Looking for some fun kid- and teen-friendly activities to do while in London (let’s face it – most kids aren’t too thrilled with just going to museums!)? Here is a selection of “vacation enhancements” that they might be interested in! All of these arrangements can be booked in advance – just email me or fill out a Travel Request Form for more info!
Duck Tours Road and River Sightseeing Adventure
Step on board this amphibious vehicle and drive past many famous London landmarks, such as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus, before a dramatic launch into the Thames for the second part of the tour. This continues with more sightseeing of London – only this time in the river rather than by road. The excitement of seeing the capital in this novel way is enhanced by an entertaining action packed commentary. Less than $50 per adult/child
Madame Tussauds is one of London’s hottest attractions. Its both visually immersive and interactive and should be top of your list when visiting London. As you wander around Madame Tussauds you will stumble across an endless number of famous faces including David Beckham, Kylie Minogue, President Bush, Tony Blair and many more. You can also interact with the model celebrities, for example, you can be there when David Beckham prepares to take one of his famous free kicks and feel the beat of his heart and tremble as the floor vibrates beneath your feet!! Then you can go through to the London Stardome and explore this interactive show dome. You will also get to experience ‘Scream’ which is a maximum security prison taken over by the unhinged inmates, their mission is to give you nightmares. This is not suitable for children under the aged of 12 or for people of a nervous disposition. Less than $50 per adult/child
Take a flight on Merlin Entertainment’s London Eye, a visually striking structure and the world’s largest observation wheel. As you ascend over the Thames you will see London’s famous streets, churches, palaces and monuments spread out below in a panoramic scene giving you a new perspective of a great city! On a clear day the views can stretch as far as 25 miles to Windsor Castle. Visitor to the London Eye can now experience a four minute 4D film focused on the journey of a little girl and her father in London in which they visit the London Eye and enjoy a spectacular take on the capital. Their experience is brought to life with vibrant 3D images of colourful parties and events inside the London Eye capsules, dramatic firework displays, a snowfall over the city, revolutionary aerial footage of other iconic landmarks and sophisticated, fun 4D effects. Visitors will feel like they are really there. Less than $50 per adult/child
Original London Sightseeing Tour
The Original London Sightseeing Tour offers you 4 Hop-on Hop-off bus routes to customise your own tour of London.The ticket is valid on all routes operated by The Original tour for 24hours. The Original Tour (Yellow route) is the Grand Tour and takes you to the best of London’s sights with an entertaining live guided English commentary. The City sightseeing tour (Red route) covers the major sights and offers digitally recorded commentary in seven languages plus a specialist children’s channel for under 16′s. Then there’s the Loop line (Green route) connecting London’s West End to Westminster and Waterloo International train station. Finally there is The Museum tour (Blue route) which gives you easy access to many of London’s top museums, shops and attractions. You will also receive a free river cruise voucher to be taken on one of City Cruisers sightseeing cruises on the Thames and Includes a FREE walking tour with every bus tour ticket! Less than $50 per adult/child
Harry Potter’s London Walk
Experience the Harry Potter’s magical London as we take you round the London film locations and inspirations behind the books, including the latest film locations from Harry Potter and the Half Blooded Prince. The walking tour includes a boat cruise along the Thames, a bus ride across London Bridge and a London Underground journey for which you need to have a valid Zone 1 travelcard to take part. You will see the cinema where each of the Harry Potter films has had its world premiere. The location of the red telephone box where Harry and Mr Weasley descend into the secret Ministry of magic (order of the Phoenix). The magical platform 9 and 3/4 sign where Harry catches the Hogwart’s Express. The bridge destroyed by Lord Voldermort’s Death Eaters (half Blooded prince) and many more sights.
Duration: 2.5 hours. Departures Fri at 7pm, Sat at 4pm or Sun at 1030am. Less than $50 per adult/child
Medieval Banquet Evening
Join King Henry VIII and his court for two hours of theatre & themed entertainment, enjoy unlimited wine and beer with your feast, then carry on dancing until late!
A four course feast awaits you with unlimited beer and wine in King Henry’s Banqueting Halls. The regal banquet takes place in the atmospheric vaulted cellars of Ivory House, just a stone’s throw from the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. Accompanying King Henry VIII are fighting knights, strolling players and dancing wenches, providing a magical medieval pageant for your delight. After the show, there is music and dancing, after which, you could take a two minute walk to Tower Bridge and enjoy a panoramic view of London by night. Prepare to be swashed and buckled by our fiery knights, marvel at minstrels and raise your tankard and cry “Wassail!” to the lords and ladies of the dance as a medieval extravaganza unfurls before your eyes.
Includes: Four-course banquet, chicken meal or vegetarian meal, Unlimited wine and beer with the meal, Two hours of theatre & themed entertainment, Open bar, great music and dancing until late. Available Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat/Sun evenings. Between $50-100 per person.
St Paul’s Cathedral, Crypt, and Galleries
Designed by Sir Christopher Wren in the late seventeenth century, St Paul’s cathedral is one of the world’s most beautiful and best loved buildings. A potent symbol of the life of the nation, its stones have absorbed the hopes, fears, sorrows and joys of generations; an enduring symbol of both the past and present. St Paul’s welcomes many thousands of visitors through its doors each year for services, concerts, debates, educational events, performing arts and sightseeing. Recently transformed by state-of-the-art restoration techniques, the light flooding the internal space of the Cathedral highlights the luminescent Portland stone and brings mosaics, carvings, paintings and sculptures to life. St. Paul’s have now added “Oculus” a New 270 degrees film experience that brings 1400 years of history to life. Located in the atmospheric former Treasury in the crypt, Oculus takes visitors on a journey through the history and daily life of St Paul’s Cathedral. St Paul’s is a must see when visiting the famous capital! Less than $50 per adult/child
The Tower of London and River Cruise
The tour commences with a panoramic tour of the City of London followed by a guided tour of St Paul’s Cathedral, Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece. It’s then on to the Tower of London, home to the world famous Crown Jewels and host to many dark and bloody secrets. Meet the magnificent Beefeaters in their Tudor uniforms, hear the legend of the ravens and some spine chilling tales from the Tower’s 900 year history. See the infamous Bloody Tower where the Princes were murdered. Here you will also have some time to explore by yourself. As the afternoon ends you will be then able to enjoy a River cruise from the Tower of London.
Includes: Transportation by coach, English speaking guide, cruise on the River Thames and entrance to The Tower of London, guided tour of St Pauls Cathedral.
Duration: 5 hours. Daily at 1245pm. Between $75-100 per person
Vintage Red London Bus Tour
What better way to see the highlights of London than from onboard a vintage Red double Decker bus? Enjoy great views of Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye as we meander through the streets and history of our great city, all brought to life by our professional guide. Have your cameras at the ready as we stop for photos at Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece, St. Paul’s Cathedral where Admirals Nelson and Wellington lie buried and where Princess Diana was married. Then join us at the Tower of London that was built nearly a thousand years ago, during the reign of William the Conqueror, and is now home to the Crown Jewels protected by the famous Beefeaters. The imposing former palace was once used as a fortress and a prison and your guide will take you to see Traitors Gate where prisoners entered the Tower for the last time! Next we take a leisurely cruise on the River Thames that passes Shakespeare’s Globe, Cleopatra’s Needle and London Bridge before we arrive at Westminster pier, rejoin the bus and head for Buckingham Palace. Here we make our way to the perfect spot to watch the world famous Changing of the Guard ceremony as the soldiers, dressed in their fabulous tunics and busbies march to military music. In the afternoon tour we will take in the inspection of the Guards at Horseguards Parade rather than the Changing of the Guards.
Includes: Vintage red London bus tour with changing of the guard in the morning and inspection of the Guard at Horseguards Parade and Thames river cruise.
Duration: 4 hours. Departs daily at 815am or 130pm. Between $50-75 per person
Day-trip options include:
Windsor Castle and Runnymede
This delightful tour starts at the home of the Royal family – Windsor Castle – the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world. Its proud, strong walls dominate the delightful town that has grown around the castle over the years. Generations of Kings and Queens have conducted their business here and enjoyed its grounds. Here you will get a real sense of British history breathing through the walls of Windsor castle. You’ll see the lavishly decorated state apartments containing priceless furniture in glorious colours and St George’s chapel, home to the 14th Century Order of the Royal Garter, our senior chivalric order. Departing Windsor we make our way to the magnificent Runnymede, where King John met his barons in 1215 and agreed to seal the Magna Carta that was to have a profound influence on rights and freedoms, not only in England, but across much of the civilised world. We will also see the memorial to John F Kennedy on an acre of land given to America by the people of Britain. Includes: Transportation by coach, professional blue badge guide, Entrance to Windsor Castle, visit to Runnymede and view the John F Kennedy memorial. Duration: 5 hours. Departs Mon/Wed/Fri/Sun at 1pm. Between $75-100 per person.
Wander around the world heritage site and be captivated by the unique rock formation! Situated on Salisbury Hill, 40 ton rocks stand alone since their arrival 5,000 years ago. Abundance of theories surround Stonehenge; from a religious temple to an astronomical clock and even a Bronze Age burial ground! Decide for yourself whilst discovering the history of this mysterious monument.
Includes: Transportation by coach, entrance to Stonehenge with audio guide on arrival.
Duration: 5 hours. Daily at 830am. Between $50-75 per person
Half-day Stonehenge tours also available daily with a midday departure.
Need help with your London travel plans? Want to book one of these options or have questions about them? Please just email me or fill out a Travel Request Form! I respond within 24 hours (but often much quicker then that!).
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