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

Right royal treat fr £16pp

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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1 The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace

The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace

2 The View from The Shard
The View from The Shard

ENJOY THE HIGH LIFE fr £27pp

London's famous Shard is an amazing landmark on the city's skyline and at a height of 1,015ft is the tallest building in Western Europe from where you have breathtaking views of the entire city. Designed by master architect Renzo Piano, the Shard is now a dynamic symbol of modern London recognisable throughout the world. The View is situated at the top, on floors 68, 69 and 72 - twice the height of any other viewing platform in London.

On arrival you are immediately drawn into the tapestry of this great city. Then travelling up in one of two high-speed 'kaleidoscopic' lifts you'll soon reach the skydeck platform where there are 360 degree views and London opens up before you. Multi-media displays bring the city to life and there are two new virtual reality experiences - The Slide and Vertigo - which are guaranteed to test the strongest of nerves

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2 The View from The Shard

The View from The Shard

3 Jazz Night Tickets for Two
Jazz Night Tickets for Two

AND ALL THAT JAZZ fr £29pp

Whether you're a fan of jazz and looking for a new club to visit or you want to have a night of great music, an evening at a jazz club is the perfect opportunity. Jazz is a music genre that originated at the beginning of the 20th century in the southern United States from a confluence of African and European musical traditions. The range of music styles is vast with swing, free jazz, Latin jazz, soul jazz, jazz funk and modern creative jazz.

Now jazz can be found all over the world, but this experience at The Jazz Cafe in London is always something special and makes a great introduction to this genre of music. And if you prefer a different kind of sound for a great evening out, And blowing its own trumpet, The Jazz Cafe also offers various other styles ranging from Funk, Soul and R and B throughout the year.

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3 Jazz Night Tickets for Two

Jazz Night Tickets for Two

4 Big Bus Tours London - Big Bus Classic
Big Bus Tours London - Big Bus Classic

HOP, HOP AND AWAY fr £35pp

Experience one of the world's most iconic cities and with over 44 stops and 4 routes, there is no better way to discover London than on the double decker buses. You will see all the major landmarks and highlights of London, including the Tower of London, London Eye, St Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and much much more!

The Red Route offers a live guide on board so you will be able to listen to their stories and the history of this city as told from the perspective who knows everything there is to know about London. Don't forget to hop off the bus at any stop you like to take a close up look at what takes your eye and then simply hop back on when you are finished. On the Blue, Orange & Green routes, there is recorded commentary so just sit back, relax and take in your surroundings.

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4 Big Bus Tours London - Big Bus Classic

Big Bus Tours London - Big Bus Classic

5 Haunted London Pub Tour for Two
Haunted London Pub Tour for Two

MEET THE PUB GHOSTS fr £39pp

Are you brave enough to venture into London's haunted pubs? Explore all things ghostly as you visit London's most haunted pubs. Visit the Professor of Profanity, the pub that helped Dr Johnson focus on the dictionary and Sweeney Todd's Barber Shop. You'll have plenty of opportunity on the way to calm your nerves at London's first bank, a sawdust covered pub and a pub haunted by a handsome phantom.

A Upon arrival you will be greeted by your tour guide before departing on your tour. You will cover approximately 2km around London and visit three historic pubs. As an added extra you will also receive a £10 gift voucher for any future tours.

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5 Haunted London Pub Tour for Two

Haunted London Pub Tour for Two

6 Half Day Sushi Class with Lunch
Half Day Sushi Class with Lunch

IF YOU KNEW SUSHI fr £56pp

This is your chance to become a Sushi Master while staying in London, learning how to make a variety of sushi and enjoying the fruits of your labour afterwards. Under the helpful guidance of an experienced chef, you will learn how to make a selection of delicious mouth-watering sushi rolls including; Nigiri, the basic Hosomaki, the cone shaped Temaki, a variety of Ura-Makis and Temari Sushi.

You can then sit down together to enjoy a big platter of these handmade delights. Boxes will be provided for you to take your sushi home if you can’t manage it all at the time. After your class, you are given a list of recommended products used and a recipe booklet will be sent to you showing you all the recipes covered in the class. This is a fun tour and a great way to fully appreciate this Far East cuisine.

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6 Half Day Sushi Class with Lunch

Half Day Sushi Class with Lunch

7 Admission to Churchill War Rooms with a Meal for Two
Admission to Churchill War Rooms with a Meal for Two

BACK TO THE BLITZ fr £92pp

Visit Winston Churchill’s secret war bunker and discover more about one of Britain’s most enigmatic leaders. Explore the Churchill War Rooms, a secret hidden bunker beneath London’s Westminster, where former Prime Minister Winston Churchill and his most trusted aides plotted their victory over Hitler. Walk in the footsteps of one of Britain’s greatest leaders and glimpse what life would have been like during those tense days and nights of the Second World War.

Left exactly as it was when the lights were switched off back in 1945, see where Churchill and his War Cabinet took refuge during the Blitz, with pans still on the stoves, maps hanging on the walls and beds made up and ready to accommodate Churchill and his ministers. Enjoy access to the interactive Churchill Museum, using the fantastic interactive displays to learn of Winston Churchill’s life and legacy. Get a glimpse into his personal life by reading the letters he wrote to his wife Clementine, view newspaper archives, watch video excerpts and listen to original radio broadcasts of Churchill’s rousing wartime speeches. This experience offers a real insight into wartime Britain and is an experience not to be missed.

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7 Admission to Churchill War Rooms with a Meal for Two

Admission to Churchill War Rooms with a Meal for Two

8 Harry Potter Studio plus transport from London
Harry Potter Studio plus transport from London

HOORAY FOR HOGWARTS fr £92pp

For a magical day inside the world of Harry Potter this tour ticks all the boxes. Departing at 8am every day from two locations in London, you are transported to the Warner Brothers studios 20 miles north west of the capital to see Hogwarts Castle during a behind-the-scenes walking tour finding out how the popular films were made, meeting some of the characters and seeing lots of the costumes.

Then it will be time to enter a new attraction, the Forbidden Forest, where you are invited to ignore Professor Dumbledore's orders and follow in the footsteps of Harry, Ron and Hermione deep into the woods. Lots of surprises await in this magical setting built by many of the same crew responsible for the Oscar winning films. This fun tour is great for all the family and will leave you with lots of wonderful memories.

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8 Harry Potter Studio plus transport from London

Harry Potter Studio plus transport from London

9 A Private morning tour of Royal Yacht Britannia
A Private morning tour of Royal Yacht Britannia

THE QUEEN'S FAVOURITE SHIP

The Royal Yacht Britannia is Her Majesty the Queen’s private yacht. For years it was a place to escape the pressures of the world and relax in an intimate family atmosphere. Decommissioned in 1997, it is now docked in Edinburgh and provides a fascinating insight into the life of the monarchy, both on and off duty. The red carpet will be rolled out as you board via the Royal Brow, previously reserved for the Royal Family.

During this memorable visit you will learn how the Royal Family and crew lived and worked on board and hear stories of what life was like when the Royals sailed away. Britannia was launched in 1953 and for more than 44 years served the Royal Family travelling more than a million nautical miles to become one of the most famous ships in the world. It hosted glittering state visits, official receptions, royal honeymoons and relaxing family holidays.

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9 A Private morning tour of Royal Yacht Britannia

A Private morning tour of Royal Yacht Britannia

10 Afternoon tea baking class in a London home
Afternoon tea baking class in a London home

A REAL ENGLISH TRADITION

No visit to London is complete without having at least one traditional afternoon tea. And on this popular excursion you also have the chance to bake some English scones to enjoy with your cuppa at a private house which is located in a sought-after neighbourhood. This is very much a family home with personal effects and art objects decorating the house and you will be made to feel very welcome.

In the farm-house style kitchen, the lady of the house will guide you through some of the tips and tricks of baking the cakes and delicacies typically enjoyed during an afternoon tea. Once your work is complete, you will be invited to settle down in the drawing room and enjoy the fruits of your labour with a cup or two of freshly brewed tea . . . as well as your homemade pastries.

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10 Afternoon tea baking class in a London home

Afternoon tea baking class in a London home

11 Discover Edinburgh or the Highlands with a whisky expert
Discover Edinburgh or the Highlands with a whisky expert

RAISE A GLASS OR TWO

No visit to bonny Scotland is complete without sampling the famous whisky, and on this spirited excursion around Edinburgh or up into the Highlands you are bound to get a taste for the amber nectar. You will visit distilleries and see how the various whiskies are lovingly stored in old oak barrels and left to mature and begin to see why this is one of the country's biggest exports.

For the whole tour you are accompanied by a whisky expert who will help you discover and appreciate some of Scotland’s finest malt whiskies. Whether you’re looking to build up your own private collection or simply gain a deeper insight into the art of whisky distilling, this is the perfect addition to any visit for those looking for exclusive access to distilleries and as well as lots of expert advice.

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11 Discover Edinburgh or the Highlands with a whisky expert

Discover Edinburgh or the Highlands with a whisky expert

12 Exclusive access to Hamleys the toy store
Exclusive access to Hamleys the toy store

THE REAL TOY STORY

Hamleys in Regent Street is toy heaven, with every imaginable game, model and trinket on offer. And there is no better way to experience this magical world than through gaining exclusive access to the world famous store and exploring the seven floors at your own leisure, with members of the friendly staff on hand to answer you questions and fulfill any request.

This exclusive excursion is perfect for families who want to take their children to enjoy a memorable experience . . . and mums and dads will get so much out of the tour too. You can visit this huge store in the early morning, in the evening or, for a special treat, an overnight sleepover can be arranged. Everything is possible when Hamleys waves its magic wand.

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12 Exclusive access to Hamleys the toy store

Exclusive access to Hamleys the toy store

13 Foodie Tour of Edinburgh
Foodie Tour of Edinburgh

REAL TASTE OF SCOTLAND

Scotland’s deserved reputation as a foodie destination is a testament to its unique local dishes and delicious fresh produce and on this fun excursion you join an expert guide on a private tour around some of Edinburgh’s top eateries to sample a series of tasting plates that showcase the best of Scottish gastronomy, making it a real treat for the taste buds.

There are so many food items you should try when visiting the Scottish capital but some are a must. Traditional Haggis is at the top of most visitors' list and this is typically served with neeps and tatties. Then there is delicious fresh Scottish salmon, porridge with a generous helping of whisky, a Scottish tablet. bangers and mash and sticky toffee pudding. One warning . . . don't have a big breakfast before setting off!

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13 Foodie Tour of Edinburgh

Foodie Tour of Edinburgh

14 Luxury Speedboat on the River Thames
Luxury Speedboat on the River Thames

SPEED UP THE THAMES

When visiting London there is no more exhilarating experience than to jump on board a luxury speedboat for a high octane trip down the River Thames and see lots of the sights in the capital in style. This exquisitely-appointed boat is perfect for VIP transfers along the city’s main waterway, or as a great way to get unique views of the London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the O2 dome.

If you would prefer a bit of history, you can also take a leisurely cruise upriver to stunning Hampton Court Palace to hear stories of royal intrigue. This river trip can be personalised and you can order your favourite drinks, or even a luxury hamper. And throughout the journey you will be accompanied by an experienced guide who will tell you all about the iconic places you will speed past.

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14 Luxury Speedboat on the River Thames

Luxury Speedboat on the River Thames

15 Panoramic tour of London in a classic Mini Cooper
Panoramic tour of London in a classic Mini Cooper

MAGIC OF THE MINI

See the capital city through the eyes of a Londoner and explore its hidden streets in a restored classic Mini Cooper. Your expert guide will show you the sights and sounds of this great city, taking you past iconic landmarks such as The Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Tower Bridge and St Paul's Cathedral, as well as down side streets and back alleys to give you an alternative glimpse of London life.

These is nothing quite like driving around in one of England's classic cars and in the nippy Mini Cooper you can dodge in and out of the traffic and find parking easy as you tour around seeing so many of the famous buildings and historic landmarks that have made London one of the world's most visited cities. You'll really get a maximum amount of fun riding in a Mini!

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15 Panoramic tour of London in a classic Mini Cooper

Panoramic tour of London in a classic Mini Cooper

16 Private tour of the Houses of Parliament
Private tour of the Houses of Parliament

THE COMMONS TOUCH

Visit the Houses of Parliament on a private out-of-hours tour. This early morning visit will take you through the halls of power of Britain’s Parliament. You can see the Queen’s Robing room, the Royal Gallery, Commons Chamber and Westminster Hall and there will be a real buzz about the place as the Houses are prepared for the busy day ahead when the MPs and Lords arrive.

As soon as you walk past the beautiful Palace of Westminster and under Big Ben, you get an immediate sense of history. The building that survived an attempt to blow it up by Guy Fawkes has so many stories to tell and throughout your visit you will have the services of a guide who will bring this experience to life with tales of power and intrigue that have unfolded in this British icon.

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16 Private tour of the Houses of Parliament

Private tour of the Houses of Parliament

17 Private viewing of the Crown Jewels
Private viewing of the Crown Jewels

JEWEL IN THE CROWN

Head to the Tower of London for a private early morning viewing of the world's most famous display of sparkling gems. An extraordinary survivor over the centuries, the famous Tower of London was established soon after the Norman conquest in 1066. And standing on this site for nearly a thousand years, the Tower has been a witness to centuries of British history.

Former royal palace, prison and even a zoo, the Tower today is perhaps best known for housing the dazzling Crown Jewels which you’ll be able to view in complete privacy on this exclusive visit. This trip really is the Jewel in Crown of visits while staying in London and in the fabulous royal collection you will see some of the world's most famous and priceless diamonds set in crowns and tiaras.

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17 Private viewing of the Crown Jewels

Private viewing of the Crown Jewels

18 Running Tour of London with a Blue Badge Guide
Running Tour of London with a Blue Badge Guide

JOG THROUGH THE PARKS

St. James’s Park, Green Park, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens connect to form a green lung right in the heart of central London and all are favourite haunts of runners of all speeds and standards. From Speaker’s Corner to Charles II’s stomping ground, in the Royal Parks you'll get a unique perspective on London’s history and heritage as you jog along at your own pace..

On this popular and novel activity you will be accompanied by an expert London Blue Badge guide who will help you to discover another side to this great capital city on a run that is guaranteed to enrich both the body and mind. London's Royal parks are always kept in immaculate condition and the paths and roadways are kind on the feet and knees. So see the sights and get fit in the process.

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18 Running Tour of London with a Blue Badge Guide

Running Tour of London with a Blue Badge Guide

19 The Real Mary King’s Close
The Real Mary King’s Close

MYTHS AND LEGENDS

On this privately-guided tour you'll get to experience over 400 years of history as you venture into a warren of streets frozen in time and learn about Edinburgh's dark past. Find out what it was like for the people who worked, lived and died on the close. You will get to explore some of the rooms streets and spaces underneath the famous Royal Mile, getting a unique glimpse into the city's fascinating past.

This excursion is perfect for families and you will learn so much about the city's history. Mary King's Close is a historic close located under buildings along the famous Royal Mile and took its name from Mary King, a merchant burgess who lived there in the 17th century. It was partly buried when the Royal Exchange was built and the area has become shrouded in myths and legends and tales of hauntings and murders abound.

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19 The Real Mary King’s Close

The Real Mary King’s Close

20 Visit Edinburgh with a Georgian Lady
Visit Edinburgh with a Georgian Lady

STEP BACK IN TIME

Edinburgh is known as the Athens of the North for its neo-classical architecture and you will begin to see why on this fascinating excursion. This style of architecture characterises the city’s New Town, which is already more than 200 years old having been built during the Georgian era. Join one of our historical interpreters on a unique tour of Edinburgh from the perspective of a Georgian lady.

When the New Town was built, no shops were included in the designs and so the ladies of the house had to make the journey to the medieval Old Town to buy provisions. You’ll take a step back in time discovering Georgian Edinburgh and this is a unique and fun way to discover the geography of the city’s layout and how its citizens have lived throughout some of the most significant periods in history.

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20 Visit Edinburgh with a Georgian Lady

Visit Edinburgh with a Georgian Lady