You stroll along a beautiful riverside stretch in the South Bank neighborhood, dusk gently turning itself into night. All at once the entire cityscape before you pulsates to life with infinite twinkling lights. It is a moment you’ll never forget.
London is, without question, one of the greatest cities in the world with its impressive history, grand architecture, ancient remains, high end shops and restaurants, lively pubs, a thriving cultural scene and a world-famous river that winds through charming towns and villages. You will be in the center of it all on this signature journey that will show you the absolute best this metropolis has to offer. Glimpse famous landmarks from the upper deck of a double-decker bus, enjoy guided tours of famous cathedrals and ancient ruins, and stop in at the Queen’s residence for a royally good time. In the evenings, unwind in well-appointed accommodations just a stone’s throw away from some of the biggest “must-see” attractions in the city.
Visit famous landmarks like the spine-chilling Tower of London, Big Ben, the Gothic Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, Harrods, the Royal Albert Hall, Baker Street home of Sherlock Holmes, Madame Tussauds and plenty more. Tour St. Paul’s Cathedral where Prince Charles and Lady Di were hitched, then take a cruise up the lovely Thames River. Visit Stonehenge, the ancient stone circle clouded in mystery, and learn about its archaeological significance and possible astronomical role. Explore Windsor Castle, which is the oldest and largest castle in the world and the official residence of the Queen.
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For your added comfort, we will have a Meet & Greet assistant for you upon your arrival. A representative will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall after you pass through customs to assist. If a private airport transfer has been arranged, this representative will help to co-ordinate meeting up with your private chauffeur at the airport. You will then be escorted to the vehicle and onto the hotel to assist with check in.
Meet your driver at Heathrow airport, and take a private transfer to your hotel.
A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Ride on a London open-top sightseeing bus where youll get a birds eye view of this majestic City! Your hop-on hop-off ticket allows you the freedom to leave and re-join the bus as often as you like over a 24-hour period - departures are every 5-15 minutes all day until late evening. The best thing about this tour is you have total flexibility to plan your day the way YOU choose, as well as taking in all the main sights from the top deck of a London bus, including St Pauls Cathedral, the spine-chilling Tower of London, Big Ben, the Gothic Houses of Parliament, the Queens residence Buckingham Palace, the exclusive Belgravia district, Hyde Park, the lively Speakers Corner, Marble Arch, Harrods and its sumptuous Food Halls, the Royal Albert Hall, Baker Street home of Sherlock Holmes, Madame Tussauds and plenty more besides! Choose from 3 main routes covering all the main sights of London - you can either listen to the informative and entertaining recorded commentary provided through your own headsets to keep, or listen to London live, with a live Guide pointing out the main sights to you, telling you all the history, titbits and quirky stories about London. Enjoy your day!
Porters English Restaurant serves traditional English food at its finest. Since 1979, Porters has achieved the perfect balance of mouth watering food, great value and unpretentious friendly service, all in the heart of Theatreland, London. Porter's Steak and Kidney Pudding, Fisherman's Pie, steamed syrup sponge and homemade ice creams will meet all your taste requirements.
If The City is London’s economic centre, Westminster is its political and cultural heart. Thistle Westminster (4*) is surrounded by famous streets, squares and buildings where much of history has been made and is still being written today. Located a couple of minutes’ walk from London Victoria, Thistle Westminster is an ideal venue. It is also a short stroll from Buckingham Palace, and a mere 15 minutes on foot to Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, or the shops on the King’s Road. The hotel has 134 bedrooms including 50 Premier Executive and deluxe rooms. The proximity to the Palace and Victoria make this a popular wedding venue. With the London Eye within walking distance, you really can see the whole city from the hotel location.
South Bank is a beautiful riverside stretch in the heart of central London, following the Thames from Lambeth to Blackfriars bridges. In walking distance to Covent Garden and Westminster its the perfect location for a relaxing stroll Also accessible from Waterloo station. The packed programme of theatre, exhibitions, music, film and free events means South Bank is an inspiring place to explore for all ages. Along the South Bank, take in such sites, as, The London Eye: the world’s tallest observation wheel. At 135 metres above the Thames it offers unrivalled views over the city. On a clear day from the world’s largest Ferris wheel you can see 25 miles in every direction as far as Windsor to the west and, to the east nearly out to sea. Continue walking over the Milennium Bridge. Although it nowadays provides a smooth river crossing, the Millennium Bridge will be known to Londoners as simply the wobbly bridge. Designed by Norman Foster and Anthony Caro, its low-slung frame looks pretty spectacular, particularly when it’s lit up at night with fibre-optics-the so-called ‘blade of light’ effect. South Bank was made for long lazy afternoons and evenings, there is something for all tastes. Absorb the atmosphere over an al fresco lunch or dinner, enjoy cocktails with a view and try the stylish hotel bars, family-friendly cafes and funky places to grab a quick bite or late night drink.
Spend the afternoon on a shared tour taking in some of the highlights of London from St. Paul's cathedral, the Tower of London and a river cruise along the Thames. Enjoy a guided tour of St Paul Cathedral - crowned by the magnificent dome that is so much a part of the London skyline. In recent years it has seen the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, to Lady Diana Spencer and, most recently, the thanksgiving services for both the Golden Jubilee and 80th Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen. Explore London by cruise.
Founded by William the Conqueror in 1066-7 and enlarged by successive sovereigns, the Tower of London is one of the world's most famous and spectacular fortresses. Over the past 1000 years it has been a Royal Palace, an armoury and a place of imprisonment and execution. The Beefeaters who guard the Tower will regale you with stories of its past. Visit the Crown Jewels, including the magnificent solid-gold crown used at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, the enormous Cullinan diamonds and the extraordinary Koh-i-Noor.
You have the choice to take a River Cruise along the Thames and end your tour at Westminster Pier, or take the cruise on another day and go with your guide back to Victoria Station.
Clouded in mystery, the ancient stone circle of Stonehenge is an amazing feat of engineering and the most important prehistoric site in England, but beyond its archaeological significance and possible astronomical role, Stonehenge is also a place of spiritual importance. Early legends link it with Merlin and King Arthur, but over the last hundred years the midsummer sunrise has attracted pagan groups and followers of the Ancient Order of Druids. You will also visit the beautiful Georgian City of Bath and take you on a panoramic tour of some of the finest architectural sights in Europe, including Bath Abbey, the Royal Crescent, the Circus, Assembly Rooms and the famous Pulteney Bridge. Explore the Roman Baths, built around thermal springs, which have been supplying water for over 2,000 years. In Roman times a great Temple was built next to the sacred spring - the waters were believed to have healing properties and attracted visitors from across the Roman Empire. Admission to Salisbury Cathedral, Stonehenge and the Roman Baths is included in the tour price.
Windsor is a suburban town and tourist destination in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in Berkshire, England. It is best known as the site of Windsor Castle. The town is situated 21 miles (34 km) west of Charing Cross. It is immediately south of the River Thames, which forms its boundary with Eton. Windsor and the surrounding areas contain some of the most expensive and desirable housing in the UK. The village of Old Windsor, just over two miles to the south, predates what is now called Windsor by around 300 years; in the past Windsor was formally referred to as New Windsor to distinguish the two. Windsor is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and the Official Residence of Her Majesty The Queen. Its rich history spans almost 1000 years. The Castle covers an area of about 5 hectares (13 acres) and contains magnificent State Apartments furnished with treasures from the Royal Collection, St George's Chapel (one of the most beautiful ecclesiastical buildings in England and the burial place of 10 monarchs), and Queen Mary's Dolls House, a masterpiece in miniature. Entrance fee is included.
Enjoy a boat trip on the River Thames between Tower Pier and Westminster or Waterloo pier. Cruising the River Thames is a great way to see London. Highlights: London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, St Pauls Cathedral, Tower of London and Tower Bridge.
Located in the heart of St James's, Dukes is a discreet London hotel which has been welcoming guests for over 100 years. This much loved hotel has recently been given a touch of 21st century contemporary chic, creating a look that is fresh, calm and entirely English in spirit. Afternoon Tea is served in the elegant Drawing Room and Conservatory which overlook a peaceful courtyard garden. Enjoy a glass of Champagne, delicate finger sandwiches, assorted cakes and pastries, traditional fruit cake, warm fruit scones, clotted cream and strawberry jam, all served with your choice of tea.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
Meet your driver at your hotel and be taken to Heathrow Airport by a private transfer.
February 19, 2014
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November 06, 2013
"Our trip was fantastic!!! I cannot say enough good things. Lianne worked with our exact dates and time frame beautifully.Our drivers were prompt and friendly. The private guides were so knowledgeable. We left with an appreciation of the history, the culture, and the beauty of Andulasia. We were very pleased and will certainly recommend your company to friends and family."
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November 28, 2013
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November 05, 2013
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November 15, 2013
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November 09, 2013
"My trip to Holland and Belgium was a lifelong dream and Kensington Tours made it greater than my dream. I was treated like royalty, even when I missed some of my connections. They quickly solved any problems that U had. All the drivers were courteous and helpful. My accommodations were top notch. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a better tour experience. Thanks to Richard Racicot for booking the best fo me."
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November 06, 2013
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John Edstrom ,
October 22, 2013
"Overall, our tour in Spain was very enjoyable, and well planned and executed. Our private tour of the Alhambra was excellent. Virginia, tour guide for royal palace ruins outside of Cordoba, was also excellent. In Seville, we went to the Flamenco Show/dinner, and the Flamenco was outstanding!"
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October 19, 2013
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November 07, 2013
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