Castle and Crown Jewels and Sir Christopher Wren's baroque masterpiece
Close to each other in London's financial district are two of the greatest structures ever built in the capital. William the Conqueror's castle, designed to protect and awe the population has been a fortress, Royal Palace, prison and place of execution, menagerie and armoury. See the Beefeaters and Ravens, Henry VIII's armour and the site where queens lost their heads. There is a thousand years of history here and, to cap it all, the ultimate symbol of Royal authority, the Crown Jewels.
Close by, we can walk or take the tube or bus, there is St Paul's Cathedral, one man's vision and the most perfect Church in London. Burial site of British heroes, place of Royal weddings and dedicated to the Patron Saint of London. We can finish our visit with an exhilarating climb to the Golden Gallery for views across the whole of London
We can meet either at your hotel or at Tower Hill underground station and proceed straight to the Tower for entry as close to the opening time as possible. We will aim to see the Crown Jewels early so as to avoid queues that could build up as the day progresses. Afterwards we will see the White Tower and its armour collection, the Bloody Tower with its tales of woe as well as Traitor's Gate, the execution site and learn how Henry VIII disposed of two of his wives. Find out how the Ravens and Beefeaters keep us safe and understand the design of an impregnable castle.
We then transfer to St Paul's either on foot or public transport and marvel at Sir Christopher Wren's white church built in the years following the Great Fire of London of 1666. We will meet the Duke of Wellington and Admiral Lord Nelson who, between them, helped to thwart the ambitions of Napoleon Bonaparte as well as the great architect himself. Exiting via the crypt we might stop for a coffee before departing.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will meet you at Tower Hill underground station.
End location: We will finish at St Paul's and I can direct you to a number of underground stations depending on your final destination. I will be very happy to give you some suggestions as to what else you might do during your stay.
Duration: 4 hours
We will use public transport and you will need a Zone 1 Oyster Card (Travel Card). We might choose to walk between the Tower and St Paul's.
My services as a Blue Badge from the start to finish including advice and suggestions for onward travel and activities after the tour.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50 GBP - Entry fees to The Tower and St Paul's, food and drink.
Entry fees to the sites, your own refreshments and any fares on public transport. Occasional extras such as access to the Golden Gallery in St Paul's.
If you would like to do this tour with private transport I am also a licenced driver with a modern, PCO licenced, air-conditioned Mercedes E350 station wagon - please ask for a quote.
I guide in English only
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Excellent guide and an excellent tour. The St. Paul tour was really outstanding. This building tells a thousand stories and Mike drew on these stories to walk us through a history of Britain, including US-British relations before, during, and after WWII. The modern art selections are outstanding - if you go, please experience the Bill Viola video art. Highly recommend the tour.