You're in London. There's so much to see, and only a limited time to see it. You're in your hotel, and about to set out for the day. You've now got to work out how to use the tubes, and the buses. Then you have to check all the details. Is Westminster Abbey open today? What's the best way to see the Changing of the Guard? Is the National Gallery really worth it? What about the British Museum?
This is where I can help. Clients who've booked my guiding services before leaving home can arrive, knowing that as soon as they're ready to roll, the show can begin.
A typical day's itinerary might look like this:
- Guided tour of Westminster Abbey.
- Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace
- Walking tour around Westminster, seeing the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Horseguards, No. 10 Downing Street (home of our Prime Minister), St James's Park with its exotic wildfowl, and the royal Palace of St James's and Clarence House (London home of Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry).
- Lunch in an English pub or at a fish and chips restaurant.
- A guided tour of the Tower of London, the ancient royal castle, to hear stories of murders, executions, ghosts, royal skulduggery, and to see close up those precious Crown Jewels!
- A River Thames cruise.
Or it might look like this:
- A guided tour of the Tower of London.
- A visit to Borough Market - one of the oldest markets in London - now a gourmet's paradise
- A guided walk along the bank of the River Thames, passing HMS Belfast, Shakespeare's Globe, seeing Tower Bridge, London Bridge. Hearing stories of Shakespeare, theatres, brothels, bear-baiting, and more of the disreputable things that went on in London's ancient red light district.
- A sandwich lunch on the go.
- A quick visit to Tate Modern art gallery.
- A guided tour of St Paul's Cathedral, with an opportunity to climb 530 steps to the top of the Dome for panoramic views of London
These are simply suggestions. The possibilities are endless. Most importantly, I will tailor the tours according to your wishes.
How do we get around London?
By foot, tube train, London bus, river boat, or taxi - or a combination of them all!
Can we really do London in a day?
Not really, but we can have a jolly good try! But seriously, many clients have allocated 2 or 3 days for touring London with me. Then they leave a day or two free for more relaxed sightseeing - or for shopping.