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St. James's Palace Tours

St. James's Palace
Commissioned by Henry VIII in 1531, St. James’s Palace served as principal royal residence for 300 years. Today, the official palace houses members of the wider royal household and is used for state events, ceremonies, and as royal offices. Much of the original Tudor brickwork remains, making it well worth a stop on a city tour.

The Basics
Admire the red-brick facade and tick off other local highlights on a walking tour, with themed itineraries available to suit all range of interests. If you’re pushed for time or feeling active, zip among landmarks including St. James’s Palace on a running or cycling tour, while more independent adventurers can take advantage of hop-on hop-off services or virtual guided tours to discover St. James’s Palace and the wider area at their own pace.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • St. James’s Palace interior and grounds are mostly off limits to the public, with the exception of the adjacent Queen’s Chapel and Clarence House.
  • The palace is popular with history buffs, architecture enthusiasts, and fans of the modern royal family.
  • As it’s not possible to go inside, a coat or umbrella is useful during the rainy months.
  • The area’s wide paths and flat surfaces are mostly wheelchair-friendly.

How to Get There
Green Park and St. James’s Park are the nearest underground stations, each around a 10-minute walk away. Green Park station is also served by bus numbers 8, 9, 14, 19, 22, and 38, as well as hop-on hop-off services. As you’re unlikely to spend more than 15 minutes admiring the structure, it’s worth taking advantage of tours offering round-trip transfer to optimize your time.

When to Get There
Clarence House, the official residence of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, adjoins St. James’s Palace and opens to visitors each August. Visitors can also attend Sunday service in the Queen’s Chapel, which was once part of the palace and now lies just on the other side of Marlborough Road.

A Tale of Two Palaces
In 1762, King George III was concerned that St. James’s Palace was too small for his new family. He and his wife moved to neighboring Buckingham House, where 14 of their 15 children were born. The house was later developed into a palace by his sons. However, it was only when his great-granddaughter, Queen Victoria I, came to the throne that Buckingham Palace became the iconic royal residence that we know today, which is open to visitors every summer.
Address: Marlborough Rd., London SW1A 1BS, England
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The Original Tour London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

The Original Tour London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

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See the best of London without the stress of rigid tour times and massive crowds on this hop-on hop-off bus tour. With your flexible pass, hop aboard the double-decker, open-top bus for a comfortable sightseeing excursion. Great for kids and adults, your pass offers multiple route options with stops at main attractions like Big Ben, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and more. Bonus features include a free city walking tour, a Thames River cruise, and local discounts.
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  • 2 hours
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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 free walking tour and a Thames River cruise.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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$45.80
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Changing of the Guard Guided Walking Tour in London

Changing of the Guard Guided Walking Tour in London

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Get up close to the iconic Royal Guards on this interactive walking tour of London. Learn about London’s royal heritage as you pass sights like Pall Mall, the Duke of York Column, the Royal Society and Marlborough House, then enjoy a prime view of the famous Changing of the Guards ceremony. Not only do you see the military bands and marching guards, you also get to march alongside the Old Guard, as they head from St. James Palace to Wellington Barracks.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$24.79
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$24.79

3.5-Hour Small-Group Food Tasting Tour of Royal London

3.5-Hour Small-Group Food Tasting Tour of Royal London

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Discover London’s royal heritage and sample traditional English specialties on this 3.5-hour food tasting tour. Take a walking tour of the Royal Parks, Piccadilly Circus, and St James Palace; watch the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace; and enjoy cheese tasting, afternoon tea, and other British favorites.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$92.52
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Full Day Private London Taxi Sightseeing Experience

Full Day Private London Taxi Sightseeing Experience

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Discover the highlights of London with efficiency and style when booking your own private driver-guide to explore the English capital. Travel in a traditional black cab to attractions including Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard ceremony, and Westminster Abbey. With your own dedicated transportation and insightful guide, you can take in more sights without the hassles of navigating the busy streets on your own.
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  • 7 hours
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Private Walking tour London, Buckingham Palace to Big Ben and much more

Private Walking tour London, Buckingham Palace to Big Ben and much more

This action-packed private walking tour of London is the ideal experience for travelers with limited time. You’ll save time and see multiple top London attractions in one day, including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, The Houses of Parliament, and Trafalgar Square. By going on a walking tour, you’ll visit places on foot that can’t be reached by car or bus. Your tour will be enhanced with guide commentary about London’s highlights, as well as insider tips.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes to 4 hours
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London City Center Westminster Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

London City Center Westminster Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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Gain a better understanding of London’s history, which stretches back to Roman times, on this walking tour of the city. Follow your guide around as he or she tells you interesting facts and tidbits about the past, and stop by well-known places, such as the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, 10 Downing Street, and Trafalgar Square. Numbers are limited to eight people on this small-group tour, ensuring you spend an intimate day with a small group of like-minded history buffs.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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The London Eye with London Hop-on Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

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The London Eye with London Hop-on Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

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See London from the streets, water, and sky with this great-value package that lets you explore London at your own pace. Easily reach top sights without spending a fortune on cab fare with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket valid for 1, 2, or 3 days. You’ll also get an aerial view of the city aboard the London Eye giant observation wheel and glide past Parliament and Big Ben on a Thames River cruise.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace Guided Tour - Private Tour

Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace Guided Tour - Private Tour

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Watch one of London's most traditional events—the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace—on a private walking tour. You'll see and learn about this longstanding ritual with a private guide, who leads you through central London so you don't have to worry about navigating the crowds on your own.
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  • 2 hours
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$86.90
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Royal London Private Walking Tour

Royal London Private Walking Tour

If you’re fascinated by the royals, there’s no better way to follow in their footsteps than a private walking tour. See St. James’s Palace, Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, and Kensington Palace, and stroll the Mall. View the memorials of Princess Diana and Prince Albert, and so much more. For the full experience, upgrade to include afternoon tea at Kensington Palace.
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  • 3 hours
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$178.77
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British Museum & London City Center Westminster Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

British Museum & London City Center Westminster Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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The British Museum is one of the UK’s largest and most visited museums, chronicling over two million years of human history. Make the most of your visit on this small-group tour, then marvel at London’s historic monuments on a guided walking tour, including Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, and the Houses of Parliament.
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  • 5 hours to 5 hours 30 minutes
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The Original Tour - London by Night with River Cruise

The Original Tour - London by Night with River Cruise

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Experience the city as the sun begins to set and London lights up around you. A non-stop tour combining a live guided bus tour and a river cruise. A great tour to rediscover the city under a new light, the best of London by bus and boat. The city bursts into life at night and London looks spectacular with twinkling lights cutting through the darkness. Watch the city come alive as the sun sets and as famous monuments such as the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye light up. From the comfort of the top deck, to a tranquil seat on the river, don’t miss out on the perfect night experience. Some of the landmarks on our night tour include: Buckingham Palace, Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower of London and many more.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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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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Amazing Buckingham Palace, St James's Palace, Hampton Court Palace Private Tour

Amazing Buckingham Palace, St James's Palace, Hampton Court Palace Private Tour

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During this full-day private tour, you’ll visit three historic palaces belonging to Britain’s royal family. Listen to personalized commentary as you get a first-hand peek at Buckingham Palace—or perhaps even the iconic Changing of the Guards. Then, head by train to Hampton Court Palace, the stunning one-time residence of Henry VIII, William III, and George II. Other sights include Green Park and St. James's Palace.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$536.29
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The St James to Mayfair Walk: The Swinging 1660s to the 1960s

The St James to Mayfair Walk: The Swinging 1660s to the 1960s

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A fascinating walk from St James to Carnaby Street. We will start our journey in Green Park and hear why an event here caused an 18th century three hour traffic jam on London Bridge. We will also find out why there are no flowers in Green Park. We will walk past St James Palace, where King Charles spent his last night before his execution. We will visit London's old wine and spirits shop. We will see where Texas fearing an invasion set up a ligation. We will see St James Square, one of London's oldest squares. We will see a number of Gentlemens clubs. And one that still in the 21st century has a No Women policy. We will then visit St James Church and Burlington Arcade. Here we will see the Beadles, the oldest police force in the world. We will hear why whistling is banned, unless you are a certain pop legend! We will visit Savlle Row and hear about Churchill's unpaid tailors bill. We will also see where the Beatles played their final gig on a rooftop in January 1969.
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  • 2 to 30 minutes
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$17.17
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VIP London:Walks Changing of the Guard Rock 'n' Roll Jack the Ripper & Hard Rock

VIP London:Walks Changing of the Guard Rock 'n' Roll Jack the Ripper & Hard Rock

See some of London's top highlights—the Changing of the Guard, St. James' Palace, Buckingham Palace, and others—on this whirlwind 90-minute tour. During your walking tour, you'll listen to in-depth guided commentary on London's history and culture, learning a lot more about the city than you would simply exploring on your own. After your tour, you'll get to skip the line at the London's Hard Rock hotel for an included meal.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$81.50
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$81.50

Fascinating Private Walking Tour of St James' & Mayfair with a qualified guide

Fascinating Private Walking Tour of St James' & Mayfair with a qualified guide

Visit two of London's glitziest districts—St. James' and Mayfair—and see where the British royals and other glamorous London residents shop and dine. See landmarks like St. James' Palace, Shepherd Market, and St. James' Park during this half-day walking tour and enjoy the variety that these neighborhoods have to offer. Window-shop in the elegant windows that line the streets and hear fascinating stories about the royals and English aristocrats through the years.
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  • 3 hours to 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$181.39
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Private Walking Tour of St James', London's Royal Village with a qualified guide

Private Walking Tour of St James', London's Royal Village with a qualified guide

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Follow the path of the British monarchy on a tour of St. James’s Park, known as London’s ‘Royal Village’ thanks to the ring of palaces surrounding this leafy retreat. Hear what goes on inside Buckingham Palace and other regal residences, and window shop at exclusive boutiques favored by the royal family. A top-rated guide reveals that there’s much more than meets the eye in this ritzy enclave.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$181.39
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Bike Tour of London

Bike Tour of London

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Bicycles are the best way to see London. With us, you only pay to rent a bike, at the cheapest rate in London (£4 an hour)
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  • 3 hours
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$14.30
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$14.30

Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey Walking Tour

Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey Walking Tour

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A great way for you to explore a part of London if you are limited for time and want to see some of the major sites. You can forgo your research and be lead by a qualified tour guide. Soak up the fascinating history associated with each iconic building such as Buckingham Palace, Clarence House (home of Prince Charles & Camilla) and Whitehall which is the location of many of the government buildings. You'll find out the history of some of the most important events that occurred in the Palace of Westminster, and the Kings and Queens who resided in the Palaces. This tour will give you the opportunity to get those must have photos for your social media pages.
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  • 2 hours
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$32.62
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London in one day! See the main 30+ sights. Small group walking tour

London in one day! See the main 30+ sights. Small group walking tour

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You will have a fun guided tour of the 30+ most famous sights in London and also see the striking display of the Changing of the Queen’s Life Guard. Along the way your expert guide will make history come alive with entertaining, informative, and thoroughly gripping tales about life in London. We start in historic Covent Garden, then on to Trafalgar Square. We watch the dazzling display of the Changing of the Queen’s Lifeguards. We walk down the world famous Mall to St James’s Palace, Buckingham Palace, beautiful St James’s Park, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. There will be plenty of time for photos and even…to see a few Harry Potter filming locations! We then hop on the underground to London Bridge where we visit Borough Market for lunch, Shakespeare’s Globe, Tower Bridge, Southwark Cathedral, Tate Modern, and St Paul’s Cathedral. Join us on this walk and be captivated by the tradition, history, and colour of the city's famous 30+ sights.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$55.77
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Heavenly Walking Tour With A Twist

Heavenly Walking Tour With A Twist

Welcome to Iheartlondontours’ heavenly walking tour to be enjoyed by all! The tour will start at Charing Cross Station and you’ll be visiting all of London’s most famous landmarks. Starting at Trafalgar Square with the National Gallery, where you’ll see just how much of Britain’s most famous paintings are religiously influenced. Then you’ll be continuing to see more main landmarks including; Leicester Square, Chinatown and St James’ Palace. Later on at Buckingham Palace and St James’ Park we’ll explore the religious history behind the monarch and The Church of England. The main event will be the visit to Westminster’s most famous churches including; Westminster Abbey and the sacred St Martin’s Church where hopefully you’ll see the chiming of the bells. The tour will end at the London Eye where you can either choose to continue experiencing London privately or enjoy a small lunch with your guide to discuss anything else you would like to know about London and it’s Locals.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$18.58
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The Crown: A Private Royal London Walk

The Crown: A Private Royal London Walk

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Immerse yourself in the royal history of London, admire famous landmarks and enjoy a march along The Mall with the Queen’s Guards on this private, off-the-beaten-path tour. Discover quaint streets, beautiful parks, and the secrets of the British Royal family. We stay away from the crowds by walking through alleyways and side streets whilst hearing tales of monarchs from medieval to modern times and enjoying a delicious cup of tea. Highlights: - Stories of Buckingham Palace, the Queen's London residence - An intimate spot to watch the Guard Change - Exterior views of Westminster Abbey and Big Ben - A visit to ancient stores that hold Royal Warrants – learn where the Royals shop! - A stroll around St. James’s Park, a green Royal oasis - The history of St. James’s Palace, a Tudor gem built by Henry VIII for Anne Boleyn - The secrets of Kensington Palace, William and Kate's home - Stunning architecture from the times of Victoria and Albert A perfect off the beaten path walk!
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$171.62
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$171.62
Price varies by group size
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Private Day Tours in London

Private Day Tours in London

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The day tour will start at 10.30am at Charing Cross Underground station. I’ll start by showing you all the main attractions in London’s famous Westminster through an amazing walking tour. We’ll be seeing sights such as; Trafalgar Square, National Gallery, St James’ Palace and Park, Buckingham Palace, Churchill War Rooms, Westminster Abbey and the iconic London Eye. Afterwards you’ll enjoy a short brunch break and at a British cuisine. Afterwards I’ll take you to go and explore other famous parts of London including St paul’s Cathedral, Tate Modern Gallery, Tower Bridge and London Bridge while teaching you all the hidden tips and tricks of London. you’ll spend this time touring and exploring the best shopping centres, children’s play areas, pubs and party hangouts. Finally, we’ll end the tour at 4.30pm with a café trip where you’ll experience Britain’s classic popular treats and drinks In the end, on this day you'll get a tour guide, teacher, local expert but also a new friend.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$143.55
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