The beauty of the Highlights of London Tour lies in its sheer simplicity coupled with its terrific versatility. In short, you will enjoy a breathtaking tour through 2,000 years of fascinating history at a pace that suits you.
Not only do you really get beneath the skin of the city but you also get to experience its ancient streets, world-famous landmarks, tucked away courtyards and hidden alleyways in the way they were intended to be explored – on foot.
Richard will meet you in the lobby of your hotel (or at any venue of your choice) and, having discussed what you want to see and what you want to get out of the day, he will take you on an exhilarating journey that will be both informative and entertaining.
The tour will make use of London’s speedy underground system to whisk you between locations. But it will also incorporate journeys by London’s iconic buses from the top decks of which you will see so many things that are just not visible from street level or from a car or taxi.
The great thing about touring London in this manner is that you spend 100% of your time exploring. No wasting time stuck in endless traffic jams. No driving around whilst your driver attempts to find a parking space. You’re able to keep constantly on the move setting your own pace and reacting to events as they unfold throughout the day.
Should something out of the ordinary occur, a sudden road closure or a unforeseen build up of traffic for example, you simply jump on the underground, or you cut across the nearest park, or duck in to the closest warren of alleyways and, hey presto, you’re back on track.
The other great thing about exploring London on foot and by public transport is that you can visit the locations you want to visit at the best times.
If, for example, you wish to see the Crown Jewels (and let’s be honest they’re a pretty big highlight!) then Richard can time your arrival at the Tower of London when it is least crowded so that you don’t have to wait in a, seemingly endless, line.
If you want to witness the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, and providing it’s actually taking place on the day of your tour, Richard can take you to the very best vantage points from which to get the best views and the all important photographs and videos of the ceremony.
Half way through the day you might suddenly remember something that someone at home told you was a “must see” whilst in London. No problem. Richard can advise you if its do-able and, if it is, can change the itinerary accordingly to accommodate it.