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The Essential Westminster Sightseeing Tour

Duration: 2h and 30min
Languages: English
Quality Verified Registered on January 17, 2023

London with a Local was created in 2018 out of a desire to bring something different to those visiting (or living in) this wonderful, hectic, ever-changing City. We wanted to provide the best quality tours at a price that works for everyone. London is expensive – believe us, we know. Our aim was to provide at least one part of your time here where you feel like you are truly getting your money's worth. London With A Local is made up of a mix of born and bred Londoners, who can give you a picture of how it feels to grow up in the midst of the chaos, and those who decided to become Londoners after visiting as a tourist and falling in love. They combine a knowledge of the secrets that have been passed down through generations, with the hunger and excitement that comes with embracing a new place as your home. Our tours, of course, visit the iconic architectural structures that London the most recognisable city on Earth, but also allow a peak behind the curtain, away from the glitz and glamour of the West End, to give you the opportunity to see the “real” London, far from the tourist trap souvenir shops, to where the true treats and treasures, so often hidden away from tourists, reside. In short, we want everyone who gets the opportunity to join us on a tour, to feel like they are getting to know the essence of this great city. As well as experience in guiding and a knowledge of the history and politics of Britain, our expert guides all come from a performance background. We are actors. We are musicians. We are comedians. We are dancers and directors. Above all, we are storytellers and our aim is not just to reel off a load of dates that will be forgotten in a split second, but to paint you a picture of the people and events that built the foundations that we tread upon.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
  • Accepts electronic payment
    This tour allows payment by electronic means or credit card

Tour description

Explore Westminster, one of the wealthiest Boroughs in the Western world, the political heart of Britain and the home of the Royal Family, as we take you to three palaces, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey (the resting place of Dickens, Darwin and hundreds more), a Royal Park, the world’s most famous clock and the changing of the Guard ceremony*. 

 

Travel through 1000 years of Britain’s past, learning the salacious history of the world’s most famous royal family, from William the Conqueror in 1066 to Queen Elizabeth II today. Hear tales of the monarchs who truly changed the world: the womanising Henry VIII, the regal Victoria, the People’s princess Diana and of course, Elizabeth II and the Windsors.

 

However, there’s more to Westminster than just the Royals. Parliament has been meeting here for 700 years and you will be regaled with tales of our greatest and most controversial leaders, from Winston Churchill to Lord Nelson and even those who fought against them, like wretched Guy Fawkes who tried to blow up Parliament.

 

This tour really is a must see for everyone new to London. Just try not to blink, because around every corner is yet another iconic landmark, that you won’t want to miss.

 

*We cannot guarantee the ceremony will be running every day. The schedule varies due to seasons and weather. 

The tour finishes in Parliament Square, next to Big Ben and Westminster Station.

Please note, groups larger than 6 and any educational groups will need to get in touch to arrange a private tour, as they will not be able to join the public tour

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Highlights

What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Strand, London WC2N 5HX, UK
    Strand, London WC2N 5HX, UK
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    The tour begins from The Clermont Hotel, Charing Cross, Strand, London, WC2N 5HX Google maps link - https://goo.gl/maps/JKWWHFofEd6Dkm3h6. The guide will be holding a red umbrella.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Trafalgar Square
  • 2
    Outside visit
    The Mall
  • 3
    Outside visit
    St James' Palace
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Buckingham Palace
  • 5
    Outside visit
    St James's Park
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Westminster Abbey
  • 7
    Outside visit
    Big Ben
  • 8
    Outside visit
    Parliament Square
  • 9
    Outside visit
    Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament)

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Purnendu 07 Jun 2024
Bhubaneswar

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Travelled alone - Jun 2024
The tour was excellent. The guide was extremely good.
Alena 12 Apr 2024
London

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Travelled in family - Apr 2024
Rob has a great personality and charisma and plenty of cool stories to share with the audience
Carola 26 Mar 2024
Vienna

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2024
We had a great tour with Colin!!
martina 18 Mar 2024

tutto bene grazie
Sandro 16 Mar 2024
Karlsruhe

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2024
Alex was great👍
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Who is this tour for?

Accessibility
Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Groups
Does not accept large group reservations.
Pets
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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