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Icons of Westminster - Walking Tour

Your Guru: Richard
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4.3
3 ratings
  • London
  • Available in English
  • 2h

About the Guru

Hi, I’m Richard, I have been a tour guide in London for nearly 20 years and still find something new in this amazing city almost every day. I have a real passion for travel and have been fortunate to have visited fascinating destinations all over The World However, something always draws me back to London like a magnet. It’s a unique blend of history and tradition whi... More

Hi, I’m Richard, I have been a tour guide in London for nearly 20 years and still find something new in this amazing city almost every day. I have a real passion for travel and have been fortunate to have visited fascinating destinations all over The World However, something always draws me back to London like a magnet. It’s a unique blend of history and tradition whilst remaining a thoroughly modern vibrant city on the cutting edge of everything new and exciting that there is to offer. I am massively passionate about London and Londoners and hope that my tours can ignite the same in the visitors that I have the pleasure of showing MY City.

About the Tour

A perfect tour to introduce yourself to Westminster and orientation  of the city, or if your short of time a great way to tick off many of the main sites from your list or to find things you may wish to explore in detail later.

WESTMINSTER- A name that conveys political and religious power, of suited civil servants and the Church of England hierarchy going about their daily business, of spectacular Royal Weddings and Historic Coronations. Political drama, of secret meetings in smoke filled rooms of great celebrations and national remembrance. But it’s way more than that…

It’s a living breathing constantly evolving city home to over a quarter of a million people, but recognised by the entire World. It’s home to some of London and The World's most iconic and important buildings and landmarks Westminster Abbey, “Big Ben” 10 Downing Street and even Buckingham Palace itself.

On this FREE (Pay what you like) tour I will take you to the hot spots and delve a little deeper into some of the sights of Westminster and try and give a sense of this places wider impact and it’s place in modern day London.

PLUS! this tour will take you to see the mounted regiments of The Household Cavalry. “The Horseguards”

We will watch the century old “punishment ceremony”* (3.15 tour only if available)  and get that iconic London photo with a guard in full regalia. 

Starting opposite Westminster  station this fully guided tour in English will take in

  • Westminster Abbey 
  • “Big Ben”
  • Buckingham Palace
  • St James’s Palace
  • The Palace of Westminster 
  • Downing Street
  • Horseguards Parade
  • Solider photo op (depending on availability)
  • St James Park
  • Admiralty Arch
  • Trafalgar Sqaure
  • Nelsons Coloumn
  • And much much more…Including the site of a Kings trial for treason, and ultimately execution.



 Our guide Richard was informative, entertaining and ensured we all had a good time and we had time to take photos - a great experience from start to finish!”

“The walking tour was the highlight for me though. Richard was an exceptional tour guide, he went above and beyond to introduce me to London and was very knowledgable.”

These are just a couple of reviews from just a few of the thousands of happy visitors to London that I have had the pleasure of guiding over the past 20 years. But don’t just take their word for it join me yourselves on this 2 hour walking tour of some of The Worlds most famous places.

📃THE BASICS📃- What you need to know! (And the boring legal bit)
📍The Tour Starts at the statue of Sir Winston Churchill in Parliament Square opposite  Westminster Station.  I will be wearing a cap and carrying a small backpack as well as holding a sign reading “Guru Tours London”

📍The tour ends at or near Trafalger Square which is around 15 minute walk (or short tube ride) back to the start point, but also conveniently located for Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden, Soho, Chinatown and Charing Cross station

The route is flat on either paved roads or for some sections on a gravel path/courtyard. The route is suitable for those with reduced mobility, A comfortable pair of shoes or trainers is sufficient,  no need for any specific footwear, although it is advised against wearing high heels (sorry Gentleman!!!)

🐕‍🦺The tour is suitable for dogs but they MUST be kept on a lead at all times.

🥤🥪Please note that there are LImited Toilet facilities or refreshments on this tour (there are public toilets and a several cafes at the start point) You may eat and drink on the tour (please no alcohol) please be responsible and take any rubbish with you until you can find a bin. Smoking and vaping is forbidden on this tour for the comfort of all participants. I reserve the right to not allow or remove any person who I believe is acting inappropriately or under the influence of alcohol or other substances. 

👉The wearing of face masks is entirely optional, there are currently no governmental restrictions in place regarding face masks, please be aware that there may be visitors in the group that may be clinically vulnerable or have choose to wear a mask or not, please respect each other’s choice on this matter. The same applies to social distancing.

👉💉Just for the record I am fully vaccinated and have had a booster I also take a Covid test 3 times a week to ensure that I am as safe as possible. I  am also fully 1st aid qualified and hold an advanced DBS (child and vulnerable peoples) certification.

👉Also please note that the tour will come across many wild birds such as Swans, Geese pelicans and other water fowl on the tour, as well as horses and other animals. I ask all visitors to exercise caution when around these animals please do not feed them as they may bite. We advise that all participants are responsible for their own safety at all times.

👉Please follow any instructions given to you by myself, and or police officers, membera of the military or other  people in authority.

🎒Please take basic precautions with your personal belongings as pickpockets are known to operate in this area. I personally have never had an issue on any of my tours but it’s just a precaution. All visitors are responsible for any personal possessions.

📩 If you have any questions please feel free to contact me via the tour guru website

I look forward to welcoming you to London

I look forward to welcoming you to London
Total tour time Approx 2hrs 

Meeting point: Sir Winston Churchill Statue-Parliament Square

Meeting point: Open in Google Maps

How to find me: At the statue of Sir Winston Churchill in the corner of Parliament Square (opposite the entrance (Opposite “Big Ben” I will be wearing a cap or flat cap and carry a small backpack. I will be holding a sign saying “Guru Tours - London”

Frequently asked questions

Accessibility:
The tour is suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Large groups:
Large group bookings are accepted. The maximum number of attendees per booking is 20 people.
Minimum of attendees:
No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour to take place.
Pets:
The tour is pet-friendly.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.

What's the price?

A guruwalk is a pay-what-you want walking tour, which means, it's completely free to book and join the group, but the 'guru' expects to be rewarded once the tour ends. Some people give €10 per person, some people give US‎$ 50, you choose the price.

For organizational purposes, it is mandatory to book the tour. Booking is completely free, fast and easy. Book your guruwalk now!

Tour opinions (3)

4.3
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Professionalism
4.67
Fun
4.0
Expression
4.0
Quality
4.67
Route
5.0
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What's the price?

A guruwalk is a pay-what-you want walking tour, which means, it's completely free to book and join the group, but the 'guru' expects to be rewarded once the tour ends. Some people give €10 per person, some people give US‎$ 50, you choose the price.

For organizational purposes, it is mandatory to book the tour. Booking is completely free, fast and easy. Book your guruwalk now!