Christmas Day Tour and Lunch

Staying in London over Christmas means being away from home and the traditional Christmas Day lunch with family and we are often asked for suggestions of alternative ways to spend the day.

The most popular is a combined day including a tour of London, seeing the famous landmarks, plus festive decorations and a traditional Christmas Day lunch.

For example here is a great Christmas Day London tour with Lunch on the Thames

  • 3 hour 15 minute River Thames Cruise on Christmas Day
  • See London Attractions from the Beautifully Decorated Boat
  • Three Course Festive Lunch
  • Tea and Coffee with Mince Pies
  • Welcome glass of sparkling wine
  • Festive Music and Carols

This exclusive tour can be booked here

LONDON, UK - 19TH DECEMBER 2014: A beautiful view of Tower Bridge during Christmas time in London on 19th December 2014.

Feel the magic in the air during a Christmas Day lunch cruise with City Cruises! Do something a little different this Christmas Day and sail down the River Thames during an enchanting 3 hour 15 minute cruise.

You will board the Thames Cruiser and enjoy a Welcome glass of sparkling wine to kick off your Christmas Day lunch cruise in London. The modern sightseeing boat features a roomy, open-air deck and large glass windows for city sightseeing at its most spectacular! The interior will be splendidly decorated for this special day.

Take your seat at the reserved table and get ready for your festive Christmas Day lunch to begin! You’ll be served three delicious courses comprised of traditional Christmas fare, followed by tea and coffee with mini mince pies to complete the feast.

Some top London sights will drift past as you savour your Christmas lunch and relax in the scenic surroundings. Once the cruise has finished, the boat will return to Westminster Pier and deliver you safely back on dry land to enjoy the remainder of your Christmas Day in London.

Inclusions:

  • 3 hour 15 minute River Thames Cruise on Christmas Day
  • See London Attractions from the Beautifully Decorated Boat
  • Three Course Festive Lunch
  • Tea and Coffee with Mince Pies
  • Welcome glass of sparkling wine
  • Festive Music and Carols

This exclusive tour can be booked here

London Christmas Eve Tours

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London Tours

London Hop on Hop off Bus

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Tours Including Stonehenge

We are often asked about Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Tours including a visit to Stonehenge as the regular visits there on those days are closed to the public.

Well there excellent tours available on both those days, that include a traditional Christmas lunch, visiting a number of locations and do include a drive past and photo opportunity at Stonehenge, which are perfect if you are looking for a unique Christmas Day getting out of London.

For example here is a great Christmas Day tour including Windsor, Bath, Stonehenge and Salisbury with 3 Course Christmas Lunch

  • Walking Tour of Windsor
    See Windsor Castle
    View Stonehenge
    See Salisbury and its Gothic Cathedral
    Traditional Christmas Lunch
    Panoramic Tour of The Georgian City of Bath
    Luxury Coach
    Professional Guide

This exclusive tour can be booked here

Salisbury cathedral after a snow fall.

Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle is the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world and one of the official residences of Her Majesty the Queen. You will enjoy a walking tour of Windsor and see the Castle.

Mysterious Stonehenge
Drive past Stonehenge, where you can view this ancient monument. Situated atop Salisbury Hill, 40 ton rocks stand alone since their arrival 5,000 years ago. Abundance of theories surround Stonehenge; from a religious temple to an astronomical clock and even a Bronze Age burial ground!

Traditional Christmas Lunch
Savour a delectable three course lunch, complete with all the trimmings, including a glass of wine and a choice of either tea or coffee to complement your meal.

Salisbury
Following a traditional Christmas lunch, you will head for the town of Salisbury which has one of the finest medieval cathedrals in Britain.

Bath
Discover the beauty of Bath! Designated a World Heritage Site, Bath was the first city in England to receive this prestige and proudly stands on the slopes of the River Avon. Enjoy a whistle stop tour of Bath’s famous monuments from the comfort of your seat! Take in Bath Abbey, which saw the coronation of the first British King in 973AD. Admire the architecture of the stunning Royal Crescent. Marvel at the famous Pulteney Bridge, modelled on the Florentine Ponte Vecchio.

Inclusions:

  • Walking Tour of Windsor
    Traditional Christmas Lunch
    Drive past Stonehenge
    Panoramic tour of The Georgian city of Bath
    Luxury Coach
    Professional Guide

This exclusive tour can be booked here

Christmas Eve Tours

Stonehenge Tours

Best Value Traditional English Afternoon Tea

When visiting London one of the not to be missed and most popular experiences is a traditional English afternoon tea at a top London hotel, with all the trimmings; freshly baked scones, Devonshire cream, fruit preserves, finely cut sandwiches and a wide selection of exotic teas.

Booked separately prices vary and it can be a little expensive, however included with other attractions makes it much better value.

For example here is a great tour including Buckingham Palace that opened to the public last week for the summer, combined with a splendid afternoon tea at the top hotel, The Grosvenor at Victoria.

  • Visit inside Buckingham Palace
  • Traditional afternoon tea at The Grosvenor Hotel in Victoria

This exclusive tour can be booked here

Buckingham Palace - Photographer: Andrew Holt The Royal Collection © 2008, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Buckingham Palace – ‘Special Timed Entry includes an Audio Tour’
Special timed entry ensures a breathtaking visit to the official residence of Britain’s sovereigns since 1837. Open for just 8 weeks a year, viewing the State rooms is an opportunity not to be missed! Marvel at the splendour of the rooms, used on official occasions by The Queen to entertain her guests. Be dazzled by the beautiful ballroom and throne room, before ending your royal tour with a walk through the stunning South Garden.

Afternoon Tea – The Grosvenor Hotel in Victoria
After your independent visit, you will be free to take your afternoon tea between 3pm – 4.30pm in the Grosvenor Hotel in Victoria. Traditional afternoon tea consists of a selection of finger sandwiches, scones served with clotted cream and preserves, small tea cakes and a choice of tea.

Inclusions: 

What is the Best Value way to tour London

London is the most visited tourist city in the world and has a considerable number of famous historic and modern landmarks to see. Paying individual entry fees at each site can add up and be very expensive, plus time consuming queuing. By far the best value way to tour London and enjoy all the main attractions is by an all inclusive day tour with everything included. Touring this way can be as much as a 1/3 cheaper than paying separately.

Here is the best value example of this type of tour we could find:

  • Entry to St. Paul’s Cathedral with special access to the Quire
  • Panoramic tour of London
  • See the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace
  • Optional Lunch
  • Entry to Tower of London
  • Meet the Yeoman Warders
  • See the famous Crown Jewels
  • Thames River boat ride
  • London Eye Experience
  • Luxury air–conditioned vehicle

This exclusive tour can be booked here

London Eye

Comprehensive Panoramic Tour 

Enjoy a whistle stop tour of London’s famous monuments and marvel at the history of London’s modern masterpieces from the comfort of your seat. Have your cameras ready for our photo stop at the spectacular Westminster Abbey.

St. Paul’s Cathedral
Towering high over the City of London, magnificent St Paul’s Cathedral is widely considered to be Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece. Enter the Quire and marvel at the beautiful mosaics inside.

Buckingham Palace and Changing of the Guard
As iconic an image of London as red telephone boxes and double–decker buses, the Changing of the Guard is a not–to–be–missed royal feast of bearskin hats and red tunics. *We will visit Horseguards Parade when the ceremony is not available.

Optional Lunch
Tantalise your taste buds with a traditional one course meal.

The Tower of London and Crown Jewels

During its 1000 year history this impressive fortress has been a Royal Palace, prison, mint and even a zoo! Be dazzled by the Cullinan diamonds and the spectacular Kohi–i–Noor at the Crown Jewels.

Exclusive feature
Join a Yeoman Warder (‘Beefeater’) for an exclusive and very different view of the famous Tower of London on this guided tour. You will hear the story of the peasants’ revolt and attack on the Tower of 1381, the military cunning used to ensure the safety of the Monarch within, and how the Tower’s very architecture protects it from attack.

River Thames Boat Ride
Take to the water on a River Thames boat ride and enjoy a panoramic tour of London’s array of attractions.

The London Eye Experience
End your day with a London Eye experience and enjoy breathtaking views of London in the luxury of your glass capsule.

Your tour will finish at approximately 6:00pm at the London Eye Pier.

Inclusions:

  • Admissions to Tower of London and St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • Panoramic Tour of London
  • River Boat Ride
  • London Eye Experience
  • Transportation by Air-Conditioned Coach
  • Professional Guide
  • Complimentary hotel pick up from over 80 central London hotels. You will be taken to our departure point to board your tour.

This exclusive tour can be booked here

Historic and Modern London Tour

Hop on hop off bus

London Attractions

London Theatre

Other London Tours

What is the cheapest Day Tour to Paris

If you are on a budget and want to enjoy the splendour of Paris, it is possible to do surprisingly cheaply. Here is a great option that is the best value we could find, includes a free river cruise and sightseeing map so you can plan your day at your leisure and choose what attractions to visit, saving money compared to an inclusive package.

  • Reserved seats on Eurostar
  • One hour cruise on River Seine
  • Time for shopping and sightseeing
  • Free map of Paris

This exclusive tour can be booked here

Paris, the beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower on a summer day

Journey to Paris
Arrive at St. Pancras International Station where our representative will meet you at chop’d coffee shop, opposite the Eurostar concourse, at 5.45am (5.30am on Saturdays), you’ll receive an informative welcome pack. Eurostar Check in closes 30 minutes before the train departure time.

Kick off your Paris day trip in style with a ride on the world-famous Eurostar™. The 2hr 15min journey to Paris passes through 31 miles of Channel Tunnel – before disembarking at Gare due Nord station, Paris!

Paris at Your Leisure
A totally free and easy product – no frills and a price to match! Explore Paris at your own leisure, visiting the sights you want to see! You will also receive a map to set you on your way.

River Cruise
Take to the water on a luxury cruise and enjoy panoramic views of Parisian magical monuments. The cruises lasts an hour and an audio tour is provided.

Return Journey
Arrive at the Eurostar Check-in at least 45 minutes before departure. Your departure time from Paris is 8:13pm, arriving in London at 9:29pm.

Combo London Attractions and Tours

When visiting London the best value way to get around is by using the hop on hop bus services that gives you ultimate flexibility, especially helpful if its raining when you can schedule an indoor activity and venture back out when the sun comes out.

To make this even better value you can combine this with monument and attraction passes and here is an example:

2 Day Hop on Hop off Bus Tour with Madame Tussauds and The London Eye, plus free river cruise.

Hop on hop off bus tour

This exclusive tour can be booked here

Hop on Hop Off 48 Hours

  • Hop on Hop off Service with Over 60 Stops on 4 different routes
  • Tickets valid for 24 hours + 24 hours free
  • Free Walking Tour (worth £10) – voucher valid for TWO days
  • Free Point to Point River Thames Boat Ride (Worth £7.15)
  • View such iconic structures as Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and more!
  • See celebrated areas of London including Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly
  • Enjoy the insights and fascinating facts with a live or audio guided tour
  • Buses Depart Every 5-10 mins from Main Tourist Points and Every 15-20 mins from elsewhere
  • Audio guides available in the following languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazilian) & Russian

Madame Tussauds

  • Madame Tussauds has been making wax figures for over 150 years
  • The oldest figure on display is ‘Sleeping Beauty’ sculpted in 1763
  • See Madame Tussauds’ legendary Chamber of Horrors
  • New figures include The Queen, Prince William and Kate Middleton, Whitney Houston, Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, and Lady Gaga
  • New Super Hero starring in Marvel Super Heroes 4D as Captain America joins the line up
  • Measure up to amazing new wax figure re-creating Chris Evans’ portrayal in Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The First Avenger

The London Eye

  • Get 40-kilometre panoramic views on a clear day
  • The gradual ride in one of the 32 high-tech glass capsules takes approximately 30 minutes
  • Night or day, The London Eye offers spectacular views of London
  • You will see many of famous landmarks such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, St Paul ’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Trafalgar Square.
  • 4-D experience
  • Interactive touch screen guide

Remarkable London bus tour
Explore imperious London in all its grandeur. This incredible value London Hop on Hop off bus tour grants you the freedom and convenience to explore the city in depth. This tour encompasses world renowned attractions such as the Tower of London, Shakespeare’s Globe and spectacular Westminster Abbey, as well as, of course, the inimitable Buckingham Palace. You will also see the most eminent regions of London, such as distinguished Regent Street, world celebrated Oxford Street and vibrant Piccadilly.

Click here to view route map 

Free Walking Tour – Special bonus
Why not follow in the footsteps of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge or take in the places where the Fab Four worked and played in London. The Walking Tour you decide to go on will surely captivate you, with it being an experience to truly remember.

Choose from the following Walking Tours:

  • The Royal Walking Tour
  • The Beatles London Walking Tour

Free River Thames Boat Ride
Take to the water on an enthralling River Thames Boat Ride and enjoy unique sweeping perspectives over London’s attractions and landmarks, for an altogether different London sightseeing experience.

Madame Tussauds
Madame Tussauds has been making wax figures for over 150 years. Each masterpiece takes four months, and a team of 20 dedicated sculptors, to create. Over 500 precise body measurements are referenced and real head hairs are inserted one by one – all to achieve the kind of astonishing realism that has kept Madame Tussauds world renowned for over two centuries.

Some of Madame Tussauds’ original work and earliest relics are still on display in London, including the death masks she was forced to make during the French Revolution and the Guillotine that beheaded Marie Antoinette. The oldest figure on display is ‘Sleeping Beauty’, a breathing likeness of Louis XV’s sleeping mistress Madame du Barry sculpted in 1763.

This is Flexible ticket allowing you to turn up at any time without a reservation. Priority Entrance is also included in the ticket price allowing our guests to avoid the main queue (note: there may be a queue of other ticket holders’ in peak periods).

The London Eye
The London Eye offers breathtaking views of London from high above the River Thames. See Big Ben towering above the Houses of Parliament, follow St. James Park as it sweeps down to Buckingham Palace. Is the Queen at home? You’ll spot the flag flying if she is. A Standard Ticket Experience on the London Eye lasts for approximately 30 minutes, the time it takes for the London Eye to revolve completely. Relax in one of the 32 high-tech glass capsules and enjoy the London skyline at your leisure.

The London Eye 4D is a groundbreaking 3D film with in theatre effects, such as wind, bubbles and mist, to make the 4D. The film itself is a touching story of a little girl in London with her father. Her view of famous London landmarks is obscured by people and traffic, but a seagull draws her attention to the London Eye and her visit finally gives her an amazing view of the city. Colourful parties inside the capsule, time lapse of the London Eye day and night and a spectacular firework display all add up to an emotional and entertaining experience; the perfect prelude to the London Eye itself.

This is a Flexible Standard Ticket allowing you to turn up at any time without a reservation to get on at the next available time. Please visit after 1pm for shorter queue times.

Inclusions

  • 24 Hour Hop-on Hop-off Ticket + 24 hour free
  • Free Walking Tour
  • Free River Thames Boat Ride – Valid one way Embankment or London Eye Pier to Tower Pier or vice versa
  • Admission to Madame Tussauds
  • Admission to The London Eye

This exclusive tour can be booked here

Low Cost Day Trips

We are frequently asked what is best value; a low cost tour that does not include entrance fees or an inclusive tour that includes all entrances at attractions visited.

Well the answer is; it depends on your preferences, for example people that maybe have difficulty walking may wish to visit somewhere like Windsor Castle and see it from the outside and not go in, or perhaps maybe they may have been inside before and prefers on this occasion to walk round the town instead and perhaps over the bridge into Eton.

For them a low cost tour not including entrance fees will be best value.

Day Trip to Windsor by Rail

However if you intend to go in at attractions, then it is better value to choose a tour that includes entrance tickets, plus with these tours you get priority entrance and will avoid long queues for tickets on the day.

Examples of great value Low Cost Tours

Examples of great value out of London Inclusive Tours

Examples of great value Inclusive London Tours

How can I get Highclere (Downton Abbey) tickets for this summer?

All pre-booked Highclere Castle (fictional Downton Abbey) tickets for this summer and most scheduled tours from London sold out some time ago, but good news there is an easy way to get there from London and get tickets on the day

Getting to Highclere and Daily Tickets

You take a train to Newbury and from there a taxi for the 7 miles to the Castle (taxis will be waiting when you arrive at Newbury station and you can pre-book the same cab to pick you back up at Highclere later)

National Train Information

If you turn up at Highclere in good time (about 9.15/9.30am) before the start of the morning opening you will be able to buy tickets from the generous daily allocation

Arriving at that time you will likely be first in the queue when the ticket office opens

Overall this is a very straightforward way to reach Highclere and a lot cheaper than taking a fixed tour

Alternative out of London Coach Tours

Downton Abbey Tour with Highclere Castle & Filming Locations

Downton Abbey Filming Location, Blenheim Palace & the Cotswolds Tour with Lunch

London Tours

A Day Trip to Legoland Windsor

  • Legoland Entry Tickets
  • Return Transport to Legoland

This exclusive tour can be booked here

Be the star of your very own adventure. Soar through the treetops to escape dragons,  join a Viking fleet across churning Legoland windsorrapids. Experience real Driving School and use laser guns at the ancient tomb. All the family take part in high energy fun at the Fire Academy and be thrilled at the pirate themed Stunt Show. Everyone will be fascinated by the incredible LEGO® models throughout the park. From comical camels to world land marks and a yellow submarine, it’s amazing what can be built with millions of LEGO bricks!

Return Journey: You will have flexibility in returning back to London as Greenline coaches depart at various times.

Additional Information

Inclusions:

  • Return transportation with Greenline coaches
  • Entrance fee to LEGOLAND® Windsor

This exclusive tour can be booked here

Cadbury World by Rail

  • Day Trip to Birmingham
  • Entrance to Cadbury World
  • Return Train Tickets
  • Free Time to Explore Birmingham
A day out from London to Birmingham for a trip to Cadbury World a fun attraction all dedicated to the creamy Birmingham Cadbury Worldconfectionery. You will learn about the manufacturing process, take a ride through a chocolate spectacular and make and taste your own Cadbury design plus much more. Finally is a must visit to the World’s Biggest Cadbury Shop.
London to Birmingham by Rail
Meet your tour manager at London Euston station at 9 AM before boarding the train and departing for Birmingham. The journey will take approximately one and a half hours so sit back and relax as the train speeds away from London!

Cadbury World
Once you reach Birmingham, make your way to Cadbury World and enjoy a visit to this popular attraction. You’ll embark on a one way guided tour through 14 interactive zones that tell the story of chocolate and the Cadbury business. Video presentations, multi-sensory cinema and staff demonstrations bring the world of Cadbury and the history of chocolate to life!

Spend as much time as you like at Cadbury World before exploring Birmingham of your own accord.

Return to London
Head back to Birmingham station at 7.00 PM to catch your return train. You will arrive back in London at 8.34 PM.

Additional information

Inclusions:

  •  Return train ticket to Birmingham from London
  •  Entrance to Cadbury World