Combine a morning visit to the historic Royal castle at Windsor with an in-depth tour around the famous sites of our awe inspiring and majestic capital city of London. See Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament. Visit sites associated with Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Prince William and Kate Middleton with photo stops at Kensington Palace plus the clubs and restaurants frequented by the young royals. All will be revealed by your friendly and knowledgeable guide.
Maximum 18 people per tour
Entry to Windsor Castle & St.George's Chapel
Photo stops include Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace & Tower of London
Travel by executive small coach with professional guide
We begin with a short drive from bustling London to the green fields of the Royal County of Berkshire and into the tranquil pastures of Runnymede; an important Saxon meeting place and historic settlement. This wooded valley bore witness to the conclusion of the Barons' Revolt that gave us Magna Carta, our major constitution sealed by King John in 1215. Your guide will discuss the implications of this document and discuss whether history has been unkind to our "bad King John" as the centuries have passed by.
Following the Thames upstream we arrive at Windsor Castle, fortress to some, Royal home to others, this impressive structure is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. Walk along the lavishly furnished rooms of the Royal apartments, visit St George's Chapel and relive the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. See the tombs of Kings and Queens and the heraldry of the Order of the Knights of the Garter. Head down to the Lower Ward to witness the Changing of the Guard (selected days only). After spending time in this majestic home enjoy a spot of lunch in the delightful town.
After lunch we follow the Thames river back towards London for an eye opening tour of this spectacular city. A chance to see old favourites like Parliament, Westminster Abbey, St.Paul's Cathedral, the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. We can see the city's more recent attractions; the Shard, the Millennium Bridge, the London Eye and the replica of Shakespeare's Globe theatre. By way of Buckingham Palace and St James's we take a fully guided drive past Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and Downing Street, seeing some of our most iconic museums; the Victoria and Albert, the Natural History Museum, the National Gallery and the Tate Modern.
Skirting the edges of London's beautiful open spaces by way of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, we come across Kensington Palace, home to Prince William and Catherine and in a house within the grounds, Prince Harry and Meghan. We tour some of the local areas where the younger Royals partied the night away such as the famous Mahiki nightclub and the restaurants of Chelsea.
Let's not forget that wherever we drive in London we will be constantly passing the homes of great writers and poets, politicians, adventurers, inventors, actors and artisans, famous or infamous, most of them gone but certainly not forgotten. Locations brought to life in film or literature, bustling markets, quiet backstreets, wartime destruction, peacetime rebuilding, private palaces, public gardens, a colourful history, a bloody past, lost buildings, lost rivers, stunning architecture and breathtaking views........undoubtedly something for everyone!!
Central London Windsor
Windsor London - Panoramic tour begins
London Victoria Station - Panoramic tour ends
Please ensure you arrive at your allocated departure point at least 10 minutes before your departure time.
Outside The British Museum main entrance on Great Russell Street (MAP). Nearest tube stations are Holborn or Tottenham Court Road.
Outside Cumberland Hotel, Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch. From Spring 2019, the Cumberland Hotel will be changing its name to to the 'Hard Rock Hotel'. (MAP) Nearest tube station is Marble Arch
Outside Holiday Inn Kensington Forum, 97 Cromwell Road (MAP) (wait on Cromwell road by the bus stop, not outside the hotel entrance) Nearest tube station is Gloucester Road