Explore London in a day with your family and a local expert. In this 6-hour introduction to London, we’ll make the most of our time there without tiring the little ones. Accompanied by a local expert trained to work with children, we’ll explore the city’s top sites and get a sense of its history through fun activities (along with scrumptious food!). This unique itinerary, which includes stops at the Tower of London, Borough Market and St. Paul’s Cathedral, is designed to help you make sense of London and understand its layered historical tapestry while having fun with the whole family.
We’ll start by the Thames River, before we move on to London’s most recognizable landmark: the Tower of London. We’ll step into the shoes of kings, queens, and prisoners who lived in the Tower. As we travel through time, we’ll look at the stunning Crown Jewels and learn about famous executions that took place in the Tower. We’ll cross the river, maybe daring the glass walk on Tower Bridge (optional) and head to the bustling Borough Market for a scrummy lunch (at your own expense). After lunch, we will walk along the South Bank, using the Thames as a guide in a city treasure hunt. We’ll walk by the Globe Theater, Tate Modern, and the Millenium Bridge, finishing outside St. Paul’s Cathedral. During our time together, we’ll discover how London grew from a small village on the Thames to a world capital of art, theater, food, and culture in general. We’ll dig for treasures and remnants of London’s Victorian past and catch some stunning views of St Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge, The Tower of London, HMS Belfast, as well as the City of London skyline.
At the end of our London in a Day for Families tour, you and your family will have more insight into the British capital, and you’ll have dug for treasure along the river and seen some of the most iconic sites in the city, while having fun doing it!
What is a private tour?
Our private tours are limited exclusively to travelers in your party. They are designed to provide a learning experience that is completely tailored to you and your traveling companions. Private tours give you more flexibility with scheduling (you decide when the walk best fits in your trip), the ability to tailor your itinerary (we'll work to match the itinerary to the interests and dynamics of your group), and more personalized time with your guide.
What is a small group tour?
Our small group tours cover many of the same itineraries as our private tours, but they place you with other travelers in groups of 6 or less. They operate on a pre-scheduled calendar, and are designed to provide an opportunity to engage with and learn from other travelers. Most of our small group tours require at least three (3) participants to run, although there is some variation from walk to walk. However, there is some variation from walk to walk. As you sign up for a tentative walk we display the minimum number required in order to confirm.
What happens if it's raining?
Our tours happen rain or shine. Our guides are great at adapting their route during changes of weather. Please bring an umbrella.
I would like to start later. Is this possible?
We don’t advise a later start due to crowds at the Tower of London. Trust us on this one.
Is this walk suitable for families?
Absolutely! We have specifically designed this experience to work for families. Our guides are trained to work with younger learners and have created special material for this tour for families.
What’s included in the tour?
The tour includes your ticket to the Tower of London and optional tickets to Tower Bridge. Clients are expected to cover the cost of their own lunch and transport.
Are there alternative itineraries?
Depending on the interests of the family and the age of the children , we sometimes swap St. Paul’s for the Monument. We can adjust this on the day as needed. Please let us know in your client notes in advance if this area is of interest to you.
Can you arrange a car service for the day?
Yes. We can arrange a car service to pick you and drop you off at your hotel if you would like. The price of a full-day service starts at $730. Otherwise, we suggest traveling in between sites on foot, underground train, or taxi.
I don’t want to add the car service. Where should we meet?
You’ll meet your expert guide near the Tower of London. Your confirmation email will have the exact meeting point details along with a map, and 24/7 phone number to call in case of emergencies.
Where will the tour end?
This tour ends at St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Will you pre-purchase tickets for the Tower of London?
We pre-purchase tickets. Your guide will have them on hand.
Can I "skip-the-line" at the Tower of London? Is it crowded?
Yes you can skip-the-line—we use a reserved entry to bypass the ticket line at the entrance. Please note that during peak season the Jewel House can be quite crowded, especially in the late morning and early afternoon. If you are interested in seeing the Crown Jewels without other people, please check our Exclusive Early Morning Tower of London
I want to see sites that you don't include in the ‘London in a Day’ tour. What should I do?