Royal London Tour

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

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

ROYAL LONDON PRIVATE TOUR – TYPICAL ITINERARY

INTRODUCTION

Your guide will meet you at your central London hotel or agreed meeting point at the specified time. Then, we explore what Prince Philip’s famously described as: ‘a lunacy people enjoy’. Our Royal London Private Tour represents what London does best: palaces, pomp and ceremony, featuring the Crown Jewels, royal palaces and the venues connected to famous royal marriages.

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.

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.)

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.)

KENSINGTON PALACE
Royal history from the 17th to the 21st centuries. Set at the western edge of Hyde Park, known as Kensington Gardens, the palace was originally lived in by King William III and his wife Queen Mary. Subsequently by Queen Anne, George I and George II. Queen Victoria was born here, and at the tender age of 18, awoke here one day in 1837 to find out she was queen. The State Apartments were opened to the public on the occasion of Queen Victoria’s 70th birthday. The palace was famously the last home of Diana, Princess of Wales, and where her sons Princes William and Harry were brought up. Today it’s the London home of ‘William and Kate’ and ‘Harry and Meghan’ It was here in Nov 2017 , that Harry proposed to Meghan. Apparently, he got down on one knee while they were ‘trying to roast a chicken’! Also on display is a collection of Diana’s dresses and the Queen’s outfits. The Orangery in the garden is a pleasant place for refreshments.

BUCKINGHAM PALACE (optional – August to September)*
This tour takes in the magnificent state rooms and gardens of London’s royal HQ. We can’t promise an invite for tea but we can promise you’ll be impressed. This is an audio-guided tour but your guide can escort you at your request.
*This option may be chosen instead of Tower of London, Westminster Abbey or Kensington Palace to make up your Royal London Private Tour. 

Note: The Royal London Private Tour subject to visitor attraction opening hours. The schedule may change accordingly and alternative attractions such as the Royal Stables may be substituted.

ROYAL 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.

ROYAL 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.