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Recommendations for Tours

I'm planning a trip to London this summer and would like to get some good suggestions of tour companies that people have used in London.
I am wanting to a day-trip to Stonehenge and Bath, the Harry Potter Tour, a walking and/or River Cruise, or any additional tours that people have found interesting!

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London Walks is a company that does a Harry Potter walk in London and also does day tour outside the city. The tours outside the city are not every day so look at their schedule to see if something works for your time frame.

http://www.walks.com/

It depends on how many days you have but it is easy to go out to Salisbury on the train and take the bus run by the local bus company called Stonehenge Tours from the station or the city center of Salisbury.

http://www.thestonehengetour.info/about

I love Bath and usually spend at least 1 or 2 nights there. There are also good day tours from Bath to Stonehenge. I've done the full day tour by the company called Mad Max to Stonehenge, Avebury, Lacock and Castle Combe. You can't really take the train to Bath and do the tour on the same day but you can take the train back to London after the tour ends about 5PM.

Most of the complaints I have seen about the combo tours from London including Stonehenge and Bath is that there is a lot of bus time and not much time left to tour.

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Fat Tire bike tours, i ddid one and it was a blast...and you dont need to be fit or young,,,i wasnt!

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We took Evan Evans day tours, from London. We enjoyed many of their tours, during different trips. We wished the day trip to the Cotswolds would have been longer. We can't wait to go back and spend a few days there.

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We used London Walks for a tour of Westminster Abbey. The guide was so knowledgeable, we didn't have to wait in line to get tickets at the Abbey, and she steered us through the crowds easily. I would do London Walks again.

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I have to add my vote for London Walks. I have gone on several tours that have been the highlight of my visits to London. They use "Blue Badge" guides that are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. It's pretty simple to join a London Walks tour; check their schedule, find a tour, go to the tube station indicated in the schedule at the appropriate time. You don't have to book ahead of time. Just show up, pay the guide (I think its 10 pounds per person this year) and enjoy the tour.

I've gone on several tours and they have all been great. One example was Shakespeare's & Dickens' London. Most of the tour was around the small streets near St. Pauls Cathedral. The guide had a Phd in English Literature specializing in Dickens. He certainly knew his stuff and, as you can imagine, was pretty passionate about the subject matter.

If you have a legal bent I suggest the Legal & Illegal London The Inns Of Court tour. I learned a lot on that tour and I would never have found the Inns without the tour.

Check them out at http://www.walks.com. Highly, highly recommended.

Murray