RIVER TRIPS TOURS & GUIDED WALKS

Where London - - Sightseeing - City Cruises Big Bus Tours

Daily guided sight­see­ing tours on the Thames be­tween Westminster, Waterloo, Tower and Green­wich piers. Lunch, tea and din­ner cruises are avail­able. Red River Rover of­fers all-day hop-on, hop-off sight­see­ing. Thames Cir­cu­lar Cruise is a 45-minute sight­see­ing trip. Lon­don Show­boat cabaret cruise of­fers a four-course meal with mu­sic (p. 68). Ticket prices, times and de­par­ture points vary. www.city­cruises.com. Westminster Pier, SW1A 2JH. T: 020-7740 0400. F8. Sta­tion: Westminster.

Lon­don Eye River Cruise

Forty-minute sight­see­ing cruise on the River Thames with live com­men­tary. Daily 10.45am- 6.45pm. Adult £13.25; child £7.25. Dis­counted joint tick­ets with the Lon­don Eye avail­able. www.lon­don­eye.com. Lon­don Eye Pier, South Bank, SE1 7PB. T: 0871 781 3000. E8. Sta­tion: Waterloo.

MBNA Thames Clip­pers

The fastest and most fre­quent fleet on the river, with de­par­tures from ma­jor Lon­don piers ev­ery 20 min­utes. Serv­ing 19 piers across Lon­don. River Roamer tick­ets for hop-on, hop-off travel. Adult £17.35; child £8.65. Sin­gle and re­turn tick­ets avail­able; Oys­ter cards valid. www.thamesclip­pers. com. T: 0870-781 5049. Daily sight­see­ing trips aboard a fleet of open-top dou­ble-decker buses. Take in Lon­don’s sights with mul­ti­lin­gual com­men­tary (Blue Tour) or live guide (Red Tour). A hop-on, hop-off ticket for 48 hours in­cludes a river cruise and three guided walk­ing tours. Adult £32; child £13 (night tour adult £39; child £16). www.big­bus­tours.com. T: 020-7233 9533.

Black Taxi Tours

Get col­lected from your ho­tel for a two-hour tour in an iconic black taxi cab around Lon­don, stop­ping at ma­jor sights in­clud­ing the Houses of Par­lia­ment and Buck­ing­ham Palace. Ask about the Harry Pot­ter tours. www.black­tax­i­tours.co.uk. T: 020-7935 9363.

Doc­tor John­son Walks

De­part­ing from Dr John­son’s House (p. 37), these walks ex­plore the Fleet Val­ley and St Paul’s Church­yard as the writer knew them. Walks take place first Wed of each month at 3pm. Tick­ets £5. www.city­oflon­donguides.com. 17 Gough Sq, EC4A 3DE. T: 0207-353 3745. D9. Sta­tion: Chancery Lane.

GoToMid­town Tours

More than 100 themed free 45-minute tours around Bloomsbury and Hol­born. No book­ing re­quired. Check web­site for dates and more info. 10am & 1pm walks start by the or­ange in­for­ma­tion kiosk out­side Hol­born sta­tion; walks start­ing at 11am, 2pm & 5.30pm meet at the GoToMid­town tourist in­for­ma­tion shop at 56 New Ox­ford St, WC1B 3ST. www.gotomid­town.co.uk. 229-231 High Hol­born, WC1V 7DA. T: 020-7078 7077. D8. Sta­tion: Hol­born.

Jack the Rip­per Tour

Blue Badge guide Richard Jones of Lon­don Walk­ing Tours de­vised these walks, of­fer­ing a chill­ing look at Jack the Rip­per. Num­bers are lim­ited; book­ing es­sen­tial. Tours de­part daily from out­side Exit 4 of Aldgate East sta­tion at 7pm. Tick­ets £10. www.jack-the-rip­per-tour.com. Aldgate East Un­der­ground sta­tion. T: 020- 8530 8443. Off map. Sta­tion: Aldgate East.

Lon­don Duck Tours

Ex­plore the cap­i­tal by road and river from a bright yel­low am­phibi­ous ve­hi­cle dat­ing from World War II. See iconic sights as you tour the city’s streets be­fore tak­ing to the River Thames with a thrilling ‘splash-down’. The James Bond Duck Tour is also avail­able. Please check for times. Adult £24; child £16. www.lon­don­duck­tours.co.uk. Chiche­ley St, SE1 7PY. T: 020-7928 3132. F8. Sta­tion: Waterloo.

Lon­don He­li­copter Tour, The

Twelve and 20-minute tours de­part from Battersea, of­fer­ing un­for­get­table bird’s-eye views of the city. Your he­li­copter climbs to more than 1,000 feet as you fol­low the River Thames from Put­ney, east to­wards Green­wich. From £150 per seat. www.th­elon­don­heli­copter.com. 1 The POD Build­ing, Bridges Court, SW11 3RE. T: 020-7887 2626. Off map. Sta­tion: Clapham Junction then 15-min walk.

Lon­don Walks

Lon­don’s old­est walk­ing tour com­pany of­fers more than 300 walks. Favourites in­clude the Jack the Rip­per Walk (de­part­ing daily at 7.30pm, plus Sat 3pm from Tower Hill), Harry Pot­ter tour and Charles Dick­ens’ Lon­don. Visi­tors can en­joy spinet­in­glingly spooky sto­ries on the West End Ghost Walk ev­ery night at 7.30pm. Adult £10; child free (if ac­com­pa­nied by an adult). www.walks.com. T: 020-7624 3978.

Orig­i­nal Lon­don Sight­see­ing Tour

With over 60 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence, these live and mul­ti­lin­gual open-top guided bus tours take you to the city’s best at­trac­tions, al­low­ing you to hop on and off at more than 80 stops, with tick­ets valid for 24 hours. Tick­ets in­clude walk­ing tours and a Thames River cruise. Adult £30; child £15. www.the orig­inal­tour.com. 17-19 Cock­spur St, SW1Y 5BL. T: 020-8877 1722. E7. Sta­tion: Char­ing Cross.

Orig­i­nal Lon­don Sight­see­ing Walk

Walks de­part daily from the Orig­i­nal Lon­don Visi­tor Cen­tre and in­clude Chang­ing the Guard (de­part­ing 10.30am), Rock ‘n’ Roll (1pm) and Jack the Rip­per (3.30pm from Tower Hill Sta­tion). Walk­ing tours are free with Orig­i­nal Lon­don Sight­see­ing Tour. www.the­o­rig­inal­tour.com. 17-19 Cock­spur St, SW1Y 5BL. T: 020-8877 1722. E7. Sta­tion: Char­ing Cross.

Royal Al­bert Hall Tours

Take a 90-minute Be­hind the Scenes Tour of this fa­mous Vic­to­rian con­cert hall, in­clud­ing the Royal Re­tir­ing Room and au­di­to­rium. Var­i­ous tours; check for dates and times. Tick­ets from £12.25, child £5.25. www.roy­alal­berthall.com. Kens­ing­ton Gore, SW7 2AP. T: 020-7959 0558. F4. Sta­tion: South Kens­ing­ton.

Walkit

In­no­va­tive site aim­ing to get peo­ple out on foot. En­ter your start­ing point and des­ti­na­tion (in­clud­ing street, place or post­code), and the site will work out a route map, dis­tance, time, calo­rie burn and car­bon sav­ing. www.walkit.com.

Wem­b­ley Tours

Go be­hind the scenes at one of the world’s most fa­mous football sta­di­ums and con­cert venues. The 75-minute tours in­clude a look around the dress­ing rooms plus a chance to walk down the play­ers’ tun­nel. Have your photo taken with a replica of the FA Cup. Daily 10am- 4pm. Adult £19; child £11. www.wem­b­leys­ta­dium.com/wem­b­ley­tours. Wem­b­ley Sta­dium, HA9 0WS. T: 0844-800 2755. Off map Sta­tion: Wem­b­ley Park.

Blenheim Palace

The birthplace of Sir Win­ston Churchill, this mas­ter­piece of English baroque ar­chi­tec­ture is set in 2,100 acres of Ca­pa­bil­ity Brown gar­dens, plus state rooms with three cen­turies of trea­sures. Palace, for­mal and plea­sure gar­dens daily 10am5.30pm; park 9am- 6pm. Adult £22.50 (park & gar­dens only £12.30); child £13.50 (£6.60). www.blenheim­palace.com. Wood­stock, Ox­ford­shire, OX20 1PP. T: 01993-810 530. Off map. Sta­tion: Padding­ton to Ox­ford, then bus S3.

Hamp­ton Court Palace

Once home to King Henry VIII, this Tu­dor palace with maze is set in 60 acres of park­land. Reg­u­lar events. To 30 Sep: Royal Beds Be­hind the Scenes. Spe­cial tours. Palace, maze and for­mal gar­dens daily 10am- 6pm; in­for­mal gar­dens daily 7am-8pm. Palace, maze and gar­dens ad­mis­sion £17.50, child £8.75; maze only £4, child £2.50; gar­dens only £5.20, child free. www.hrp.org.uk. Hamp­ton Court Palace, KT8 9AU. T: 0844- 482 7777. Off map. Sta­tion: Waterloo to Hamp­ton Court.

Leeds Castle

Fairy­tale 900-year-old moated castle, gar­dens and park­land in a stun­ning lo­ca­tion. Lose your­self in the spi­ralling yew maze, and see 100 species of birds in the aviary. Daily 10.30- 6pm. Adult £24; child £16. www.leeds-castle.com. Maid­stone, Kent, ME17 1PL. T: 01622-765 400. Off map. Sta­tion: Vic­to­ria to Bearsted.

Stone­henge

The world’s most fa­mous stone cir­cle, a World Her­itage Site, is more than 5,000 years old, with ob­scure Ne­olithic ori­gins. English Her­itage mem­bers get ex­clu­sive early-morn­ing tours. New visi­tor cen­tre with ex­hi­bi­tion, shop and café. Daily 9am-8pm. Adult £14.50; child £8.70. www.en­glish­her­itage.org.uk. Nr. Shrew­ton, Wilt­shire, SP3 4DX. T: 0870-333 1181. Off map. Sta­tion: Waterloo to Sal­is­bury, then bus or taxi.

Syon Park

The home of the Duke of Northum­ber­land was the last home of Henry VIII’s wife Cather­ine Howard. House open Wed-Thur, Sun & Bank Hol­i­day Mons 11am-5pm; gar­dens daily 10.30am-5pm. Adult £12 (gar­dens only £7); child £5 (£3.50). www.syon­park. co.uk. Syon Park, Brent­ford, Mid­dle­sex, TW8 8JF. T: 020-8560 0881. Off map. Sta­tion: Gun­ners­bury, then bus 237 or 267.

Wad­des­don Manor

Re­nais­sance-style chateau built in the late 19th cen­tury. Mag­nif­i­cent house and wine cel­lars, plus gar­dens and aviary. Please check for open­ing days and times. House and gar­dens: adult £18; child £9; gar­dens only: adult £8; child £4. www.wad­des­don. org.uk. Nr. Ayles­bury, Bucks, HP18 0JH. T: 01296653 226. Off map. Sta­tion: Maryle­bone to Ayles­bury.

Wind­sor Castle

The Queen’s week­end home and the world’s largest, old­est in­hab­ited castle. In­cludes State Apart­ments fur­nished with art­works by Rem­brandt, Rubens and Canaletto. Chang­ing the Guard, MonSat 11am. Daily 9.45am-17.15pm. Adult £19.20; child £11.30. www.roy­al­col­lec­tion.org.uk. Wind­sor Castle, Wind­sor, SL4 1NJ T: 020-7766 7304. Off map. Sta­tion: Waterloo to Wind­sor & Eton River­side.

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