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National Portrait Gallery Tours and Tickets

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Strolling the halls of the National Portrait Gallery is like taking a walk through British history, as you pass images of royals, politicians, and pop culture icons. When it opened in 1856, the gallery was the first of its kind. Now it houses the world’s biggest portrait collection, featuring more than 11,000 works.

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Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

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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 fast-track London Eye option to get an aerial view of the city aboard the London Eye giant observation wheel. Hop off at Westminster Pier or Tower of London stop to enjoy a Thames River cruise.
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  • 2 hours 20 minutes to 3 hours 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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The London Pass®: Access 80+ attractions inc. Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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The London Pass®: Access 80+ attractions inc. Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Discover London’s top sights for one low price with the London Pass®. Choose from a 1-, 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, or 10-day sightseeing credits package, and enjoy access to your London Pass straight from your mobile, while paying nothing at the gate. Simply show it at the gate or ticket office to redeem your credits and gain entrance to more than 80 attractions including Tower Bridge, Westminster Abbey, and the "View from the Shard." You can also choose to redeem credits on a hop-on hop-off bus tour, and a Thames River cruise. The London Pass also includes a digital guide packed with useful information, including opening times and instructions. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for the remaining number of consecutive days purchased.
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  • 1 to 10 days
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London Private Layover Tour with a Local Guide: Tailored to Your Interests

London Private Layover Tour with a Local Guide: Tailored to Your Interests

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Why spend your Heathrow layover stuck in the airport food court when you can explore London’s top attractions? Take a 6-hour private tour of the capital and create a custom itinerary based on the things that interest you. Visit Big Ben, eat traditional fish and chips, stroll through Covent Garden, and more. Whatever you decide, your private guide is with you every step of the way to ensure an authentic English experience.
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  • 6 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$199.70
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$199.70
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City Sightseeing London Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing London Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

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This hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour is the ultimate convenient way of exploring London’s top landmarks. Avoid the stress of navigating London’s underground system, and instead—simply hop on and off the bus at stops on its designated route. Potential stops include Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Big Ben, Oxford Street, and The Shard.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$39.94
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London Royal Parks Bike Tour including Hyde Park
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London Royal Parks Bike Tour including Hyde Park

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Discover the beauty and history of Royal London by bike on a morning or afternoon city tour. Enjoy a guided ride through Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, and St. James's Park. Cruise by the stately monuments such as the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, and view royal sites like Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, and the Princess Diana Memorial. Along the way, learn about London’s rich history and contemporary culture.  
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$34.95
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London Harry Potter Walking Tour

London Harry Potter Walking Tour

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Step into a wonderland of wizardry on this Harry Potter walking tour. Trek through muggle-run London to visit beloved literary and cinematic landmarks such as Diagon Alley, the Leaky Cauldron, and Platform 9¾. Along the way, enjoy Harry Potter trivia, and visit famous locations that inspired J.K. Rowling's epic book series. This is a magical tour for Harry Potter fans of all ages and a great activity for family vacations in London.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Art in London Tour

Art in London Tour

Get a unique perspective of London on an art-focused tour that covers some of the capital’s major artistic institutions. You’ll benefit from the unique perspective of a London-raised professional artist as you explore the city’s galleries and museums in a quintessential black cab. Plus, all admission tickets are included.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$239.37
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London: 3 City Walking Tours

London: 3 City Walking Tours

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Discover London, one of the most emblematic and impressive capitals, on our epic walking tours by day or evening with a flexible 3 day ticket! On our guided walking tours, you will discover its wealth of heritage and influence on modern culture. As well as taking you to all of the top tourist spots, including palaces, parks and museums, our epic guided London walking tours give you a full picture of what London has to offer, with magical stories in our Wizard Walk and the best nightlife spots in our London by Night tour. If you don't have time to join our day tour and evening tour on the same day, don't worry! Your ticket is valid for 3 days from first use. London is such a multifaceted city that there’s always something else to be explored. So, use the free Vox City app (included in your ticket) to discover more delightful walking routes in and around this cool capital city like ‘Parks and Palaces’, ‘Best of Soho’, and ‘Tower and Thames’.
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  • 1 day
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$31.20
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Private Tour : 3 Amazing London Art Galleries 1 tour 1 guide

Private Tour : 3 Amazing London Art Galleries 1 tour 1 guide

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Hear the stories behind historic works of art and learn more about the modern masters from your private guide on this tour of three incredible London art galleries. Explore works by da Vinci, Rembrandt and Van Gogh at the National Gallery; see impressive paintings of significant historical figures at the National Portrait Gallery; walk the vast Turbine Hall at Tate Modern. With your guide by your side, you don’t need to rely on gallery audio guides – just ask your guide all your questions!
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  • 5 hours
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City of Sin Sex Tour

City of Sin Sex Tour

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Discover a different side of London during a walking tour that focuses on the history of sex and love in England’s capital. An ideal choice for visitors seeking an alternative sightseeing experience, this walking tour takes you to off-the-beaten-path places such as former brothels and the Red Light District of the 18th century, and reveals stories that you’d never find in the guidebooks.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$192.21
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London Self-Guided Audio Tour

London Self-Guided Audio Tour

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Discover many of London’s top attractions, all at your own pace—and enjoy an affordable and flexible way to explore the city—with this self-led audio walking tour. Upon booking, you’ll receive direct access to the audio guide in playlist form, no app downloads required. Explore only the landmarks that interest you most, and learn more about highlights like the British Library, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, the Houses of Parliament, and more.
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  • 6 to 9 hours
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Bond with 007 in London - A spy mysteries tour ‘Licensed to Thrill’
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Bond with 007 in London - A spy mysteries tour ‘Licensed to Thrill’

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This is an ideal option for fans of spy thrillers—especially James Bond. Swap predictable sightseeing itineraries for something completely different—a spy-themed private tour around London that uncovers mysterious places linked to James Bond and other spies. The tour takes you to key London locations such as Downing Street, the National Gallery, Westminster, and Whitehall—with plenty of surprises and top-secret information along the way.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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3 London Art Galleries with Private Local Guide - Tate Modern & National Gallery

3 London Art Galleries with Private Local Guide - Tate Modern & National Gallery

Dive into the creative life of London on our private art tour. Be entertained by the stories behind the wonderful masterpieces and hear about modern artists as you follow our local expert guide. Discover the impressive works of well-known artists like Rembrandt, Van Gogh, da Vinci at the National Gallery. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the significant persons’ paintings at the National Portrait Gallery. Feel the tug of modern and contemporary art at Tate Modern. As your guide will be right beside you, you don’t have to seek help from someone, all you have to do is ask, and you’ll get the answer. • Get to your meeting point by any transportation • Choose the time of the day, which would be good for you: morning or afternoon • You won’t be left wondering: just ask your host about anything you’d like to know • All three galleries are accessible for the tourists on a wheelchair
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  • 5 hours
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National Portrait Gallery Tour

National Portrait Gallery Tour

The gallery will be closed from mid-2020 to (planned) spring 2023 for a major refurbishment. During this time, parts of the collection will be displayed around the UK in a series of exhibitions and collaborations, with other international loan exhibitions. This is a three-hour tour with an expert tour guide. Virtually hidden away behind the National Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery (NPG) is an art gallery in London housing a collection of portraits of historically important and famous British people for over four hundred years opening in 1856 where its first acquisition was possibly the oldest portrait of William Shakespeare. Find out more about the people who shaped Britain: meet Henry VIII and discover the fate of each of his six wives and Cardinal Wolsey and Thomas Cromwell, who won and lost power under him. We then visit the court of Queen Elizabeth I, and her favourite men Raleigh and Drake who plundered the Spanish and created England's first colonies.
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  • 3 hours
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What people are saying about National-Portrait-Gallery tours and tickets

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Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise
"The bus tour was very useful to establish where the major tourist attractions are. The tour is pre recorded. Overall, the buses were on time and ran on schedule."..."
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The London Pass®: Access 80+ attractions inc. Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
"This is always a great way to get an overview of the city. I so wish the receipt could be a bit more substantial, like a credit card. The paper receipt is so flimsy and difficult to manage with weather and other personal paraphernalia."..."
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London Private Layover Tour with a Local Guide: Tailored to Your Interests
"The best way to spend my layover in London! Becky was great and had a plan for us to see everything. Word to the wise though...bring your walking shoes as we walked 5 miles. It was totally worth it! Thanks Becky!"..."
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City Sightseeing London Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
"It was a awesome experience to cruise the River Thames. Enjoyed it more from the River than on the bus!!!"..."
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London Royal Parks Bike Tour including Hyde Park
"Ashley was great fun as a leader - lots of chat and added information Bikes were easy to ride and saw many things in London i would have missed . Highly recommended"..."
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London Harry Potter Walking Tour
"The tour was informative and interesting and the tour guide was very pleasant and helpful we found out some interesting facts about London and Harry Potter that we did not know"..."
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