London in Half a Day
Westminster Bridge, London Eye, Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey visit ent. fee, See the tombs of the great and the good, Royal Coronations and big events like the funeral of Princess Diana. Whitehall, Downing Street, See the Queens mounted cavalry, St James's park, Clarence House and Buckingham Palace, Guard change, Gentlemen's area of St James, Royal Warrant holders shops Berry Brothers, Churchill's favourite cigar shop James Fox. Piccadilly, Fortnum and Mason store, Piccadilly Circus, Eros, and walk through to Soho and China Town.
London in a Day
The morning is the same as the half day tour followed by a lunch not included then a bus trip on a London red Double Decker from Trafalgar Square, Aldwych, Royal Courts of Justice through the City of London to hear of the Great fire of London 1666 to St Paul's Cathedral, visit entrance fee, one of the treasures of English architecture by Sir Christopher Wren, the Tower of London ent fee to see the beautiful Crown Jewels, hear about the infamous prisoners like Ann Boleyn and Catherine Howard. Also hear of the boys murdered in the Bloody Tower. See the Kings Apartments and the place of execution. Hear a ghost story or two. Finish our tour at the Hung Drawn and Quartered Pub to revive our spirits.
A Royal Peculiar with a 1000 year history. Westminster Abbey is the site of 38 Coronations, burial place of Royalty like Queen Elizabeth I and the tragic Mary Queen of Scots. Burial place of over 3300 people from the famous worlds of Literature like Charles Dickens, to Science and Charles Darwin. A tour will bring this beautiful place of worship to life, for pilgrim and tourist alike.
Changing of The Guard
Witness the spectacle of the guard change at Horseguards Parade, we then walk down the Mall past Clarence House London home of Prince Charles and Camilla, Lancaster House used in the film The King's Speech, to see the foot soldiers in their Bearskin Hats and hobnail boots march into the grounds of Buckingham Palace for the handing over of the keys. I will be able to take you to the best vantage points to see as much as possible at these very busy times.
A treasure trove of 6 million artifacts from all over the world and different eras in the world's history. A highlights tour will include some of the best treasures the Museum has to offer. From the fabulous Great Glass Hall by Norman Foster, unlocking the secrets of the Rosetta Stone, the Winged Bulls of Khorsabad, the amazing marble carvings from the Parthenon in Athens, the largest collection of Eygptian Mummies in Europe. The haunting Anglo-Saxon treasures of Sutton Hoo, Celtic treasures such as the Gold torc from Snettisham and the magnificent Portland Vase a masterpiece of Roman work. Each tour can be tailor made to suit your interests and length of time available.
Olympic Park 2012
As an accredited guide to the 2012 site I can do a coach tour from central London through the heart of the East End to Stratford where we will travel around the perimeter of the Olympic site to catch fantastic views of the Velodrome, Aquatics Centre, the Olympic Village, Main Stadium, Basketball arena etc hear about the regeneration and legacy plans for this area and enjoy a walk along the Greenway and get the latest information about the games. From here we could continue onto the O2 (artistic gymnastics and basketball), the Royal Docks and Excel (Touch sports like Boxing etc) where we could end up for lunch.
Walking tours around the area are also possible.
The Tower of London
A Royal Palace, a fortress, a prison for Royalty like Queens Anne Bolyne and Catherine Howard. High ranking officials such as St Thomas More chancellor to Henry VIII, place of horrific Royal executions, a medieval zoo, the Royal Mint and Armoury. On your tour you will see the Royal Apartments of Edward I, the gory dungeons with their instruments of torture, the Bloody Tower, the Crown Jewels, Traitors' Gate and 11th century White Tower, one of London’s oldest buildings, now home to Henry VIII's armour and more! Spectacular views of Tower Bridge, The London Assembly and the Gherkin.
St Paul's Cathedral
This masterpiece of English Baroque Architecture by Christopher Wren, built out of the embers of the Great Fire of London in 1666 completed in just 35 years. Scene of National Events, Charles and Diana’s Wedding, war time symbol of defiance during the Blitz in 1940/41 and much more.
The Tour will show you the marvellous Baroque nave, glistening mosaic dome, memorials to the great and the good, the beautiful painting of Christ known as the Light Of the World, the majestic choir and altar dedicated to the soldiers from the Commonwealth and the American
Chapel. Downstairs we will visit the OBE Chapel plus the tombs of Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson and Arthur Wellesley the Duke of Wellington. For our younger and young at heart visitors a trip up to the Whispering Gallery and Dome can be included plus the circular cantilevered staircase featured in the Harry Potter films.