London in a Day? It might seem like a crazy idea, but we’ve carefully crafted an itinerary that allows for an 8-hour dive into this champion of a city. In the company of a local expert, we'll spend our time unpacking one of the most visited cities on the globe. From Westminster Abbey to Big Ben to Trafalgar Square and the Tower of London, this tour is a fantastic introduction to the vibrant British capital.
London in a Day
Includes a short briefing in a cafe and sites such as the Tower of London, the Thames, Borough Market, St James Park, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey. Local lunch (at own expense).
The Tower of London and the Crown Jewels
Our walk begins in a small cafe beside the Tower of London, bright and early. We’ll start with a coffee and a short briefing on London and the surrounding area (with relevant maps and tips) before we kick things off at one of London’s most renowned sites, The Tower of London. We’ll spend around two hours here, discussing grizzly beheadings to political unrest and the Crown Jewels. We’ll use the Tower as a backdrop for understanding and discussing British history, the political intrigues of kings and queens and the daily life of commoners. This is a glimpse into our Tower of London Tour
From the Thames to Borough Market
We’ll make our way west, walking alongside the Thames, soaking up the myriad of architectural splendor that London offers in this area. From City Hall to London Bridge to the Shard to the Gherkin there’s plenty to see. At this point, we will stop for a spot of lunch at Borough Market (at own expense). Our expert guide will talk about local British produce as we feast our eyes, minds and bellies on anything that we might have our eye on. Re-energized, we’ll continue to soak up London sites as we cross the Millennium Bridge and see the vibrant city from an alternative perspective: above the Thames. We’ll note Shakespeare’s Globe and the Tate Modern Gallery, allowing for a delve into the literary and artistic energy running through London’s wires. We’ll stop in the City of London at St. Paul’s Cathedral. We’ll see the exterior of one of Sir Christopher Wren’s architectural feats as we discuss anything from city planning to the impact of World War Two and the Blitz on London.
Westminster Abbey and Royal Parks
At this point, we might hop on the tube or grab a taxi to Westminster Abbey. While London is laden with well-known, memorable landmarks, few represent English history and culture better than Westminster Abbey. We’ll tap into nearly 1,000 years of British history with a visit to this impressive emblem of British Christianity. This is a snapshot into our Westminster Abbey Tour
. We’ll walk through St James’s Park and pass by the Queen’s residence (Buckingham Palace) to catch site of some of the guards in their uniform. We will finish in this area, near the Mall and Trafalgar Square.
At the end of our immersive full-day itinerary, we will emerge with a deeper understanding of what makes this British capital tick. We’ll have ventured across the city to sites relevant to London's historic, cultural and monarchical identity. Hopefully, our ‘London in a Day, with Context’ will leave us with a better knowledge of anything from Henry VIII to Scotch eggs to the Tube.
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 Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London and closing times. Trust us on this one.
Is this walk suitable for families?
Absolutely! It’s a long day but we have some expert guides specifically trained to work with younger learners and can adapt the material on this tour to fit with families.
What’s included in the tour?
The tour includes a morning coffee, your ticket to Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London and a taxi or tube ride. Clients are expected to cover the cost of their own lunch.
Are there alternative itineraries?
Depending on the fitness level of the group, we sometimes swap St. Pauls and Borough Market for an exploration of Soho and Covent Garden. 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.
I would like to do the Churchill War Rooms instead of the Tower of London. Is this possible?
Yes, we can adjust the morning section of this tour. Please let us know in your client notes in advance so we can switch the Tower of London for the Churchill War Rooms and purchase your tickets for 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 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 near Trafalgar Square.
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.
I want to see sites that you don't include in the ‘London in a Day’ tour. What should I do?