London is a city like no other! Enjoy three days exploring this magnificent metropolis and some of its most famous sites, recognizable the world over. From a stroll along the banks of the Thames to Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the London Eye, the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace. The independent Essential London package offers the perfect add-on for any self-drive or rail tour of England or Britain.View this tour
Our city guide to London
London is a colossal city in both size and stature. Whilst home to a wealth of history and mindful of age-old tradition, London also remains a world-leader in commerce, politics and culture and is home to globally recognised landmarks, old and new, around every corner. Sharing a language with the USA and a continent with Europe, London takes influences from both and the result is a global-city with a buzz like no other.
Places to visit in London
London remains an international showcase for England’s love-affair with tradition and pageantry. At the centre of the British Monarchy throughout the ages, London is home to a number of exquisite historic Royal Palaces including Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace and Hampton Court palace. Pomp and ceremony are celebrated frequently whether it be at the daily “Changing of the Guard” to the wandering Beefeater’s at the Tower of London or most recently (Apr 2011) at Westminster Abbey for the glorious wedding event of William Prince of Wales and Kate Middleton now Duchess of Cambridge.
Surrounding Westminster Abbey is London’s political quarter, instantly recognisable from the intricate clock-tower of one of London’s most prominent symbols in Big Ben. From here you’ll see the orderly streets of Westminster, Whitehall and Downing Street whilst tucked away you’ll uncover the intriguing Cabinet War Rooms museum where Churchill’s plight in World War II comes to life.
London is always at the very forefront of British (and international) culture. With a truly multicultural make-up there is a bar, cafe or restaurant for every taste. The West End is home to a vibrant nightlife and London’s renowned theatre district where you can catch international stars in big-name shows. There are literally dozens of world-class museums and galleries with something for every flavour, from the Victoria and Albert Museum, to the British Museum, to the Tate Modern Gallery and Shakespeare’s Globe exhibition. There is an array of cultural events to be enjoyed whether it’s a music gig at the renowned o2 arena, the stunning Chelsea Flower Show or the exotic celebrations of the Notting Hill Carnival.
London is a sporting city like no other, home to a number of England’s beloved football (or soccer) clubs including Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and the national Stadium at Wembley. However it doesn’t end at football, with international Cricket at Lords or the Oval, the annual London Marathon and the world’s most prestigious tennis event at Wimbledon. Not to mention London’s successful bid for the 2012 Olympic Games.
Commercially, London has more to offer than any other city in the UK. In the plush districts of Kensington and Knightsbridge you’ll find big brands, such as Harrods Department Store, rub shoulders with independent boutiques whilst Oxford Street is home to myriad of high-street names and international labels. For a more informal shopping experience Covent Garden offers gifts and knick-knacks alongside creative street entertainment whilst a visit to one of London’s famous street markets, such as Camden Market and Portobello Road is a “must” for a true taste of London.
In London every location is a destination in itself. A boat cruise on the river Thames or a gentle stroll around the Princess Diana Memorial in Hyde Park, admiring the flowers of Kew Gardens or enjoying a peaceful viewing of St Pauls Cathedral are all equally as rewarding as experiencing the buzz of Soho, the bustle surrounding Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square, the electric atmosphere around the statue of Eros on Piccadilly or seeing the glorious London skyline from the top of the London Eye.
Whether it’s iconic sites and historic landmarks, the pomp and pageantry of English tradition, the modern world of politics, culture and sport or simply to soak up the sights and sounds of a city with a life of its own, to experience London is to experience every aspect of English life and will make a highlight for any trip to England.
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A Channel Islands Tour – Immerse yourself in the Channel Islands' natural beauty and fascinating history on this epic journey across the English Channel from London to Paris. Between England's classic Dorset Coast and the Gallic charm and exquisite coastlines of Northern France we'll tour this enchanting group of tiny islands, discovering Guernsey's wartime occupation, uncovering Western Europe's best-preserved Neolithic sites in Jersey, and experiencing a bygone world on Sark.View this tour
Rail Tour of Britain – Travel by train on this rail adventure through Britain touching the highlights of England, Scotland and Wales. Visit the elegant historic cities of York, Bath and Chester and enjoy scenic rail journeys through the rolling hills of the English Lake District, the Scottish Lowlands and the Welsh border Marches. Your trip is rounded off with stays in no fewer than three capital cities in London, Edinburgh and Cardiff and includes selected day-tours to reach more rural sites such as the Cotswolds and Stonehenge.View this tour
Enjoy a week in England staying in the thriving capital city of London, a bustling city of iconic landmarks and the undoubted heart of English history and culture. An unrivalled destination in its own right, London also offers the perfect base from which to explore South and central England; enjoy fully guided tours of London’s highlights as well as Bath City, Stonehenge, Oxford the Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon. London and Beyond is an ideal mix of English city and countryside and is perfect for those looking to explore without wanting to drive overseas.View this tour
A British Rail Tour – Get two countries for the price of one as you use the British rail network to explore the rails England and Wales. Your itinerary will include scenic rail rides through the scenic Welsh border Marches and over the Yorkshire Dales whilst overnight stops include the historic cities of Chester and York and the cosmopolitan Welsh capital city of Cardiff. In order to best explore the rural landscapes of Wales we’ve included two separate day tours to explore the South Wales countryside and the mountains of Snowdonia in the North Wales.View this tour
A Great Britain Rail Tour - Make use of Britain's extensive rail network on this comprehensive rail tour through England, Scotland and Wales. Your journey will take you from the bustling city of London over scenic rail routes to the remote Highlands of Scotland. You’ll experience Britain’s many cultural highlights along the way including the historic cities of Cardiff, Bath, York and Edinburgh. In selected destinations your trip is complemented with small-group day tours to ensure you reach those out-of-the-way highlights such as Stonehenge, the rustic scenery of the Lake District and Loch Ness.View this tour
A Comprehensive Britain Tour – this elegant escorted coach tour of Britain evokes a bygone age as you journey from Edinburgh to London to discover traditional villages, stately homes, historic castles and beautiful gardens. Featuring two-nights stays in each overnight destination, you’ll journey at a leisurely pace enjoying expertly planned day excursions and city tours in each destination with fabulous local visits designed to showcase each region in depth. A truly engaging and well balanced itinerary of Britain.View this tour
A Small Group Tour of England – Discover the rich history and rustic landscapes of England on this diverse journey from the far South West to England’s Northern territories. England’s Coastline and Countryside takes you from the golden bays and craggy cliffs of Cornwall through the quintessential villages of the Cotswolds to the rugged landscapes of Yorkshire and the Lake District. Along the way we’ll visit the elegant cities of Bath, Salisbury, Oxford and York and enjoy a host of local visits and experiences to truly immerse ourselves in England’s unique charm and heritage.View this tour
A Cotswolds Rail Tour – Use England’s rail network to explore the historic towns and quintessential countryside of the heart of England. From the Regency streets of Bath and the medieval colleges of Oxford to the Elizabethan streets of Stratford-upon-Avon, this region is brimming with English history and heritage. You’ll also enjoy day-tours to the rolling hills and chocolate-box cottages of the Cotswolds countryside and over the Wiltshire plains to Stonehenge.View this tour
Enjoy an England and Wales driving tour to experience the contrasts of two distinct British cultures on this in-depth tour of two of Britain's intriguing nations. Enjoy the contrasting vistas of the patchwork fields of the Cotswolds, the rustic Yorkshire Dales, the mountains of Snowdonia and the coastlines of the Pembrokeshire National Park. Not to mention icons of English and Welsh history at Conwy Castle, York Minster, Shakespeare’s Stratford, Cardiff Castle and Stonehenge.View this tour
A week-long tour of England - Icons of England takes you on a journey of discovery of England’s most renowned sites, cities and landscapes. You’ll experience English icons including Stonehenge, Bath’s Roman Baths, the rolling hills of the Cotswolds countryside, Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon Avon, York Minster, the colleges of Cambridge and a wealth of attractions across the English Capital London.View this tour
A Britain Small Group Tour - Travel from Edinburgh to London through England's enchanting Eastern regions where the Celts, Romans, Angles and Vikings all left their marks. On this Eastern England small group tour we'll discover rich and contrasting history and culture as we explore the cathedral cities of Durham and York, drive through the stunning and remote landscapes of the Yorkshire Moors and the Peak District and wind our way through the colleges and cobbled streets of Cambridge. On route we'll encounter hidden villages, stately homes and Royal Palaces.View this tour
A Winter Tour of England - There's nowhere quite like England when it comes to wrapping up warm and enjoying the seasonal magic of Christmas. This small-group tour explores England's most festive attractions as we tour the Cotswolds countryside and cathedral cities of central England. We'll get in to the Christmas Spirit as we experience Choral Evensong services, discover the traditions of bygone times and set aside time to pick-up some gifts in and maybe indulge in a mug of mulled-wine at some of England's renowned Christmas markets along the way!View this tour
A small group tour of England – England’s Rustic Charm is a leisurely tour exploring the highlights of central and northern England. Departing the elegant city of Bath you’ll enjoy a journey through the rolling hills and honey-coloured villages of the Cotswolds to the ruggedly beautiful landscapes of the English Lake District and Yorkshire Dales. Along the way we’ll visit the dreaming spires of Oxford, the Tudor streets of Stratford-upon-Avon and spend two nights in the medieval city of York. A leisurely journey that will leave you charmed by England’s unique heritage and rustic landscapes.View this tour
An England Small Group Tour – Explore quintessential England on this six-day journey through the beautiful counties of the South East. Discover a wealth of historic and cultural attractions from Canterbury Cathedral and Dover’s White Cliffs to harbour town Whitstable, the “pearl of Kent”. On route sample award-winning English beers, wander some of England’s finest gardens and explore grandiose medieval castles and Royal Palaces.View this tour
"When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life...". London is home to the richest of histories but remains at the cutting edge of British culture; take five days to explore this colossal city and all that it has to offer from iconic landmarks and the best of British shopping and culture. And if that’s not enough, enjoy a day-tour to explore the English gems of Stonehenge and Bath.View this tour
Private Tour of the Cotswolds - Discover quintessential England on an exclusive private tour of the historic cities and rolling landscapes of the Cotswolds. Travelling in the company of your local driver, you'll experience the contrasts of this region from the iconic Stonehenge and elegant city of Bath to the countryside life of rural England. Your private driver will share their local knowledge and take you to see the hidden gems of the Cotswolds before inviting you to enjoy a unique experience at a traditional working farm in the heart of the region. Your exclusive overnight hotels will boast both character and quality, the ideal spaces in which to relax after a day touring in the classic Cotswolds.View this tour
Classic Britain Driving Tour - a snapshot of the countryside and historic cities of England, Scotland and Wales. Enjoy the rolling hills and thatch villages of the Cotswolds to the towering mountains and fortresses of North Wales. Pass through the lakes and dales of the English Lake District and the rolling hills of the Scottish Lowlands and Yorkshire Dales. Historic cities to explore on route include Regency Bath, Medieval York, and the capital cities of Edinburgh and London.View this tour
A Small Group Tour of England and Scotland – From the southernmost tip of the Cornish Peninsular to the remote wilderness of the Isle of Skye, Britain Coast to Mountain takes you on an epic small-group journey through the diverse cultures and landscapes of England and Scotland. Discover the quaint fishing towns of Cornwall, the rolling hills of the Cotswolds, the rustic dales of Yorkshire and the barren moorlands of the Scottish Highlands. Along the way we’ll visit the heritage cities of Bath, York, Chester and Edinburgh and experience regional food, drink and hospitality. Britain Coast to Mountain is the perfect immerse yourself in culture and panoramas of England and Scotland.View this tour
A Britain Coach Tour – Take a journey through the Highlights of Britain on this tour of England, Scotland and Wales. This itinerary takes you through renowned visitor destinations and lesser-known gems alike – experience the heritage cities of York, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Bath and enjoy a number of Britain’s scenic rural regions including the Scottish Trossachs National Park with Loch Lomond, and the English Lake District, The Cotswolds and West Country. The perfect way to explore the very Best of Britain.View this tour
A Britain Rail Tour – Experience the cities and landscapes of two great nations on this rail journey of discovery through England and Scotland. Travelling from vibrant London in the South to romantic Edinburgh in the North and back again your itinerary will take you through the historic cities of Oxford, Glasgow and York. Along the way you’ll experience scenic rail-rides through the rolling British countryside and enjoy hand-picked day tours to reach the rural sites and villages of the Cotswolds, the Lake District and Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park.View this tour
A small group tour of Britain – discover what makes Britain Great on this small group journey through the diverse cultures and landscapes of England, Scotland and Wales. This comprehensive itinerary takes you from the peaceful coasts and mountains of Wales, through rustic landscapes of rural England and north in to remote wilderness of the Scottish Highlands. We’ll see iconic landmarks and hidden gems, visit Britain’s quaint villages and heritage cities and enjoy a host of local experiences from steam train rides through the English countryside to whisky tasting in the Highlands. In the company of your local guides, the Great British Journey is the ultimate way to explore Britain.View this tour
A Rail Tour of England – Experience the highlights of England on this concise but attraction packed tour as you traverse the comprehensive English rail network. Enjoy overnight stays in some of England’s best-known heritage cities including Bath, Oxford and York to see iconic sites such as ancient Roman Baths, medieval university colleges and towering cathedrals. You’ll also experience England’s quintessential countryside as included small-group tours take you in to the heart of the Cotswolds villages and Lake District National Park.View this tour
An England driving tour - England Explorer is a comprehensive tour of this great nation taking you from the heart of England to its far-reaching corners including the beautiful Lake District and the coastlines of Cornwall. You’ll experience classic English countryside including the Cotswolds and Yorkshire Dales and a host of historic cities including York, Chester and Bath not to mention a couple of nights in the vibrant English capital city, London.View this tour
An English Gardens Tour – This small-group journey allows you to enjoy the undoubted highlight of the British gardening year, the Chelsea Flower Show, exhibiting award-winning gardens and resplendent flower displays. With this event as its centrepiece, this tour explores the charming county of Kent, known as the “Garden of England” and celebrates some of the most iconic, creative and inspirational historic houses and gardens in England.View this tour
A Rail Tour of Wales – Enjoy an epic rail journey taking you to all corners of this small but magnificent nation. Your rail tour takes you from the Welsh capital of Cardiff through the rugged coastlines of Pembrokeshire to the dramatic mountains of the Snowdonia National Park. Medieval castles and historic harbour towns await as well as some of Wales' renowned historic and heritage railway lines which will take you on some of the most scenic rail journeys that Britain has to offer. All in all a comprehensive tour of Wales travelling by train.View this tour
An English Literature Tour – this uniquely themed coach tour of England takes you on an incredible journey following footsteps of some of Britain’s most renowned authors and playwrights. Travelling across the English countryside, immerse yourself in the lives of literary greats from William Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon, the charming city of Bath that stole Jane Austen’s heart, the coasts of Dorset and Thomas Hardy Country to the rural idylls of Yorkshire and the Lake District, stomping ground of the Bronte Sisters and William Wordsworth. Along the way, we’ll see historic cities and England’s rustic landscapes.View this tour
An English Gardens Tour – Enjoy a leisurely journey through the scenic South East of England to visit a host of opulent country estates and their quintessential English Country Gardens. This itinerary takes you from the vibrant city of London to the romantic Sissinghurst Castle and onwards to the opulent Hampton Court Palace. Along the way we'll see a host of RHS gardens including London's Kew Gardens and visit the historic city of Windsor – a delightful journey to see the very best of this green and pleasant corner of England.View this tour
A driving tour of England and Scotland - indulge in a unique trip taking in two of Britain’s most unique nations. Your self-drive vacation will take you through the rural landscapes of England and Scotland before returning your vehicle in Edinburgh and returning to London by rail. The trip will take in the beautiful landscapes of the Cotswolds, Yorkshire, Lake District and Scottish Highlands not to mention a host of elegant cities including York, Glasgow, Edinburgh and London.View this tour
A Small Group Tour of Britain - This Tour takes you from London to Edinburgh providing the full British history and culture experience along the way. Experience the natural beauty of the Cotswolds, Wales’ stunning Snowdonia National Park and the Lake District in between visiting cultural highlights such as Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, the Beatles’ Liverpool and medieval York. Your tour ends in the Scottish capital after a journey through the rolling landscapes of the lowlands.View this tour
An English Garden Tour – Is there anything more beautiful than the quintessential English Garden? This elegant escorted coach tour takes you on an incredible journey across England and Wales to visit some of the UK’s most renowned gardens. Explore royal palaces and stately homes to discover the secrets of their formal gardens and rambling estates and enjoy the scenic drives through Britain’s wonderful countryside. A highlight will be your visit to one of the most esteemed garden shows in the country – the Chelsea Flower Show.View this tour
A Great Britain driving tour - experience all that is great about Britain on the ultimate tour of England, Scotland and Wales. See it all, from the thriving capital cities of London, Edinburgh and Cardiff to the remote Scottish Highlands, tranquil Lake District an d spectacular Snowdonia National Park. Along the way you’ll experience diverse cultures and histories and see world-famous landmarks including Stonehenge, the Roman Baths, Cardiff Castle, the Cotswolds, Hadrian’s Wall, Loch Ness and Edinburgh Castle.View this tour
The British Journey tour is a Britain driving tour that takes you on an expedition from the capital of Scotland to the capital of England touching upon Wales and enjoying a wealth of cultural highlights along the way. Explore Scotland’s “Highlands in miniature” and the historic city of Edinburgh before passing south through the inspiring landscapes of the Lake District, Cotswolds and Wye Valley to glorious historic cities including Chester, Cardiff, Stratford upon Avon and Bath. Your trip ends in the thriving metropolis of London.View this tour
A Private Tour of Britain - Indulge your senses in the history, heritage and landscapes of Britain. Relax as in the company of an experienced private driver who’ll share their local knowledge and insight as they guide you through the countryside of England, Scotland and Wales. Enjoy quality and characterful accommodations each night and a wealth of included sightseeing each day including a unique local experience in the heart of the Cotswolds. For those seeking something a little special, the British Indulgence is a “must”.View this tour