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FAMILY LONDON TOUR CHOICE

Choose any three options to create your tour.
Choose any three options from the attractions listed below to make up your full-day family London tour.  The attractions are divided into three categories: educational (Westminster Abbey; St Paul’s Cathedral; Tower of London; Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre), cultural (Royal Stables; British Museum; Natural History Museum; Science Museum), and recreational (London Eye; London Zoo; Diana Memorial Playground; Battersea Park), allowing you to create a balanced itinerary using a combination of activities.  However, the final options are up to you… it’s your family choice!

Tour includes:

  • Personal qualified guide/driver-guide.
  • Tickets to attractions: These are usually pre-booked by us and charged at an attraction’s standard rate including any transaction fees.
  • Private guided tours of all attractions in your itinerary except where stated.
  • Tube travel tickets (if selecting the Tube option).
  • Tour vehicle, fuel costs, parking, taxes, tolls & local charges (if selecting the car option).

Tour does not include:

  • The cost of meals or refreshments.
  • Gratuities or tips to guide (at client’s discretion).
  • Pick-ups or transfers from outside central London (unless agreed at time of booking).

By ‘tube’ or by car?
We now offer two transport options for our Family London Tour Choice: by ‘tube’ (the Londoners’ nickname for the subway transit system) or by car. Below are five reasons why you may want to consider the tube over the car version:

  1. Cost-effective: typically, a family of four will save over £200.00 by booking the tube over the car option.
  2. Time-effective: the tube is usually a 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 via the 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. As the oldest and largest underground transit system in the world, it adds another dimension to the London visitor experience.

FAMILY LONDON CHOICE TOUR
PRICES & PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Description: day tour in London by ‘tube’ or car
    – conducted by accredited guide.
Meet: any central London address.
Typical timings: 8:30am-4:30pm.
Number of persons: up to 7.

Tour price by tube* (including travel tickets):
    1-2 = £400.00;  3 = £410.00; 4 = £420.00
    5 = £430.00;  6 = £440.00; 7 = £450.00.

Tour price by car*:
    1-2 = £605.00;  3-5 = £645.00; 6-7 = £680.00.

*Attraction tickets: for this tour we pre-book standard tickets and add them to your tour price.

WESTMINSTER ABBEY (EDUCATIONAL)
This family-friendly private guided tour visits one of the world’s greatest churches, the place where monarchs have been crowned for a thousand years, and a focus for royal events. Tales of kings and queens abound as your guide takes you through this gothic labyrinth. But there’s much more. In Scientists’ corner we discover the theorectical minds behind the discovery of gravity (Issac Newton), the theory of evolution (Charles Darwin), and ‘black holes’ (Stephen Hawking). In Poets’ corner we view the grave of the writer Charles Dickens, author of A Christmas Carol, and hear how he tried to help the poor children of Victorian London. We will also see famous school that adjoins the Abbey, where some of the past children weren’t always well-behaved, and discover the secret gardens that make up a peaceful sanctuary area.
Usually open Mon-Sat. Standard entry tickets pre-booked. Your guide will conduct the tour.

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ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL (EDUCATIONAL)
Family-friendly private guided tour of the Defiant Giant: Symbol of national pride, focus of London spirituality, and a glorious architectural masterpiece: 50 years to build, 300 years of history. Many important historical events have happened here, including royal weddings and the funerals of national heroes such as The Duke of Wellington, Lord Nelson and Winston Churchill. The impressive interior boasts fantastic decor, wonderful monuments, and an inside view of Sir Christopher Wren’s magnificent dome, which, if you are feeling energetic, may be climbed for a superb bird’s eye view of London. The acoustics can also be tested out in the famous ‘Whispering Gallery’. Down below in the crypt there are models of the church’s previous incarnations, history displays, a shop and a cafe. A major movie location, the church has been used in films such as Harry PotterSherlock Holmes and National Treasure.
Usually open Mon-Sat. Standard entry tickets pre-booked. Your guide will conduct the tour.

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TOWER OF LONDON (EDUCATIONAL)
Blood, Bling & Beefeaters! It’s ‘off with your head’ as this family-friendly private guided tour explores the Tower of London, London’s oldest building and a World Heritage site.  Officially known as Her Majesty’s Palace and Fortress, the original ‘Tower’ was built for William the Conqueror almost 1,000 years ago. As you will see, successive monarchs added their own defences over the years (to demonstrate their popularity!). This family-friendly tour touches on the tragic tale of Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII. You will discover he knew no bounds in his thirst for power. See also 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.
Usually open daily. Standard entry tickets pre-booked. Your guide will conduct the tour.

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SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE THEATRE (EDUCATIONAL)
Big ‘O’ tour: Faithful re-creation of the famous 16th century theatre down by the riverside, scene of the Bard’s greatest triumphs. The original Globe Theatre was built in 1598 on the south bank of the River Thames – a crucible of cultural flowering – and demolished in 1644. The New Globe was completed in 1997 by the American film producer, Sam Wanamaker (father of Harry Potter actress Zoe Wanamaker), and transformed the local area of Bankside. Queen Elizabeth II came here during the first season. With a capacity of 1,600 (900 seats), the reconstruction time lasted 14 years longer than the original, using the original plans and original materials: a wooden frame, a thatched roof, and not a single metal rivet! Described as a fusion of 3 ‘A’s: actors, audience and architecture, it’s a working open-air theatre, exhibition and tour with shops and restaurants. In 2013, a separate Jacobean-style theatre was built inside the complex.
● Usually open daily. Standard entry tickets pre-booked. Inhouse guides will conduct the tour. Your guide will accompany you providing additional commentary.

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CHANGING OF THE GUARD & ROYAL STABLES (CULTURAL)
This option offers a touch of royal spendour to the proceedings! The Changing of the Guard takes place 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 tradition, 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. Afterwards, there is a tour of the stables known as the ‘Royal Mews’ adjoining the side of Buckingham Palace. Here you can find out how all the Queen’s horses are looked after. This is a working stable for 30 royal horses and one may often catch them in action or being exercised. We also see the magnificent collection of royal cars and carriages, including the awesome Gold State Carriage.
Guard Change: June to July: daily; August to May: Sun, Mon, Wed & Fri. It does not take place in wet weather. If ceremony does not take place on the tour date, other tours will be extended. Your guide will conduct the tour.
Royal Mews usually open daily. Standard entry tickets pre-booked. Inhouse guides will conduct the tour.

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BRITISH MUSEUM (CULTURAL)
A family-friendly 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 Parthenon Sculptures (also known as 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.
Usually open daily. Free entry. Your guide will conduct the tour.

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NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM (CULTURAL)
A family-friendly private guided tour exploring Dinosaurs, Darwin & DNA! How’s this for a two-for-one offer? A tour of an architectural masterpiece AND the story of life on earth! This South Kensington museum was built on back of the success of the 1851 Great Exhibition, the first ever world fair held just half a mile away in Hyde Park.  Inside, amazing earth galleries tell the story of the world’s origins and its fate, with earthquake and volcano displays, while the silent zoo of stuffed animals is truly awesome. In addition, incredibly life-like animatronic dinosaurs will keep the kids quiet for a while! There is also a live ‘creepy-crawly’ area, plus reptile and bird displays too.  The ‘human being’ experience is particularly fascinating, complete with body-distorting mirrors. The recently-opened hands-on Darwin Centre is another bonus feature. Great for kids, fun and interactive.
Usually open daily. Free entry. Your guide will conduct the tour.

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SCIENCE MUSEUM (CULTURAL)
A family-friendly private guided tour of this South Kensington museum covering inventions, technology and the future. Themed display highlights include: ‘Modern World’: mankind’s most famous inventions; ‘Secret Life of the Home’: a fascinating display explaining how domestic gadgets and appliances work, such as the washing machine, toilet, fridge, thermostat, etc; ‘Challenge’: features environmental displays encouraging us to think green; ‘Flight’: superb displays of man’s attempt to conquer the air; ‘Launch Pad’: a physics experiment centre for kids of all ages; ‘Future’: a sinister darkened area where Science plays God in the form of genetic engineering and cloning. Creepy! Rail enthusiasts will get all steamy-eyed when they see the original locomotives Puffing Billy and Stephenson’s Rocket. Great for kids, fun and interactive. Loads of stuff for budding Einsteins.
Usually open daily. Free entry. Your guide will conduct the tour.

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DIANA MEMORIAL PLAYGROUND (RECREATIONAL)
Celebrating over 20 years as a place of kids’ enjoyment, this mini-wonderland opened in the year 2000, to commemorate the memory of the late Princess Diana. She brought up her own two sons, Princes William and Harry in their nearby Kensington Palace home. The site was built on an existing playground which had been inspired by local children’s writer JM Barrie (author of Peter Pan). Kids will expend loads of energy exploring the magical space and letting their imaginations soar. There are climbing frames, sandpits, slides, swings, teepees, and various toys and play sculptures; all set within an environment of trees and plants. The centrepiece is an amazing huge wooden pirate ship. While it is the parents’ or guardians’ responsibility to supervise their children, staff permanently monitor activities when open, with at least one member who is first aid qualified. There’s plenty of seating for adults and a cafe just outside the gate.
Usually open daily. Free entry. Your guide will accompany you providing commentary, practical advice, etc.

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BATTERSEA PARK (RECREATIONAL)
Just south of the river in Central London is Battersea Park which has for decades now, been a place for kids to have fun. Young ones are spoiled for choice with a multitude of play areas, including a state-of-the-art adventure playground complete with pirate ship. Nearby is Battersea Park Zoo. Here, children can get up close to the animals, and learn all about them from the family-friendly keepers. But there’s plenty more to keep the kids entertained. Up above is the adventurous forest experience ‘Go Ape’ where the more energetic and fearless can navigating their way through the treetops. Zip wires will bring you back down to earth! To relax, you can enjoy a walk in the Old English Garden or the Sub Tropical Gardens. You can also hire a pedal boat to take out on the lake.  There’s even a junior golf putting course. There are cafes and facilities dotted around to keep you refreshed and comfortable.
Usually open daily. Free entry. Your guide will accompany you providing commentary, practical advice, etc.

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LONDON ZOO (RECREATIONAL)
“We’re going to the zoo, zoo, zoo! How about you, you, you? You can come too, too, too. We’re going to the zoo, zoo, zoo!” The amazing history of this place stems from the fact that the original animals came from the Royal Menagerie at the Tower of London!  What animal tales: In 1843 the first keeper tried to charm a cobra. It bit him between the eyes and he died! What animal magic: The famous reptile house featured in the first Harry Potter movie. What animal fun: Kids will enjoy the children’s petting zoo and ‘hands-on’ insect house. Plus hippos and penguins, monkeys and giraffes, lions and tigers, and, oh so very smelly! The zoo is set in the magnificent open environment of Regent’s Park. There are plenty of places for relation and refreshment. There is also an opportunity , time permitting, of a canal boat ride on the nearby Regent’s canal.
Usually open daily. Standard entry tickets pre-booked. Your guide will accompany you providing commentary, practical advice, etc.

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LONDON EYE (RECREATIONAL)
Get ‘ around’ London with the city’s most popular paid-for visitor attraction. Indeed, the London Eye was recently voted the world’s most popular tourist attraction, attracting 3.75m visitors per year, more than the Pyramids of Egypt! But don’t worry about the queues, as line-busting fast-track tickets are always available. The world’s biggest and most famous observation wheel was erected to celebrate the Millennium. With engineering by the vehicle manufacturer, Skoda, it is 350ft high, turns at 1mph, and takes 30 minutes for a full rotation. There are 32 pods in total, the same number as there are London boroughs. With 26 people able to fit in a pod, the Eye can accommodate almost 1,700 people per hour. It offers unrivalled views of London. On board you can take in the vastness of the city. Kids can play the world’s biggest game of ‘I Spy’, and as a group you can be photographed as you ‘come in to land’. A few yards away, a kids’ playground presents an energy channel, while riverside diversions offer entertainment. A vibrant street-food market is also nearby.
Usually open daily. Fast-Track entry tickets pre-booked. Your guide will accompany you providing commentary, practical advice, etc.

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