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Whitehall Tours

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Whitehall
Packed with monuments and lined with some of London's most significant government buildings, busy Whitehall is an important thoroughfare. Originally constructed as an entryway to the now-demolished Palace of Whitehall, the road may be short, but its heavy concentration of landmarks means walking down it is a must when touring London.

The Basics
With Trafalgar Square at one end and the Houses of Parliament at the other, Whitehall connects many of the British capital’s top landmarks. Stroll the thoroughfare to see government buildings, including the Horse Guards and the Ministry of Defence. The Prime Minister’s residence at 10 Downing Street is within view. Whitehall also features several significant monuments, including the Cenotaph World War I memorial and a statue dedicated to the women of World War II.

Due to its central location and historic importance, Whitehall features on a wide range of London tours, from hop-on hop-off bus tours and cycling excursions to private, history-themed walking itineraries.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Soak in some of that English pomp at the Four O’Clock Parade at Horse Guards on Whitehall.
  • On Remembrance Sunday in November, poppy wreaths are ceremonially placed in front of the Cenotaph to commemorate those who died in WWI.
  • Whitehall is sometimes part of central London parade routes, including for the London New Year’s Day Parade and London Pride.

How to Get There
To visit Whitehall, take National Rail services to Charing Cross Station; the Northern, Bakerloo, Circle, and District lines to Embankment Station; or the Circle, District, and Jubilee lines to Westminster Station. Whitehall is also served by numerous bus lines, including the 3, 6, 11, 12, 24, 87, 88, 91, 139, and 159, and it can be reached by foot, by car, and by bike.

When to Get There
The best time to visit Whitehall is during the day, alongside other London visitors. Daytime offers excellent views of the street's main landmarks and allows you to pose in front of the Life Guards who stand watch outside of Horse Guards. Many government buildings are off-limits to visitors, though Open House London—held every September—offers the rare chance to peek inside.

Trafalgar Studios
Official buildings aren’t the only Whitehall highlights. The historic Trafalgar Studios—formerly the Whitehall Theatre—has been a local landmark since 1930. Early in its history the venue hosted controversial cabaret-style revues, but today it puts on a range of musicals, plays, and other performances.
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Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise with Optional London Eye

Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise with Optional London Eye

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Discover the grandeur of London aboard the open-top, double-decker Big Bus on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. With your 1-, 2-, or 3-day ticket, design a personal itinerary with stops including Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, St. Paul’s Cathedral and more. Enjoy unobstructed views and onboard commentary as you view the city’s highlights and upgrade to The Big London Day Out option to get an aerial view of the city aboard the London Eye giant observation wheel. Hop off to enjoy a Thames River cruise, currently operating Friday to Sunday only.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Private Tour London Highlights, entries Westminster Abbey, The Tower of London

Private Tour London Highlights, entries Westminster Abbey, The Tower of London

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The Tower of London and Westminster Abbey are two of London’s most impressive must-see attractions, but the entry queues can be long. On this tour, save valuable sightseeing time with skip-the-line entry and head straight inside with your guide. Learn the history of Parliament Square and Trafalgar Square on a walking visit, and stop at Buckingham Palace, Nelson’s Column, and more.
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  • 8 hours
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$453.11
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Private Custom Tour: Day Tour of London

Private Custom Tour: Day Tour of London

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Don’t visit London landmarks and listen to commentary that doesn’t interest you. Set your own itinerary and explore London your way on a private half- or full-day tour of England’s capital. Tick off all of the attractions on your personal checklist and take advantage of your private guide’s local insight by visiting hidden gems and unknown corners of the city. Choose the start time and meeting point of your tour and receive the undivided attention of your guide throughout. 
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  • 3 to 6 hours
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$386.36
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3 Hour Guided Private Walking Tour: The Best of London

3 Hour Guided Private Walking Tour: The Best of London

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Marvel over royal monuments, architectural masterpieces and iconic landmarks on this 3-hour walking tour of London. Enjoy the undivided attention of your private guide as you stroll around Covent Garden, Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus; snap photos of Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben; and stand in awe before the magnificent Buckingham Palace. For the full experience, upgrade to include a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.
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  • 3 hours
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$213.23
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Private Sightseeing Walking Tour of Central London, Whitehall, & Westminster

Private Sightseeing Walking Tour of Central London, Whitehall, & Westminster

This tour offers you a unique way to see central London with someone who is not only a highly-skilled tour guide but is also someone who loves London, its traditions and its quirks. Available for a range of start times throughout the day this tour is a perfect way to learn about London whether it's your first time in town or if you've been in London for years. Please note that the Changing of the Guard is only available on morning tours starting before 10 am on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday between August and May and every day in June and July. If you have any questions about the Changing of the Guard or anything else related to this tour, please feel free to contact us.
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  • 3 hours
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$182.77
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Private Walking Tour: Harry Potter - Whitehall to the West End

Private Walking Tour: Harry Potter - Whitehall to the West End

Designed to delight fans of Harry Potter, this private 1.5-hour tour transports you to magical locations used to film scenes in the Harry Potter films. Stroll on the cobbles of Diagon Alley, see the building that inspired Gringotts Bank, and pose for photographs outside of the Ministry of Magic. See, too, iconic landmarks such as the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament while immersing yourself in the wonderful world of wizardry. Receive undivided attention from your guide on this private tour, limited to you and your party.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Full Day London Private Classic Tour

Full Day London Private Classic Tour

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Optimize your time in the British capital on a private full-day tour, zipping between landmarks by traditional black cab for an authentic London experience. Discover iconic highlights such as the London Eye, Tower of London, and Buckingham Palace and enjoy plenty of stops for pictures or a closer look. Benefit from your guide’s personalized recommendations to add additional stops according to your interests.
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  • 7 hours
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$729.63
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$729.63
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Royal London Sightseeing Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony with Optional London Eye Upgrade

Royal London Sightseeing Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony with Optional London Eye Upgrade

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Experience London’s royal highlights on this sightseeing tour by coach, including the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Take a panoramic tour of the city with your guide, passing Kensington Palace and Westminster Abbey. You'll also see Trafalgar Square and Big Ben, and watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Upgrade to include an open-date ticket for the London Eye.
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  • 3 hours
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5-Day Best of England & Scotland Tour: London, Edinburgh, Manchester and more

5-Day Best of England & Scotland Tour: London, Edinburgh, Manchester and more

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See the best of England and Scotland, and leave all the planning to someone else, when you book this comprehensive, 5-day tour package. On the first day, discover London’s top highlights, from the Tower of London and the British Museum to St. Paul’s Cathedral and Buckingham Palace. Next, venture to academic Cambridge and continue north to York to see its famous Minster. From there, you’ll journey to Edinburgh and Glasgow, Manchester and the Lake District, and will explore Stratford-upon-Avon and Bicester Village. Accommodation, transit, tours, and select meals all included.
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  • 5 days
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$560.50
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$560.50

Wartime London small group tour

Wartime London small group tour

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If you’re interested in the history of World War II then look no further than this wartime tour of London, which proves the ideal choice for history buffs. In a small group that ensures you receive personalized attention, you’ll visit top London attractions such as Whitehall and Parliament Square, and learn about their significance to WWII.
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  • 3 hours
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$97.21
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London Super Saver: Royal London Sightseeing Tour with Madame Tussauds & London Eye entry tickets

London Super Saver: Royal London Sightseeing Tour with Madame Tussauds & London Eye entry tickets

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Visit three of London’s top royal landmarks—and receive pre-booked tickets for Madame Tussauds and the London Eye—on this seamless tour. Following central London pickup, travel to the Westminster Abbey (the site of numerous royal weddings and other ceremonies), visit Kensington Palace (the former home of Princess Diana), and venture to Buckingham Palace to see the famed Changing of the Guard ceremony. After the tour ends, you can visit Madame Tussauds and the London Eye at your leisure.
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  • 7 hours
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Central London Photography Tour

Central London Photography Tour

I know London like the back of my hand and through my camera I will capture the best of you ! I will show you center London and some secret palces known only by Londoners.
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  • 4 hours
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007 Spies and Espionage Virtual Tour of London

007 Spies and Espionage Virtual Tour of London

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Listen carefully, I will only say this once. You are invited, civilian, to the height of charm, intrigue and debonair. To take part in a top secret tour of British espionage and high class spies in London, where nothing is as it seems. Join us as we embark (undercover, naturally) through London and learn about its rich history of treachery, subterfuge and infamous double agents.
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  • 1 hour
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4 Hour Tour Harry Potter Locations In London (With Private Guide)

4 Hour Tour Harry Potter Locations In London (With Private Guide)

Immerse yourself in Harry Potter fandom with this multi-stop private tour focused on the wizarding world's filming locations. With private round-trip transportation provided, it will be easy to squeeze lots of stops into just a half-day. You'll see the Platform 9 and 3/4 (Kings Cross Station), Diagon Alley (Leadenhall Market), and other famous sites.
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  • 4 hours
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Winston Churchill's London At War. A Private Walk Through Britain's Darkest Hour

Winston Churchill's London At War. A Private Walk Through Britain's Darkest Hour

Join your own expert Guide on a private tour that explores Winston Churchill's life and journey to becoming Britain's War Time leader. Starting with his Childhood home this flexible and personalized tour will go on to visit the most important buildings and sites relating to World War Two in London. From top secret MI5 and intelligence offices to the Head Quarters used by General Dwight D Eisenhower in the lead up to Dday. Many of the buildings key in WW2 planning and operations are now unmarked or used for non Government purposes, fortunately you will have a personal guide to share the hidden history and secrets from these buildings. The final destination on the tour is the Churchill War Rooms, the top secret bunker and Map Rooms perfectly preserved and frozen in time. All maps and room items are original. Your tour includes Fast Track Entry. Informative yet fun, and fully personalized for you by a 100% 5 star Reviewed Guide and Churchill Expert
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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London Police and Crime Walking Tour

London Police and Crime Walking Tour

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The 'London Police and Crime Walking Tour', is the only tour of it's type in London. My tour is an exclusive opportunity to hear about the history of the famous London Metropolitan Police. See the famous 'Scotland Yard'. Listen to first hand stories of crimes, villains and Police work from an officer with both Uniform and Detective service. As an experienced Tour Guide you can be assured you are in knowledgable, capable and experienced hands. Come along on the tour. You will not regret it.
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  • 2 hours
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$27.80
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Best of London Sightseeing Walking Tour for Kids and Families

Best of London Sightseeing Walking Tour for Kids and Families

Join this 3-hour Best of London kid-friendly tour and explore some of the British capital's most famous highlights while being thoroughly entertained along the way. A highly-qualified expert guide, with vast experience in leading tours for families with children, will lead you on a journey of discovery around the City of Westminster and the City of London, taking in a host of beautiful and iconic locations. Your guide will also enthrall you with the fascinating stories behind these world famous landmarks and make your experience a truly memorable one.
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  • 3 hours
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$85.17
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Private Churchill Walking Tour of London

Private Churchill Walking Tour of London

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Join us for our Churchill Tour of London. Learn about Britain's greatest Britain (as voted for by the British public in 2002) and how he led Britain and its empire to victory over the evils of fascism. Not only will you explore locations linked to Sir Winston Churchill, including his childhood home, you will also get to visit some of the finest shopping areas in London, Green Park which is home to some unusual wildlife, and several areas linked to royalty. Finishing at the Imperial War Museum's Churchill War Rooms (entry not included) the tour is for everyone from people curious about Britain's greatest war-time Prime Minister to people who are well versed in Churchillian history.
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  • 3 hours
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$190.38
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British Museum & London City Center Westminster Guided Tour - Private Tour

British Museum & London City Center Westminster Guided Tour - Private Tour

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History buffs will be delighted by this historical tour of London, including the highlights of the British Museum. Alongside your private guide, witness a Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace, and see iconic landmarks such as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Ensure you don’t miss the best of the British Museum on a guided tour of its 8 million-strong collection of artifacts. Private tour ensures undivided attention and the opportunity to customize your itinerary.   
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  • 5 hours to 5 hours 30 minutes
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$176.63
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Heathrow Layover Tours

Heathrow Layover Tours

From pickup at the airport to drop-off; you will be completely entertained and enjoy from the ultimate sightseeing experience from the comfort of a traditional Black Cab. What better way to spend time on your layover? On this classic tour you will see all the highlights of London with a private chauffeur; a London Black Cab Driver and qualified Tour Guide. You will see all the famous highlights of London and much more! Whilst you are guided by your Londoner Taxi Driver, you will lbe amazed, immerse yourself in London culture and fully experience the city's rich tapestry of history and culture. The tours can be customised to your personal interests; there is much to see and this package will offer you the all in one. Our London Black Cab Tours are the best sightseeing experiences to see all of London. Our guides have plenty of amazing knowledge with entertaining stories on all the landmarks and sights! You will tick everything off of the list and get the true London Experience
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  • 3 to 8 hours
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$528.10
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Private Sightseeing Tour in London the Greatest Capital

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Private Sightseeing Tour in London the Greatest Capital

A private tour in the comfort of an Iconic London Taxi is the best way to see the city. It will help you to identify how to make the most of your time in London. The tour is ideal tour for first time visitors, or those returning visitors who want to enjoy more. We provide a door to door service - Pick up and drop off can be arranged for any central London location. We will drive you to the sights, take you on short walks, immerse you in our culture and history. We will take you to places off the beaten track, that only locals know about. You will see the real London. We will tell you the stories of how London developed, how it functions and maybe even some royal gossip. We are qualified taxi guides. We know London like no other, we have all completed the famous 'Knowledge' examination of London's streets. In addition we are all retired New Scotland Yard Detectives, having worked & lived in London all our lives. This is the city that we know & love. Come on a tour with us!
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  • 4 hours
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$266.84
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$333.54
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London for Kids with Changing of the Guard, Westminster Abbey, Tower of London

London for Kids with Changing of the Guard, Westminster Abbey, Tower of London

During this full day tour, led by a qualified Blue Badge Guide, you will discover all the main highlights of London, as well as going into Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London, two of the city's most famous landmarks. Besides seeing some of London's best known attractions from outside, such as the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, St. Paul's Cathedral and many more iconic streets, palaces and squares, you will will also see the fascinating Changing of the Guards ceremony. This tour is aimed at families with children, and your guide will make sure that everyone is entertained and engaged during the itinerary, sharing with you incredible facts and stories about the history of London.
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  • 7 hours
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$506.06
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$506.06
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Harry Potter Kid-Friendly Walking Tour in London including Platform 9 3/4

Harry Potter Kid-Friendly Walking Tour in London including Platform 9 3/4

Guided by a Harry Potter enthusiast and highly experienced leader of tours with children, you will get the chance to relive some unforgettable moments from one of the most successful series of books and films ever while visiting a selection of famous locations in one of the most iconic cities in the world. Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square, the Millennium Bridge and Kings Cross Station all await you on this fantastic tour, perfect for Harry Potter fans young and old.
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  • 3 hours
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$240.77
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4 Hour Tour Harry Potter Locations In London (With Private Guide)

4 Hour Tour Harry Potter Locations In London (With Private Guide)

Every Harry Potter movie has scenes that were filmed in London. Locations range from Leadenhall Market (the entrance to Diagon Alley) through to Kings Cross Station (home of platform 9 3/4 and boarding point of the Hogwarts Express). As you can imagine, there are a lot of locations from the movies that you’ll find across the city, and our Blue Badge Guide will help you do just that! If a tour is cancelled 7 days or less before it is scheduled, 50% of the fee is payable. If the tour is cancelled within 48 hours of the scheduled start then the full fee is payable.
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  • 4 hours
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$504.89
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