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I am planning a 6 day city tour of London with Rick steves. Has anybody taken this tour before?

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There are a number of forum regulars who have taken this tour but it looks like no one has realized your question is about a RS tour. I've not done Rick's London tour but I've done Paris among others. The information I posted in your other thread about the tour hotel was for Best of England. I think they might use different hotels for their Best of London tours.

Did you have a specific question about the tour?

The tour guide I had for the Best of England also does Best of London and he was fabulous. He's a licensed Blue Badge Guide (top notch, in other words) and I was thrilled when we got to London and he popped out his Blue Badge and guided us in Westminster Abbey! However any guide you have on one of Rick's tours will be excellent.

I hope you are going to plan to arrive a night or 2 ahead of the tour start date. It's much more fun when you are not fighting jet lag on your first night with the group. Many people choose to spend the pre-tour nights in the tour hotel if there is availability. I have seen some comments from folks who have gone on this tour that they stayed elsewhere because they felt the price was too high for the tour hotel. I've not had this happen on other tours but your mileage may vary.

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2018 posts

Yes, I was on the Rick Steves London city tour a year ago last September. It was a wonderful week in a wonderful city with a wonderful guide. We did exactly as Pam has recommended and arrived a few days before the tour started. Is there something specific you'd like to know? I was on the tour with a friend and our adult sons. We all enjoyed the tour immensely.

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what was the name of the hotel you stayed in? If I am staying in the same hotel for a whole week, would like to know the accomadations( private bath, breakfast, size of rooms,etc). Where in the city it was.

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They use different hotels for different tour dates. In the past, people have listed a number of different hotels so experience on here may or may not be an indicator of where you might stay over a certain tour date. You might call the office and discuss the particular date you have in mind to see where they stay. Shortly after you sign up for the tour you will get the name of the tour hotel.

Here are a couple of threads that came up in searches:
https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/england-reviews/london-hotel-before-after-rs-tour

https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/tours/london-accomodations-0fefba9b-480e-4c8f-89c3-3360b200d0cd

I also looked for 2015 scrapbooks and there was 1 for the London tour:
http://twofarmersinlondon.weebly.com/

Here also is the link to the page with all the scrapbooks from previous years:

https://www.ricksteves.com/tours/scrapbooks/tour-alum-scrapbooks

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Hello john41,
In June of 2013 I took this London Tour. As some said, I came three days early to see/visit sites not on the tour. I stayed at Cherry Court in the Belgravia District, about four blocks to the east of the hotel the Tour stayed at. Cherry Court rates are cheaper and I could afford a single room with bath. If you are looking for larger rooms or a lift Cherry Court isn’t the place for you. But my stay was quiet and I was well taken care of. A big plus for me was Cherry Court was a short walk to Victoria Station. By the time the Tour group got together I was pretty good at getting around London on the underground

Cherry Court, 23 Hugh Street, London 5V1V 1QJ
cherrycourthotel.co.uk

The hotel the Tour stayed at was the Lime Tree, very nice and comfortable. Enjoyed the breakfast and the garden in the back. (If giving this information out is against the forum rules, I’m sorry)
I enjoyed London so much I returned in 2015.
Enjoy London, Cathy

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2018 posts

Hi again, tormeyjohn41. I believe the tour hotel we used for our tour was MyHotelChelsea. We stayed our extra days before arrival at the Lime Tree, though, to get a taste of a different area of London. Pam is exactly right; often different tours use different hotels. You might try calling the tour department to inquire which hotel will be used for your particular tour.