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Covent Garden Tours

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Covent Garden
In the heart of London’s West End, Covent Garden is one of the city’s most popular dining and entertainment hubs. Home to the Royal Opera House; several top theaters, including the Lyceum and the Donmar Warehouse; world-class restaurants; and many major brand-name stores, most travelers to London plan to explore this area while visiting.
 
The Basics
Covent Garden’s original purpose was as a convent garden, where Westminster Abbey monks would grow fruit and vegetables, some 500 years ago. In the 17th century, architect Inigo Jones built St. Paul’s Church (not to be confused with the cathedral) and the Covent Garden Piazza and the area started to take shape. In the streets around the market came theaters, coffee houses, and restaurants, turning the area into a nightlife hotspot.
 
The market arcades, built in the 1830s, were home to fruit, vegetable, and flower sellers. The original market was moved out of the city in the 1970s, and the arcades were redeveloped into stores and cafes. Nowadays, the piazza is famous for lively street performers, while the surrounding streets—Floral Street, Neal Street, Long Acre, and Mercer Street—offer some of the best shopping in London. Guided walking, bike, and taxi tours visit the area on a regular basis. It's also a stop on hop-on hop-off sightseeing buses.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Covent Garden is wheelchair accessible.
  • For same-day theater tickets, visit the TKTS booth on Leicester Square.
  • St. Paul’s Church is known as “The Actor’s Church” for the area’s many theaters.
  • The churchyard has benches for visitors to sit and rest.
  • Covent Garden’s seven main streets converge at the Seven Dials sundial.
 
How to Get There
Covent Garden is located in the center of West End, London. The nearest subway (tube) station is Covent Garden on the Piccadilly Line. Leicester Square station is also a short walk away. The area is walkable from many other points in Central London and is a popular stop on historic walking and bike tours of the city. Hop-on hop-off buses also stop here.
 
When to Get There
Covent Garden is a public piazza and is open all day. The Apple Market stalls are open from 10am–6pm. Nearby stores, restaurants, and theaters, including the Royal Opera House, have their own separate opening times—check before visiting.
 
London’s Chinatown
A few streets away from Covent Garden, bordered by Shaftesbury Avenue and Charing Cross Road is London’s Chinatown, filled with colorful shops and restaurants serving authentic East Asian cuisine. One of the city’s most popular destinations for cheap eats, the area is always buzzing with both locals and tourists.
Address: Covent Garden Market, London WC2, England
Admission: Free
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Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise with Optional London Eye

Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise with Optional London Eye

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Discover the grandeur of London aboard the open-top, double-decker Big Bus on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. With your 1-, 2-, or 3-day ticket, design a personal itinerary with stops including Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, St. Paul’s Cathedral and more. Enjoy unobstructed views and onboard commentary as you view the city’s highlights and upgrade to The Big London Day Out option to get an aerial view of the city aboard the London Eye giant observation wheel. Hop off to enjoy a Thames River cruise, currently operating Friday to Sunday only.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$39.46
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$39.46
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Pub Tour of London's West End: Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden and Soho

Pub Tour of London's West End: Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden and Soho

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Experience London’s vibrant nightlife and rich history on a pub tour of the West End. With a guide, head to traditional pubs and sample locally brewed beer in each one. Stroll through districts like Soho and Seven Dials, see iconic monuments like Nelson’s Column at Trafalgar Square, and pass through the alleys of Covent Garden. Gain fascinating insight into the history of beer and public houses in England, and enjoy an intimate atmosphere, limited to 15 people.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$66.67
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Private Tour: Photography Walking Tour from Trafalgar Square to Covent Garden

Private Tour: Photography Walking Tour from Trafalgar Square to Covent Garden

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Capture the exotic food stalls and vibrant shop fronts of London’s Chinatown, the traditional architecture of Trafalgar Square, and the artists and street entertainers of buzzing Covent Garden, on this unique 4-hour photography walking tour. Enjoy the personalised attention of your private guide, who’ll give you the tips and tricks necessary to improve your photos and get the most out of your camera.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$238.58
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Small-Group Tour: Historical Pub Walking Tour of London

Small-Group Tour: Historical Pub Walking Tour of London

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Experience London’s traditional drinking scene on this afternoon pub crawl. Accompany your guide on a fun and educational tour in and around the city, where you’ll visit at least four historic pubs and taste different brews (own expense). Pop into centuries-old ale houses, see literary haunts favored by writers like Charles Dickens, and learn about local drinking culture through the ages.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$34.01
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Magic of Film Tour with Quizzes

Magic of Film Tour with Quizzes

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Go on a Magic of Film themed walking tour of London. Follow a guide along through Soho to see the Covent Garden and Trafalgar Square, and hear movie trivia as you go. You’ll also take a fun quiz to test your own movie knowledge.
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  • 2 hours
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London in a Day Private Custom Tour

London in a Day Private Custom Tour

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Discover the spectacular sights of London according to your own personal itinerary on a private custom tour of the vibrant capital with a knowledgeable guide. Opt to enjoy a half- or full-day tour and customize your itinerary according to your cultural and historical interests. Allow your expert guide to pre-plan logistics like public transportation and reservations, and then delve into the capital’s rich history by listening to illuminating commentary. See iconic attractions like Big Ben and the Tower of London, and stray from the conventional tourist trail for a unique experience of London.
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  • 7 hours
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Secret Walking Tour of Central London

Secret Walking Tour of Central London

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Venture off the tourist trail and discover the stories, secrets and superstitions that make London so unique on this small-group walking tour. Unforgettable sights include the world's smallest police station, an ancient water gate and the Duke of Wellington's nose, revealing a side to London that you never knew existed.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Trendy Covent Garden and Soho Walk - Private Custom Tour

Trendy Covent Garden and Soho Walk - Private Custom Tour

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Explore two of London’s most vibrant shopping districts (and follow a local to vintage shops and independent boutiques that most tourists miss) on this private tour. Meet your guide in Covent Garden, and wander through the bustling streets along Seven Dials. Next, transfer to dynamic Soho, where you’ll visit department stores, see the elegant sweep of Regent’s Street, and wander down Carnaby Street. This tour is customizable, and the itinerary can be tailored to fit your interests.
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  • 3 hours
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$134.21
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Camden Market, Borough Market and Covent Garden Market Private Tour

Camden Market, Borough Market and Covent Garden Market Private Tour

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London has some of the best markets in the world and this private tour lets you experience them like a local. Enjoy the undivided attention of your private guide as you browse famous markets such as Camden Lock, Covent Garden, and Spitalfields; discover local favorites like the Jubilee Market and Greenwich Market; and shop for delicious artisan foods at Borough Market.
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  • 3 hours
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$201.30
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London Pub Walking Tour of Covent Garden

London Pub Walking Tour of Covent Garden

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3hr Covent Garden pub & tavern walking tour. Ideal for lovers of beer, wine, spirits and London pub culture. Visit five of Covent Garden’s most interesting and historic pubs. Be regaled with tales of the well-known characters who frequented these Covent Garden venues. Benefit from a more personal atmosphere with a small-group tour. Receive a more intimate view of the area by exploring on foot.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$29.82
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Magic of Film Themed Virtual Tour of London

Magic of Film Themed Virtual Tour of London

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Go on a Magic of Film themed walking tour of London. Get sorted into teams and test your film knowledge. Starting in Soho, we wend our way through Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square and many more stops - each with its own showbiz backstory! Walk in the footsteps of your favorite actors and screenwriters around the cinematic world of London. Your guide is a movie enthusiast, armed with weird and wonderful film trivia. Meet your guide in Soho, where you will be put into teams - prepare to have your movie knowledge tested in our Silverscreen Quiz! There are several other games along the way with fabulous prizes to be won. Visit the sites that inspired the movies, from Hitchcock’s classics and silent film, all the way through to Bond, Marvel movies and romcoms. PLEASE NOTE ALL TOUR TIMES ARE SET TO TIME ZONE BST
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  • 1 hour
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$6.79
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3 Hour Guided Private Walking Tour: The Best of London

3 Hour Guided Private Walking Tour: The Best of London

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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.
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  • 3 hours
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$208.75
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Christmas Lights Bike Tour of London

Christmas Lights Bike Tour of London

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Immerse yourself in the magic of the season with an evening Christmas lights bike tour through London! For a whimsical three hours, pedal past main attractions like Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye bedecked in color and light. Take in the dazzle of Oxford Street blanketed in fairy lights, Covent Garden Christmas Market and Hyde Park Winter Wonderland.  
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  • 3 hours
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Private Shopping Tour - Elegant Covent Garden, Soho, Regent’s Street, Carnaby St

Private Shopping Tour - Elegant Covent Garden, Soho, Regent’s Street, Carnaby St

This private tour is not just about seeing London but truly experiencing it during your walk along its shopping districts. Marvel at the vintage shops and independent boutiques with your personal guide. Your walk starts at Covent Garden and then you glide along the crowded streets of Seven Dials. Vibrant Soho awaits! Be dazzled at its department stores and paint-perfect streets such as Regent’s Street and Carnaby Street. You can change the itinerary according to your interests. • Change the itinerary as you want it to be • Set the convenient time to meet your guide • Be dazzled by colorful street life in Soho • Explore the paths unknown to most tourists
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  • 3 hours
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$444.00
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Covent Garden Sightseeing Tour

Covent Garden Sightseeing Tour

Set in London’s West End, Covent Garden is a major draw for visitors and Londoners who enjoy its many attractions, including shopping, theatre, restaurants, bars, history and culture. This tour takes you on a exciting and hands-on journey that brings to life the sights and smells of 17th, 18th and 19th Century London with skill and realism. With its many highlights our native guide will navigate you through lively streets and show you the must see places including the London Transport Museum, the Royal Opera House, Somerset House and Covent Garden Market. There are also several smaller areas within Covent Garden that you will get priceless insights into and you will learn the fascinating story behind the green and blue plaques of Covent Garden...
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$48.29
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Gelato Tasting Tour of Covent Garden

Gelato Tasting Tour of Covent Garden

Your tour guide is a food expert in Gelato and Chocolate and cheese. He will introduce you to the finest Artisan Gelato and explain the history and what is the difference between Gelato and Ice Cream. Paul is passionate about London and the finest food this city has to offer.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$63.38
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$63.38

Heathrow Layover Experience (Private Full Day Tour)

Heathrow Layover Experience (Private Full Day Tour)

Why endure a ‘when’s-it-going-to-get-over’ layover? Take matters into your hands. Make it an eventful day to remember. Heathrow to Central London and back in time for your connecting flight? Sounds good. The Premier Classic London Tour experience gives you all the eye-candy you could wish for. Most of London’s iconic landmarks, including 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites + 2 Tudor Palaces…fair enough? All the essentials ticked off, including the biggies like Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, London Bridge, River Thames, Tower Bridge, St.Pauls Cathedral and many more. Active eyeballs, please. Take photo-stops everywhere for proof. Themes vary according to the guide’s mood or yours. Royalty and Politics? Flashback into ancient history? Playhouses and Pubs? Movie and music site locations? You name it, we do it for you. All in one action-packed day. Oops, are we out of time already?
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  • 7 hours
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$612.26
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$612.26
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Magic of Christmas Lights Private Tour in London

Magic of Christmas Lights Private Tour in London

There is nothing like the sparkle of London’s famous Christmas decorations to give our city an instant makeover! Regent Street (since 1948) and Oxford Street (since 1959) both have spectacular Christmas light shows! In more recent decades Marylebone High Street, Bond Street, Carnaby Street, Seven Dials and Covent Garden are all festooned with thousands of lights and giant baubles! What better way than to soak in our winter light festival than with one of our accredited London tour guides – all great storytellers of history, culture, movie site locations, ghosts and secrets! Christmas lights have been a feature of London for over half a century, their colours and designs add a truly wonderful fairy-tale fantasy. The perfect option for private touring or a special gift – so make up for lost time, anniversaries and experiences this year, and give the gift of safe-sightseeing this Christmas!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$333.34
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Premier Classic London Private Half Day Tour

Premier Classic London Private Half Day Tour

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An excellent choice for first-time visitors, this tour takes you around the city in a classic London black cab. Visit notable sites and landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, London Bridge, the London Eye, Tower of London, and much more as your local guide shares interesting stories and history at each locale. You can also choose to attend a Changing of the Guard ceremony.
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  • 4 hours
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$408.17
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$408.17
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London Sights and Hidden Gems - Private Full-Day Tour

London Sights and Hidden Gems - Private Full-Day Tour

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This is a comprehensive, bespoke tour of London’s famous landmarks and local gems. We stay away from the crowds and walk through charming secret alleyways and side streets. We take you to fabulous shopping areas, show you stunning architecture, beautiful gardens and ancient buildings whilst sharing quirky stories and taking memorable photos. Highlights: - The best views of Buckingham Palace and Changing the Guard ceremony - A visit to the Tate Modern Gallery with panoramic views of the City - A Thames walk with views of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and The Shard - Exterior views of Westminster Abbey and Big Ben - A stroll around the oldest Royal park in London, St. James’s Park - A walk across the Wobbly Bridge - A visit to Borough Market - Delicious tastings - The secrets of Trafalgar Square and Theatreland - Fabulous fashion and unique shops in the West End - Cool photo spots to capture Insta-worthy moments A great off-the-beaten-path tour to discover London like a local!
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$268.40
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$268.40
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London Shopping Tour - Large Groups

London Shopping Tour - Large Groups

The London Shopping Tour is perfect for large groups and corporate travel experiences. The itinerary and duration of the experience will be tailored to your needs. Areas covered: Shoreditch Covent Garden Soho Marylebone Mayfair St. James's Kensington and Chelsea Notting Hill We take you to world-famous department stores such as Harrods and Selfridges as well as off the beaten path concept stores and cult, muli-brand shops to learn the new names in fashion and catch on the latest trends whilst we discover limited edition goods and hard-to-find stores. We go behind the scenes and give you access to private rooms to indulge in a more intimate retail therapy experience (arranged upon request). This is a walking tour. Premium chauffered vehicle available upon request. Contact us to customize this experience.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$536.79
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Sustainable Shopping Tour - Private and Personalised

Sustainable Shopping Tour - Private and Personalised

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Go on a unique shopping experience and explore a different side of London's West End. Open yourself to the possibility of shopping for vegan and organic clothes, accessories and sustainable products. Discover how London is taking the eco-friendly route on this private shopping tour and learn about sustainable practices in design. We will explore the Covent Garden and Soho´s charming hidden gems, passages and boutiques. This is a personalized experience - the route will be designed according to your interests, budget and schedule.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$130.70
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$130.70
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The Ultimate London Fashion Experience - Private Custom Tour

The Ultimate London Fashion Experience - Private Custom Tour

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This is an off-the-beaten-track tour, ideal for travellers looking to indulge in some retail therapy or to learn about British design, fashion trends and history whilst discovering unique shops and hearing the stories that make these areas so unique. Highlights: - An exploration of the best shopping and foodie districts in Central London - The history of the oldest department store in the UK - Exploring cutting-edge concept stores - Stunning Victorian architechture and British designer brands in Mayfair - The latest trends in Soho and its iconic fashion street, Carnaby - Discovering some of the most unique and ancient shops in the world - Pretty shops and cafés in Chelsea - A visit to the V&A’s fabulous fashion collection - Delicious Cream Tea, High Tea or lunch at a trendy lunch spot - Insta-worhty photos in Covent Garden, a retail wonderland with the most exciting pop-up spaces and makeup & beauty stores An unmissable London fashion and lifestyle experience!
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$268.40
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$268.40
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Half-Day Small-Group London Sightseeing Tour by E-Bike

Half-Day Small-Group London Sightseeing Tour by E-Bike

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Discover London on the only E-Bike tour currently on offer in the City. Zoom through the City on a world Class E-Bike that can reach speeds of up to 21kph!
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$68.03
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$68.03
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