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London In One Day - A Private & Bespoke Tour Itinerary

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London
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Category: Tours, Food & Nightlife,
Duration: 7 to 9 hours
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Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Buckingham Palace, Spur Road, London SW1A 1AA England

The following steps are an example itinerary. I will make sure the day is personalised to your interests and pace. As your personal and private guide let me show you London...

Buckingham Palace is the official London residence of the British Monarch. Thousands of people flock here to see the Changing of the Guard ceremony, and hope to spot a member of the Royal Family.

Originally called Buckingham House, it was built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1703, and then later bought by King George III. subsequent Monarchs extended the building and by Queen Victoria's reign it became an official royal residence.

Maybe the Queen will be in residence? Look up at the flag, if the Royal Standard is flying "one is home".

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Westminster Abbey, 20 Dean's Yard Broad Sanctuary, London SW1P 3PA England

Originally St Peter's Abbey founded in 960AD, it became "West -Minster" to distinguish is from St Paul's Cathedral "The East-Minster".

Since William the Conquerors coronation in 1066 all Monarchs have been crowned here. and some of the most famous people in British history have been buried here.

In recent years Princess Diana's funeral was held here, and the marriage of her son Prince William to Catherine Middleton, both of which were watched by millions around the world.


Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Houses of Parliament, Parliament Square, London SW1A 0AA England

This impressive Gothic Building houses the British parliament and the House of Lords. Technically this is still a Royal Palace with origins back to Edward the Confessor.

A fire devastated the original Palace in the time of Henry VIII and he moved out, however his advisers and shire representatives continued to meet in the rooms that escaped the fire. This continued until 1834 when another fire destroyed the Parliament buildings. The present building complete with "Big Ben" was finished in 1870.


Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Whitehall, Government London, London SW1A 2BX England

This is the area of London where Government business is carried out. We will pass 10 Downing Street, (the Prime Ministers residence) Horse-guards Parade, and The Churchill War rooms.

Just before we get to Trafalgar Square, Sherlock Holmes fans may like to see Great Scotland Yard, and The Sherlock Holmes Pub, a location from Hound of The Baskervilles.


Duration: 35 minutes

Stop At: Trafalgar Square, Centre of the City, London SW1A England

Let's pause for a moment in the dead centre of London. From the Charles I statue all distances from London to other cities are measured. King Charles looks down Whitehall toward the place he was beheaded in 1649.

But Trafalgar Square is really all about one man, Admiral Lord Nelson. The square was laid out in his honour in 1844.

There are some interesting and beautiful buildings around this square, let me tell you about them before we move on.....


Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DD England

Originally the "Convent Garden" that grew produce for Westminster Abbey's monastic community, it later became London's red light district, and a playground for the Aristocracy including King Charles II who met Nell Gwynn in the local Theaters and Taverns.

The fruit, vegetable and flower market dominated the area during Charles Dickens time, and is often referenced in his stories. This market continued until 1974 when it was moved to South London.

Now the area is full of street performers, busy shops, restaurants and cafes. A must do stop when in London.


Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Inner Temple Temple, London EC4Y 7HL England

Now we have covered some of the famous landmarks, lets go in search of the London often missed by most tourists. This area of London is 2000 years old.

Crossing over into the City of London you will be taken into the Inns of Court, a hidden world used by the legal profession, and a haven not usually visited by most tourists.

You will see the building where Shakespeare performed Twelfth Night for the first time, a fountain that inspired Charles Dickens, and the English headquarters of The Knight's Templar.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: St Bride's Church, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8AU England

There has been a Church on this site for over 800 years. St Bride's is often referred to as 'The Cathedral of the Press' due to its long association with the newspaper offices that used to be based in Fleet Street.

During WW2 St Brides took a direct hit from a German Bomb and the roof was completely destroyed. Before rebuilding took place Archaeologists had the chance to look down in the crypt. What they found was amazing.

Let me show you a hidden medieval chapel, charred remains from the Great Fire of London and a Roman Pavement in this little known Museum.

Duration: 25 minutes

Stop At: Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, 145 Fleet St, London EC4A 2BU, UK

This is usually a good time to take lunch and what could be better than visiting one of London's oldest and most atmospheric pubs.

The cellars here date back to the 13th Century, and the upper rooms have barely changed since 1667.

Lets get a spot by the fire and I will tell you all about Polly the Parrot, Charles Dickens, Samuel Johnson and the Hellfire Club who all enjoyed drinking here.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: St. Paul's Cathedral, St Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD England

There has been a site of Christian worship here for over 1000 years. The old St Paul's was destroyed in the Great Fire Of London in 1666. The 'new' St Paul's was built by Sir Christopher Wren over a 40 year period starting in 1668. It is his masterpiece, and one of London's most iconic landmarks.

Just a short stroll from the Cathedral there are buildings that survived the great fire, and the spot where William Wallace (Braveheart) was executed. Sherlock Holmes fans may like to also see St Bart's, the hospital where Holmes and Watson first met.


Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Bank of England, Threadneedle St, London EC2R 8AH, UK

The City of London or Square Mile is the ancient heart of London and home to the financial district. The Bank of England, the Royal Exchange, and the spooky Cornhill Devils are highlights on this point of the tour, as well as Ebeneezer Scrooges Counting House and Charles Dickens favourite restaurant, which are all reached by walking down some of London's oldest surviving courts and alleys.


Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Leadenhall Market, Gracechurch Street, London EC3V 1LR England

One of London's oldest and prettiest markets on the site of a Roman cross road. It's no wonder that Leadenhall Market has featured in some of the worlds most famous movies and novels. Most recently as a filming location for the Harry Potter Films, and the market where Ebeneezer Scrooge sends the boy to get the biggest Turkey on Christmas morning.


Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: The Monument, 18 Fish St Hill, London EC3R 6DB, UK

One of the most devastating events in London's history took place just near where Monument Underground Station now stands. This is where the great Fire of London started in 1666 destroying 80% of the old city of London. Fortunately your guide knows some of the areas that survived.

The Monument itself is 62 Meters high, and has 311 steps to the top. The view is well worth the effort, and those wishing to make the climb are more than welcome.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Tower of London, Tower Hill, London EC3N 4AB England

The White Tower is the oldest intact building in London and was built by William the Conqueror around 1080.

The Tower has had a long and often bloody history throughout the centuries and is home to The Crown Jewels, and the famous Ravens that live like Kings in the Castle. Legend has it that if the Ravens ever leave the Kingdom and the Tower will fall!

After a fun filled, informative day tailored to your interests, there will be time to take some pictures of the beautiful Tower Bridge which is right next to The Tower of London.

Duration: 20 minutes

Inclusions
Local guide
Professional guide
Professional photographer guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Private tour
Entry/Admission - St Bride's Church
Food and drinks
Entry/Admission - Buckingham Palace
Entry/Admission - Westminster Abbey
Entry/Admission - Houses of Parliament
Entry/Admission - St. Paul's Cathedral
Entry/Admission - Tower of London

Location

Meeting point
Traveler pickup is offered
Any Central London Hotel or Location

Reviews

Apr 2019

I found Richard to be a knowledgeable guide who added greatly to my London experience. His historical knowledge allowed me to better appreciate the venues we visited. He also offered valuable practical advice in advance of my trip - allowing me to customize my tour and my stay. Highly recommended.

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