Family London

FAMILY LONDON PRIVATE TOUR – BY CAR OR BY ‘TUBE’

We now offer a choice of two modes of transport for our Family London Tour, by private car or by ‘tube’. The ‘tube’ is the Londoners’ nickname for the subway transit system. Below are five reasons why you may want to consider the tube over the private car option, but the final decision is up to you.

  1. Cost-effective: the price for our typical Family London tour for 4 persons by private car is £560.00. The price by tube is £355.00 (including travel tickets). That’s a saving of over £200.00!
  2. Time-effective: the tube is usually the most rapid way to get around London, giving you more time to enjoy your tour. As London Transport advertising once proclaimed: ‘It’s quicker by Tube!
  3. Eco-friendly: travelling by tube is kinder to the environment. It’s healthier too, with a little more walking involved. Not too much walking, but enough to burn off some excess calories!
  4. Engaging: interact with London’s popular transit system, just like a local.
  5. Iconic: The tube is an attraction in itself. Not only is it the oldest and largest underground transit system in the world, it can add a fascinating dimension to the London visitor experience.

FAMILY LONDON PRIVATE TOUR – TYPICAL ITINERARY

INTRODUCTION
Your guide will meet you at your central London hotel, place of residence, or other agreed place at the specified time. Then, laugh, gasp and shake your head as your Family London Private Tour takes you through the sights, sounds and stories of one of the greatest cities in the world. For lunch, how about fish & chips in a traditional London pub?

TOWER OF LONDON & CROWN JEWELS
Blood, Bling & Beefeaters! It’s ‘off with your head’ as we explore the Tower of London, London’s oldest building and a World Heritage site. Officially known as Her Majesty’s Palace and Fortress but once described by Shakespeare as ‘The Slaughterhouse’. The original ‘Tower’ was built for William the Conqueror almost 1,000 years ago, and as you will see, successive monarchs added their own defences over the years (to demonstrate their popularity!). The guided tour touches on the tragic tale of Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII. You will discover his cruelty knew no bounds. See the awesome Crown Jewels, king of bling! Seek out the mysterious ravens. Smile with a superb photo opportunity in front of Tower Bridge. And hear how the famous Beefeaters, also known as the Yeoman Warders, with costumes designed in Henry’s reign, look after a London landmark simply drenched in history.

CHANGING OF THE GUARD AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE
All the Queen’s horses and all the Queen’s men in the kind of pomp that only London does best. Your guide will explain this centuries-old ceremony, run through the regiments that take part, regale you with regal tales, and, as the military band marches by, bag you the best spot for photos of this popular pageant of colour. (Specific days only.)

WESTMINSTER ABBEY
Crowning glory, focus for royal events, and one of the world’s greatest churches. This private guided tour visits the place where kings and queens have been crowned for a thousand years. Your guide will take you through a gothic labyrinth where you’ll discover the tombs of the legendary royal women of the past, such as the Virgin Queen, Bloody Mary and Mary Queen of Scots. See too, the magnificent Henry VII Chapel ceiling. In more recent times, the Abbey was the venue for the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Prince William’s grandparents, the Queen and Prince Philip, married here too, as did his great grandparents, George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. It was also the venue for the memorable funeral of Prince William’s mother Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997. Something of a national mausoleum, the Abbey is also the final resting places of Newton, Darwin and Dickens. (Not Sundays.)

BRITISH MUSEUM
A private guided tour of civilization’s hall of fame! The iconic British Museum was founded over 250 years ago in the academic heartland of London known as Bloomsbury. Recently remodelled, this independent institution prides itself on being the world’s first free public museum. Step into the Great Court and marvel at the magnificent glass roof. Below are the seven million objects that make up the greatest collection of antiquities in the world. This tour examines the Museum’s top 10 treasures from major world cultures. From Ancient Egypt, the Mummies, Statue of Ramesses and the famous Rosetta Stone. From Ancient Assyria, the sculptures of King Sargon’s Palace. From Ancient Greece, the Elgin Marbles. From the Pacific, the Easter Island Statues. From Britain, the Roman Vindolanda Tablets, the early Christian Hinton St Mary Mosaic, the Saxon Sutton Hoo Treasure, and the Viking Lewis Chessmen.

PANORAMIC HIGHLIGHTS
Typical drive-by sights and photo opportunities for the Family London Private Tour include: Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly, Pall Mall, St James’s Palace, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, London Eye, Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, St Paul’s Cathedral, London Bridge, Tower Bridge and the River Thames. Phew!

Note: The Family London Private Tour is subject to visitor attraction opening hours. The schedule may change accordingly and alternative attractions such as Churchill’s Bunker may be substituted.

FAMILY LONDON TOUR BY ‘TUBE’
PRICES & PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Description: day tour by transit system in London –
    conducted by accredited guide.
Number of passengers: up to 7.
Typical timings: 8:30am-4:30pm.
Meet: any central London hotel/agreed meeting point.
Price (based on number of people):
    1-2 = £325.00*;  3 = £345.00*; 4 = £355.00*
    5 = £365.00*;  6 = £375.00*; 7 = £385.00*.
*Including travel tickets but not including entry fees. For some attractions it may be necessary for us to book standard tickets in advance.

FAMILY LONDON TOUR BY PRIVATE CAR
PRICES & PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Description: day tour by private vehicle in London –
    conducted by accredited driver-guide.
Number of passengers: up to 7.
Typical timings: 8:30am-4:30pm.
Pick-up/drop-off: any central London hotel/residence.
Price (based on number of passengers):
    1-2 = £525.00*;  3-4 = £560.00*; 5-7 = £595.00*.
*Not including entry fees. For some attractions it may be necessary for us to book standard tickets in advance.