London is filled with beautiful and historical landmarks, all of which are considered must visits. If you not only want to view these landmarks, but learn about their history or see them in a slightly unusual way, a guided tour of London is right for you. Here are our top London tours picks:
The Fat Tire Bike Tours
Fat Tire Bike Tours was established in 1999. Their tours started in Paris and Berlin, but they have since arrived in London and you will be glad they did!
Due to the method of travel for this tour, which is by bike, only those who are healthy and fit are encouraged to take the journey. Why? Because that journey can be long. Tours of London average four hours in length. Along the way, you will stop and see Hyde Park, the Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament.
What is unique about this tour is that reservations are not required. All that is asked is that you arrive on time at the starting point. Tours are available rain or shine. Tours begin promptly at 11am and start outside of the Queensway Underground stop.
The Original London Sightseeing Tour
The Original London Sightseeing Tour has been in the business for almost 60 years. This means that they have perfected the sightseeing journey of London. As a tourist, this works to your advantage. With multiple buses and tour paths, it is difficult to pinpoint what you will see along the way, but it should include the Thames River, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, and the Trafalgar Square, just to name a few.
Since you are traveling on an opened top bus, also commonly referred to as a double-decker bus, this tour is perfect for individuals of all ages. In fact, special activities can be found onboard for children!
What is unique about this group tour is the ability to hop on and hop off. When you purchase tickets, your tickets are valid for 24 hours. At a scheduled stop, do you want to stop and look around? You can do so. Simply just wait until the next available tour bus arrives and you can continue your journey of exploring London.
Buckingham Palace Tours
The Buckingham Palace is a well-known and popular fixture in London. It is home to both the office and the residence of the Queen. It is also known as one of the few remaining working palaces in the world.
Throughout most of the summer, visitors are able to tour portions of the palace. These locations include the nineteen staterooms. Inside these rooms, you will find some of the greatest treasures in Britain’s history, including paintings and sculptures.
Guided tours are available at the Buckingham Palace. You will be paired with a guide who will lead you on your journey, as well as share the history and interesting facts about this historical landmark.
Duck Tours in London
Out of all the tours in London, you will find the Duck Tour to be the most exciting and unique. Your journey begins by entering an authentic amphibious landing vehicle from World War II. These vehicles, which tend to resemble a duck, have been restored for sightseeing.
Duck Tours of London are available throughout the day. A tour lasts approximately 75 minutes. Speaking of which, you will travel through Westminster. Your tour will start to conclude with a “Splashdown.” This is when your duck vehicle travels right into the Thames River!