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Magical London: Harry Potter Guided Walking Tour

1. 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 to either take the London Underground or a short boat trip down the Thames. Both options follow this itinerary:  1. Southwark Cathedral 2. Borough Market 3. The Golden Hinde 4. Winchester Palace 5. The Clink Prison Museum 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

London: Westminster to Greenwich River Thames Cruise

2. London: Westminster to Greenwich River Thames Cruise

Admire the views of London's most iconic sights with a cruise on the River Thames. Cruise to Greenwich to see London's historical sights from the River Thames. Journey past iconic sights such as the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge, and the Tate Modern. Choose between either a one-way or round-trip journey, with skip-the-line entry, and avoid the queues at the ticket office as you go straight to board the boat. Listen to the live audio commentary as you enjoy the comfort of a modern but traditional vessel. Admire the pyramid structure of The Shard and see other monuments from London's historic waterway. Head to the open deck for panoramic views of London's landmarks. Stop at Embankment Pier, Festival Pier, and Tower Bridge Quay before arriving at Greenwich Pier. Feel free to explore the charms of Greenwich on your own terms, and see sights such as Greenwich Market, the Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich Park, and the Royal Observatory which are all within easy walking distance from the pier.

Little Venice: Regent’s Canal Waterbus Boat Trip to Camden

3. Little Venice: Regent’s Canal Waterbus Boat Trip to Camden

Travel from picturesque Little Venice to vibrant Camden Market along the Regent's Canal. This waterway is a leisurely corridor through London, navigated by leisure boats and lined with quirky houseboats. You'll pass by Regent’s Park, the grounds of London Zoo and through the echoey depths of the 248 meter Maida Hill tunnel. Each boat has slide opening windows throughout, so everyone gets a view. As you pass through London Zoo, keep an eye out for warthogs and African hunting dogs, which can often be seen as the boat passes their canal-side enclosure. Travel past the homes of well-known musicians, actors and celebrities. You will also be able to see the expansive and landscaped back gardens of grand houses used by ambassadors and visiting international diplomats. Arrive in the heart of Camden Market, home to a vast array of world class traders and international cuisines.

London: Regent’s Canal Waterbus Trip to Little Venice

4. London: Regent’s Canal Waterbus Trip to Little Venice

Travel between vibrant Camden Market and picturesque Little Venice along the Regent's Canal on this scenic 1-way waterbus trip. Sit back and relax as you cruise on a calm waterway through London, navigated by leisure boats and lined with quirky houseboats. Departing from West Yard, Camden Market, pass by Regent’s Park, the grounds of London Zoo, and through the echoey depths of the 249-meter Maida Hill Tunnel. Take advantage of slide-opening windows throughout the boat, so everyone gets a picture-perfect view. As you pass through London Zoo, keep an eye out for warthogs and African hunting dogs, which can often be seen as the boat passes their canal-side enclosure. Cruise past the homes of well-known musicians, actors, and celebrities. See the expansive and landscaped back gardens of grand houses used by ambassadors and visiting international diplomats. End your boat trip in Little Venice, where you can get off and continue your adventure on your own.

London: Westminster to Tower Bridge River Thames Cruise

5. London: Westminster to Tower Bridge River Thames Cruise

Climb aboard a sightseeing boat at Westminster Pier and cruise through the heart of London, admiring the many sights along the River Thames along the way. Stop at Embankment Pier, Festival Pier, and Bankside Pier before arriving at Tower Bridge Quay. Catch sights of St. Paul's Cathedral, The Shard, Tate Modern, Globe Theatre, and much more en route. Choose a 1-way trip to Tower Bridge Quay or opt for a round-trip cruise and return to Westminster. Listen to the live audio commentary from your captain and make use of the state-of-the-art facilities onboard the boat.   Benefit from regular departures from Westminster Pier every hour along with ideal viewing opportunities from the open top deck of the modern "Sapele" and "Mercuria" vessels or the open deck of the traditional "Sarah Kathleen." Each vessel features a bar serving light refreshments to purchase.

From London: Full-Day Cotswolds Tour with Lunch

6. From London: Full-Day Cotswolds Tour with Lunch

Enjoy the rolling hills of the Cotswolds, and visit 4 of its loveliest villages – Burford, Bibury, Bourton-on-the-Water, and Stow-on-the-Wold. Travel through the Cotswolds, an area seemingly unchanged with the passing of time. See rolling landscapes, dry stone walls, quaint churches, and streams that tumble past tiny villages and charming hamlets. On this full-day excursion from London, you’ll begin your tour in Burford, where the magnificent High Street slopes down to the River Windrush. See the town’s small tea houses before heading south to picturesque Bibury for lunch. Dine in one of the prettiest villages in England. A 2-course meal awaits you in the heart of the Cotswolds at the Swan Hotel. The restaurant, overlooking the River Coln, is housed in a 17th-century former coach inn, and serves a popular range of traditional dishes, along with ales and fine wines. Explore Bourton-on-the-Water, one of the loveliest villages in the Cotswolds. Afterwards, you’ll travel to Stow-on-the-Wold, a small market town known for its annual fairs. Enjoy a guided walk through the town center before returning to London.

London: Full-Day Windsor, Stonehenge, and Oxford Tour

7. London: Full-Day Windsor, Stonehenge, and Oxford Tour

Enjoy a full day of English heritage visiting the exquisite Windsor Castle, captivating Stonehenge, and the beautiful university city of Oxford. On this day trip departing from London, you get the whistle-stop tour of these unique sites with interesting commentary from your guide along the way. Start your day at Windsor Castle, one of the official residences of HM Queen Elizabeth II. Visit the magnificent State Apartments still used for state occasions and royal receptions (if option selected). Take some time to explore the castle grounds and the 14th century St. George's Chapel, where you can admire one of the most beautiful examples of medieval church architecture in England. Next, go to the standing stones of Stonehenge, still clouded in mystery as an amazing feat of human engineering. Explore the prehistoric stone circle and learn about the theories around its construction (if option selected). Continue to the university city of Oxford, known as "The City of Dreaming Spires." A seat of learning since 1249, it's an idyllic location to explore on a fascinating walking tour.

From London: Stonehenge & Roman Baths Full-Day Trip

8. From London: Stonehenge & Roman Baths Full-Day Trip

Visit the ancient standing stones of Stonehenge and picturesque Bath on this day trip from London. Enjoy transportation by air-conditioned coach and a multi-lingual audio guide to the prehistoric monument. The most famous prehistoric monument in the world, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Stonehenge stands alone on the vastness of the Salisbury Plain. Its origins date back nearly 5,000 years and its purpose has continued to be a subject of public debate. Questions such as what this vast collection of stones was intended for and whether it was an observatory of the moon, a temple to the sun, or an elaborate cemetery have arisen over the decades. On this full-day tour by air-conditioned coach, you’ll have a chance to explore the site and do your best to unlock the secrets as you marvel at this remarkable and mysterious feat of ancient engineering and design. Next, you’ll head to Bath, arriving in time for lunch (not included in the tour price). With fabulous restaurants, teahouses, sandwich and coffee shops, and classic British pubs, you’ll have plenty of choices for a place to eat! Bath is a beautiful Georgian city with delightful crescents and terraces and stunning architecture. Following a scenic drive into the heart of the city, there will be plenty of time to explore the city at your leisure. Visit the Roman Baths that were built nearly 2,000 years ago. The magnificent Roman public bath complex and Roman temple were constructed over Britain's only natural hot water spring. At this World Heritage Site, you can walk around the steaming pool on the Roman paving stones and admire the ancient Roman statues and architecture. See Bath Abbey and the much-photographed Pulteney Bridge, modeled on the famous Ponte Vecchio Bridge in Florence. In addition, you might like to see the Jane Austen Centre, and the elegant Assembly Rooms built in 1771. Shop, explore, and take afternoon tea in the Pump Rooms while listening to live classical music.

From London: Oxford and Cotswolds Villages Day Trip

9. From London: Oxford and Cotswolds Villages Day Trip

Embark on a full-day guided trip to Oxford and Cotswolds from London. See the historic Oxford University, explore the Cotswolds villages, and admire the lush English countryside. Depart London and travel by a luxury Mercedes minibus and spend the morning exploring the beautiful university city of Oxford. Wander amongst the listed buildings and colleges, and climb one of the vantage points for breathtaking views of the spires. Marvel at the Ashmolean Museum's collection before making your way to the quaint Cotswolds villages to see traditional tiny cottages built from stone. Arrive at the village of Burford, the Gateway to the Cotswolds, and lose yourself in this bustling market town. Make the short journey to Bibury and stroll to the famous and fairytale-like Arlington Row. Admire these 14th-century cottages and gain an insight into the history from your guide. After, enjoy the scenic ride back to London.

London: London by Night Sightseeing Open-Top Bus Tour

10. London: London by Night Sightseeing Open-Top Bus Tour

Experience London’s grand architecture and vibrant atmosphere which are impressive by day, and which truly come alive at night. Add a spark to your London trip and enjoy this city tour aboard an open-top bus. See the famous landmarks lit up against the night sky. Witness the Tower of London and Tower Bridge standing proud amongst the skyline and feel a thrill as you glide past the monumental Big Ben. Witnessthe fountains of Trafalgar Square dance with joy from the light that shines within them, and let the neon screens of Piccadilly Circus dazzle and thrill. As you pass Harrods, witness the exquisite lights which are evocative of Christmas, even in summer. Learn about the history of landmarks like St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey from your guide and hear fascinating stories about the city. Embark on a fun and informative tour suitable for families and groups of friends.

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Booking river cruises and boat tours in London: What you need to know

Traveling to London? Nothing beats a cruise on the River Thames. Boat tours let you see the city’s top attractions from the water, like the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London, and more. Whether you’re returning to the British capital or visiting for the first time, consider booking a London river cruise to make the most of your trip

    What kind of river cruises can I book in London?

    Most London river cruises and boat tours let passengers book a one-way or return trip, usually between Westminster and Greenwich. Travelers can book a wide variety of city cruises in London, however, and we’re not just talking about routes. 

    Is zipping by Canary Wharf your idea of fun? Adventure seekers can embark on thrilling speedboat tours on the River Thames. Prefer to take it slow? Embark on a leisurely sightseeing river cruise on an open deck boat to take in the views. 

    Dinner cruises on the River Thames

    Take your experience of dining out in London up a notch. Meal courses may vary, but if you choose to book a river cruise with dinner included, you definitely won’t pay more for the view. Raise your glass to Big Ben as you embark on this unique experience. These cruises often include a 3 or 4-course meal, complimentary drinks, and onboard entertainment. You can opt for a cruise with live music while you taste British dishes like roasted lamb rump. Or one where you can dance and get the party started before returning to land.

    If you’re going on one of these river cruises in the summer, chances are you’ll be able to catch the sunset from aboard. 

    Afternoon tea cruises on the River Thames

    Most travelers who visit London are familiar with the tradition of afternoon tea, but why not add a twist? Consider taking an afternoon tea river cruise. This type of tour usually follows a shorter route between Westminster and the Tower of London. Still, it includes plenty of sightseeing while taking part in a must-do British activity at the same time. you’ll still have plenty of time to enjoy the view. Some of the top attractions you can spot from your table by the window include Tate Modern, the Shard, and Shakespeare’s Globe.

    Hop-on hop-off river cruises in London

    Hop-on hop-off tours in London are perfect for first time visitors and travelers on a tight schedule. Choose one of the hop-on-hop-off cruises on the River Thames to explore all the riverside sites on your list. Most tickets are valid for 24 hours so you can see London at your own pace. 

    With onboard explanations of each site, you can choose to get off the boat and take a closer look or continue their journey. These cruises typically stop near top attractions like Westminster Abbey and the London Eye.

    London boat tour and river cruise tips and information

    Some tours in London include a river cruise as part of a bigger package. You can find and book Harry Potter tours in London that include river cruises. Fans of the wizard will be able to spot known sites like the Millennium Bridge. Don’t worry, unlike its fate in the movie Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the bridge is still standing and stable.

    Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Especially if you're planning on hopping on and off the riverboat frequently. Keep in mind that river cruises with dinner included typically require passengers to follow a dress code.

    You can use river cruises as an alternative to buses and the subway. Companies operate the river bus services in London and offers different routes. Common stops include Battersea Power Station Pier, Canary Wharf Pier, Woolwich Arsenal Pier, North Greenwich Pier, Tower Pier, Putney Pier, and Doubletree Docklands Nelson Dock Pier. If you purchase a London city card with free access to public transportation, check if it includes a river bus.


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    What people are saying about London

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    based on 6,658 reviews

    We had a beautiful hot day and sat on the top open level and just relaxed admiring the view and listening to the crew describe what we were seeing. He was also funny. We got off at Greenwich and had a delicious lunch of boar bangers and mash on the patio if the tavern and then we walked along the River path and had ice cream and met many people. Nice ride back to Westminster bridge afterwards

    This was easily one of the most unique and fun tour experiences I’ve ever had. As a solo traveler I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the group was awesome, and our tour guide was a blast. The hot tub was clean and perfectly warm while we floated around the area learning the history. Highly recommend checking this tour out!

    Very organized tour and guide was very helpful. The bus left an arrived on time. Unfortunately our tour of Windsor castle was cancelled since the Queen passed but we appreciate that we were still brought to the castle grounds to walk around and see tributes to the queen.

    The site-seeing commentary was informative but at times a little too politically biased.

    Very nice Crew, made efforts to explain lot of things in a funny way