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Gatwick Airport to Central London Bus Transfer

1. Gatwick Airport to Central London Bus Transfer

Start or finish off your holiday the easy way with a great value bus transfer between Gatwick Airport and London Victoria coach station. This high frequency service from Gatwick Airport will take you all the way to central London and call at key central London destinations. Upon arrival at the airport exchange your GetYourGuide voucher at one of the many retail desks. You'll be booked onto the next available transfer service, and with services running 24/7 and departing roughly every 30 minutes, you'll find yourself in the capital in no time at all. High specification coaches will take you directly from the airport door to central London. Sit back and relax in leather seats with headrests, seat-back tables, ample leg room, toilets, air conditioning and power sockets; with selected services also having on-board Wi-Fi. Following an extensive amendment to the timetable from the 18th March, there is a reduction in the frequency of all Airport services and will no longer be serving the following stops. As such please ensure that you check the website before traveling for the latest service updates. Please be assured that your ticket will be valid from your nearest stop. • Kings Cross - nearest available stop is Liverpool Street • Farringdon - nearest available stop is Liverpool Street • South Hackney - nearest available stop is Stratford • Waterloo - nearest available stop in London Victoria • Southwark - nearest available stop is London Victoria • Portman Square - nearest available stop is Marble Arch

Magical London: Harry Potter Guided Walking Tour

2. Magical London: Harry Potter Guided Walking Tour

Walk in the footsteps of your favorite wizards (and witches) around Muggle London. Your Harry Potter enthusiast guide will be armed with weird and wonderful trivia all along the way.  Meet your guide and start your adventure by finding out which Hogwarts’ House you belong in. Compete against other Houses in an interactive quiz as you see the sites that inspired J.K. Rowling, from Shakespeare's Globe to the London alleys that inspired Knockturn Alley. Highlights include passing The Leaky Cauldron, the secret wizarding inn. Explore the real Diagon Alley, where Harry buys his first wand. Even see the bridge destroyed by the Death Eaters in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince".  For part of your guided tour, choose either a short boat trip down the Thames or take the world-famous London Underground. Both the boat and Underground options follow this itinerary:  1. Southwark Cathedral 2. 800-year-old Borough Market 3. Sir Francis Drake's world-famous Golden Hinde 4. Winchester Palace 5. 900-year-old Clink Prison 6. Shakespeare's Globe 7. Millennium Bridge 8. Daniel Radcliffe's School 9. The London Eye 10. River Thames 11. Sherlock Holmes' Pub 12. Great Scotland Yard 13. Gringotts Wizarding Bank 14. The world's smallest police station 15. Trafalgar Square 16. Knockturn Alley 17. Diagon Alley 18. Palace Theatre

Stansted Airport to Central London Bus Transfer

3. Stansted Airport to Central London Bus Transfer

Start or finish your holiday the easy way with a great value bus transfer between Stansted Airport and London Victoria coach station. This high-frequency service from Stansted Airport will take you all the way to the capital, calling at key central London destinations along the way including Golders Green, Baker Street, Liverpool Street, Stratford, and Marble Arch. Upon arrival at the airport exchange your GetYourGuide voucher at one of the many retail desks. You'll be booked on the next available transfer service, and with services running 24/7 and departing roughly every 15 minutes, you'll find yourself in the city center in no time at all. High specification coaches will take you directly from the airport door to central London. Sit back and relax in leather seats with headrests, seat-back tables, ample legroom, toilets, air conditioning, and power sockets; with selected services also having onboard Wi-Fi. Following an extensive amendment to the timetable from the 18th March, there is a reduction in the frequency of all Airport services and will no longer be serving the following stops. As such please ensure that you check the website before traveling for the latest service updates. Please be assured that your ticket will be valid from your nearest stop. • Kings Cross - nearest available stop is Liverpool Street • Farringdon - nearest available stop is Liverpool Street • South Hackney - nearest available stop is Stratford • Waterloo - nearest available stop in London Victoria • Southwark - nearest available stop is London Victoria • Portman Square - nearest available stop is Marble Arch

Harry Potter Studios & Private Transfer from Central London

4. Harry Potter Studios & Private Transfer from Central London

Go on an enchanting journey into the world of “Harry Potter” on a day trip from London to the Warner Bros. Studios, including entrance tickets and round-trip transfer from London. Make your way to the studios by private transportation from central London, and on arrival discover all the secrets of your favorite “Harry Potter” saga. Enter an alternate world as you walk around Diagon Alley. See stores such as Flourish and Blotts or Ollivanders Wand Shop. Go to Hogwarts and see the Great Hall, Dumbledor's office, and the Gryffindor rooms. Marvel at Platform 9¾ and the Hogwarts Express. Learn how the special effects work, and admire costumes and props that made the films feel so real. Before you go back to the world of the Muggles, enjoy a “butterbeer,” or purchase some souvenirs at the studio shop.

London: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

5. London: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

Discover what London has to offer on a hop-on hop-off tour of the English capital. Pass iconic landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, London Eye, and Big Ben with audio commentary available on board. Choose from a selection of tickets and routes. You can also explore London on foot with a live guide with a choice of 3 daily walking tours (included in Premium & Deluxe tickets). Walking Tours last about 1.5-2 hours. Changing of the Guard Walking Tour – 10 AM – Stop 7 (Trafalgar Square) Royal Platinum Jubilee Walk – 1 PM – Stop 1 (Green Park Underground) Jack the Ripper – 4 PM – Stop 16 (Tower of London) Classic Ticket Hop-on, hop-off for 1 day (24 hours from time of redemption) Single river cruise between Westminster and Tower of London – either direction Premium Ticket Hop-on, hop-off for 2 days (48 hours from time of redemption) Single river cruise between Westminster and Tower of London – either direction Panoramic evening tour A choice of 3 live guided walking tours Deluxe Ticket Hop-on, hop-off for 3 days (72 hours from time of redemption) Single river cruise between Westminster and Tower of London – either direction Panoramic evening tour A choice of 3 live guided walking tours Discover London via 3 specially-designed routes covering over 45 stops: Red Route The Red route takes in the best of historic London including Big Ben, the London Eye, and St Paul’s Cathedral. Frequency: approx. every 10-20 minutes. Blue Route The Blue Route is a comprehensive route covering all of central London from Kensington Palace in the West to the Tower of London in the East. Stops include Harrods, the South Kensington Museums, and Madame Tussauds. Frequency: approx. every 10-20 minutes. River Cruise A Classic ticket includes a river cruise from Westminster to the Tower of London (in either direction) whilst the Premium and Deluxe tickets include a Single river cruise between Westminster and the Tower of London (in either direction). The river cruise includes live commentary in 8 languages. See top London attractions lining the Thames, including Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast, Shakespeare's Globe, and the Tate Modern. Departure times for the river cruise are approximately every 45 minutes. Panoramic Evening Tour The panoramic evening tour is included in the Premium & Premium Plus ticket types. Discover the magic of London as the city becomes illuminated in the evening. Hop on for a one-round panoramic tour past London's top landmarks as the sun begins to set. The tour departs daily at 06:00 PM from bus stop 11 at The London Eye.

Warner Bros Studio: Fully-Guided Making of Harry Potter Tour

6. Warner Bros Studio: Fully-Guided Making of Harry Potter Tour

Your journey will start in Central London where you will meet your City Wonders representative. Travel by train directly to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. Enjoy timed access and be greeted by a dedicated, English-speaking Studio Tour guide who will reveal the wonders you will encounter throughout your tour of the original sets, props and costumes from all eight of the Harry Potter films. Once your guided tour comes to an end you can choose to re-enter the Studio Tour and ride a broomstick over London in the green screen experience, or even spend some time discovering the full range of Harry Potter merchandise in the Studio Shop!     Your unforgettable experience will start with a short film in the cinema before you enter the iconic Great Hall set where your guided tour will begin. Your Studio Tour guide will share production secrets and inside information, as well as highlighting the processes used to bring the films to life. This experience is simply unique and the best way to explore the behind-the-scenes magic of the Harry Potter film series. Take a look inside Dumbledore’s office, walk along the famous cobbled street of Diagon Alley™, featuring the shop fronts of Ollivanders™, Flourish and Blotts™, Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, Gringotts Bank™ and Eeylops Owl Emporium™. Visit the original Hogwarts Express™ locomotive and a recreation of Platform 9 ¾™. Climb aboard the train’s carriage and pose with a luggage trolley as it disappears through the platform wall. Enjoy other memorable sets from the Harry Potter film series including the Gryffindor™ common room, the boys’ dormitory, Hagrid’s™ Hut, the Potions classroom and Professor Umbridge's™ office at the Ministry of Magic – all while being captivated by the secrets and insights shared by your guide.      Once your guided tour comes to an end, you have the option to re-enter and explore the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London at your leisure, find that special Harry Potter souvenir at the Studio Shop or enjoy a coffee in the Studio Tour Cafe. When you are ready to head back to central London, your City Wonders representative will have provided train tickets and information needed for an easy journey.   This unique fully-guided tour at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter is the only tour of its kind. It will truly create the memory of a lifetime.

London: Tootbus Bar Bus, a rooftop to discover London

7. London: Tootbus Bar Bus, a rooftop to discover London

Hop on board London's first bar bus and take in the city's magnificent sights while relaxing with a few drinks on the rooftop terrace. Get stunning views and an Instagram-able floral décor. Settle into your seat and enjoy cruising past some truly iconic landmarks. Take advantage of the incredible top deck views as your journey takes you to Tower Bridge, Piccadilly Circus, the London Eye, and many more.

London: City Center and Heathrow to Southampton Transfer

8. London: City Center and Heathrow to Southampton Transfer

Enjoy a stress-free start to your cruise and take advantage of this shared, direct transfer from any London city center hotel, Airbnb property and selected Heathrow Airport hotels, to Southampton cruise terminals. Pickup will begin in Central London from 9:45 AM, and Heathrow hotels from 10:30 AM. You will be contacted shortly after booking with your exact pickup time. Each vehicle will have a maximum of 6 passengers and 4 pickups completed en-route, to ensure a smooth and efficient service. After pickups are completed, you will travel directly to Southampton in a luxury air-conditioned minivan (a journey which takes approximately 2.5 hours), aiming to arrive in Southampton between 1:00PM and 1:30PM. Upon arrival at the cruise terminal in Southampton, you will walk straight to the check-in desk. Porters will then take care of your luggage, ensuring it is delivered to your cabin (make sure you use the luggage label in your cruise pack to facilitate this).

London Vintage Bus Tour, Thames Cruise, Fish & Chips

9. London Vintage Bus Tour, Thames Cruise, Fish & Chips

There can be few better ways of viewing the English capital than from one of its traditional double-decker buses. See all the city's highlights from its open top, with lunch and a river cruise included. See Westminster Abbey, then head to Buckingham Palace, the official Royal residence of Queen Elizabeth II. Witness the world-famous Changing of the Guard ceremony (only on the morning tour), as the Queen's soldiers, dressed in their fabulous tunics and busbies, march to the might of the accompanying military music. In the event of no ceremony taking place, the tour will still stop at the palace for photographs. Following your vintage open-top bus ride you can enjoy a Great British pastime with some of the tastiest fish and chips London has to offer in a traditional Central London pub. From Buckingham Palace, your vintage open-top bus ride will finish up at a pub in Victoria, where you’ll enjoy an iconic feature of London cuisine. Although they're no longer served in the newspaper, you can’t possibly leave London without sampling a plate of crisply battered fish and piping hot chips!

London: Royal Deer Park Bike Tour

10. London: Royal Deer Park Bike Tour

Enjoy a quintessentially English adventure, cycling through Richmond Park, where deer still roam. Savor a pub lunch or just drinks if you wish.  Located 10 miles from central London, Richmond Park was once a hunting ground for English royals in the 17th century and remains a royal park today. A license has been especially granted by Royal Parks to run these guided tours inside the park. From certain points, you will be rewarded with views across London as far as St. Pauls Cathedral, and west to Windsor Castle. Enjoy an optional walk through the protected Isabella Plantation, before stopping for a pub lunch. If you choose the full-day tour option, continue after lunch and explore the surrounding area full of historic houses by the banks of the River Thames. Take a ferry trip across the river to Twickenham, home of English rugby. Finish with a picnic of a pot of tea and homemade cakes in a beautiful secret statue garden and riverside pub, or head to Twickenham Train Station for direct trains back to Central London. If you prefer to take a half-day tour, you can finish after lunch and enjoy the riverside cycle back to Richmond Train Station.

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What people are saying about Central London

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4.7 / 5

based on 12,180 reviews

We booked a guided tour and were a small group. That show gave a lot and was good for both adults and teenagers. After the guided tour we had to go back in and make our own visit again. It was amazingly good!

Such a great guide. Ananis not only advised us on details about Harry Potter, but also gave us cool information and details for us parents. Highly Recommended!

Was very nice :) I would do it again in a heartbeat, also learned a lot about London

I can’t believe how much of London we were able to see! Louie was fabulous

Pamela wa quite smiling expert and doing it very nice