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City Streets Explorer
- 3-4 hours
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- *Approx package price
There's nothing more British than riding double-decker buses, walking along the Thames, eating afternoon tea, and drinking at old-school pubs. Do them all on this London tour that even throws some Harry Potter into the mix!
* Lift a gold bar at the Bank of England.
* Enjoy afternoon tea in the Crypt of St Paul's Cathedral.
* Ride one of the last remaining Routemaster buses.
* Browse the ornate Leadenhall Market
You can read a review of this tour by In London Guide who came on this adventure in August 2010.
What's included in this trip
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Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the trip.
Confirmation of booking
Once you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed and we'll see you at the starting point. Should you have any questions prior to this please email firstname.lastname@example.org .
A good pair of comfortable walking shoes is advisable. Obviously being London, wet weather gear is also useful.
Children must be between 6 and 11 years old inclusively. Children below 6 are not permitted on this day tour.
If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides and drivers a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid Urban Adventures destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour
Starting our London day tour at the doors to the National Gallery home of masterpieces such as Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, we explore the history of Trafalgar Square. Nelson’s column reveals its secrets and we share the controversial plans for the 4th plinth.
We then board an old Routemaster double decker bus. With only 2 routes remaining in London, this is real nostalgia with a conductor on board, and wire bells. Ding, ding! Next stop, St Pauls cathedral.
Wandering the streets that Dicken’s wrote about, only wide enough for a horse & cart, we emerge to see Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece…St.Paul's Cathedral. We descend to the café in the Crypt where a traditional afternoon cream tea is waiting for us. Fresh scones, with jam and whipped cream, to be washed down with a steaming pot of English tea! Yum! Please note that we do not enter the main sections of St.Paul’s cathedral on this London day tour.
Leaving through recently restored Paternoster Square, now home to the London Stock Exchange, we quickly weave through old church yards, and hidden backstreets.
We may be able to sneak up to a roof terrace for a great panoramic view of the City, before heading past the Mansion House, home to the Lord Mayor of London. Studying the Bank of England, we might be able to crack the safe or lift a real gold bar. Moving on from the historic centre, we encounter Richard Roger’s Lloyd’s building, Tower 42 and St.Mary’s Axe otherwise known as the “Erotic Gherkin.”
Turning back into beautiful Leadenhall Market, we can see the real life Diagon Alley from the Harry Potter movies. Heading downhill we pass Pudding Lane, where the Great Fire of London started and view the towering Monument left as a reminder of the tragedy.
Descending from London Bridge, we walk along the historic Thames, passing Old Billingsgate Market, HMS Belfast, Hays Galleria & City Hall. We enjoy amazing views of Tower Bridge, as we approach the Tower of London. Hear the history of the Tower and see Traitor’s Gate before we head into exclusive St.Katharine’s dock.
Home to million pound yachts and politicians, we finish our London day tour with a waterside drink at the 18th century Dicken’s Inn.
- Afternoon tea will consist of a pot of English tea, a scone, jam & cream (no posh cucumber sarnies or patisserie here)
- This tour only includes entrance into the Crypt at St.Paul's and not the main body of the church. There is not time on this tour to enter St.Paul's cathedral itself.- The Bank of England museum is only open during weekdays only. On the weekend we will enjoy more time at other locations
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