11 December 2016

 

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Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour of London
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Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour of London

A home from Holmes

Grab your deerstalker as you embark on a Sherlock Holmes Tour of London exploring places featured in the books, real sites that inspired Arthur Conan Doyle, as well as locations featured in film and TV adaptations of the detective's great adventures.This Sherlock Holmes walk is a must do tour for real fans of Holmes and Watson and starts at the very place where the two first meet.

Take in literary sites from gentlemen's clubs to grand hotels featured in some of the novels and short stories, as well as the London that inspired the author of the books, Arthur Conan Doyle. You'll visit many of the film and TV locations in the capital featured in screen adaptations with Jeremy Brett, Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Downey Jr. And feel free to dress up as the Master Sleuth himself or any other character in the series. The tour will finish at Somerset House on The Strand.

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Kensington Palace
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Kensington Palace

Day at the palace

Once the home of Diana, Princess of Wales, Kensington Palace in London’s Chelsea is still a working palace to this day. Highlights of a visit here include its gorgeous sunken gardens and the Royal Ceremonial and Princess of Wales dress collections.

You see the King’s State Apartments, follow in the footsteps of visitors to the court of George I and II, climb the magnificent King’s Staircase and try to master the games of court. Also see the Queen’s State Apartments and the intimate apartments created for Mary II and discover the tragic story of young Duke William Henry. Then visit the gardens, whose elegant avenues and architecture have featured in various blockbuster films.

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Kew Gardens & Kew Palace - Royal Botanic Gardens
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Kew Gardens & Kew Palace - Royal Botanic Gardens

No queues at kew

Explore London's largest UNESCO World Heritage Site at Kew Gardens - the world's most famous garden. Stroll along a soaring, tree-top walkway, wander through extensive glasshouses reaching temperatures of up to 27C or simply amble through the 326-acre site and find a peaceful spot to enjoy a picnic. Kew also houses three stunning galleries dedicated to botanical art - perfect if the weather isn't.

After a spectacular run as the centrepiece of the gold-medal winning UK Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo, Kew Gardens is now home to Wolfgang Buttress' award winning installation,The Hive. in addition Kew's glasshouses provide hours of discovery for visitors of all ages. Be amazed by giant lily pads in the Waterlily House; delve into a tropical rainforest in the Palm House and travel through 10 climatic zones in the Princess of Wales Conservatory. And don't miss the hidden gems of the Bonsai House. From 24 March to 2 October you can also step inside Kew Palace, Britain's most intimate royal palace, to explore it.

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The London Pass
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The London Pass

The Perfect Pass

Get free entry to more than 60 top London attractions and tours, queue jump at various places and receive a 160 page guidebook with the great value one day London Pass. This is your 'pre-paid' entry card to all the top sightseeing attractions in the capital city and means you won't miss any of the popular sell out locations.

With the London Pass you can get the most out of your fun, family and friends time as well as saving a lot of money in entrance fees. This pass includes sightseeing tours and cruises as well as major London museums, art galleries and attractions including the Tower of London, Windsor Castle and London Zoo. Bonus London Pass extras include further discounts for London shows and restaurants.

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Bateaux London Classic Dinner Cruise
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Bateaux London Classic Dinner Cruise

Tastes of the Thames

Cruising past some of London's famous attractions while dining onboard a Bateaux London Thames river cruise is a unique and memorable experience not to be missed when visiting the capital. Whether you prefer a lunch, afternoon tea or dinner cruise on England's most famous river, Bateaux London is a fantastic Thames trip not to be missed.

Bateaux London runs scheduled dining cruises on the Thames all year round, offering fresh food, live entertainment and spectacular city sights. As the capital's leading restaurant cruises, Bateaux London takes you on a journey along the Thames, the heart of the city, showcasing the major sights from a different angle. All food is prepared and cooked on board, overseen by an executive chef, and reflects seasonal British produce.

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Buckingham Palace & Afternoon Tea
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Buckingham Palace & Afternoon Tea

Pride of the palace

You can choose from one of the fantastic packages all inclusive of entry into Buckingham Palace's State Rooms during the annual Summer Opening during August and September. Take some time to spend an afternoon discovering the legacy of Buckingham Palace during this special visit to the inside of this world-famous residence and then indulge in a spot of afternoon tea at a nearby hotel.

You will have a special timed entry to the palace with audio tour, see what the Guards are protecting and get to walk around Queen Elizabeth's official London residence. You can explore the lavish rooms at your own pace. The State Rooms are open for just eight weeks a year and this opportunity to see the rooms used by the Queen to entertain her guests is one that's not to be missed.

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Bungee Jump at the O2 Arena
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Bungee Jump at the O2 Arena

Bungee at the Oh 2!

Here's your chance to Bungee jump outside this state of the art concert arena. If you're after something entertaining with a unique edge, why not give someone the adrenaline rush of a lifetime with bungee jumping outside the infamous O2 Arena. This great venue, formerly the Millenium Dome, has become one of the top entertainment spots in the world and the charachteristics of the building make it a magnificent sight.

The last thing you'll hear is, '3 - 2 - 1 - BUNGEE!' before you take the plunge! The drop speed at the O2 is 0-60mph in 1.9 seconds. Bungee jumping is a safe but exhilarating experience, guaranteed to be a great gift for any thrill seeker. With your feet still firmly on the ground, you are brought up to speed on safety procedures and fitted with your harnesses before being winched up in the cage with a jump master to take the plunge.

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Fortnum and Mason Afternoon Tea
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Fortnum and Mason Afternoon Tea

Best tea in London

Fortnum's has recently 'refreshed' its Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon afternoon tea menus, to ensure that it serves the best and most authentic tea in London. As a result, this memorable experience is packed with thoughtful details that make it Tea with a Difference. There is no better place to enjoy this wonderful English tradition than at Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon in the world renowned department store Fortnum & Mason.

The store was founded in 1707 by William Fortnum, one of Queen Anne's footmen. During the 1700's it made a name for itself by selling rare teas and spices, not available anywhere else, much like today. This world-renown restaurant, with an elegant and relaxed atmosphere, serves tea at 4pm. You are treated to a fine selection of teas, traditional sandwiches, pastries and a selection of scones with clotted cream and jams.

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HM Tower of London
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HM Tower of London

Tower of Power

Founded in 1066 by William the Conqueror, the Tower of London has seen more than 1,000 years of murder, plots, mystery and intrigue played out within its stone walls. As well as being home to the fabulous Crown Jewels, the Tower also boasts 500 years of spectacular royal armour as well as the jet black ravens that still guard its walls to this day.

The Tower of London is one of the most famous and historic landmarks of England’s capital city. The whole family can discover a wealth of British history, from the iconic Beefeaters, the famous Ravens and the White Tower to an exhibition of more than 500 years of Royal armour. This is just a taster of what you can expect to discover on your visit and you must be prepared to be seriously dazzled by the Crown Jewels.

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Madame Tussauds London
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Madame Tussauds London

Waxing lyrical

Madame Tussauds is a unique, immersive experience starring extraordinarily life-like wax figures of the famous. See the heroes and villains of Star Wars as you step right into one of the most iconic moments in film history. There’s a whole world of fun to enjoy, from posing on the red carpet with Victoria and David Beckham to testing your reflexes with F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton and having an audience with the Queen.

Recently Madame Tussauds London has unveiled a wax figure of the hero of the 1966 World Cup, England captain, Bobby Moore and the wax figures of pop sensation One Direction, wearing clothes that have been donated by the group. Madame Tussauds is one of London's iconic venues and although there are others around the world, none can compare with this attraction.

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Paddington Bear Tour of London
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Paddington Bear Tour of London

Get the bear facts

More than 50 years ago, after his Aunt Lucy went into the Home for Retired Bears in Lima, Paddington Bear left darkest Peru and after stowing away in a ship's lifeboat and living on marmalade, arrived in London. He was found in Paddington Station by Mr and Mrs Brown who took him home to live with them, naming him Paddington after the station where he was found.

Now he is featuring in his own new movie and you can follow in Paddington's pawprints with this official Paddington Bear Tour of London and visit some of London's famous landmarks as well as sites that have featured in more than 20 books, and film locations from the film. You can learn about Paddington's adventures, discover how the movie was made, and see how good your Paddington Bear knowledge is. There are several chances to get off the bus to stretch your legs, take photos and see Paddington locations up close.The tour finishes at Paddington Station where there is the opportunity to visit the statue of Paddington, and visit the Paddington shop which stocks a wide range of Paddington products.

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St Pauls Cathedral
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St Pauls Cathedral

Perfection at St Pauls

St Paul's, with its world-famous dome, is an iconic feature of the London skyline. Step inside and you can enjoy the cathedral's awe-inspiring interior, and uncover fascinating stories about its history and the rich work and worship that takes place here. When you make this must visit to magnificent St Paul's, the memories will stay with you for the rest of your life.

With your sightseeing ticket, you can walk in the footsteps of royalty and political leaders on the cathedral floor, climb the dome to try the unique acoustics of the Whispering Gallery, go higher to enjoy spectacular views over London from the Stone and Golden Galleries, or head down the crypt where England's heroes are buried. Included in your ticket price is a tour led by one of the knowledgeable guides.

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Stonehenge at Sunset
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Stonehenge at Sunset

Three treats in a day

Take this fascinating sunset tour to experience a private viewing of the Inner Circle at Stonehenge.The later start to this tour gives you the opportunity to visit the state apartments of Windsor Castle and enjoy a walking tour of Oxford before your private visit to Stonehenge. Your day begins with a visit to Windsor Castle, the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world and home to the royal family for 900 years.

Then in Oxford enjoy a walking tour, which includes a visit to the Great Hall in Christ Church where scenes from Harry Potter were filmed. Also see the Bodleian Library and picture perfect college courtyards. Most visitors to Stonehenge are not allowed access to the stones, however on this special day trip from London, you can enter the stone circle itself where your guide will unlock the secrets of this ancient World Heritage site.

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The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace
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The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace

Right royal treat

This is one tour you must take, particularly if you are a fan of the Royals. The Royal Mews, one of the finest working stables in existence, is responsible for all road travel arrangements for the Queen and members of the Royal Family. And among the historic coaches and carriages on display is the spectacular new Diamond Jubilee State Coach, which conveyed Her Majesty to the State Opening of Parliament in June 2014.

On this visit you will aslo see the luxurious Australian State Coach, with central heating and electric windows, which carried the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace after the Royal Wedding in 2011. The most dazzling of all, however, is the Gold State Coach, which has been used at every coronation since that of George IV in 1821.

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The View from The Shard with Champagne!
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The View from The Shard with Champagne!

Hard to miss the Shard

The Shard is an amazing landmark building on the London skyline, designed by Master Architect Renzo Piano. At a height of 1,016ft, the tallest building in Western Europe redefines the capital's skyline and is recognisable throughout the world. The View is situated at the top of The Shard, on floors 68, 69 and 72, and almost twice the height of any other viewing platform in London.

Prepare to embark on a multi-sensory journey above of one of the greatest cities on Earth. On arrival at Level 00, you will be drawn into the tapestry of London. Travelling skyward in two high-speed 'kaleidoscopic' lifts, you'll swiftly reach Level 68 - a cloudscape above the world. Then journey to Level 69 where London opens out before you. The open-air platform has a Champagne bar where you can toast the view.

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Twickenham Stadium Tour for Two
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Twickenham Stadium Tour for Two

Try a rugby tour

The World Rugby Museum is planning for a busy 2015 - with the world's spotlight on Twickenham as the stadium hosts 10 Rugby World Cup matches including the two semi-finals and the final. Following on from the launch of the new look World Rugby Museum and refurbished changing room and tunnel facilities in 2013 on the tour route, the VIP areas, including the royal box, have now also had a substantial makeover.

There is nowhere in England more important to rugby union than Twickenham Stadium. A visit here is the ultimate experience for any fan of the sport and the World Rugby Museum gives a unique insight into its history and origins in Rugby School to the present day. Discover why people love rugby, from the grassroots upwards and get the stories behind some of the greatest players, matches and tries - with a little humour thrown in.

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Warner Bros. Studios Tour incl Transport
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Warner Bros. Studios Tour incl Transport

Potter off to the studios

Warner Bros Studio Tour London is a behind-the-scenes walking tour which immerses you into the world of film-making.The Studio Tour features authentic sets, costumes and props that showcase the British artistry, technology and talent that goes into producing world famous and successful movies and initially will focus on the Harry Potter film series, located at the Studios where they were filmed.

People all over the world have been enchanted by the Harry Potter films for nearly a decade. The wonderful special effects and amazing creatures have made this iconic series loved by both young and old - and now, for the first time, you can see where it first began. You'll have the chance to go behind-the-scenes and see things the camera never showed. The tour includes return transport from Central London to the studios.

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Warwick Castle and Shakespeare Country
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Warwick Castle and Shakespeare Country

A day to remember

On this exciting full-day tour you'll have the opportunity to step back in history with a visit to Warwick Castle, followed by a tour of Shakespeare country and the charming villages of the Cotswolds. To complete this fascinating excursion, enjoy a leisurely walking tour through the ancient cobbled streets of Oxford. This tour includes travel in a luxury coach.

The colleges in Oxford date back to the 13th century with some of their most famous students being Bill Clinton, C.S Lewis, J.R.R Tolkien and Lewis Carroll. On your memorable walking tour you can visit the Great Hall in Christ Church where many scenes from Harry Potter were filmed. You'll also see the Bodleian Library and the picture perfect college courtyards for which Oxford is famous.

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WWII Westminster & Churchill War Rooms
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WWII Westminster & Churchill War Rooms

In the steps of Churchill

Your walking tour begins in the streets of Westminster where you see lots of classic London sites such as Number 10 Downing Street, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. The last stop on this walk is the Cenotaph, which was originally built as a memorial for the First World War and is now the UK's primary national war memorial.

Then head underground to the wartime bunker of the Churchill War Rooms, where you have a guided visit of the Churchill Museum. The bunker is a unique piece of living history, an underground maze of rooms that once buzzed with round-the-clock planning and plotting, strategies and secrets. Your guide will bring the unique atmosphere to life with stories about life here during the tense days and nights of the Second World War.

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ZSL London Zoo
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ZSL London Zoo

Make time for the Zoo

With more than 720 different species of animal, ZSL London Zoo is a brilliant way to immerse yourself into the animal kingdom. The zoo, located in the north east corner of beautiful Regent’s Park, is open every day of the year except Christmas Day and is actively involved in ‘bringing down the bars’ by creating wonderful interactive and inspiring exhibits.

As you walk around the zoo’s 36 acre site, you are brought closer to nature. In recent years new exhibits, such as Tiger Territory, Penguin Beach, Animal Adventure (the new children’s zoo), Giants of the Galapagos, Butterfly Paradise, Meet the Monkeys, Rainforest Life, Gorilla Kingdom and the Blackburn Pavilion, show how environments have been created to house some of the world’s most impressive and inspiring animals.

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