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One Day Tour of London

Does anyone know of a good company who provides one day tours of the highlights of London?
Thank you!

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Yes. London Walks ( is one. I went on their Dickens Christmas walk this December (train ride out of the city to Rochester, Dickens' home town). I liked it and found the tour hosts very personable.

You can also do one of the double decker bus tours but personally I'd rather walk around.

Personally I have enjoyed a 1-day itinerary which goes something like this:

Take the tube to Westminster.
Enjoy an "Oh yeah, I'm in London all right" moment seeing Big Ben (chiming the hour if possible).
The London Eye is right over the bridge, worth a ride.
Westminster Abbey is nearby and a must see.
Then follow Rick's Westminster tour in his London book (definitely stop on the way to tour the Churchill Museum and War Rooms) leading you to Trafalgar Square!
Have a reasonably priced bite at Cafe in the Crypt, Church of St. Martin in the Fields.
Tour the National Gallery. Outstanding!!
More time: British Museum also is a must-see. Tuibe to Tottenham Court Road.

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What Mickey says is about right for a 1 day trip. However, a MUST SEE site that Mickey forgot was the walk to Buckingham Palace. This is only a short walk from Trafalger Sq but it is a MUST SEE. I'd rank this with seeing Big Ben.

Posted by
3428 posts

If at all possible- get to Covent Garden and Leciester square. Leciester is a short walk up from St. Martin's in the field. It is a great place to sit for a moment and people watch. Then walk over to Covent Garden. I love the markets there. Each day is different and there are buskers and "performance artists" galore! China Town is also worth a "wander". If you really have time, go to Kew Gardens- but with only one day, you will probably have to save that for the next time.

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If you like more flexibility both the hop on hop off tour companies in London are great. Audio or live guided tours, multiple routes, lots of stops, Thames cruise usually included. And if you see something you like, you can just hop off and take a look - you can also buy skip the line tickets to most attraction with them which is nice.

I've done it 2-3 times now, I think, and enjoyed it every time.