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Half day tours of London

A half day private tour by car means that you can cover a lot of ground and actually see things, which is why you have come to London. It gives you the chance to view the major sights with minimum fuss. You can travel by tube, but you will not as see much of our city.

You have the choice of having a general overview tour or choosing a specific sight that you would like to see in more detail. Maybe shopping or photography is more your thing - the choice is yours.

Your personal tourist guide will meet you at your hotel and drive you around London by car, showing you the major sights. You can be dropped off back at your hotel or some other central London location if you prefer.

Half day tour of Classic London

Your driver-guide will meet you at your hotel with their car and drive you to see the major sights of London. This is the tour for people who are short of time, but have never been to London before. You can see the Queen’s official home, Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben and the Tower of London.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh Trooping the Colour driver tour
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Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament

The correct name for the building is the Palace of Westminster and ‘Big Ben’ is the Elizabeth Tower. It started life as a royal palace until King Henry VIII moved out and it became the Houses of Parliament. After a major fire in 1834 it was rebuilt to house the House of Lords and the House of Commons.

Tower of London

The Tower started life as a castle and then became a state prison. It was safe enough to store the Crown Jewels and is now a famous landmark beside the River Thames. Come and learn about the ravens and the Beefeaters. You can see the Ceremony of the Keys in the evening if you book tickets in advance.

Half day tour of alternative London

You might prefer to visit the British Museum, the Churchill War Rooms or the recreated Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre if you have already been to London before.

British Museum

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Churchill War Rooms

Hidden away just down the road from Downing Street is the bunker where Sir Winston Churchill and his War Cabinet made some of the major decisions during the Second World War. It was locked up at the end of the war and only put on display in 1980s. The Churchill Museum is the only one in the world telling the life of this exceptional man.

Globe Theatre

To have some idea of what theatre was like in William Shakespeare’s time, make a visit to the Globe Theatre. It was the dream of the American actor Sam Wanamaker to rebuild the Globe. It is a’ wooden O’ beside the River Thames, open air and with a thatched roof.

Half day tour of Greenwich

Visit the Old Greenwich Observatory. Stand with one foot in each hemisphere astride the Prime Meridian of the World. Learn about John Harrison and how he solved the longitude problem. See the Cutty Sark, a 19thc tea clipper and once the fastest ship afloat. Explore the National Maritime Museum, one of the finest in the world.

Cutty Sark guided tour

Half day tour of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Come and see where all the action took place during the summer of 2012. The park is now open to the public and you can see the Velodrome, Aquatics Centre, Copper Box and the stadium, plus take the lift to the top of Orbit for a bird’s eye view.

Olympic games driver tour

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Kew Gardens driver tour

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Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens cover over 300 acres and show off a diverse plant collection. There are several greenhouses with different climates, including a Palm House, Alpine House, Waterlily House and Princess of Wales Conservatory containing different climate zones. For those who don’t wish to walk, Kew does provide a land-train service around the garden, which means you can also see the Pagoda and Queen Charlotte’s little thatched cottage. Kew also boasts a royal palace, but not on the scale of Buckingham Palace - it was lived in by King George III while he was suffering one of his fits of madness.

Half day tour of Sporting London

Sporting London could include a visit to Chelsea Football Club, Wimbledon Lawn Tennis museum and tour and a chance to walk around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and learn all about the 2012 Olympics. The Aquatics Centre and Velopark are both open to the public now. Go to the top of Orbit for a bird’s eye view over the Olympic Park.

This tour can be turned into a Full Day Tour by including other sights.

Chelsea Football Club driver tour

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Half day Off-Beat tour of London

Alternatively you could choose an Off-Beat tour of London and visit places like Highgate Cemetery, where Karl Marx is buried; the Old Operating Theatre where they performed operations without anaesthesia, and the Geffrye Museum, which shows period English rooms showing how people lived from 1600 to the present day.

Highgate Cemetry driver tour

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