Classic London Tour - Brexit

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

We now offer a choice of two modes of transport for our Classic 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 Classic 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.

CLASSIC 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 Classic 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.)

CHURCHILL’S WAR BUNKER
Winston Churchill was the British Prime Minister during World War Two, and here, in his underground HQ, that terrible conflict is brought to life. This series of underground war rooms was completed just before the outbreak of war, accommodating map rooms, cipher rooms, switchboards and emergency living quarters used for the entire 1,562 nights of the war. From here, many of Churchill’s great speeches were broadcast. Almost all his directives and instructions were dictated in these rooms. Room 63 was a broom cupboard disguised as lavatory where Churchill had his hotline to President Roosevelt. It was set up using a revolutionary encryption device to mask conversation with ‘white noise’. A fascinating time capsule, the bunker closed down in 1945 and was not re-discovered until 1973. It also features the superb Churchill museum, featuring interactive exhibits, mementos from his life and the original door from No.10 Downing Street.

PANORAMIC HIGHLIGHTS
Typical sights and photo opportunities on the Classic 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 Classic London Private Tour is subject to visitor attraction opening hours. The schedule may change accordingly and alternative attractions such as the British Museum may be substituted.

CLASSIC 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.

CLASSIC 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.