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Private Custom Tour: London in a Day

Duration: 7 hours
Destination: United Kingdom, England-London, London
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Overview

Put together your perfect day in London, and see the sights that you want to see on this half- or full-day tour with a private local guide. Customized entirely to your preferences, your itinerary is totally flexible, and your tour includes what you need to see London with ease: preplanned logistics and a knowledgeable guide. See the landmarks that give London its renowned reputation such as the Tower of London and Big Ben, and discover the secret streets and parks that only the locals know.

Highlights

  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors


What You Can Expect

Your day in London is totally customizable and the itinerary for your half- or full-day tour will be tailored to suit your needs and interests. Before your tour, your private guide will contact you to discuss the things you want to see, so that your logistics can be arranged in advance.

On the day of your tour, meet your guide at your hotel or preferred central location, then set off by whatever means of transport is required. Transport, meals and entrance fees are payable at your own expense.

Perhaps visit some of the city must-sees like Tower of London or the ever-inspiring Big Ben – London’s architectural icon — or head to the Shard for sweeping panoramic views over London. Alternatively, focus on the more offbeat London neighborhoods such as Soho, Camden Town or Brick Lane, and ask your guide to introduce you to the spots that the tourist maps miss.

See the Itinerary for a sample full-day tour.

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary:
10am: Meet your private guide at your hotel or outside Buckingham Palace and start your tour by posing for photos by the gates. After hearing the history of the historical royal landmark, stroll to nearby St James’ Palace and see the Changing of the Guard ceremony that takes place daily.

11:15am: Stroll through St James’ Park with your guide and admire the neatly manicured lawns and flowerbeds that surround the central lake. As you walk, take the time to ask as many questions as you like about London and its landmarks. The beauty of having a private guide is that any commentary is tailored to your interests.

11:35am: Exit St James’ Park near a cluster of top London attractions, so have your camera ready to capture the sights! Walk past the Houses of Parliament, pose for photos against the backdrop of Big Ben, learn about the royal wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton outside Westminster Abbey, and then gaze over the Thames River to see the London Eye.

12:15pm: Head to the visitor hotspots of Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden, where street performers are commonplace and cafes spill out onto the streets. Soak up the buzz and ask your guide to recommend Covent Garden market stalls to visit or quirky independent shops to discover.

12:45pm: Take an insider tip from your guide for the best place to eat lunch, and dine at your leisure in the country’s capital.

2:15pm: Meet back up with your guide and head south of the river by walking across Millennium Bridge, one of filming locations used in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Head inside Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre at Bankside to learn about the famous English playwright and his time writing for the masses in London.

3pm: Visit St Paul’s Cathedral where highlights include the Dean’s Staircase, the Whispering Gallery and Crypt. Head up the internal stairs to the Whispering Gallery and gaze down at the ornate nave below while learning about the building’s architecture from your guide.

3:45pm: Rest your legs and take a taxi to the Tower of London, the formidable 11th-century tower that was built to act as a fortress, palace and prison. See the famous Beefeater guards with their black ravens, marvel at the Crown Jewels, and pose for photos by the famous White Tower.
5pm: Finish your tour by strolling over London Bridge to see Tower Bridge and the Shard — the tallest building in Western Europe. Before parting ways, receive some final insider tips on making the most of your time in London, and perhaps ask your guide to make a dinner reservation for you at a top London restaurant.

Cancellation Policy

Package is cancellable prior to three days from the commencement of the service.


Inclusions

  • Private guide
  • Custom tour planning service

Exclusions

  • Food and drinks
  • Entrance fees
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Private car (if desired)
  • Public transport (if needed)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Departure Point

Your centrally located London hotel, or preferred central London location

Departure Time

Flexible; reconfirm your preferred start time with the local supplier before the tour takes place (contact details are provided on your confirmation voucher)

Duration

7 hours

Return Details

Concludes at a location of your choice in central London

Tour Options

Full Day Tour

Code: FULLDLON

7- hour private customized tour of London
Half Day Tour

Code: HALFDLON

3.5- hour private customized tour of London

User's Reviews

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stevejos14

James took me where ever I wanted to go at my fast pace. I saw 4-5 times more than I would have in a group tour.

Image - 29 Oct 2017 -

Max W

James the tour guide on this tour is extremely knowledgable about all aspects of London, and seemingly knows everyone in the city as well. A fount of information on everything from history, to Royals, to music, to science, to pubs...just about everything. He's also a delight to know. I felt like this tour was worth every penny and will definitely be looking James up the next time I'm in London. You can't ask for a better private tour guide, and he will accommodate your person preferences in setting up the tour. Highly recommend.

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Linda L

We recently had the most wonderful trip.We went to London England for 3 days,then to Southampton for two days .then embarked on a 14 day Summer Solstice cruise to Norway.ending with 3 days in Windsor.The highlight of our London trip was an all day tour of London with JamesWe are still talking about his knowledge,his pride in England,his wonderful companionship,and his sense of humour-oh and his umbrella!!!We cannot thank James enough for the wonderful day he showed us-it was the best day ever.He also incorporated my love for all things Harry Potter into our day-Daigon Alley-Nocturne Alley,memorbilia.Thankyou James,that meant a lot to me.He took us to his favourits Pubs,with great new beer-and a Gin Pub.He picked us up at our hotel in Kensington,and took us back-as the tube was so very overwhelming-James was amazing-we learned so much history and saw everything we could see that day.-he was a walking encyclopedia.Thankyou Karolina Kruze for pairing him with us,and again Thankyou James-and don't wait too long to marry that beautiful girlfriend you have-life is too short.We also spent a wonderful day on the Isle of Wight at Queen Victoria and Alberts summer house.Loved every minute.Also 3 days at the Runnymeade on the Thames and absolutely loved Windsor.-and Norway was unbelieibly beautiful.We will always have these memories-and especially you James.Thankyou.

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jmiele4

We had an absolutely amazing day with our tour guide, James. Karolina did a phenomenal job of pulling together what we wanted to do! With only two days in London, we arranged a full day tour. We did one day on our own doing things we thought we would not need a guide for: the London Eye, the Tower of London and the Churchill War Room. The day of our tour we saw everything else we wanted, plus more. James took us to the Mall, outside of Buckingham Palace. We saw the Colonels review, which was amazing! A total surprise for us. We also got to see Prince William! We went to St. Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square and saw so many other sights. We had lunch in a wonderful pub that James recommended. We chose to have a car and driver as my Mom would not have been able to handle all the walking. The driver was fantastic and the car was perfect. New, clean and stocked with water and tissues. When Mom couldn't walk any more, she was able to stay safely with the car and driver. I highly recommend La Vacanza Travel and James!

Image - 09 Jun 2017 -

gregorylbooker

This was a great way to explore the city! Our guide, Sam, was knowledgeable and gave us a lot of insite that helped us enjoy our stay in London. With the exception of a tube ride to see Abby Road Studios we basically walked everywhere. Wear comfortable shoes!

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