3 Hour Guided Private Walking Tour: The Best of London

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From USD 202.27

Price varies by group size

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Marvel over royal monuments, architectural masterpieces and iconic landmarks on this 3-hour walking tour of London. Enjoy the undivided attention of your private guide as you stroll around Covent Garden, Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus; snap photos of Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben; and stand in awe before the magnificent Buckingham Palace. For the full experience, upgrade to include a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.
  • 3-hour private ‘Best of London’ walking tour
  • Visit Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square and Chinatown
  • Spot Big Ben & the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Nelson’s Column
  • See Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street
  • Upgrade to include a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Great-value tour includes hotel pick-up
  • This private tour can be customized to your interests and ensures you’ll receive personalized attention from your guide

What's Included

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off to selected hotels
  • Private guide
  • Transportation to/from attractions

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Westminster
    Underground Ltd, Westminster Station, Bridge St, London SW1A 2JR, UK

    Just outside Westminster Underground Station on Bridge Street, opposite Big Ben. There is a Caffe Nero, we start from there. Of course we can meet you at your London hotel too.

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

10:00 am

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

We can pick you up from any Central London hotel, not just those listed here.

What To Expect

Big Ben

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Thames River

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

London Eye (Pass By)

Houses of Parliament

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Parliament Square

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

The Cenotaph

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Downing Street

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Horse Guards Parade at Whitehall

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Westminster Abbey

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Admiralty Arch

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Trafalgar Square

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Nelson's Column

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

The National Gallery

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Cecil Court

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Covent Garden

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Leicester Square

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Women of World War II Memorial

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Piccadilly Circus

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Fortnum & Mason (Pass By)

Green Park

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Spencer House

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

The Mall

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Buckingham Palace

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included


10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

St. James's Park

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

St. Paul's Cathedral

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Millennium Bridge

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Tate Modern (Pass By)

Borough Market

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Southwark Cathedral

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

London Bridge

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Shakespeare's Globe

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

HMS Belfast (Pass By)

The Monument to the Great Fire of London

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Tower of London

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Tower Bridge

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Ye Olde England Tours (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This tour involves a moderate amount of walking please wear comfortable shoes
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Generally the sights are relatively quiet and we always practice social distancing but at some locations it is possible small sections may have small crowds so we will do our best to avoid them though social distancing is generally not a problem. All of our tours are private so it is just you/your family and your guide.  To make it easier and safer for all concerned we would suggest starting this tour a little later than the usual time, perhaps around 10.30-11am which allows us all to miss rush-hour. We are happy to still come to your hotel to meet you but for the moment we would suggest meeting us at the tour starting point.  This allows you to arrive by a taxi or uber rather than public transport. Please feel free to wear masks throughout or at times during the tour.  Your guide will also have a mask with them.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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38 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travellers.
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Best Tour of London for First Timers
Jennifer_B, Mar 2023
HIGHLY RECOMMEND!! This tour takes you past all items on itinerary and you get so much more. Guide Stephen is highly knowledgeable and a Freeman of the City of London (we learned what that was on the tour). Great info on history, royals, Parliament, churches, modern buildings and great places to eat. Stephen also made recommendations on opportunities to take pictures and even took pictures of us so we didn’t have to miss the background with selfies. We did this our first full day in London and the rest of our trip we ate at restaurants, including a pub from the 1600s, all recommended on tour. We did the 2 hour extension and if your feet can handle it, well worth it. Walked 11 miles that day and learned how to navigate all key tourist areas. We will book a private tour with Stephen each time we return to London.
Learning and loving London with Stephen!
Julie_U, Oct 2022
We did the extended walking tour and absolutely LOVED our time with Stephen. His depth of knowledge of both history and current events made our tour fascinating and fun. We were in London at a really interesting time (between Prime Ministers!) And he answered ALL of our questions...which were many for these curious Americans! We'll be back in London next summer with our kids and will definitely book with Stephen again and recommend him to anyone who wants a great tour of London.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Hi Julie, I'm so glad that you enjoyed the tour. I still think of it sometimes when I am out and about. What a year it has been with so many Prime Ministers and also with all the events around the Queen and the King. Maybe it will be a bit quieter in the summer if I see you then! Thanks so much!
Kevin is awesome!
Travis_D, Oct 2022
I scheduled this tour on my birthday and boy was it worth every penny. Kevin was incredibly personable and hugely knowledgeable about London's main points of interests. I loved every minute of the tour and I'll definitely be looking to have him as a tour guide for future trips to London!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thanks for your lovely review. I'm so glad that you enjoyed your tour. I hope you're keeping well. Kevin would be thrilled to see you again!
London Adventures
Sean_C, Oct 2022
I havent been to london in about a decade and we had the best time roaming around the city with Kevin. He knows the ins and outs of both the history and the streets of london. I loved the stories he had about moments of the past and how he cited what'd happened in random spots we'd walked to. All in all, a great way to start our trip!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
I'm so glad that you enjoyed your tour with Kevin. Thanks for your great review, we really appreciate it.
Most knowledgeable tours we have attended!
Federico_A, July 2022
I would recommend this tour to everyone visiting London! the tour guide was extremely knowledgable and never felt by any means boring. He catered directly to our liking and seemed to know everything about the city. We were extremely impressed by all the various opportunities he made us aware of! I wish we had another day in the city to explore all the options. I loved how the guide was always informing us about information and history of the city, I feel like our family had never learned more about any place we have visited! I would recommend to anyone visiting to definitely go with full energy, and be willing to follow the lead of the guide, I was astounded by the quantity of things I had never known before, yet perfectly catered to what we wished to see.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Hello! I hope you're all keeping well. I'm so glad that you enjoyed our tour. It was such a pleasure to show you around and it is always so nice to receive a review like this. Thank-you for booking with us and for your lovely review. Say hi to everyone for me!
Kevin was absolutely...
Dianne_B, May 2022
Kevin was absolutely wonderful Not only was he so informative on the facts but he told me so So many wonderful stories I am still telling my husband all Of them ❤️❤️❤️❤️ We spent almost four hours together and it was honestly the most enjoyable way to start my trip in London! Just wonderful! Ask for kevin!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thankyou so much for your fantastic review. I'm so glad that you enjoyed your tour with Kevin. Maybe one day there will be a statue of him up in Trafalgar Square! Thankyou again!
Wonderful Experience!
William_H, May 2022
Stephen was a wonderful tour guide. He showed us so many sites in London in a very short period of time. Stephen had so many stories that were interesting and humorous. Would highly recommend his tours. Could not have had a better experience!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thanks so much for your great review William! I am so glad that you enjoyed my tour. Yes there is so much to pack into those 3 or so hours but it was a real pleasure showing you some of these famous sights and locations.
Best private tour of London
Jason_G, Apr 2022
Stephen, He was early for the walk and very knowledgeable. He was so friendly and we learned a lot about England. It was one of the best tours we have ever taken. I highly recommend him for a tour of london. Found out he does several different kinds of tours so there are so many to choose from. He has written several books on history of England and was one of the first private tour operators in England. We had so much fun walking the streets of london and learning about all the little ins and outs of london.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Hi Jason! I hope you're keeping well, Thankyou so much for your kind review. I'm so glad that you enjoyed our together. It was a lovely morning!
Love this tour and the guide was fantastic!
Leontine_C, Apr 2022
Kevin was a great tour guide! He’s a local that grew up in London. He tailored our tour to our interests and was enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge with us. He had tons of little funny trivia information that you would never learn from a book or online. He also gave us great recommendations on where to eat and visit after the tour. I highly recommend this tour to get accumulated to London.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you so much for your great review. I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed your tour with Kevin and he was thrilled to see your review too. Thankyou!
Our guide, Kevin, was...
Quincy_S, Mar 2022
Our guide, Kevin, was extremely knowledgeable of everything he showed us but also of random questions we asked of him. We viewed popular places and hidden gems! We also got to see to see a royal leaving St James Palace! Everything was quite brilliant really!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thanks so much for your marvellous review. I'm so glad that you enjoyed your day and even got to see a Royal! Kevin was thrilled to see your review and was gladdened to learnt that you had such a good time.
Incredible tour of London.
Jill_E, Jan 2022
Great way to learn about London which is truly an incredible city. Get Stephen as your guide. He was very knowledgeable and modified the tour for us as we went based on what we wanted to see. The flexibility was very appreciated. A must do if you are in London.
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Thanks so much for your lovely review Jill. I'm glad that you both enjoyed it despite the chilly weather! I hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday in London too.
Excellent tour!
Lori C, Dec 2019
Great way to orient ourselves to London on our first day. Kevin was a wonderful guide, informative and entertaining.
3 Hour Private Guided Walking Tour
Tom H, Nov 2019
Kim and I had a great day with Kevin. We learned so much that we didn't know about London, various sites, Royal Family, etc. Kevin is a walking history book.
Highly Knowledgeable Guide and Friendly
Jennifer_M, Sept 2019
From the moment we met our guide, Kevin Pearman, it was a great experience! He showed us and told us so many things about London that we would have never known had we walked around on our own. It was a great day. Would do it again!
Great tour, amazing guide
Diana F, Aug 2019
The tour was amazing our guide (Will) really made it. Will knew his history and really made the tour
3 hour walking tour of London
Christine_H, May 2019
Kevin was a fabulous tour guide. He was prompt, knowledgeable and very fun. He taught us so much about his city and we learned many interesting facts and tips. It was a great day and and one that we will remember with fond memories. Thank you Kevin!!
BhaugPattie_N, Aug 2018
I had the best tour guide - Kevin. Will definitely recommend him to anyone who is trying to do this trip.
Amazing Tour
Deirdre_M, July 2018
My husband & I thoroughly enjoyed our London tour with Kevin. Kevin was extremely knowledgeable and made the day memorable one. We wouldn't change a thing.
Stephen the guide was very...
SUSAN M, July 2017
Stephen the guide was very knowledgeable, friendly, and walked at a good pace for me. He allowed ample time to take pictures, and provided a lot of history about London. I could tell he enjoys his job. He texted me 3 days before to confirm the tour, which I REALLY appreciated. It helped ease my mind to know that the tour was a go. I also liked that the tour started at the hotel, and at the end he pointed me in the right direction to Harrod's, which was perfect timing to enjoy lunch at Harrod's. It's a really good walking tour, so wear comfy shoes, I put on 20,261 steps 8.2 miles that day! Thank you Stephen Ye Olde England Tours!
This tour gave us the most amazing...
Kelli V, Apr 2017
This tour gave us the most amazing experience. Stephan made it easy for us and met us at a train station near where we were staying and off we went. We saw everything! Because this is a personal tour you can make some changes to make sure you see what you want to. My husband and I are more interested in seeing the architecture and learning about the history than going into a museum and looking at artifacts i.e. the crown jewels. Stephan is funny, intelligent, extremely knowledgeable and worth every penny or pound. My husband and I have only one regret and that is we wish we would have hired Stephan for an additional day. Thank you, Stephan we really had a wonderful time and came out of the experience, with a lot more knowledge of London. Jon and Kelli Arizona USA

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