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Thames River Tours

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Flowing right through the heart of central London, the Thames River offers a dramatic backdrop to the city's famous skyline with landmarks lining its shores. Walk along the riverfront from Westminster to Tower Bridge and you'll pass London icons such as the London Eye, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London, St Paul's Cathedral, Southbank, Shakespeare's Globe, and the London Bridge.

The Basics
A boat ride along the Thames River is a quintessential London experience, with popular choices including city cruises, afternoon tea or dinner options, RIB (rigid-inflatable boat) excursions, London duck tours, and hop-on hop-off boat tours. Many Thames River tours even run all the way to Greenwich, passing Canary Wharf, Waterloo, and Cutty Sark.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • It can get chilly, especially at night, so bring warm clothing if traveling on an open-air boat.
  • Most boat cruises are wheelchair accessible, but it’s best to check in advance.
  • Other boat tours operating on the river include the Thames Clippers and River Roamers ferries, London showboats, and the Tate-to-Tate boat, linking the Tate Modern with the Tate Britain.

How to Get to the Thames River
It's impossible to miss the River Thames on any sightseeing tour in London—it runs right through the center of the city, with cruises typically leaving from Embankment, Westminster Pier, or Greenwich Pier. The river meanders for 215 miles (346 km) from the Cotswolds in the west, through Oxford and London, all the way to the coast at Southend-On-Sea.

When to Get There
Thames River cruises run regularly all year round, but for the most atmospheric views, opt for a sunset sightseeing cruise or a night cruise. And for an unforgettable holiday experience, book a Christmas cruise to admire the waterfront illuminations, or take in a spectacular view of fireworks and festivities on a New Year cruise.

Where to Find the Best Views of the River Thames
Look out along the Thames as you walk over the Millennium Bridge, admire the waterway and city skyline from the hilltops of Greenwich Park, or relax in a riverfront pub in neighborhoods such as Kew, Putney, or Richmond. For an aerial view, head to the top of The Shard, London's tallest building; ride the London Eye; or soar overhead on a helicopter tour.
Address: London, England
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SEA LIFE London Aquarium with Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River CruiseBus Tours

SEA LIFE London Aquarium with Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

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Perfect for first-time visitors to London, this multi-part package includes many of the city’s key sightseeing experiences. Begin with a hop-on hop-off bus tour: with your 24-, 48-, or 72-hour passes, you can catch it where and when you wish. You’ll also enjoy entry to the SEA LIFE London Aquarium, will see London from the water’s edge on a Thames river cruise, and can join a free walking tour.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • Free Cancellation
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Hero and Superhero Film Walk of LondonFull-day Tours

Hero and Superhero Film Walk of London

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Follow in the footsteps of James Bond, Jack Ryan, Wonder Woman, and other onscreen action stars on this 2.5-hour, film-locations walking tour of London. With a film-buff guide, you’ll visit filming locations from Blockbuster movies such as Wonder Woman, Edge of Tomorrow, Batman Begins, Mission Impossible 6 and Fantastic Four. Pass famous London sights, including the British Museum, Somerset House, Trafalgar Square, and Big Ben, as you hear insider gossip and behind-the-scenes trivia along the way.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Harry Potter In London Movie Site Locations (Private Half Day Tour)Half-day Tours

Harry Potter In London Movie Site Locations (Private Half Day Tour)

What’s better than a Harry Potter tour in London? A tour with a guide who’s a Harry Potter fanatic. It gets better. Think ALL the London movie locations used in ALL 8 movies. J.K.Rowling fan-club, friends and family, brush up your memoirs of magic, witchcraft and wizardry before hopping on to our black cab. It’s no Hogwarts Express, but we’ll get close to mixing potions and playing with props. Chances are you may even fly off on a broom (in your dreams, that is). What we promise? * Stop for photo shoot at ‘Platform 9 ¾’ * Step into the ‘Leaky Cauldron’ like Harry and Hagrid in Diagon Alley * Check out ‘Gringotts Wizarding Bank’ * Follow route of the ‘Knight Bus’ across the River Thames and around those windy streets. * Walk over the Brockdale Bridge * Browse in Borough Market, home of the ‘Third Hand Bookshop’ Not stoked enough? We have a longer ‘The Oxford ‘Harry Potter’ Day Excursion’. Extra movie locations in Oxford or a visit to the Warner Brothers Studio Tour? Pick your poison.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Light Up London Private Night Tour (Central London Pick Up)Bus Tours

Light Up London Private Night Tour (Central London Pick Up)

London by day is glorious. London by night is glorious and glittering. Can you afford to miss out on those hypnotic nocturnal views? BCHT’s cabbies proudly partner with London’s massive Illuminated River Project to showcase London all lit-up like a Christmas tree. Even outside of the holiday season. Don’t forget your shades. On both our tour options, you get to see the first 4 bridges that will launch Illuminated River. When the art project is complete, it will light up 15 bridges along 2.3  miles of the river. Thames is the star - so many fantastic views from bridges. Stop at the famous Tower Bridge and London Bridge, apart from three others. Blinkers glued and ears on alert for amusing anecdotes about Illuminated River, tidbits on the architecture of the bridges and social history of the diverse communities living along the banks. Finally chew on this. London’s taxi trade expanded historically alongside the pace of the River Thames crossings? This one’s close to our heart.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours
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Light Up London Private Night Tour (Tower Hill Tube Station Pick Up)Bus Tours

Light Up London Private Night Tour (Tower Hill Tube Station Pick Up)

London by day is glorious. London by night is glorious and glittering. Can you afford to miss out on those hypnotic nocturnal views? BCHT’s cabbies proudly partner with London’s massive Illuminated River Project to showcase London all lit-up like a Christmas tree. Even outside of the holiday season. Don’t forget your shades. On both our tour options, you get to see the first 4 bridges that will launch Illuminated River. When the art project is complete, it will light up 15 bridges along 2.3  miles of the river. Thames is the star - so many fantastic views from bridges. Stop at the famous Tower Bridge and London Bridge, apart from three others. Blinkers glued and ears on alert for amusing anecdotes about Illuminated River, tidbits on the architecture of the bridges and social history of the diverse communities living along the banks. Finally chew on this. London’s taxi trade expanded historically alongside the pace of the River Thames crossings? This one’s close to our heart.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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London's Darkest Hour (Private Half Day Tour)Half-day Tours

London's Darkest Hour (Private Half Day Tour)

Left spellbound by the 2017 blockbuster ‘Darkest Hour’? Repeat the experience offscreen, with our new London tour. The movie bagged 6 nominations for Academy Awards and an Oscar for Best Actor Oldman. Our latest adaption will have you waxing eloquent too. Travel back to 1940 in a time machine (in one of our traditional London Black Cabs, which doubled up as fire engines in the World War 2). Your Private Driver Guide, an enthusiastic war historian, storms you through the violence of ‘The Blitz’. Feel the jitters as you visualise Nazi Germany threatening Western Europe and Great Britain’s very existence. Follow in the footprints of Winston Churchill and trace the turn of events from that unsettling era at Westminster and Whitehall. For an apt closure to a war-themed tour, pick Churchill War Rooms, Imperial War Museum or Warship HMS Belfast. Leave the headache of pre-ordering and pre-paying for skip-the-line tickets to our concierge team, while you have the time of your life.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Private Windsor Day Excursion (from London)Day Trips

Private Windsor Day Excursion (from London)

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Just 60 minutes from Central London into the wow-wonderland of Windsor-on-Thames. The Queen of England has made it her home…and yes, it’s worth all the fuss. We stop at Runnymede Field where King John signed the Magna Carta in 1215, the big daddy of constitutions worldwide At Windsor, your day is pretty well chalked out. A guided walking tour, followed by a caffeine fix at an atmospheric English cafe, and jaw-dropping moments at the official residence of Her Majesty. There’s still St. George’s Chapel, tombs of many of English Kings and Queens, and the venue of the celeb-wedding of Harry and Meghan. A lunch table at a relaxing riverside restaurant or maybe you prefer a traditional afternoon tearoom with chintzy china in the village? Free time to visit Eton College, where 13 British Prime Ministers and Princes William and Harry studied, enjoy some shop browsing, or stroll along the River Thames. Useful tip. Save the hassle of long lines by pre-ordering Castle tickets with us.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 7 hours
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Bond with 007 in London - A spy mysteries tour ‘Licensed to Thrill’Half-day Tours

Bond with 007 in London - A spy mysteries tour ‘Licensed to Thrill’

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London without espionage is like tea without cake. Deceit woven in political conspiracies, thrilling car chases, gadget workshops spewing crazy innovations and double agents with looks to kill. So if you're a die-hard fan of Ian Fleming, this tour's “For Your Eyes Only”. Ride the mean streets of London and be part of a glorious 55-year legacy of spy thrillers. Relive your favourite spy flicks and their lead characters with an accredited London Private Driver Guide who's a pro at the 007 theme. Your mission ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’, should you choose to accept, is to step into the shoes of Connery, Lazenby, Moore, Dalton, Brosnan and Craig with your very own Special Agent. Snoop in on many mystery locations with fact-filled commentary and stand-up presentations. Prowl around the real-life world of secret service on Westminster, Whitehall, Downing St, National Gallery. Get closer to the fictional legend that is James Bond. Play out your fantasy because “You Only Live Once”..
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  • 4 hours
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Private Full Day London Tour with Tower of London, London Eye with River CruiseDay Trips

Private Full Day London Tour with Tower of London, London Eye with River Cruise

This is a Full day 8 hours tour of London , will take you on a historical journey through London's major sightseeing's with required photo stops as per your choice, The major attraction along with Panoramic London will be : change of guard, Tower of London, River Cruise and a flight of London Eye.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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English Culture, Science, Sports, One Week English Language Course in LondonLanguage Classes

English Culture, Science, Sports, One Week English Language Course in London

Our London short term package programs involving science, art, culture, sports, fashion, trade, finance and fun, include 15-hours of active English Training in our language school which received the award for the best language school in London in 2015, and through which we host our students with English host families. In the programs, our students are accompanied for 24 hours, we include a different West End Musical every year; we integrate our students with socio-cultural life of the city. Our program includes visits to the most important attractions of London such as Petticoat Lane, Holborn, Covent Garden, Buckingham Palace, St. James's Park, Downing Street No:10, Trafalgar Square, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Marble Arch, Hyde Park, St.Serpentine Lake, Knightsbridge, Harrods, Thames River, London Eye, Royal Festival Hall, London Dungeon and many many more.
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  • 8 days
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Whisky Adventure with a ScotsmanHalf-day Tours

Whisky Adventure with a Scotsman

Let's explore some great London pubs as we go on our scotch adventure! Learn how whisky in Scotland was first produced, who started making it, the illicit trade and what made it the drink it is today. Discover the different whisky producing areas of Scotland and learn how each has it's own particular history and taste profile. Don't worry though the experience is also about enjoying a drink and friendship as well as some history and facts! Find out if you prefer Lowlands, Speyside or maybe you're a fan of the smoky Islay's? Each person will be given a whisky tasting map to take notes if they wish. Don't worry if you have a friend or partner that wants to join in but whisky isn't their thing. In the pub they can exchange their included whisky for a beer or wine!
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  • 3 hours
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Private Guided Walk of London with Thames River CruiseHalf-day Tours

Private Guided Walk of London with Thames River Cruise

Infusing gorgeous architecture, fascinating history and the relaxation and serenity of a river cruise, this tour covers London’s most unmissable sites in a comfortable 3 hours. You'll begin outside the notorious Tower of London, a 1000 year old royal fortress on the banks of the Thames. Enjoy expert narration and storytelling by your guide, hear of the executions that took place here and learn about Kings’ and Queens’ who lived and died within its walls Next embark on a beautiful 45 minute river cruise through the heart of London. See some of London’s most beautiful palaces, cathedrals, bridges and buildings as you make your way upstream Disembark at Westminster and explore London’s governmental quarter, walking past the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey at your own pace. Discover where Prince William and Kate Middleton were married while your guide tells you stories about royal splendour and scandal alike. Slowly amble through the Royal Parks to Buckingham Palace
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Royal London ExperienceCultural Tours

Royal London Experience

London is a city enriched with culture and history, meaning there is so much to see and experience on your vacation. This incredible all in one London experience gives you the opportunities to maximise your time in London, allowing you to see many of the city’s top attractions with an expert guide. We begin this tour in the royal section of London, where we will see Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and St James’ Palace. Then we will take a relaxing stroll through the beautiful St James Park, onto the Horse guards Parade ground where you can witness the iconic Change of the Guard ceremony. After we have witnessed the ceremony we will head to the River Thames. Here you will cruise past the Globe Theatre, Tate Modern and London Bridge to our final destination, The Tower of London. Your guide will give you some history of the Tower, and then give you your skip the line tickets. You can enter the Tower alone, where you can witness the free Beefeater tour of the Tower.
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  • 2 hours 45 minutes
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The Original Tour London: Kids Tour Kid-Friendly

The Original Tour London: Kids Tour

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Even the thought of taking a family bus tour of London can be enough to fill you with worry, especially when you have young children to entertain. You want them to see as much as possible and learn all about the city but probably dread the phrases ‘I’m bored’ or ‘I need a wee’. That’s why we’ve created an open top bus tour especially for kids which is the perfect introduction to central London. Our 45-minute non-stop tour passes major landmarks and we have a live guide on-board to tell stories about the history and culture of the city on this fun London tour. If you are searching for the best London tours for families, this might just tick all of the boxes, especially if you’re visiting London during the school holidays.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 45 minutes
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Thames Lunch Cruise with 2-Course MealWater Tours

Thames Lunch Cruise with 2-Course Meal

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Partake in a unique sightseeing excursion on this delightful lunch cruise along the Thames River. See the best of London’s riverside attractions on a cruise from Tower Pier to Westminster. Stroll the deck, savor a delectable 2-course meal, and admire great views of the London Eye, the Tower of London and more. An onboard bar offers additional drink options for spicing up your afternoon (own expense).
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Thames River Jazz and Dinner CruiseDay Cruises

Thames River Jazz and Dinner Cruise

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Watch the Thames River light up at night on a dinner cruise with live jazz. Kick-off your night with a glass of sparkling wine as you glide into the current, and spot the iconic Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, the London Eye, and Tower of London. Enjoy jazz classics along with swing and Latin tunes, then relax over a 3-course dinner in a heated cabin. Savor dishes like cheese and charcuterie, chicken escalope, and rich berry cheesecake, with plenty of time to take in the sights between courses.
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New Year's Eve Eclipse Cruise Day Cruises

New Year's Eve Eclipse Cruise

Toast the New Year in style as you watch the spectacular London fireworks from the water. Set sail for an unforgettable 3-hour cruise through the heart of London and admire the iconic city skyline glittering with festive illuminations. Tuck into delicious canapés, enjoy live music and DJs, and take to the dance floor as you glide down the River Thames. Finally, raise a glass of champagne as you countdown to midnight and marvel at the dazzling fireworks raining down over Big Ben and the London Eye.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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The London Showboat Dinner Cruise on the Thames RiverHalf-day Tours

The London Showboat Dinner Cruise on the Thames River

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Enjoy a memorable evening of food, wine, and entertainment on this showboat dinner cruise on the Thames River in London. Feast on a 4-course dinner aboard your sightseeing boat as you sail past London attractions such as the Tower of London, the London Eye, and Tower Bridge, all illuminated at night. While you eat and admire the sights, enjoy live entertainment from a cabaret singer, and, if you wish, take to the dance floor.
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Stonehenge Express Half Day Tour with London Hop-on-Hop-off TourBus Tours

Stonehenge Express Half Day Tour with London Hop-on-Hop-off Tour

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With a $35-million visitor center tailored to the independent traveler, you really don’t need a guide to visit the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge. Save time and money with a handy shuttle service direct from central London, complete with interactive map and audio tour. The next day, explore the city at your leisure with a 24-hour hop-on hop-off bus ticket including commentary in 11 languages.
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  • 6 to 10 hours
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London In One Day Private Car TourFull-day Tours

London In One Day Private Car Tour

Discover the very best of London in just eight hours on a private sightseeing tour. The excursion is perfect for travelers who want to see everything, but are short on time. A personal Mercedes E or V class vehicle chauffeurs you to the city’s most iconic landmarks. See the crown jewels at the Tower of London, watch the changing of the guard outside Buckingham Palace, experience the excitement of Trafalgar Square, and much more.
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  • 8 hours
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Hop-On Hop-Off Pass: The Painted Hall and Thames Clippers River Roamer Sightseeing Passes

Hop-On Hop-Off Pass: The Painted Hall and Thames Clippers River Roamer

Enjoy two essential London experiences in one when you book this combination sightseeing package. Your purchase includes round-trip tickets on the Thames Clippers: a fleet of high-speed catamarans that glide regularly down the Thames. Admire the riverside scenery before disembarking at Greenwich, where you can visit the Painted Hall: often called “the UK’s answer to the Sistine Chapel,” the remarkable landmark is part of the Maritime Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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  • 16 hours
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PRIVATE THAMES BARRIER BUBBLE EXPERIENCE TO/FROM EMBANKMENT PIER - 75 minutes Jet Boating

PRIVATE THAMES BARRIER BUBBLE EXPERIENCE TO/FROM EMBANKMENT PIER - 75 minutes

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Are you an adrenaline junkie? Then this high-speed PRIVATE Thames river RIB experience cruise tour is tailor made for you! London will truly come alive and kicking with the fastest, most exciting River Thames cruise you could ever experience.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Best of Greenwich and St Paul's Cathedral Guided TourFull-day Tours

Best of Greenwich and St Paul's Cathedral Guided Tour

Take a stroll through London’s captivating history on this walking day trip to some of the city’s most notable landmarks. You’ll also get to cruise along the Thames! Highlights of the day: * Visit some of London’s most historical buildings * See what’s inside St Paul’s Cathedral * Cruise along the Thames on our River Thames Boat Ride * Discover the Royal Observatory in Greenwich * Free time to find a great spot for lunch
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  • 9 hours
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The Spirit of London on Christmas Eve with Complimentary Lunch PackChristmas

The Spirit of London on Christmas Eve with Complimentary Lunch Pack

Discover the most entrancing aspects of London this Christmas with a remarkable and extensive day out. Enjoy a panoramic tour of London’s celebrated landmarks and view the colourful ceremony of the Changing of the Guard**, an unforgettable experience. Bask in the magnificence of St. Paul’s Cathedral followed by a complimentary lunch pack. See the magnificent Tower of London (entry not included) before taking to the water on a river Thames boat ride.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
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