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Parliament Square
One of London’s most popular and most visited tourist attractions, Parliament Square links many of the capital’s iconic buildings. The square is ringed by Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, the Supreme Court, and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs and features 12 statues of famous world leaders and historical figures.

The Basics
First designed in 1868, Parliament Square is a sweeping green space surrounded by some of London’s most important landmarks and government buildings. Used by tourists as a place to relax or as the ideal location for photoshoots, the square is also a frequent site of protests and demonstrations. In addition to the world-famous monuments that surround it, Parliament Square features 12 statues of important figures throughout history, from leaders such as Nelson Mandela and Abraham Lincoln to influential activists like Mahatma Gandhi and Millicent Fawcett.

Given its proximity to UNESCO World Heritage Sites and world-renowned landmarks, Parliament Square features on dozens of tour itineraries, from hop-on hop-off bus and private tours to history-themed small-group walking tours.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The square is patrolled by Heritage Wardens (who wear distinctive uniforms and can assist with various sightseeing queries) 24 hours a day.
  • Following bombing damage sustained during World War II, Parliament Square was renovated in 1948 and now features a grand lawn and various walkways.
  • It is forbidden to feed pigeons or other birds on Parliament Square; dogs also must be kept on leashes.
  • As the square is level and includes paved walkways, it is accessible to wheelchair users.

How to Get There
As one of Central London’s most important hubs, Parliament Square is accessible by numerous forms of transit. Via the London Underground, take the Circle, District, or Jubilee line to Westminster Station. The area is also served by many bus lines, including the 3, 11, 12, 24, 53, 87, 88, 148, 159, 211, and 453, and can be reached on foot, by bike, or by car.

When to Get There
Parliament Square is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Be mindful that protests for or against various government actions and policies are often held in Parliament Square; it is best to avoid the area during particularly large or impassioned demonstrations.

Protests at Parliament Square
Protest has been an essential part of Parliament Square’s legacy. From multiyear Iraq War rallies to climate-change demonstrations and marches both for and against Brexit, the square has long been one of the city’s liveliest forums for public debate and dissent.
Address: Westminster, London, England
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Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise with Optional London Eye

Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise with Optional London Eye

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Discover the grandeur of London aboard the open-top, double-decker Big Bus on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. With your 1-, 2-, or 3-day ticket, design a personal itinerary with stops including Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, St. Paul’s Cathedral and more. Enjoy unobstructed views and onboard commentary as you view the city’s highlights and upgrade to The Big London Day Out option to get an aerial view of the city aboard the London Eye giant observation wheel. Hop off to enjoy a Thames River cruise, currently operating Friday to Sunday only.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$49.03
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$49.03
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London In a Day: Tower of London, Westminster Abbey & Changing of the Guard

London In a Day: Tower of London, Westminster Abbey & Changing of the Guard

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Limited time in London doesn’t have to mean a limited view of the capital. Soak up the key sights in just one action-packed day on this guided small-group tour. Explore Westminster Abbey and watch the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace. Then cruise the Thames River to Tower Bridge and explore its inner workings before delving into British history at the Tower of London.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$180.21
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$180.21
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Skip the Line into Houses of Parliament & Westminster Abbey Fully-Guided Tour

Skip the Line into Houses of Parliament & Westminster Abbey Fully-Guided Tour

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Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament are two of London’s highlight landmarks—and on this tour, you’ll have special access to both. Skip the line at Westminster Abbey and head inside the soaring church, where your guide will share facts about its royal history. Next, you’ll have the rare opportunity to explore parts of the interior of the Houses of Parliament, which is frequently off-limits to the public.
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  • 3 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$124.33
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$124.33
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Private Tour London Highlights, entries Westminster Abbey, The Tower of London

Private Tour London Highlights, entries Westminster Abbey, The Tower of London

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The Tower of London and Westminster Abbey are two of London’s most impressive must-see attractions, but the entry queues can be long. On this tour, save valuable sightseeing time with skip-the-line entry and head straight inside with your guide. Learn the history of Parliament Square and Trafalgar Square on a walking visit, and stop at Buckingham Palace, Nelson’s Column, and more.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$455.46
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$455.46
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Sir Winston Churchill Private Walking Tour & War Rooms

Sir Winston Churchill Private Walking Tour & War Rooms

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Follow in the footsteps of one of Britain’s most celebrated Prime Ministers and historic figures on this private, Winston Churchill-themed walking tour. Following pickup from your hotel or another convenient meeting point, you’ll explore the areas of Mayfair, Westminster, and Piccadilly associated with Churchill, from his childhood home and 10 Downing Street to the cigar shop he once frequented. Your final stop is at the Churchill War Rooms, the secret bunker from which he ran World War II.
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$214.34
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Darkest Hour - Parliament and Churchill War Rooms Private Tour

Darkest Hour - Parliament and Churchill War Rooms Private Tour

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Have the rare opportunity to visit the Houses of Parliament—and explore the Churchill War Rooms, too—on this political London tour. Following pickup from your local accommodation, travel to the UNESCO-listed Houses of Parliament, and explore both the Commons Chamber and the Lords Chamber. As you go, learn all about British political history and the fight for democracy. Next, continue to the Churchill War Rooms, located in a bunker deep below street-level. See where the Prime Minister led the war effort, and explore the perfectly preserved setting.
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$314.32
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$314.32
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London Super Saver: Royal Walking Tour Including Tower of London and Changing of the Guard plus London Highlights

London Super Saver: Royal Walking Tour Including Tower of London and Changing of the Guard plus London Highlights

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See the royal sights of London and save money at the same time on this day-long Super Saver tour—a combination of two popular sightseeing experiences. Start with early access to the Tower of London, and then take a cruise along the Thames River to central London to see the Changing of the Guard ceremony. In the morning, enjoy a royal-themed walking tour that takes in sights of Buckingham Palace and Big Ben.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.45
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$125.45

Behind-the-Scenes Houses of Parliament Guided Tour

Behind-the-Scenes Houses of Parliament Guided Tour

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Step inside one of London's most iconic attractions on this behind-the-scenes tour of the Houses of Parliament. Meet your guide right in front of the UNESCO-listed attraction. Once inside, you’ll follow in royal footsteps, will visit both the House of Commons and the Lords Chamber, will admire artworks and architectural highlights, and more. As you go, your guide will share stories and facts about the landmark’s long history.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$86.61
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The London Eye with London Hop-on Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

The London Eye with London Hop-on Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

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See London from the streets, water, and sky with this great-value package that lets you explore London at your own pace. Easily reach top sights without spending a fortune on cab fare with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket valid for 1, 2, or 3 days. You’ll also get an aerial view of the city aboard the London Eye giant observation wheel and glide past Parliament and Big Ben on a Thames River cruise (Fri-Sun only).
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$68.73
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$68.73
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Private Walking tour London, Buckingham Palace to Big Ben and much more

Private Walking tour London, Buckingham Palace to Big Ben and much more

This action-packed private walking tour of London is the ideal experience for travelers with limited time. You’ll save time and see multiple top London attractions in one day, including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, The Houses of Parliament, and Trafalgar Square. By going on a walking tour, you’ll visit places on foot that can’t be reached by car or bus. Your tour will be enhanced with guide commentary about London’s highlights, as well as insider tips.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$239.22
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Wartime London with Spy & Espionage small group tour

Wartime London with Spy & Espionage small group tour

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Step back in time to a London of another era—and learn all about the city’s espionage and wartime histories—on this full-day tour. Set off from a convenient location in Central London. You’ll visit Whitehall’s memorials, see where Churchill delivered a pivotal speech, and discover the building where D-Day was planned. Then, follow in the footsteps of famous spies, learn about double agents, and see the MI5 and MI6 headquarters.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$140.20
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London Eye Fast-Track Ticket with Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

London Eye Fast-Track Ticket with Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

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Have only a short stay in London? See the best of the city—and enjoy a variety of sightseeing experiences—with this convenient package. Begin with a hop-on hop-off bus tour: pick from 24-, 48-, or 72-hour passes, and cruise around town at your own pace. Then, head to the London Eye, where you’ll enjoy fast-track entry and sky-high views. This package also includes a river cruise which currently operates Friday to Sunday.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$105.47
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$105.47
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3 Hour Guided Private Walking Tour: The Best of London

3 Hour Guided Private Walking Tour: The Best of London

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Marvel over royal monuments, architectural masterpieces and iconic landmarks on this 3-hour walking tour of London. Enjoy the undivided attention of your private guide as you stroll around Covent Garden, Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus; snap photos of Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben; and stand in awe before the magnificent Buckingham Palace. For the full experience, upgrade to include a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$214.34
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Full Day London Private Classic Tour

Full Day London Private Classic Tour

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Optimize your time in the British capital on a private full-day tour, zipping between landmarks by traditional black cab for an authentic London experience. Discover iconic highlights such as the London Eye, Tower of London, and Buckingham Palace and enjoy plenty of stops for pictures or a closer look. Benefit from your guide’s personalized recommendations to add additional stops according to your interests.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$733.41
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Premier Classic London Private Half Day Tour

Premier Classic London Private Half Day Tour

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An excellent choice for first-time visitors, this tour takes you around the city in a classic London black cab. Visit notable sites and landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, London Bridge, the London Eye, Tower of London, and much more as your local guide shares interesting stories and history at each locale. You can also choose to attend a Changing of the Guard ceremony.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$419.09
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The London Dungeon with London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

The London Dungeon with London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

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Enjoy a fun-filled, stress-free, and cost-effective way to explore London when you book this four-in-one package. Choose between 24-, 48-, and 72- hour passes to a hop-on hop-off bus, and you can look forward to seeing top sights like the Tower of London, Houses of Parliament, and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Then, enjoy the many rides and frights at the London Dungeon, plus a Thames river cruise and free walking tour.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$88.57
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Wartime London small group tour

Wartime London small group tour

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If you’re interested in the history of World War II then look no further than this wartime tour of London, which proves the ideal choice for history buffs. In a small group that ensures you receive personalized attention, you’ll visit top London attractions such as Whitehall and Parliament Square, and learn about their significance to WWII.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$97.72
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Madame Tussauds London with Hop-on Hop-off Tour and River Cruise

Madame Tussauds London with Hop-on Hop-off Tour and River Cruise

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Explore London your way with a popular hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus that takes you directly to dozens of top attractions like Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, and Downing Street. Take in views from atop the double-decker bus and ride as often as you like with a 24-, 48-, or 72-hour ticket. This combo tour also includes admission to the legendary Madame Tussauds wax museum, where you can pose for selfies with models of your favorite celebs including Benedict Cumberbatch, Kim Kardashian, and the royal family.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$100.79
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$100.79
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The London Landmarks

The London Landmarks

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Have fun while covering a lot of ground on this cycling tour of London. You’ll see much more than you would on a walking tour, and get a much closer view of the attractions than you would on a bus tour. Pass parks, palaces, battle sites, and the iconic Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, and much more. Along the way your guide will tell you entertaining stories about London and its history.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$41.84
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$41.84
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Royal London Sightseeing Tour and Thames River Cruise

Royal London Sightseeing Tour and Thames River Cruise

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Discover the regal residences and rich royal history of London on a sightseeing tour and Thames River cruise. With an accomplished guide, travel by luxury coach through the capital’s most opulent areas to see majestic landmarks like Big Ben and Kensington Palace. Gaze at a traditional Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace and then climb aboard a boat for a tranquil cruise on the River Thames. Glide past iconic sights like the London Eye and the Tower of London and enjoy illuminating commentary as you sail.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$67.05
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Private London Sightseeing by Luxury Vehicle

Private London Sightseeing by Luxury Vehicle

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If it’s your first time in London, tick off the city’s top attractions in style on a private 9-hour sightseeing tour. Travelling in a luxurious vehicle equipped with Wi-Fi, you’ll visit icons such as Tower Bridge, 10 Downing Street, and Trafalgar Square. In the afternoon, browse Harrods departments store and admire Kensington Palace, Hyde Park, and the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$1,047.73
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$1,047.73
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Private Tour, Entry to Westminster Abbey and London Highlights

Private Tour, Entry to Westminster Abbey and London Highlights

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Benefit from a private half-day tour of Westminster that covers some of the most famous sights in London. Visit Westminster Abbey and Parliament Square, and see Big Ben, the Horse Guards Parade at Whitehall, and Buckingham Palace, among other key monuments for both the royal family and British government. You can also walk through St James's Park before your tour ends at Trafalgar Square.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$279.40
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$279.40
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Private Chauffeured Minivan at Your Disposal in London for 4 Hours

Private Chauffeured Minivan at Your Disposal in London for 4 Hours

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With so much to see and do, travelers visiting London for the first time can often feel overwhelmed. Escape the crowds and skip the hassle of navigating an unfamiliar public transport system on a customizable tour by private minivan, a hassle-free choice designed with travelers on a time budget in mind. Your private chauffeur transports you between top attractions with ease and reveals lesser-known spots that you won't find in the guide book.
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  • 4 hours
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$502.07
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Private Half Day London Tour With Car/Black Cab/MPV/Van/Coach

Private Half Day London Tour With Car/Black Cab/MPV/Van/Coach

This half-day tour can start either in the morning or in the afternoon. A car or SUV or an iconic black cab (if available at the time of booking) and other types of vehicles (depending on the number of the participants) will be used for this tour. The direction of the tour can be reversible. On this tour, we aim to give the full history of London in a limited period of time so that visitors can understand the 2000 years of history of the city. Our guides have an excellent knowledge of the city's history. We would be very pleased to offer an immaculate culture experience for our guests. We welcome large groups of travellers as well. Please just contact our tour management service or book your desired options online.
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  • 4 hours
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$926.20
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$926.20
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