See London Highlights that you really really want and add something special
If you want to see highlights as a first time London visitor (e. g. Westminster Abbey, St Pauls Cathedral, British Museum, National Gallery, Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament, Natural History Museum, V& A Museum), consider combining the trip by adding some local London authenticity and "flavour". A pleasant walking tour tacked onto initial highlights with added special "local character" of London. Use the London Underground and buses with your guide to get to places where many visitors never quite venture. See where Dickens or Shakespeare operated when they were "on the London scene". Walk to " Smithfield" the place where executions took place (William Wallace), location of a famous annual fair, and St Bartholomews Church, the oldest and very atmospheric working church (1123) in London. Want to see where Karl Marx was buried, or just the very spooky Highgate Cemetery (37 acres). Look at some of the places where world famous British lived, and insights in what lives they lead
9. 00 am Meet in your hotel lobby and head off for the start point of the walk.
9. 30. am - 12:30pm Central London Highlights - Walking tour
13. 00 Lunch
14. 00 - 18. 00 Unique local places.
You will begin to see London as a local. Look at the districts familiar to Shakespeare and Charles Dickens
The walk can be as long as time allows, to see as many highlights as you wish. It could include the only London home of Benjamin Franklin still standing, where Charles Dickens lived or Theodore Roosevelt got married. See a building occupied Jimi Hendrix, or Dwight Eisenhower planned the D Day landings during World War Two. Stroll through Chelsea and see the homes of rich and famous past and present. Look at wonderful architecture and consider local visits to specialist Museums (London has around 260!)
There are 400/500 beautiful open space "Squares" in London and eight large public parks. It is likely you will see at least some of these along the way.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Customers to be collected from hotel lobby or a mutually convenient location
End location: Visitors will be returned to the start point of the tour unless otherwise agreed at the time
Duration: 9 hours
The climate can be changeable so dressing appropriately is worthwhile, with comfortable footwear for walking. If an all day tour is too long this can be reduced to four hours half day and the tour cost adjusted accordingly to £250
Walking primarily with the potential use local buses and underground (subway)
All guiding services for the duration of the tour from an agreed tour start point
Estimated Local Cash Needed
30 Pounds - It is suggested that a one day travel pass is purchased (approximately £15).This entitles travel on all modes of transport. Some museums are free, but smaller museums may come with an entry fee. You will need some money for food and refreshments along the way or at the end of the tour
One day travel pass at around £15. This is not obligatory but will add to the scope of the tour in many cases by a bus ride or a tube (underground ride). London is a very large city. You may wish to budget for a local museum or "highlight" attraction, and some food and refreshment during or at the end of the tour
There are no restrictions and I can arrange car transport if required in a private vehicle.
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Barry is an excellent tour guide, very knowledgeable and personable -- fun to be with. I wanted a tour of London's West End theater district with a guide who is familiar with theater, theater history, and knew about the history of the specific theaters we saw. Barry was perfect. A really memorable tour.