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London Exclusive: Small-Group London Sightseeing Tour: Visit St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London

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Viator Exclusive: Small-Group London Sightseeing Tour: Visit St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London

Get the most out of London on this full-day tour, which hits the best of the English capital — you can’t book this Exclusive anywhere else. Visit St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London, watch the Changing of the Guard, and be led through the British Museum. Learn about the history of London and the sights you visit, and end the day with a much better understanding of the English metropolis.

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Upgrade to include entrance fees, or enjoy the flexibility of deciding on the day which attractions you’d like to visit. Numbers are limited to 15, ensuring a small-group experience.

Viator Exclusive: Small-Group London Sightseeing Tour: Visit St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London

Highlights
– Fully narrated tour
– Instant Confirmation
– Meet your guide at Temple Underground Station in London, then board a comfortable minivan and head to St Paul’s Cathedral. On arrival, show your pre-booked ticket or pay your entrance fee (depending on the option selected), and then explore the 17th-century cathedral on an independent, audio-guided tour.
Take in the skyline from the dome and descend to the crypt to see the tombs of famous British figures like Sir Winston Churchill.

After roughly 1.5 hours, join back up with your guide and continue to the Mall for the Changing of the Guard. Along the way, pass showstopper sights like 10 Downing Street, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, and learn more about London’s history. Hop out of your minivan in Trafalgar Square and set off on foot to Buckingham Palace. See Horse Guards Parade and other royal residences, then marvel at the pageantry of the world-famous ceremony as you march alongside the guards on the Mall.

Continue by minivan to the Tower of London, a majestic castle first built in the 11th century, stopping off on route for lunch (own expense). On arrival, opt to join a complimentary tour by one of the Beefeater guards to learn more about the tower’s role in British history. Then, enjoy time at your leisure to see the Crown Jewels, White Tower, Traitor’s Gate and other highlights. Alternatively, if you’ve not upgraded to include entrance fees, make the most of free time to explore the City of London at your own pace. Perhaps stroll along the banks of the Thames River or visit nearby Tower Bridge (own expense).

Make your final stop of the day at the British Museum, which boast the largest collection of antiquities in the world, spanning two million years. Your guide helps you navigate more easily around the vast museum and sheds light on prestigious exhibits such as the Rosetta Stone. If there’s any area of history you’re particularly interested in, let your guide know so your visit can be tailored to suit your interests.

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17/04/2017 |

Tower of London Entrance Ticket: One of London’s most popular attractions

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Tower of London Entrance Ticket: One of London's most popular attractions

Enjoy faster entrance to the UNESCO-listed Tower of London, one of London’s most popular attractions. Bypass the long lines at the main ticket office, and explore this mighty complex, established in 1066. Check out the White Tower, Traitors’ Gate and Tower Green, where Anne Boleyn was beheaded in 1536; visit the awe-inspiring Crown Jewels; and see the legendary ravens.

Once inside, explore independently, or take a complimentary Yeoman Warder ‘Beefeater’ tour or audio-guided tour (own expense).

Upgrade to include admission to two other London palaces: Hampton Court and Kensington Palace.

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Tower of London Entrance Ticket: One  of London's most popular attractions
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All entrance fees included
Ideal choice for families
Make your own way to the Tower of London on the banks of the Thames River. With your entrance ticket, Bypass the long lines at the main ticket office, and head through the group entrance and security into this imposing palace-fortress.

Built by William the Conqueror in 1066, the Tower has a dark 1,000-year history as a royal palace, prison and execution place, as well as a royal mint and armoury. Today, it still stores the British monarch’s Crown Jewels, just as it has done since 1303.

Once inside, explore independently or choose to take an optional audio-guided tour (own expense) or complimentary tour led by a Yeoman Warder or ‘Beefeater’, one of the ceremonial guards. The 1-hour Yeoman-led tours leave from inside the entrance every 30 minutes until the mid-afternoon, and offer a compelling insight into the tower’s history and sites.

See the brooding ravens as you walk around and be swept up by the grim but fascinating stories of the turrets, chambers and buildings around you. Visit the main, White Tower, to see its Royal Armouries exhibits, and enter the Bloody Tower, reputed to be where the ‘Princes in the Tower’ were murdered by an unknown hand in around 1483.

See Traitors’ Gate, through which the arrested Anne Boleyn was brought by boat from the Thames River. Then, walk to Tower Green where she was beheaded in 1536 on the orders of Henry VII, and where a string of monarchs and traitors also met a grisly end.

Step back to Tudor times at the Medieval Palace, where recreated medieval interiors detail comfortable lifestyles of Tudor monarchs such as Henry VIII, and stretch your legs with a Wall Walk, strolling along the massive encircling walls to discover more sites.

Lastly, don’t miss the Crown Jewels, the royal regalia and gems that symbolize the British monarchy. Join the separate queue to gaze at these sparkling exhibits, including St Edward’s Crown, used at coronations since 1661, and the legendary Koh-i-Noor diamond, the 105.6-carat diamond given to Queen Victoria in 1849.

Having explored as much as you wish, take your leave and make your own way back home or to your hotel.

Royal Palaces Pass Upgrade
Want to uncover more of London’s fascinating royal history? Then, upgrade to a Royal Palaces Pass that gives you a priority entrance ticket to the Tower of London together with admission to London’s Hampton Court Palace and gardens, and Kensington Palace, the former royal home of Queen Victoria and Princess Diana.

Your Royal Palaces Pass entitles you to one visit to each of the three attractions and is valid for two years, so you’ll have plenty of freedom to experience each site and discover its enthralling past at your leisure.

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17/04/2017 |

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: enter the magical world of Harry Potter and friends

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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: enter the magical world of Harry and his friends

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Harry Potter™ film series with the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. Enjoy round-trip transport from central London to the Harry Potter film studio to enter the magical world of Harry and his friends.

You’ll see how the movies were created as you tour the real movie sets, admire the costumes and props, and learn about the special effects and animatronics used to create the films’ stunning visuals. Explore the Great Hall, pose next to the original ‘Hogwarts Express,’ set foot down Diagon Alley and more.

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Highlights
– All entrance fees included
– Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
– Family friendly
– Ideal choice for families
– Popular choice with kids

Board a double-decker bus in central London and drive 17 miles (27 km) northwest to the English borough of Hertfordshire. Arrive in the town of Watford, home to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, where you’ll witness the legendary Harry Potter film series come to life.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: enter the magical world of Harry Potter and friends

Set off independently to explore the real sets used in these iconic movies. Imagine walking side-by-side with Harry, Ron and Hermione as you explore the Great Hall, view Dumbledore’s office and stroll down Diagon Alley, featuring the storefronts of Ollivanders wand shop, Flourish and Blotts, the Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, Gringotts Wizarding Bank and Eeylops Owl Emporium.

Admire the costumes and props used by Harry and his counterparts, and learn about the special effects and makeup that brought magical characters such as Dobby and the Death Eaters to life. Remember to bring your camera — there are exciting photo opportunities around every corner.

Cap your visit at Platform 9 ¾, where you can get a glimpse into how some the film’s most iconic scenes were created. Pose with a luggage trolley as it disappears through the platform wall, and get up close to the original Hogwarts Express steam engine. Marvel as steam billows from the 78-year-old engine and admire the platform’s glass roof, yellow brick walls and luggage racks.

On your drive back to London, sit back and reminisce on your fantastic day in the magical world of Harry Potter…

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13/04/2017 |

Rock Music Tour – discover London’s rock music history

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Rock Music Tour - discover London's rock music history

Music lovers! This is the ideal way to discover London’s rock music history. Choose either the morning or afternoon tour, or book them both for a comprehensive London Rock Music tour. These small-group tours (maximum 16 people) cover everything from rock ‘n’ roll landmarks in bohemian Soho to the north London neighborhoods of Camden Town, Hampstead Village and Heath, Muswell Hill, Archway and Islington.

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Full Day Tour
Code: FD0900
Full-day Rock Music Tour combining the morning and afternoon tour to give you the very best of London’s rock music history. Departs 9am.

From EUR83.28
Pricing details
Morning Tour
Code: HD0900
Morning Rock Music Tour including Pink Floyd’s studio and band members’ homes, Hendrix, Page and Clash sites, Amy Winehouse’s Camden, McCartney’s office, Soho Clubs and Abbey Road. Departs 9am.

From EUR41.64
Pricing details
Afternoon Tour
Code: HD1400
Afternoon Rock Music Tour including sites connected with The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, the Beatles and much more. Departs Summer 2pm or Winter 1pm.

Pricing information
London Rock Music Tour
London Rock Music Full Day Small Group Tour
Inclusions:
Local guide
Transport by air-conditioned minivan (maximum 16)
Exclusions:
Gratuities (optional)
Hotel pickup and drop off
Food and drinks, unless specified
Additional Information:
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Vehicles are collapsible wheelchair accessible, however the driver is unable to assist passengers boarding and disembarking due to insurance regulations
Itinerary:

Morning Tour (3.5 Hours):

Take a tour through historic London neighborhoods including Soho, Islington and Camden Town, and discover where many of the wild adventures in the history of rock ‘n’ roll took place. Pass Paul McCartney’s Golden Disc-covered office and the flat where he wrote the Beatles hit song ‘Yesterday.’ You’ll also see the flat shared by the Fab Four and walk across the famous Abbey Road crossing outside the recording studio.

Stop by ‘Tin Pan Alley,’ where the Rolling Stones cut their first disc, and check out the Pink Floyd studios. Sites of other famous events include the place where Jimi Hendrix burned his first guitar, where Jimmy Page cut his first disc and where Amy Winehouse lived and died. Pass more than 50 additional sites connected with U2, The Clash, the Sex Pistols, Queen, The Who, Zombies, Madness, Elton John and more.

Afternoon Tour (3.5 Hours):
On the afternoon tour, see famous gig sites, clubs, rock hotels, record labels, management offices and studios. Highlights include walking across the famed Abbey Road crossing and seeing where Paul still lives. You will also see where Jimi Hendrix lived and died, where Freddie Mercury and Queen hung out, and Led Zeppelin’s HQ. You’ll see sites connected with The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Cream, Pink Floyd, Bob Marley, Elton John, the Beatles, The Sex Pistols, Bowie, The Who and many more.

Full-Day Tour (8 Hours):
A combination of the morning tour, followed by the afternoon tour.

Please note that tour route is subject to change without notice due to weather or traffic conditions.

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10/04/2017 |

Theater Show-Phantom of the Opera

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Theater Show-Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of The Opera is a haunting musical which traces the tragic love story of a beautiful young opera singer and a composer shamed by his physical appearance into a shadowy existence beneath the majestic Paris Opera House.

The show received its world premiere at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London on 9th October 1986 and has since been played out to over 9,500 audiences in the West End. A true theatre blockbuster that is not to be missed whilst in London!

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Highlights
Tour is wheelchair accessible
All entrance fees included
Based on a classic French thriller about the terrifying and legendary figure who emerges from the depths of The Paris Opera House and manifests the mythic opera ghost in terrifying reality. With some of the most lavish sets, costumes and special effects ever to have been created for the stage, The Phantom of the Opera is a musical phenomenon.

You have the choice of two seating options for the performance. Standard priced seats offer a good view of the stage and are usually located in the rear stalls or dress circle. Alternatively, opt for top priced seating and enjoy a full view of the stage and get closer to the stars!
Make the most of a memorable evening and enjoy a pre-show dinner at Prezzo Restaurant, Haymarket. Serving Italian cuisine, Prezzo Restaurant has something for everyone and is situated right in the heart of London’s theatre district. Sample menus can be viewed in the itinerary section (below).

 

Theater Show-Phantom of the Opera
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06/04/2017 |

Leeds Castle, Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Day Trip -Escape the hustle-bustle of London for a day and travel to the English countryside

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Escape the hustle-bustle of London for a day and travel to the English countryside for a tour of Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral and Dover. Enjoy a private viewing of beautiful Leeds Castle before the doors open to the public, get an exclusive tour inside UNESCO World Heritage–listed Canterbury Cathedral, and admire the symbolic White Cliffs of Dover. Listen to your guide’s expert commentary throughout the day through your personal headphones.

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Highlights
Day trip (destination A to B)
Hotel pickup included
Led by a Blue Badge guide
All entrance fees included

Board a coach in central London in the morning, pop in your state-of-the-art Vox headphones and relax on the drive out of the busy city and into the scenic English countryside. Enjoy clear, crisp commentary about the sights from your guide, piping straight into your personal earbuds, adjusting the volume to your preferences. On the way, you’ll drive through Greenwich, home of the Royal Observatory and the Prime Meridian, where the world’s time is set.
Day Trip From London

Arrive at Leeds Castle before the crowds arrive for a tour of the 12th-century castle and grounds. Leeds Castle is picture-perfect, set in a shimmering lake and surrounded by idyllic greenery that spans 500 acres (202 hectares). Inside, admire a superb collection of medieval furniture and tapestries and Impressionist art, and learn how the castle has traded hands over the centuries. Stop by the bird aviary and try your hand at the castle’s popular maze formed by towering hedges.
Next, head to Canterbury Cathedral, a stunning UNESCO World Heritage–listed Gothic church built in the 11th century. Canterbury Cathedral is considered the birthplace of English Christianity, so it comes with some fascinating history. With your Vox headphones, your guide has the unique privilege of leading your large group into the quiet cathedral for a tour of the treasures that lie inside.

Re-board the coach for a drive through the Kent countryside, known as the Garden of England, with its quaint villages and pretty landscapes. Reach the coast to admire the White Cliffs of Dover — towering chalk-white cliffs overlooking the historic English Channel. Visit the Battle of Britain Memorial and learn why this site is so symbolic for the English, and look up to see England’s largest castle, Dover Castle, looming on the hilltop.

After a day full of sightseeing, arrive back in London in the evening.

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03/04/2017 |

Affordable domestic fares from Johannesburg to London

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Affordable domestic fares from Johannesburg to Londen

Book cheap domestic fares from Johannesburg to London, starting from R7,845. While in London, immerse yourself in the rich historic culture or visit numerous sites and sounds around London.

We compiled a list of itinerary ideas which every London tourist should experience:

  • Buckingham Palace (one of Queen Elizabeth II’s homes)
  • Parliament and Big Ben clock tower in Westminster.
  • London Eye, a gigantic Ferris wheel overlooking Westminster and the Thames.
  • London Zoo in Regent’s Park.
  • Hyde Park and the Serpentine pond, where you can rent a rowing boat.
  • Madame Tussaud’s Waxwork Museum.
  • Natural History Museum, home to dinosaurs and one of the world’s largest natural history collections.
  • Victoria & Albert Museum, home to some of Princess Diana’s most famous dresses.
  • London Dungeon, a spine-tingling experience.
  • London Aquarium, home to one of Europe’s largest deepwater tanks and best shark-diving experiences.
  • The Shard Viewing Platform, uppermost floor of a skyscraper in Southwark district, (short walk from London Bridge and Borough tube stations), affording fabulous views over the city.

Home to some of the UK’s most famous faces, like the Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger, 007 creator Ian Fleming and actor Michael Caine, London offers an unrivalled number of world-famous attractions. Use a specialist like Travelstart to help you find the cheapest flights to Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted or London City Airport.

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