London's Royal History includes a visit to Hampton Court and a very special English Garden.
London has an embarrassment of riches of Royal homes past and present and this Tour will feature our British monarch's mansions from medieval castles to palatial palaces.
This Tour has been put together following the popularity of TV dramas 'Tudors', 'White Queen' and 'Wolf Hall' which have put the spotlight on those infamous Tudors once again.
We shall also be taking a little trip downstream of the River Thames to visit Hampton Court Palace, the top Tudor destination in Great Britain - and one visited by all of the characters in Hilary Mantel's award-winning novel 'Wolf Hall'.
Our journey out of London will take in the picturesque Royal Richmond Park.
Site Guide Sandy Rhodes who will introduce us to this world famous Palace built by Cardinal Wolsey 500 years ago, and home to one of England's most notorious kings Henry VIII for his turbulent reign.
2016 was the Year of the English Garden, and we have 8 formal gardens to explore and even have a Maze to get lost in!
Upon leaving your hotel we shall commence a Panoramic Tour to take in London's Royal Palaces, both past and present.
We shall dwell awhile at each location so that I can give to the historical facts and some amusing anecdotes.
Our London highlights will include: Tower of London, Whithall Palace, Palace of Westminster, St. James's Palace, Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace.
We shall work our way west to Hampton Court Palace where we can enjoy a mid-morning coffee break at the Palace's Tiltyard Cafe - our journey will take in Richmond Park.
I shall then introduce you to Palace Site Guide Sandy Rhodes who will proceed to introduce us to both Henry VIII's Tudor Palace and then William III's Baroque Palace before enjoying a stroll in the unique historical Gardens.
We can reflect on our Tour of London's Royal Palaces with a visit to a local pub for some traditional English cooking, before you can relax back in the comfort of my traditional London Black Cab to glide you back to your hotel.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I shall meet and greet you in the hotel lobby where you are staying - or any preferred pick-up location in Central London.
I shall identify myself by showing you my guiding badges which clearly have my name displayed.
My Transport for London Authority Cab Drivers Licence No 72480 is clearly displayed on the front and rear windscreens of my Licensed London Black Cab.
End location: I shall return you back to your hotel - or any preferred Central London location at the conclusion of your Tour.
Duration: 6 hours
Our vehicle will be a Mercedes Vito London Black Cab (room for up to 6 passengers) - ideal for any journeys outside of London, and is fully air-conditioned, is full wheelchair accesible, has a good size luggage compartment for suitcases or shopping requirements and provides central locking for additional security.
Tour Co-ordination including reservation requests pre-visit.
All transportation costs are inclusive within this Tour, as are parking charges and tolls.
Meet and Greet at your Hotel, or preferred Central London location.
Private Tour with a Certified and Experienced Guide PLUS a Driver which allows me to solely concentrate on the guiding and your basic needs and requirements (working this way also allows for easier access to buildings and monuments).
Public Liability Insurance.
Courtesy on-board refreshments.
Return to your Hotel, or preferred Central London location.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
55 GBP - Hampton Court Palace Entrance 18 GBP.
Meals and Refreshments.
Any Transfers from Pick-Up and to Set-Down Locations outside of Central London.
Entrance Fees to any sites that you may wish to visit in any customised Tour arrangements.
Meals and Refreshments.
Most Museums and Art Galleries have free admission - but I will be happy to confirm when I start to put your Tour schedule together.
Gifts and Souvenirs.
I am not a Blue Badge Guide which means that although I can accompany you inside the Tower of London, St. Paul's Cathedral and Westminster Abbey I cannot guide inside these historical monuments.
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Both driver and guide were excellent! Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and excellent with the grandchildren (ages 10 and 11).the driver kept everyone laughing and showed us some wonderful, out of the way places. I highly recommend them.
Louzana D Kaku