thoroughly enjoyed Leslie’s commentary of different historic landmarks as we drove thru and around London. She was very knowledgeable."..."
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Historical London Walking Tour in Westminster & Churchill War Rooms Entry
"Great guide - really enjoyed Churchill museum and war rooms. Be sure to stop at lion pub for some great food and a pint after"..."
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Tootbus Must See London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and Thames River Cruise
"It was great and enjoyable tour. Everything is good but the number of bus is limited. The waiting time is too long. Suggesting to increase the frequency during the public holiday."..."
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Skip the Line into Houses of Parliament & Westminster Abbey Fully-Guided Tour
"The guides were great, very knowledgeable and entertaining. Four hours of well spent time. Highly recommended"..."
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Best of London Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard, with a Cream Tea or London Eye Upgrade
"Was a very good overview of London. Our guide Karen was outstanding, very helpful and knowledgeable. The only warning is that entrance and exit to the Eye can be a challenge for some."..."
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London In a Day: Tower of London, Westminster Abbey & Changing of the Guard
"The knowledge of the tour guide. Tower of London was very interesting and made more interesting by the guides facts"..."
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Private Tower of London Opening Ceremony with Changing of The Guard and Cruise
"It was a lovely trip, with a look at the Crown Jewels and the armour exhibitions. A wonderful guide (Georgie) with a lot og knowledge. We didn’t see the shift of the guard due to rehaersal for the celebrations for the Queen"..."
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Darkest Hour - Parliament and Churchill War Rooms Private Tour
"Guide Martin Emery was expert re Parliament and Churchill and his commentary on landmarks and history during walkarounds was first rate. He knows and loves his subjects which immensely enhanced our tourist experience."..."
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High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London
"I didn’t expect it to go that fast. Joey and John were especially amazing. Made the ride very enjoyable by being very funny and engaging with us a lot. Learnt a lot of fun facts aswell."..."
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Ghost Bus Tour of London
"Did ghost bus tour Thursday 5th may with my daughter would highly recommend this tour commentary was highly amusing hour went far too quick"..."
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London Royal Parks Bike Tour including Hyde Park
"Ashley was great fun as a leader - lots of chat and added information Bikes were easy to ride and saw many things in London i would have missed . Highly recommended"..."
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River Thames Evening Cruise
"Tom was an facinating storyteller and quite an ineresting history buff. He took us to some delightful spots that we would have not found on our own. One of my faves was a tea shop that had an incredible variety of the highest quality teas. It seems l am in good company, as prince Harry claims it as his favorite as well!"..."
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Sunday Lunch Jazz Cruise on the River Thames
"Excellent afternoon with family everything was great The kids said they would do it again…maybe in the evening"..."
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Thames Barrier Speedboat Experience to/from Embankment Pier - 75 minutes
"excellent ride! great tour guide, fast and fun. Really great way to see some of the sights! Would highly recommend it"..."
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London by Night Sightseeing Tour - Open top bus
"The detailed commentary by the tour guide and the great weather that allowed us to sit on the open upper deck !"..."
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Tower of London and Afternoon Tea at Westminster Abbey by Vintage Bus
"Great Tour. Best thing was Charlotte. She is a terrific tour guide -- great at giving information & making it interesting."..."
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Sir Winston Churchill Private Walking Tour & War Rooms
"Our guide Kevin was wonderful and so very knowledgeable. He was also very patient when we wanted to stop and take pictures."..."
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Classic London Landmarks Bicycle Tour
"Our tour guide was excellent. He had tons of energy and was very funny. He focused on everyone. He also shared a lot of knowledge with us. Lastly he always watched to make sure we were safe and nobody was lost. I would do the trip gladly over sitting in a bus. He was the highlight of the day."..."
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London Thames River Dinner Cruise
"Great from start to finish, relaxed atmosphere with a brilliant service. Food was gorgeous. Straight forward only had to turn up and name was on the list."..."
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Vintage London Bus Tour Including Thames Cruise with Optional London Eye
"The guide was funny and friendly The tour was just the right length of time the boat tour was a great addition"..."
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Houses of Parliament & Big Ben hours of operation: Daily when parliament is in session. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.