Half day tours of London with a private London tour guide

half day london toursHalf day tours of London with a private London guide are great for families and small groups. If this is your first time in London we can help you with orientation and using the public transport system. A London tour guide help with advice on planning the rest of your stay. Your London tour guide can act as your own personal travel guide for London. Try to do your half day tour soon after your arrival.

Why book a private guide for a half day tour?

  • If you are with a London Registered Guide like myself we can skip the long entrance lines at the popular sites. This is a huge time saving if you only have a limited time in London.
  • The morning is a better option for a family when you are feeling fresh and ready to take in information. You can use your afternoon to visit some of London’s shopping areas, buy some souvenirs or see a theatre matinee.
  • For most of the major London sites you can buy your tickets on the day if you are with a Registered Guide. There’s no advantage in buying a ‘fast-track’ ticket in advance for  Westminster Abbey or the Tower of London. This means that we can be flexible on the day in case we need to change our plans.
  • You can mix and match tours and walks depending on the areas and time you have available. Let me know what’s on your ‘must-see’ bucket list and I can help work something out.

A few examples are below of some popular half day tours. Or email me with questions or other ideas.

Westminster Abbey tour & Westminster walk

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Pelicans in St James Park seen on a Westminster walk

Start with a visit to Westminster Abbey. Don’t forget that if you visit the Abbey with a Guide then we can skip the long entrance lines at peak visitor times. This is helpful if you have small children who may not like standing around too long

After the Abbey a walk in the surrounding area to learn about politics, history and royalty or through the park to view Buckingham Palace. A park walk is a good way to experience major London sights and get away from the busy London streets. The views in the park offer lovely photo opportunities and also places to stop for coffee or a snack along the way.

Westminster walk & National Gallery tour

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Horseguards in St James’s Park on their way Whitehall

Another easy option for a half day tour is to start at Westminster with views of Big Ben and Parliament.  We can walk through the park to Buckingham Palace and St James’s Palace to learn about these two royal homes. On the way perhaps we can catch a view of the horseguards on their way to take up daily duties. Or if available see some of the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Then to Trafalgar Square before taking a quick highlight tour of the National Gallery. We’ll end at the National Gallery which is then just a short walk to Covent Garden for some lunch and shopping for souvenirs in the fabulous Jubilee covered market.

Tower of London tour & St Paul’s Cathedral

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The Tower of London is a great way to start your half day tour

Start at the Tower of London to see the Crown Jewels, hear about executions, torture and tales of the Tower residents. Walk the walls and see the collection of arms and armour in the 1000 year old White Tower.

From the Tower of London it’s fun to take a London red bus ride to St Paul’s Cathedral where everyone can climb 365′ to the top of it’s great dome for breathtaking views over London. And we can also check out a Harry Potter movie location that is very close to St Paul’s.

How to book your half day tour

The fee for a standard half day tour like those listed above is £180.00. You pay for your own entrances on the day. We’ll use public transport, taxis or walk to get around. Email me with your bucket list and dates to find out more.

What people said about their half day tours

“Nicola did a great job with us. It was our first time visiting London and we were a bit apprehensive. Nicola met with us at the hotel and we spent half of the day with her….after that experience with her we knew so much about England and we were able to use the tube for ourselves and make the best of our 6 day stay. It made all the difference!!” Sabrina, Trinidad, 2016

“We had the pleasure of having Nikki give us a tour of Westminster Abbey & The Tower of London. She met us at our hotel, we walked to the Tube, and she gave us invaluable information on ‘how to navigate the underground system’. What makes her stand out is her absolute joy in what she does. She possesses amazingly knowledge, but not is not bogged down in endless facts. It’s hard to explain, but it was as if we were touring with a long-time friend. Her pacing was excellent, and she did not try to squeeze in 1,000 years of history in a few hours. She surpassed all our expectations. One cannot find a better person to guide you through London. Thanks Nikki”, Joel and Janice, 2016

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