In 1958 two University graduates - one from Oxford and one from Cambridge - founded a London tour operator specialising in privately guided tours of England's two ancient University cities, Oxford and Cambridge.

By 1969 the company had significantly expanded and were offering private tours around the whole of England, Scotland & Wales. Looking for a new name to reflect the new offerings they acquired British Tours Ltd, a company founded in 1931.

Today, our central London office in London's West End still specialises in personal and flexible touring with the best tour guides in and around London and Britain. We provide tours for all size groups - groups of up to six people travel by car with their own driver-guide. Larger groups by minibus and coach. You can travel with your guide by foot and public transport too if you prefer.

We also offer private tours from London to Paris, tours in Paris and the whole of France. We also offer private tours in and around Rome and Italy. Our tours are available in all languages including French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese and Chinese.

As well as covering the most famous sights, we pride ourselves on also showing our clients authentic, less "touristy" sights with excellent local guides away from the large bus groups. Some of our special interest tours include Stonehenge at Dawn, Jane Austen, Legal London, England's Gardens, the Normandy D-Day Beaches by Private Plane and many more.

Our Guides

Our expert London tour guides are personable, knowledgeable men and women with interesting academic and professional backgrounds. They include a former Detective in the CID at New Scotland Yard, a senior Foreign Office Civil Servant in charge of Protocol for visiting Heads of State, an Archaeologist with many published works on Archaeology, a former Military Attache at the British Embassy in Paris, a former Pilot in the RAF to name a few. See some of our illustrious former guides too!

British Tours works with hundreds of Travel Agents worldwide as well as many UK companies for sightseeing, ground handling, interpreting and corporate entertainment in the UK and is a member of the London Tourist Board, the Society of the Golden Keys and the American Society of Travel Agents.

How to Book

British Tours is situated in Mayfair, the centre of London and our offices are open 7 days a week. You are welcome to visit us for a personal consultation, or contact us toll free, by fax or email. Contact us


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