Learn about Political History with House of Parliament Tours

Take an exhilarating step back in time with a guided tour of London’s iconic Westminster Palace and experience all the intriguing and political history that it has to offer.

For over 900 years The Houses of Parliament (AKA the Palace of Westminster) has been the centre of power throughout Britain.  William II completed construction of the Palace of Westminster started in 1097and in 1099; at the time of its completion it was the largest hall in all of England.

Its initial role was to be a royal only residence, but by 1512 a fire destroyed the private quarters of Henry VIII, after that Henry moved out and the lawyers and politicians moved in, it has been the hub for Britain’s political powers ever since.

The Palace of Westminster held numerous high profile treason trials between the 15th and 18th centuries. King Charles I being one of the most notable who in 1649 was tried and condemned as a traitor, tyrant, and murderer, despite the court having no real legal authority over him. In 1606 Guy Fawkes along with his co-conspirators in the Gunpowder Plot were tried, convicted, and executed.

The Palace has endured a myriad of bombings and other act of violence during it’s over 900 of years of existence. During the Blitz of World War 2 alone the Palace was hit more than 14 times. In 1812 former Prime Minister Spencer Percival was assassinated there, and in 1885 a Fenian bomb severely damaged the Palaces common chamber as well as seriously injuring three people.

You can explore further into the aforementioned as well as many other historical factoids related to the Palace whilst on your House of Parliament tour!

London Day Tours – Can You See All of London in a Day

London is a very diverse and interesting city that is packed with character and possibility. The average tourist which turns up in this great European study would struggle to visit everything in a few weeks, never mind just a day! Taking a London Day Tour won’t guarantee covering even a fraction of everything London has to offer, but you can certainly cram the day full.

An advantage of this extremely busy and bustling city is that many of the attractions are close together. If you are willing to do the necessary planning of where you want to go then different sights and attractions can be linked together in the same visit. For example, you can visit Number 10 Downing Street, where the Prime minister lives, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and the Royal Parks, Whitehall and the Cabinet Wars within a few roads.

A speciality tour will help to narrow down what you want to get from a sightseeing tour of London. Perhaps you have seen the main sites before or you want to explore a different side to this incredibly diverse and cosmopolitan city. The longer tours of 7 or 9 hours will definitely be able to maximise the amounts you can do in a day around London. A tour includes your own private tour guide and could be focused on one particular location in London such as Greenwich or one place such as the British Museum.

One way of visibly being able to cover the surface of London in a day would be to take a helicopter tour over London city. During a one-hour flight you will see the major landmarks from the air and enjoy a truly spectacular view across the city.

London Tour Guides – Choosing the Best One

 

When you visit London, it can be hard to narrow down what it is exactly you want to see.  London city boasts so many famous buildings, and there are so many different activities you can do.  The first thing to consider is what your focus is; for example, if it is the royal family and the big iconic buildings you are interested in then Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and even Kensington Palace may be just what you are looking for.  Another option for your group is to visit a range of museums and galleries; the British Museum and the National Gallery are both locations where you could spend many hours visiting and will give a true flavour of British history and culture.

For any history fans, the Tower of London and the Crown Jewels and Tower Bridge will definitely impress all those in your group.  Another option is to visit the city entirely from the Thames and stop at locations along this amazing valley river, as there are so many landmarks and iconic sites to see just from the river.  One thing you won’t be short of is things to do and how to fill your time.  The key thing is to focus on what it is you are hoping to get from your day and choose some landmarks to visit.  It is impossible to visit every famous location and attraction, however by narrowing it down to the ones that are preferred, you can always come back and visit other sites another time.

Just a stone’s throw away from the city centre of London there are also many sites of interest such as Oxford, Windsor Castle, Stratford and even a Harry Potter Tour.  Attractions outside the main city centre will require more time however are easily accessible from the city centre.  With so much to choose, one thing is certain; you will not leave London disappointed, as there is so much to see and do for all tastes.

Where to Visit During London Guided Tours

There are many exciting attractions to visit during your stay in London, so why not incorporate a London Tour during your visit. On a London sightseeing tour you can take explore the amazing city and see some of the most historic sites in London; many places you will have seen on TV can be visited in person, including places such as Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and the Houses of Parliament. Tours for groups of two in a medium sized luxury car are a great way to get around the city quickly but if you want to visit with a big group you may prefer a whole coach load of visitors.

If it is great views of the city which you are looking for then head to the banks of the river Thames and hire your own private capsule on the London Eye. The wheel rises 135 metres right over the heart of central London and affords spectacular views over as well as beyond the London skyline. A memorable experience waits, as it is an attraction that provides a different and unique experience during the light of day or the twinkling lights of night. This iconic landmark, which was first opened as part of the millennium celebrations in 2000, provides a private function in your own pod in the sky that can be uniquely tailored to your own requirements.

A tour of London is never complete without a shopping trip in Knightsbridge and Harrods. The famous department store covers 4.5 acres of exclusive retail space across seven floors. Almost everything which you could desire is found under one roof, from the finest designer goods to exquisite jewellery and a host of exciting events across their 300 plus departments throughout the year. In addition, there are 28 different restaurants in the store to keep you fed and watered, from fine dining to light snacks.

Corporate Treats with London Tours

Has the ‘corporate bonding experience’ had its day?  We only ask because we personally think not.  Corporate days out are a great way to say “well done” to your colleagues.  What better way to reward their contribution towards the achievement of corporate goals than a great day out with, for example, a trip around the great city of London?

A private and superbly organised sightseeing tour of London can be the perfect blend of relaxation and excitement.  To spend a whole day with a personal London city tour guide and private transport at your beck and call must be the best way of getting around London taking in all that this iconic city has to offer.

If you have never been to London then the famous landmarks like Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and the Tower of London have to be on your bucket list.  To witness the Changing of the Guard or gaze upon the Crown Jewels is to understand some of the history that surrounds you.

Regular visitors will be delighted by lesser-visited sites like the famous (yet much photographed) Abbey Road of The Beatles fame, or the world’s most famous court of justice the Old Bailey.  Camden Lock Market is an interesting place to see.  This huge open-air market complex offers a huge variety of goods to buy and the choice of food stalls has to be seen to be believed.  If you only get to visit one of London’s many great markets you will not be disappointed in Camden.

For those who wish to incentivise and re-energise their colleagues the ultimate bespoke London sightseeing tour is perfect and British Tours can put together a memorable itinerary for you.

Day Tours in London

Samuel Johnson once said, “When a man is tired of London he is tired of life”.  You could say ‘that was then but this is now’.  London today is so packed full of things to see and do that you could not possibly tire of it.  The only regret you could have is not seeing all the important sights on your list.

Imagine you could be collected by private car, by your own London tour guide, and then taken anywhere you want.  That has to be the best way to see the most important sights and places in and around the city.  British Tours has an extensive choice of day tours that take in not only traditional London landmarks but also some more contemporary ones, like the Kate and William Tour for example.  This takes in all the places of significance that shaped the relationship of Britain’s favourite Royal couple including the magnificent Westminster Abbey where their Royal Highnesses were married.

London is a city steeped in history and this is illustrated no better than the imposing 900-year-old Tower of London, the place where Kings, Queens and noblemen were imprisoned or executed.

There are so many museums to choose from but, if you only visit one then try the British Museum which houses exhibits from prehistoric to modern times.  The Natural History Museum is also a fantastic day out with a chance to see the spectacular dinosaur exhibition.

The Tate Modern showcases a collection of modern and contemporary art housed alongside a fine restaurant.

How could you leave without visiting Madame Tussauds for a face-to-face encounter with the most famous – and lifelike – mannequins in the world?

Shopping Tours of London – Uncovering Hidden Gems

 

London is one of the best places in the world for shopping.  The problem is that there just aren’t enough hours in the day to fit everything in!  So surely every shopper’s dream is to be escorted around London by an expert tour guide who can take you wherever you want to go.  And there are so many fabulous places to choose from – from London’s world-famous department stores to its infinite variety of markets, as well as the newly opened Westfield Village mall. (Don’t be fooled by the word Village – this place is huge.)

However, it would be a shame to leave London without sampling its more unique shopping centres.  If it is history you want look no further than Petticoat Lane Market where you can pick up real vintage clothing bargains to create your own individual style.  The Portobello Market is number one for antiques and curios, perhaps to take home as unique and beautiful mementos of your London visit.

The Kings Road is the place where punk rock was born and Vivienne Westwood still has her flagship store there.  Kings Road is a quirky mix of trendy boutiques and interior design emporiums, plus a huge choice of eating and drinking establishments.

For lunch, Gabriel’s Wharf, situated next to the River Thames on London’s Southbank, is a delightfully picturesque place to grab a bite to eat.  Locals as well as visitors eat here so you know that’s a mark of good value food.

London is awash with bookshops so whether you want the latest bestseller to read on the journey home or you’re looking for antique or unusual books, there are a plethora of specialist and second-hand bookshops and book markets.

British Tours can put together the perfect bespoke itinerary for the discerning shopper.