• Westminster and Big Ben
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    Tower of London
  • london-buckingham-palace
    Buckingham Palace
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    Royal Guards
  • St. Paul's Cathedral
  • Windsor Castle
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    Tower Bridge

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Best of London in 7 Days Tour

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London has just what you need for a quick escape: direct flights; the best live theater scene on the planet; an inviting pub on every corner; and the simple pleasure of conversing with Europeans with (almost) no language barrier. During your week in London, your Rick Steves guide will lead you on a magical history tour through the Tower, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's, Churchill War Rooms and plenty of priceless art — and even take you on a train trip to Windsor Castle. Join us for the Best of London in 7 Days!

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What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 24-28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art and culture of London come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 15 group sightseeing events • London neighborhood walk and Tube orientation • 7-day Underground (Tube) and Bus pass • Whitehall walking tour • Churchill War Rooms • National Gallery tour • Thames River cruise • Tower of London "Beefeater" tour • Westminster Abbey tour • St. Paul's Cathedral tour • "City" walking tour • Windsor day trip • Windsor Castle tour • British Museum tour • British Library visit • London Eye...and more
  • All group transportation during the week in London
  • 6 nights accommodations in a memorable, centrally-located hotel
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides
  • Free stuff including Rick Steves London guidebook, map, moneybelt and earplugs
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2015
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer, or cancel/interrupt your tour
  • Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions Agreement for important details regarding everything listed above

Itinerary

Daily Activity Key
  • Light = 2-4 miles of mostly level walking throughout the day.
  • Moderate = 2-6 miles walking throughout the day with some hills and stairs.
  • Strenuous = 2-8 miles walking throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs and uneven terrain.

Day 1: Welcome to London

We'll meet at our hotel in central London at 4 p.m. this afternoon to get acquainted. Then we'll set off on a neighborhood walk, Underground/Tube orientation, followed by a traditional Sunday roast dinner together. Walking: light.

Day 2: Whitehall and the National Gallery

This morning we'll begin with a history-laced walking tour along Whitehall, from Big Ben and the Westminster Houses of Parliament to the Renaissance-inspired Banqueting House, punctuated by the smartly-dressed, stony-faced Horse Guards. We'll continue on to learn about the adventures of Lord Nelson in Trafalgar Square and enjoy a guided tour of the National Gallery's masterpieces, including works by Leonardo, Botticelli, Turner and the Impressionists. After lunch, we'll visit the Churchill War Rooms, where we'll get the inside story on the London Blitz and Britain's leadership during WWII on our guided tour. This would be a perfect evening for the theater (book something in advance from the Colonies or pick up a ticket in London). Walking: strenuous.

Day 3: The Tower and Westminster Abbey

This morning we'll head out early to witness the opening ceremony at the Tower of London. Our early arrival will leave us first in line to join a Yeoman Warder "Beefeater" for an entertaining tour and a peek at the legendary Crown Jewels. After lunch, we'll hop aboard a boat on the Thames and cruise past monuments, skyscrapers and cathedrals on our way to tour the majestic Westminster Abbey, where England's kings and queens have been crowned and buried since 1066. A thousand years of English history lie within its stained-glass splendor and under its stone slabs. We'll finish the day enjoying England's favorite ethnic food with an Indian dinner together. Boat: ½ hr. Walking: strenuous.

Day 4: St. Paul's Cathedral and The City

This morning we'll tour England's national church — Christopher Wren's majestically-domed St. Paul's Cathedral — and hear how local "fire watcher" volunteers saved this symbol of British resolve during the bombing raids of WWII. Then we'll continue on with a walking tour of The City, the oldest part of London and now its financial heart. After our pub lunch together at The Counting House (an elegant former bank), your afternoon is free to enjoy one of London's many museums (perhaps the Victoria and Albert Museum) or take a leisurely stroll through one of the many beautiful parks. This is another good night for the theater. Walking: moderate.

Day 5: Historic Windsor Castle

Today we'll catch a train and head out of town to Windsor Castle, the largest and oldest castle residence in the world. We'll spend the morning touring the Royal Family's castle, ornate St. George's Chapel and the surrounding park. The remainder of the day is yours for poking around the quaint town of Windsor or for more sightseeing back in London. Train: 2 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 6: The British Museum and Library

This morning we'll dive into the treasures of the British Library, including the Magna Carta, Gutenberg's Bible — even Beatles lyrics! Then we're off to tour the British Museum and the chronicle of Western Civilization — the Elgin marbles, Rosetta Stone, mummies and more. The rest of your afternoon is free for the Imperial War Museum, shopping around Covent Garden, or other sightseeing. Before meeting for our "last supper," we'll admire the city and raise a toast to new friends aboard the London Eye. Cheers!  Walking: strenuous.

Day 7: Tour Over After Breakfast

Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today.  Heathrow and Gatwick airports can be easily reached by Tube, train or bus from our London neighborhood. For those not ready to return home yet, London is a great jumping off point to Paris, Dublin, Amsterdam and many other exciting destinations. Cheerio!

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Activity Level

Our tours are physically active! It’s an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. On our Best of London in 7 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily...

  1. Carry your luggage up several flights of stairs to reach your hotel room.
  2. Be on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions.
  3. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning.
  4. After orientation and transportation lessons, be able to navigate around the city on your own.
  5. Be able to climb many flights of stairs in and out of the London Underground system.

Reviews

Steven

Henderson, NV

Tour: 07/05/15

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This was a fine tour, very different from the Best of Europe, Eastern Europe and Spain that we had done. We spent a great deal of time getting to and from the attractions by foot and I didn't find neighborhood walks all that fascinating. The museums and especially the British Library were wonderful and the theater was in class all it's own. The tour provided a good mix of organized activities and time on your own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our wow moments were our two evenings spent in the West End attending theater. We also very much enjoyed our time in the British Library which was fascinating and The Churchill War Room."

Jordan

Milwaukee, WI

Tour: 07/05/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was excellent from the start[INVALID]introductions and the welcome meal. We were well aware of meeting times, received information about where we would be traveling beforehand, and were also given time to go off on our own. The places [INVALID]ed were truly the best of London and provided a broad variety for many interests, from the Churchill war rooms to the National Gallery.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment from the tour was the Churchill War Rooms- learning how all of England's WW2 business was conducted in underground bunkers that were perfectly reconstructed. It was interesting to learn and realize what may have happened had the building been bombed or discovered by the enemies."

Nicholas

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/05/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really great a memorable trip. Liked the experience of using public transit instead of private coach, made time on own much easier. London is now my favorite large city, with all this crazy geography and people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St Paul's was statuesque and beautiful, and all the history there interred."

Gail

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/05/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a great mix of time spent with the group and time to explore on own. We definitely saw the high points of London and got suggestions for other locations. I appreciated the emphasis on public transportation and learning how to navigate London independently. I feel confident that I could return to London and environs and get around like a local. The hotel was conveniently located for the major sites and transportation. Overall I loved the tour and it exceeded expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Tower of London was fascinating, so much history under our feet. Gillian gave a good introduction and then we had time to explore and follow a Beefeater tour."

Sharon

South San Francisco, CA

Tour: 06/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful experience, made better because our guide, Tom, was so well versed in the history of the city/country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow was the tour of the British Museum. All the artifacts were amazing and our guide Tom's knowledge of each one was limitless. The frieze from the Greek Temple was so gorgeous and the sculpting of the goddesses' drapery was so intricate."

Bill

Allen, TX

Tour: 06/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous experience day after day. Thought I was in shape to walk 10 mi per day, but the heat took its toll. Fortunately, the history, art and architecture carried me through the physical challenges.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A new set of "Wows!" everyday: Big Ben, Westminster, Guards parade, Impressionists at the National Gallery, Churchill War Rooms, the Tower & Crown Jewels, the views from St. Paul's, Windsor Castle, the British Library and British Museum."

Chizuko

Carmichael, CA

Tour: 06/28/15

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

It was a good tour, but not on top of my tours I've taken. I blame myself for that. If I had read/studied for London, I would have appreciated this tour a lot more. Also, I was ready to come home after my two-week tour of Ireland. Maybe I should have taken this tour first. Fortunately, my new roommate and I got along very well and spent our free time together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stepping into St. Paul's Cathedral"

Terri

Pacifica, CA

Tour: 06/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great company. A fantastic guide (Tom) who made it all so interesting and entertaining.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was all a WOW moment."

Julie

Mercer Island, WA

Tour: 06/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent! Just the right amount of tour vs free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"British Library"

Stephanie

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well-organized, the [INVALID]ion of locations we visited was excellent, with a good balance of group and free time, and our guide was outstanding. No complaints!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's difficult selecting just one moment. This was my first time in England, and it was amazing to actually be immersed in the history that I have read so much about. I would say that visiting the Tower of London, especially in the morning when there were very few other tourists there, tops my list."

Rebecca

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/21/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really loved our tour guide, Tom. He was fun, friendly, SUPER knowledgeable, and enthusiastic. He was a total pro. Having the benefit of Tom's knowledge made things much more interesting and also easier, even when we were going to go on our own. Having been to London before, I knew how to get about on the Tube and would have preferred to meet the group at the destination rather than waiting around and entering the Tube all at the same time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The British Library! I hadn't known about it and absolutely LOVED it. Seeing the Codus Sianaticus, Guttenburg Bible, King Henry's and Anne Bolyn's letters, John Lennon's handwritten lyrics, among many other items, was a surprise to me. The Tour's ability to enter the Tower early is an enormous benefit!!!"

John

Sharon, MA

Tour: 06/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our overall experience was one of lots of fun and wonder at all of the exciting places we visited. It was our first time in London and, by the end of the week, I felt like a Londoner! We loved traveling on the underground and buses. It gave us the opportunity to see some of the non "touristy" parts of London. We liked the combination of being with the group with plenty of time to explore on our own. Well done!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Climbing to the top of St. Paul's cathedral and enjoying the view!"

Marva

Cleveland, OH

Tour: 06/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the British Museum and seeing the Rosetta Stone. The Towers of London. The tower complex was amazing. I always thought there was only one tower."

Karan

Powder Springs, GA

Tour: 06/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great experience! This was our first tour ever and, wow, I'm sure we will schedule another one. Our guide, Tom, was extremely knowledgeable and gave us not only facts about the sights we visited, but also provided interesting stories about each. With his guidance, we learned to use the Tube and bus system to the point where I feel we could return to London and get around the city with confidence. Our tour group was also wonderful. Not a grump in the bunch. We had a blast!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I especially loved our visit to Windsor Castle. I don't think anyone can truly appreciate how beautiful and vast the castle is until you've actually walked through the gate."

Stanley

Powder Springs, GA

Tour: 06/21/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Really enjoyed the trip. Tom is a great guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to Windsor Castle"

Patricia

Camarillo, CA

Tour: 06/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tom led a group of 23 of us on a wonderful tour of London during the third week in June of 2015. Our adventure was my first visit there, and exceeded my expectations!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A group ride on the London Eye!"

Claudia

West Hartford, CT

Tour: 06/21/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

apart from being exhausted,(which i expected) everything was amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"i can't really pick anything that was exceptional. i thoroughly enjoyed everything"

Robert

Jacksonville, FL

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall experience exceeded our expectations. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and personable, and his insights and attention to detail enhanced our travel experience in ways we had not anticipated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our guide, Tom, knew that the Queen might be travelling from Windsor Castle to the Royal Ascot races during the time we would be visiting Windsor Castle. Consequently, the group took a chance that we might be able to see the Queen, and we spent a little time waiting next to the road Tom thought the Queen might travel. As it turned out, we all got to see the Queen as her car passed no more than 8 feet from us! It was a very memorable moment for all."

Katherine

Stanwood, WA

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved it. I think Tom is a stellar guide. He is so knowledgeable and I learned a lot from him. He's also funny and fun to be around!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing 3 feet away from the Queen of England as she was driven to Ascot. How cool is that?"

Sharon

Mount Vernon, WA

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the tour immensely. It was well organized and very interesting, kept to time schedules, helped us learn to get around London on our own using the Tube, trains and buses, etc. Walking was good for us and allowed us to experience the city and its people in every day life as well, and we had free time to either rest and regroup or explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The history of London and its monarchy and the proud way they respect their soldiers who have served and are currently serving the country. Tradition is a big part of the culture. We were fortunate in being able to get a close up look at Queen Elizabeth on her way from Windsor Castle to the Royal Ascot event in her Bentley."

Nancy

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 06/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really enjoyed every aspect of the tour. Seeing the historical sites was incredible! We loved the day out of the city to Windser Castle and felt that we had a better picture of the country as a whole in contrast to the city. Having the opportunity to use both the Tube and the buses was also very helpful. We are confident that we could return to London and have no problem finding our way around.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved visiting St. Paul's Cathedral. The American presence there was unexpected and made be aware of how close the bond is with England."

Daniel

Upland, CA

Tour: 06/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent trip - well planned, correct mix of free time versus planned events. Guide was fabulous - well informed, organized, able to deal with 24 participants and all of the personalities and individual issues that are inherent with any group of that size for a week. Guest guide for one morning was also outstanding. Will definitely do another Rick Steves' trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"British Museum."

Marla

Upland, CA

Tour: 06/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were a diverse group of 24 ranging in age from 18-79. Mostly great engaging group members. Blue Badge guide Gillian was knowledgeable & entertaining. Also enjoyed our one day with Brian. This was our first tour but we are are dinner companions with Rick each evening on our local PBS TV station. We also have listened to his radio show. Shortly before the tour we caught a segment on London to wet our appetites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to chose the wow moment. The tour covered most of the highlights of London that a first time visitor to London would hope to see."

John

Victoria, BC

Tour: 06/07/15

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

This survey includes the comments of Fran Derry. There is no longer a "back door" to London. The city is eating itself alive because of the influx of tourists, business visitors and foreign real-estate purchasers. London is a fabulous place to visit but we recommend this tour offering be deleted in its entirety as it provides minimum value and enjoyment for money. Leave it to do-it-yourself travellers who can then congratulate or blame themselves for their experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"These, unfortunately, occurred on our own private time, not tour time. Seeing London as a member of one commercial tour group among countless others is akin to participating in a knockout roller derby or an NHL hockey match. Yes, London is that popular and that crowded; tour groups, inherently, do not have the flexibility to adapt or adjust to that type of environment."

Rebecca

San Carlos, CA

Tour: 06/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our hotel was located in a lovely and convenient neighborhood. Easy and enjoyable walking to Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, Victoria and Albert Museum and Harrods. Gillian was a knowledgeable guide who provided informative and interesting stories at each site. Her amazing wit made every day great fun! The intinerary was excellent. Group meals were in pleasant restaurants with delicious food. I could have stayed another 7 days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Assyrian display at the British Museum was so interesting as explained by Gillian. Views from the London Eye were a great way to see the city."

Gail

Santa Rosa, CA

Tour: 06/07/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I loved the London tour and thought it packed in so many sights and so much information that I was satisfied I had seen it all. It was also the right amount of tour time and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire British Museum was filled with wow moments for me. I loved seeing the Elgin marbles, the Assyrian lion hunt murals, the Lewis chess set, and the mummy room."

Jessica

Waianae, HI

Tour: 06/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Gillian was a fantastic tour guide. Our group was friendly and we were a good match. We got to see everything we wanted in London, which is a very big city and obviously it is hard to see everything. It was important that we got instructed on how to use the Tube, as that helped for times when we were not with our tour guide. It was well worth the money to have someone guide us about the complicated city. The hotel, My Hotel Chelsea, was a great choice, and in a beautiful neighborhood.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The second day, when we saw the passing of the keys at the Tower, then touring the Tower itself. Seeing the Traitor's Gate, the Bloody Tower, and the execution site was a real "pinch me" moment."

Claudia

Huntsville, AL

Tour: 05/25/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was my first experience with this tour company so I don't know how it compares to the "usual" experience. I was surprised to be staying in a business hotel with all the amenities. I had expected something quirkier. However, the hotel was quite nice and very well located. We were well informed about activities and the tour leader was happy to help with any additional information we needed to plan the time we had on our own. I liked the mixture of guided tours and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Chruchill War Rooms, hands down. I wish we had gotten there earlier. We went in at 3 pm and closed them down at 6 pm. I had never visited them and was absolutely fascinated with the informative and evocative displays."

Janet

Alpine, TX

Tour: 05/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The London Eye defines "wow!""

Ann

Shelby, NC

Tour: 05/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour provided us with fun and interesting places to visit and what the tour did not provide, we had plenty of time to visit these places on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Tower and Windsor Castle."

Brian

Rimforest, CA

Tour: 05/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Robert did a fantastic job of overseeing, facilitating, coordinating, etc. the tour. He is an asset to the RS organization.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"What we saw: The view from the top of St. Paul's Cathedral. What we heard: The history of London, especially through WWII."

Dianne

Birmingham, AL

Tour: 05/25/15

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

Very disappointing. We had been on two RS tours previously and this did not measure up to those standards. Had we not had a fantastic Ireland tour experience right after this one, I am not sure we would ever had considered another tour again. We like the mix of tour and free time, but this tour was 80% free time. I had read great reviews of this tour and ours seemed to be nothing like those I had read about. People on the tour were great and a wonderful mix of personalities and ages.

Gail

Cramerton, NC

Tour: 05/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved London!!! Unbelievable...so many choices of travel provided in one city...the many sites Rick Steve planned (full of history and as expected - beautiful!)...the feeling of dining in all the lovely, old restaurants (Favorites: traditional beef pies and sticky toffee pudding!) Seeing the Royal Castles and Palaces was an amazing experience. The most memorable side trips - crossing Abbey Road, tea and tour at Kennsington Palace, the pictures at Cafe Diana and the quaint bars.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Windsor Castle was a wow moment-even in the rain."

Stephen

Grand Prairie, TX

Tour: 05/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful experience. Well planned, not only with regard to all that we saw, but also in giving us a "feel" for London and its people, places, and history. Also, the tour method is excellent; a LOT of walking, but that gave us a much better and more intimate and informal view than if we had been on a bus every day, and the relatively small group allowed us to always be close to all that was happening and to get to know one another. Robert, our guide, was excellent (more below).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't narrow it down to one! Possibly actually seeing some of the treasures of the British Museum and British Library that I've seen in photos or heard about most of my life would be at the top. But other favorite places for me were the Churchill War Rooms, St Paul's Cathedral, and the London Eye. Also, the Museum of London, not on the official tour but recommended by our guide for a free afternoon. Excellent. And, the memories of just walking around in London day by day are unforgettable."

Jane

Greenville, SC

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful way to interact with the city of London as if we lived there. We quickly felt comfortable enough to explore on our own. This tour required active participation which suited us and was balanced with just the right amount of free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beautiful documents in the British Library was one of many special experiences."

Emily

Little Rock, AR

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

London had the best of DC and NYC rolled into one!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Evensong service at Westminster."

Kevin

Greenville, SC

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent from start to finish. Gillian was an amazing guide with a sense of humour and in depth knowledge of London. Could not have had a better guide!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The London Eye was a great way to see the city."

Bill

Kalispell, MT

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The guide was excellent! The tour sights were what were expected and the group meals were a pleasure. Our accommodations were very good!And the free time was just what we needed. A city tour has a very rapid pace compared to other RS tours I have been on.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Is never have liked this question; it is similar to pick your favorite RS tour, your favorite city, etc. There was no place in London we were sorry we went to, and enjoyed them all for their significance and relevance. This tour was an excellent way to get and overview of London as well as a lot of detail about it."

Jane

The Woodlands, TX

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My previous experience in London was 25 years ago, and I certainly noticed changes. Where did all the people with British accents go? We did not meet them at our hotel or even in the restaurants. It was a good itinerary, although two days in a row of "strenuous walking" at the start of the tour was exhausting. Disappointing not to be able to see Buckingham Palace up close (our guide was surprised to find access limited by a foot race). We loved the museums and time to see some at our own pace.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Windsor Castle was absolutely stunning! So glad we got to see it."

Kevin

Centennial, CO

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a great time on our London tour. The tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable, with always interesting insights. Too bad we could not hear her some of the time (see #16 below) The included events were well planned and hit most of the highlights of London. We enjoyed using the tube, trains, ferries and double decker buses to get around. We enjoyed all the walking and were glad our tour mates had no trouble keeping up & we enjoyed getting to know all of them. Nice mix of free time .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We knew England once owned the seas, but had not realized how great they were at plundering ancient artifacts until we visited the British Museum and the V&A museum. Great collections. So much of western culture has it's roots in London - so great to see it all first hand."

Sally

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Gillian was personable, knowledgeable, and very professional. She gave good suggestions for things to do in free time: Harrod's, etc. The tour packed in most of the "must see" sites in London. I appreciated advance notice of free evenings and was able to reserve ahead tickets to two plays. I ended the tour exhausted. I had not anticipated the toll taken by 8 hours on foot per day. I'm in pretty good condition, but wished I had done more walking on hard surfaces in preparation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The crown jewels, tied with the sense of antiquity of Westminster Abbey."

Wayne

Cleveland, OH

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Second Rick Steves tour in two weeks. Back-to-Back Paris and London tours. Different cities, different experiences, different guides but both outstanding. Impressed with uniform level of quality maintained between the two.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All was "wow"."

Michelle

Beavercreek, OH

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great introduction to London. Though we could have gone to the same places on our own, Gillian's knowledge and the convenience of being in a group made the tour worth it! We enjoyed the fact that we had to learn to use public transportation, and that we were not "shuttled" around in a tour bus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Spending the day in Windsor. After the hustle and bustle of London, it was wonderful to get away for a day and spend time just enjoying the countryside. A close #2 was afternoon tea at The Crusted Pipe in Covent Garden. We sat outside and the opera singers combined with the formal "tea" was a great experience!"

James

Neenah, WI

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an outstanding introduction to an amazing city. Gillian struck just the right balance -- hand-holding when necessary, but never overdoing it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Climbing the 528 steps at St. Paul's and taking in the view."

Ann

Omaha, NE

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 3rd Rick Steves tour and once again we felt like all of our expectations were met. We love the balance of guided touring and free time, the active nature of the tours, and especially your tour guides. We feel that the tours are very good value for the money.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I especially enjoyed the Tower of London. Getting in early to watch the ceremony of the keys, seeing the crown jewels, and hearing the amazing history of the tower. A close second would be the night that our group occupied the top of a double decker bus and had a sing-a-long of My Fair Lady and Mary Poppins tunes!"

Jane

Dallas, TX

Tour: 05/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a wonderful experience. Everything was so planned and organized, and our guide, Tom Hooper, was supremely knowledgeable. We had a great group in that everyone gathered on time in the morning and after lunches, so we didn't waste any time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moment was the Elgin Marbles. I am embarrassed to say that I had never heard of them before. They were breathtaking. I could have stayed in the British Museum for a couple of days."

Nancy

Tampa, FL

Tour: 05/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had been to London several times before, but this was my first "guided" tour. This was my first visit since 2001, and my first time alone in London, until the tour started. The leader was superior and the fellow tour members were all very nice. I enjoyed the trip very much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Elgin Marbles after being in Greece."

Lynnae

Falls Church, VA

Tour: 05/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We've used Ricks travel guides for many years and although we knew we could visit London independently, it was great to have a guide. It's also nice to share travel experiences with fellow tour members. This was one of the best trips we've taken!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of London was WOW for me."

Gary

Austin, TX

Tour: 05/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall tour experience was outstanding and as noted Tom is a treasure! After we left London and the tour we proceeded to Paris to meet our daughter who was studying there. We toured Paris on our own and I must say there was quite a difference not having an expert guide and not be able to make as efficient use of our time. (This is in spite of the fact that I used the Rick Steve's guidebook and audio tours.)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved seeing the pediment from the Parthenon at the British Museum. The Churchill war room was fascinating and our final dinner where Tom made a toast to the Queen was also memorable. It was the first time I'd ever toasted the Queen!"

William

Falls Church, VA

Tour: 05/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have been to Europe 12 times in the last 10 years, on our own and with various tour companies. This was one of the most memorable trips. Tom was great and it is obvious that he loves his job and England

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many of them"

Elizabeth

Sammamish, WA

Tour: 05/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

excellent tour guide great group of people great city good location i can't think of a negative comment.

Abbe

Chino, CA

Tour: 05/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The City Tour of London was incredible. Each of the days were filled with fun, education and entertainment. By having some of the evening and afternoons open we able add shows and museum visits to the otherwise full yet well paced 6 days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Viewing the Crown Jewels and exploring The Tower of London was a most memorable day. ( Even in the rain! ) Close seconds were both St. Paul's Cathedral and Windsor Castle. But then again I feel I need to mention the Churchill War Rooms as a great experience also."

Michael

Dallas, TX

Tour: 05/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour, my first with Rick Steves, was extraordinary. Tom is an incredible guide and everyone on the tour was great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Exploring the Tower of London, and its unique history, including weaponry, through the centuries."

Jennifer

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 05/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had an amazing time. I didn't expect traveling to London to feel as adventurous as traveling to other European cities that are not English speaking. However, the shared history and culture of our two nations was entirely captivating.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick one but probably Windsor Castle: the scale of Versailles but not ransacked during a revolution and the centuries of history in one building still used as a residence. Just wasn't expecting to be so impressed!"

Debbie

Pasadena, TX

Tour: 05/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour experience was over the top!! We are new at traveling abroad and were looking for a company to trust where we would get our moneys worth! This tour provided exactly what we expected and beyond. I do need to clarify that this review is from Ronald (Todd) as well. The size of this group was perfect for meeting new people and for getting around as well as we did.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have to say that Westminster Abbey was my favorite, although everything that we saw was worth a "wow"! The theater is not a part of the tour but Tom gave us valuable information on how and where to buy tickets. We saw 'War Horse" and it was truly amazing. The theater was so much smaller than the ones in Houston so there didn't appear to be any 'bad' seats."

John

Chaska, MN

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was exactly what was advertised. London is a great city characterized by all of it's iconic sites and wonderful history. No question about that! London is unique because it is: -Polite (several people gave us their seats on the Tube) -Quiet (no blaring horns or loud talk) -Clean (many street sweepers) -Not filled with homeless unfortunates on every block. We appreciated the small group and the free time allowed to indulge special interests. We couldn't possibly see them all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were in London during the birth of the Royal baby (Charlotte Elizabeth Diana) and during the election, and during the VE Day activities. The WOW moments were impromptu: - Walking down Pall Mall and seeing the Horse Guards and the Guards practice their routes (much better than the changing of the Guards). - While riding a bus to dinner, having a Londoner pop her head up from her phone and her work to and announce that the Queen visited Kensington Palace that day to visit the baby."

Lizabeth

Chaska, MN

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very enjoyable. Learned lots and I loved London. I suspect part of the reason was that areas of possible frustration were anticipated by our very competent leader. I felt like I was taking a tour of the "real" London, although we certainly saw the top spots. This was our first tour experience and I felt like we did not waste as much time as we usually do figuring things out. It was a very interesting and fun week.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is difficult to narrow down to a favorite, but it would be the opening ceremony at the Tower of London. Certainly the Tower itself is a don't miss, but the mood was set with the ceremony. I appreciated that we could tour the Tower at our own pace, too. I also really enjoyed the serendipitous moment on the mall when we saw the horse guards rehearsing for V-E day. (I apparently like the way the English do pomp.)"

Susan

Florence, OR

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our London tour was wonderful; and our tour members really gelled. It was a very fun experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Never having been to London before, the whole experience was new & exciting to me."

Robin

Rockwall, TX

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second Rick Steves tour and I was not disappointed. The hotel was very nice and well situated for using the public transportation. My sister and I felt very comfortable riding the "tube" by ourselves the very first day! Our guide, Tom, was very informative about everything on our tour. He also encouraged us to venture outside our comfort zone and try sightseeing on our own. I think the highlight of my visit to London was seeing the play "Gypsy" at the Savoy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Riding the tube at rush hour. Where I live we don't have public transportation like in London."

Terry

Rockwall, TX

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall I had a great time. Having taken other RS tours, I found that once again, there was a nice mixture of scheduled activities as well as free time for personal choices. I appreciated the guided tours to the well known sites in London, with time to visit those not included on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say my favorite site was the Churchill War Rooms, however my "wow" moment was when I realized how comfortable I was navigating the Tube throughout London on my own. I live in a small city with no public transportation so was quite proud of myself at this accomplishment!"

Betsy

Baltimore, MD

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the moment we met Tom and our group, we knew it was going to be a great tour. Tom was so friendly and funny and the group seemed to fit together well. People had several things in common and everyone seemed easy to get along with. Each day of the tour itself was awesome. There was so much to see and do in London and we savored every minute of it. We valued our "alone" time, but loved being reunited with Tom and the group for another adventure. We loved London, too!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were two moments. Tom took us to Buckingham Palace and because it was a "bank holiday," we got to walk right up the road that is normally blocked off and see the guards march by for the changing of the guard ceremony. This was not officially on the tour - it was Tom's little extra for us!! Awesome. Also, the last dinner with Tom & our group. Tom had something memorable to say about everyone and gave us each a thoughtful souvenir. It showed how well he knew us. Tom is the best!"

Paul

Hollywood, FL

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The city, the guide,and the travel companions were exceptional. The daily agenda and the excursions left me with a real sense of the London experience. I really didn't do a lot of planning for this trip, so I was extremely grateful for the planned agenda and side trips that Tom took us on ,and also for his insightfulness.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This was my first trip to London so going to all the incredible sites was unbelievable. Also going to the head of the line at all the attractions and having a very knowledgeable (and humorous) guide made for a truly memorable experience."

Warren

Stratford, CT

Tour: 05/03/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Eighth trip to Europe (seasoned travelers), and this trip fulfilled our high expectations in every way. Itinerary was demanding but reasonable. Food and hotel were excellent. Group interaction was very positive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We stayed for Evensong at Windsor Castle. Thought we would be sitting in the nave. Was incredible to site as a knight of the Garter. Forty-five minutes of bliss."

David

Seattle, WA

Tour: 04/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves' tour and I was impressed. We visited all the "highlights" of London and had time to see places of our own choosing. Using public transportation made getting around very easy. Our guide was outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A tough call--probably the Tower of London or Windsor Castle."

Amy

Saratoga, CA

Tour: 04/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well-organized with just enough "down time". Group needs were effectively accomplished by our expert tour guide. Group size was perfect! Hit all the highlights and left us wanting to explore more on our own. Used the St. Paul's audio tour when my back went out and I had to miss the tour [INVALID] made me still feel a part of the group even though I couldn't physically be there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning to use public transportation independently -- very empowering!"

Pam

Glenview, IL

Tour: 04/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As usual, we saw so much more with a RSE tour than we would have on our own. Our guide, Tom Hooper, was delightful, knowledgeable, and full of humor. London was full of highlights. I was wearing a Fitbit and became the official logger of our footsteps. We totalled 98,000 steps, 42 miles, and 170 flights of stairs. It's a good thing we were all in relatively good shape.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Climbing the stairs of St. Paul's cathedral was worth the effort to get such a view of the city."

Jennifer

St Augustine, FL

Tour: 04/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tom was FANTASTIC!!! I LOVE his sense of humour!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Westminster Abbey"

Laura

Seattle, WA

Tour: 04/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

So very well organized. Right balance of structured and free time. Tom Hooper just outstanding!! I'd go on a trip with him anywhere. I hadn't been in London for 50 years, so it might as well have been my first time. Great way to ease into European travel. Felt like we got many highlights, which of course whetted appetite for more. Pub lunch meal was mediocre for me. On the other hand the Indian supper was great. London Eye was "meh", an awfully expensive 40 minutes.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Do I have to say just one? How about the day trip to Windsor, Tower of London, and Westminster. Really, can't specify a favorite."

Rose

Seatac, WA

Tour: 03/29/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I came into this tour as a single under-25 female traveler who doesn't drink or party. I specifically chose a Rick Steves tour because I knew it would attract people of a more similar mind-set. Overall that is exactly what I got and I loved it. I loved the focus that the tour guide (Tom) gave on teaching us all how to embrace London as our temporary home-town and treat it as such. That was my biggest take-away from the tour. London became my home.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There isn't just one[INVALID]but my wow moments came in the walking from location to location rather then hopping on a tour bus. The best way to know a city is to walk it after all. Tom was great at stopping from time to time and chatting about landmarks, statues and monuments that we went by. They weren't officially on the itinerary but they were some of the best additions!"

Cassie

Silver Spring, MD

Tour: 03/29/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour guide Tom was a real treat. A kind and knowledgeable people person. He was stellar. Loved having not to think about getting to all the major sights and yet having time to pursue my own interests. Tom made me feel totally comfortable about using public transport. Like having the prepaid Underground card.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My personal favorite was the Churchill War Rooms and Churchill museum. Not too crowded and perfect for this WWII buff."

Kathryn

Salisbury, NC

Tour: 03/29/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tom, our leader, kept us laughing, walking, on time & happy to be in London! Group size & composition made for interesting travel mates. Loved the Churchill War Rooms & Churchill Museum - have a friend who worked in London, whose husband is British & whose daughter is an atty in London & she did NOT know about this incredibly well done & historic place! Nice mix of group time & time by one's self

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Churchill War Rooms & Churchill Museum"

Robert

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 03/29/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I had a fantastic tour. The sites met expectations. Transportation around London proved quite easy and accessible. The decision to issue Oyster cards, while unable to compare to any prior method, seemed very smart. Saving the best for last, our Tour Guide, Tom Hooper, was phenomenal. More later on this aspect of the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tough one... I can't say there was one moment / visual that stopped me dead in my tracks. That said, many visits were just really, really good. I'd probably have to go with the beauty of Westminster Abbey, especially from the back of the church looking forward."

Joyce

Coral Springs, FL

Tour: 03/29/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I felt that the organization and attention to detail were outstanding! The communication through your emails, books, brochures, etc. always made me feel I was prepared, before, during and traveling home. The experience of "living like a local" was a wonderful way to travel!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Tower of London, boat ride on the Thames, Windsor Csstle and the London Eye."

Jim

Bel Air, MD

Tour: 03/29/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding trip. Great guide, hotel, tour folks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Westmenster Abby National Gallery Tom did an outstanding job of explaining the history and interconnections of all the people and paintings. It seemed like Tom took speacial care to make our experience a great one."

Terry

Mequon, WI

Tour: 03/29/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

One of the most fulfilling and eventful vacations with my family to date. This was our first trip as a family to London and the Rick Steves preparation material, staff, itinerary, and tour guide made London a fantastic experience. We are a family of five with two adults and children ages 17, 15, and 13, therefore somewhat outside the norm for this trip compared to the other tour participants. Tom Hooper, our Guide, was the key to this great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Windsor Palace was the favorite "wow" moment with the British Museum a close second. The train ride to Windsor from London was beautiful and efficient. Once in the palace and surrounding grounds, the experience was incredible to view this historical place."

Joe

Stockton, CA

Tour: 03/29/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well done. Tom is brilliant. His passion and knowledge of London is contagious. We got to see, feel and experience everything we wanted to do.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Westminster Abby."

Cyril

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 02/22/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was out standing. Both Doris and I enjoyed it tremendously. I had lived in London as a teen, but that was a longtime ago. The hotel accommodation was excellent. One minor suggestion and that has to do with travel by the subway from airport.. Be sure that your suitcase is not too large or heavy to carry up some stairs. London has become a truly cosmopolitan city. Keep up your fantastic work. Cyril and Doris Sheppard.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The British Museum and frankly the tremendous change of the city itself, since 1962."

Rick

Anaheim, CA

Tour: 02/22/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Gillian was a perfect guide for my first time in Europe. She is knowledgeable, caring and has a terrific sense of humor. Our group was like an extended family on a terrific holiday.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to chose as there were so many, but the view of London from the top of the London Eye at sunset was hard to top."

Julia

Huntington, IN

Tour: 02/22/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's tour, and my first tour ever, and it was wonderful! The number of sights and experiences included was amazing and well worth the money. I'm pretty independent, so the extra free time each day was important to me and allowed me to explore other sights or just shop on my own. This tour just made me want to go back to London again someday to revisit a few sights and to explore more of London. I feel confident that I could return on my own and be able to get anywhere.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is so hard to say because everything was fantastic! But for an actual "wow" experience, I would have to say riding on the London Eye on our last evening. It was still pretty light so we had a 360 degree view of London. And since we had been in London for awhile, we could see almost every sight we had visited and really appreciate the size of London and how much territory we had covered. Windsor Castle would be a close second in the "wow" category."

Doris

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 02/22/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Interesting, exciting and thoroughly enjoyable. Also I learned a lot, and could relate better to what Cyril would tell me about England since he lived there as a teen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many, but the British Museum was the best."

Lora

Flagstaff, AZ

Tour: 02/22/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour schedule allowed us to see so much during that week. After returning home and reflecting on the week, I appreciated more the actual schedule. As the week progressed and Gillian tied in the history and historical figures into the sites we visitied, the visit to the British Library and the ancient documents we saw had such a great impact. Had we done that earlier I don't think I would have had a full appreciation for what they were.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour in its entirety was well balanced and meaningful."

David

Portland, MI

Tour: 02/15/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderfully planned and executed exceeded all expectations

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Almost every moment could receive a "wow" designation."

Patricia

Cumberland, ME

Tour: 02/15/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful! Great balance of touring and free time. Roy did an awesome job of keeping us informed every step of the way. He is very knowledgeable and patient. Gillian also did a great job leading us thru St. Paul's, City walking tour and Westminster Abbey. We took our 15 and 12 year old daughters and they loved it too. I also loved the checklist and pre-trip information, tips, hints and guide book.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had a lot of "wow" moments - Windsor Castle, St. Paul's Cathedral, the Tower and the London Eye are some of my "wow" moments. I wish we had more time at Windsor, but we bought tickets to a show so we had to head back to London. Going early to the Tower for the key ceremony and to see jewels before the crowds showed up was thrilling. St Paul's was breathtaking. London Eye was a lot more fun than I expected. It was a great surprise."

Jane

Sapulpa, OK

Tour: 02/15/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour met or exceeded expectations at all levels. Our guide Roy was wonderful. and the group was small but diverse. We saw all the "must see" sights, and plenty of others.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the Tower of London. I was surprised by how impressed I was with the displays. And our early start meant we beat the crowds, as well. A close second would be the British Library, where we saw an early copy of Beowulf, a Catalan Bible, and much more."

Marilyn

Cleveland, AL

Tour: 12/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful experience made even more so with Gillian as our guide. I really felt that we got our money's worth and more. Would love to go on another tour with her. Also, our tour of St. Paul's with Tom was excellent as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite was Windsor."

Jane

Timonium, MD

Tour: 12/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our London tour was even better than expected. I loved staying in quiet, upscale Chelsea neighborhood; our boutique hotel was great (friendly and attentive staff, convenient location). Gillian, our tour guide, was superb, as was Tom, who guided for St Paul's. Both were founts of knowledge, bubbling with Brittish wit. I value the tour's agenda and the guides' expertise helping us navigate the incredible city. I appreciate the balance between time for planned activities and time on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"London is a WOW city and I had several WOW moments: Definitely the London Eye at night and Westminister Abbey for Evensong (this was not part of the tour, but something I did on my own one afternoon after the Churchill War Rooms, another "wow" moment. Other WOW moments: hearing the grisly history at the Tower of London and seeing the AMAZING collection at the British National Library."

Sarajane

Seattle, WA

Tour: 12/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I got a great introduction to London with the most experienced and knowledgeable tour guide imaginable. Gillian's highlights of the National Gallery and the British Museum were so much better than I could have done with a book. And our meals were great!Best Indian dinner I've ever eaten.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Views from the London Eye at night, especially the Houses of Parliament, were stunning. But my very favorite is Christopher Wren's St. Paul's Cathedral. The story of is creation and the stubbornness of its creator makes his achievement so much more notable. Once our guide pointed out the difference between the older, plain part of the nave and the bedazzled Victorian part, it became all the more fascinating. I bought a book, two CDs and a tea towel as remembrances."

Nancy

Urbandale, IA

Tour: 12/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our week in London with Gillian & the other tour members was great fun & quite entertaining, while definitely being both educational and inspirational. We were delighted in the experience & so appreciated Gillian's hard work, good humor & great guidance! It was easy to make new friends with the other tour members, quickly giving new meaning to the New Year's Eve song, "Should auld acquaintance be forgot...". The fact that it was over the holiday period added to an overall wonderful experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of my favorite "wow" moments was the visit to Windsor Castle, especially seeing the dining tables set for holiday feasts! The Christmas greenery throughout the castle was great to see and contrast with the glitzy decorations we are more familiar with at home. The castle itself seemed to breathe history and tradition, from its locational setting looking across to Eton College, to the pageantry of the guards, to the beautiful St. George's Chapel."

Jerry

Pittsburgh, PA

Tour: 12/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour guides were great! The hotel accommodations were very good, i.e. bed was comfortable, shower worked well, quiet room. The provided breakfasts were very good. The hotel staff were very kind and did an excellent job. The Italian restaurant in the hotel was also excellent. The Indian restaurant that we had our first group dinner was extraordinary. Spent too much time on subway. Could hotel be within walking distance?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Westminster Abbey - Issac Newton and Q. Elizabeth I. They, as well as other historical figures, are more real to me now. Getting a sense of the people. The density of the crowds and being in a really large city. How polite everyone was."

Linda

Pittsburgh, PA

Tour: 12/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my second tour, and the experience this time was just as excellent as the first. This year, our Guide suggested shifting the schedule to accommodate the tube schedule changes for the Christmas and New Year holiday. This was excellent re-planning on her part, avoiding some of the pitfalls of tube line shutdowns for annual maintenance and holiday crowds. The RS organizational plan should have had input from the Guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to decide on only one WOW. The tour is full of WOW moments every day."

Kathleen

Greenville, SC

Tour: 12/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My whole family, including two teenage boys, had a great time and learned a lot. The tour provided a good balance of structured and free time. Gillian's commentary about the history and culture allowed us to appreciate and embrace London more fully than if we had been on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had lots of wow moments, but St. Paul's Cathedral stands out in particular. It was beautiful and the other tour guide Tom was informative and entertaining."

Christine

Renton, WA

Tour: 12/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved our tour! It had every aspect of what we'd hoped to see in London. Wish to go back soon.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Riding the London Eye at night time and seeing the holiday lights all over the city. We also loved taking our group photo on the roof of the mall next to St. Paul's in glorious sunshine."

Claire

Nashville, TN

Tour: 11/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour, with a wonderful guide and a great group of people. Roy was unbelievably knowledgeable on so many topics, including the history of England, recommendations for restaurants and just how to get around. He has a wonderful sense of humor, that British wit, and kept us laughing. I felt really comfortable and safe the whole time I was in London. There was so much to see and the food was great (despite hearing the contrary).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Tower of London was very cool and the Two Brewers Pub at Windsor."

Kenneth

West Linn, OR

Tour: 11/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How that "Black Friday" experience was organized by RS staff I probably will never knew. And "wow" is the only word I can use to describe the crossing of the Westminster Bridge Friday evening, along with the thousands of other shoppers and tourists. On a more serious note, I was struck by the history and beauty of Windsor Castle. It was a very well cared for historical collection of buildings and functional for the modern day."

John

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 11/23/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed my first Rick Steves tour. There was so much to see. Wish had a little longer time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Windsor Castle. How impressive. Second was the Churchill War Rooms. How sad."

Laura

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 11/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a very good balance of tour time and free time. The Tube lessons were invaluable and made us very independent and confident, especially during our 4 days post-tour that we spent on our own. All of the expected highlights of London were covered in the itinerary. (I think the time at the British Library could have been shorter).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had a sunny day at Windsor Castle and then found out that the Queen was due to arrive later in the day."

Ann

Victoria, BC

Tour: 11/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful. I grew up in London but learned more about it in one week from Roy than I had in 20 years of living there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Windsor. I didn't expect to be impressed, but the history and personal bits of the audio tour made it come alive. And I was truly impressed at how all the part that burned has been repaired. It is wonderful to realize there are still craftsmen of that calibre working today. And I really wanted that Festive Dinner table setting!"

Jo

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 10/19/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My experience in London was amazing. I felt very comfortable and confident about the tour itinerary. It was extremely well organized and executed. I appreciated using public transportation because I experienced more of London that way. And our tour guide was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was seeing Windsor Castle from the what they call "the long walk." Our tour guide told us about this view, and how to get there, before we took the official Windsor Castle tour. So when we were done with the official tour, I went to the long walk and gasped at the amazing view, both toward the tree-lined path and back toward the castle. I have our tour guide to thank for this incredible experience. Plus, I got some amazing photos to have with me, forever!"

Craig

West Chester, PA

Tour: 10/19/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

My first time across the Atlantic Ocean. The UK has so much history and modern construction. It is truly a cross-breed wonderland. The food in the beginning was unusual, but as the day evolved on our Tour, I found some amazing Pub's and small resturants. I had my first bangers and mash, what a treat! Tom Hooper, with his gracious and funny wit, his unbelievably historical and current day knowledge of the UK and London.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Big Ben Tower!!!"

Linda

Calgary, AB

Tour: 10/19/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a small group of 19, most over 50 years old. Everyone was very friendly and we all got along well. Our tour leader Tom was wonderful. He looked after us so well. He was very knowledgeable and had a wonderful sense of humour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That is a really hard one, there were so many. I really liked getting to the Tour of London early so we could see the ceremony of the unlocking of the main gate. But then there was Windsor Castle too and the Museums and Cathedrals, so hard to chose. Maybe at St. Paul's at the tomb of the unknown soldier after Tom told us the history and then recited 'In Flanders Fields'. Most of us were a little teary, it was very moving."

Barbara

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 10/19/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a smaller group with diverse individuals but our guide was great at making us function at a high level. The tours with him and with the alternate guides were all well done. The amount of activity and free time couldn't have been planned better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the tour of the Tower and the Crown Jewels as well as the tour of Windsor castle were my favorites. Every day had some amazing moments though."

Karen

West Chester, PA

Tour: 10/19/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves' tour. I was scheduled to go on the Prague & Budapest tour but my travel partner's mother got sick and we had to cancel. I decided to apply my canceled trip to the London tour and the Rick Steves' staff were very helpful in switching and applying my monies to the new tour. When my husband decided to join me on the London tour, I worked with Deanna Woodruff and she was wonderful! I loved the format of this tour, perfect amount of scheduled and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Windsor Castle and the surrounding town were amazing. Mastering the underground and bus with Tom's help. I felt like a local."

Wolf

Calgary, AB

Tour: 10/19/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour proved to be a great way to see the "best of" London. We were guided to the main highlight sites in the city and had lots of free time to find others on our own. It was a high quality experience: hotel, guide, passes, meals were all top tier. We felt well taken care of.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick one. London has such an amazing richness of history and sights. Certainly the British Museum is up there; Windsor Castle; the National Gallery. At the other extreme, the Churchill War Rooms - almost dungeon like, were amazing to see."

Marcia

Tampa, FL

Tour: 10/12/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I've wanted to participate in a Rick Steves tour for many years and decided a city tour in London would be a great way to start. This was my first time in London beyond airport layovers. I was not disappointed! I am already shopping for my next Rick Steves tour. The schedule provided a good balance between tour time and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Surprisingly, I am still thinking about the ancient Assyrian sculptures at the British Museum! Robert was able to point out meaningful details and to provide insights into the story of the fierce warriors depicted. I can't believe it, I am still thinking about those five-legged horses!! Robert got us to the Tower of London early. We were able to see the Beefeaters open the gates and to view the Crown Jewels before the hoards arrived. Thank you, Robert!"

Mario

Katy, TX

Tour: 10/12/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed everyday of our tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to Westminster Abbey."

Richard

Redmond, WA

Tour: 10/12/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Fast paced and covered many high points of London.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Windsor Castle and the history of that place."

Brian

Portland, OR

Tour: 10/05/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Gillian was knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful to our group. Her pleasant manner and good humor quickly put us all at ease. This was our first Rick Steves' tour and it will not be our last!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was the tour of Windsor Castle. The beauty and history of that 900 year-old home to monarchs was extremely interesting."

James

Venice, FL

Tour: 10/05/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Rick Steves tour allowed us to fully enjoy London without having to worry about the "details". We could have never experienced all the attractions and sites of London on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring the Churchill war bunker."

Janet

Yorba Linda, CA

Tour: 10/05/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall most enjoyable seven days in London.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ride on the London Eye and the London Tower private tour were definitely wow moments. Having private tours and being able to get ahead of the crowds was most valuable."

Sally

Irvine, CA

Tour: 10/05/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our tour guide, Gillian, was fantastic! Very knowledgeable and a great sense of humor. I learned something about my preferences for touring. I prefer to mix urban settings with country outings with a predominance of country outings. Having said that, we saw everything we wanted to see and did everything we wanted to do. It was a very comprehensive city tour. Loved the Chelsea hotel, although it was outside of the city center, but that gave us the opportunity to get familiar with Londos

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I thoroughly enjoyed the outing to Windsor Castle and St. George's Chapel."

Dennis

Chicago, IL

Tour: 10/05/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were disappointed in not getting a tour of Buckinghamshire Palace and changing of the guard.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going ahead of the line in Westminster Abbey."

Corey

Calgary, AB

Tour: 10/05/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a great time in London and was very impressed with this city!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved all the museums and amazingly that they were free!!"

Linda

Venice, FL

Tour: 10/05/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a rewarding experience that I will reflect upon for years to come.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the village of Windsor, the opening parade and the actual castle made for a very lovely day. Additionally, I must say that experiencing the Churchill Room was profound. I felt as if I were walking in the footsteps of ghosts--all of them heros."

Thomas

Camillus, NY

Tour: 09/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I wish it had lasted another week so that we could see and absorb so much history, art, etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. It is Gothic and beautiful and so English. We also went on our own to the criminal courts (New Bailey) and serendipitously heard a portion of a murder trial. We also went to a play "Bring Up The Bodies" which was very interesting. We bought the tickets on our own in Leiscester Square and traveled on the Underground on our own. Felt like real Londoners. We had English high tea at a hotel in Windsor after touring the castle."

Colleen

Fairport, NY

Tour: 09/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our London tour was just the right mix of scheduled touring & free time. Our guide, Roy, was extremely knowledgeable, and unfailingly patient.

Raquel

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/28/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I loved exploring London and seeing this beautiful city. It exceeded my expectations by far. The museums, churches, castle, restaurants, and food was amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was the Windsor Castle. I took a city opened bus tour on my own after visiting the Castle and I loved that whole day. I'm still thinking about that wonderful day. Also, the London Eye was so fun."

Paula

Waltham, MA

Tour: 09/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The balance of tour time and free time was just right. Your advice about an extra day on either end was spot on. Roy was delightful! -knowledgeable and fun and patient.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St Paul's Cathedral was my "wow". Big Ben was a very close second."

Louise

Camillus, NY

Tour: 09/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was wonderful. I cannot think of a negative thing.

Leslie

Mansfield, MA

Tour: 09/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a wonderful trip. It was the right balance of everything for me active with lots of history, museums, art, etc. The small group size is very important and it was easy to pass on an activity if I chose to do so. I loved that we used the subways to get around. Definitely the right way to travel. A hotel that was such an easy and safe walk from South Kensington station was perfect. Having mini-tours of the British Museum and National Gallery was a great idea.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I just loved the beautiful architecture of the city and the parks."

Marjorie

St Louis, MO

Tour: 09/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Got to see a lot of London in a short period of time. I liked getting around by TUBE. I love history and this tour is packed with it. Roy is so knowledgeable. Food was very good. Hotel - good location. I liked having free time to explore. Enjoyed getting to know our fellow travelers.....good group of people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose, but I really liked the tour of St. Paul's Cathedral and the City Walk. My husband and I and Patty Hennes were the only ones to get all the way to the top of St. Paul's...what a view! All the poppies surrounding the Tower of London were very moving. Also, 6 of our group went to the play "The Play that goes Wrong"- hilarious!!"

Dominick

Richmond, KY

Tour: 09/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent - fine pre-tour materials and assistance from ETBD's home office, a guide excellent in every way, a fine hotel in a quiet, convenient, upscale neighborhood, and a good group of fellow travelers with whom to share the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St George's Chapel at Windsor - in addition to its great historical significance, it is the most beautiful building of its kind I have seen. A "Wow" moment not quite part of the ETBD experience but made possible by it was a visit to the Royal Albert Hall where with about 20 others taking the tour of the Hall with us, we sat, in an otherwise empty Hall, in the Grand Tier snug up against the Queen's own box and watched and listened to James Taylor rehearse several sets for that evening's concert."

Eileen

Davis, CA

Tour: 09/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a first Rick Steve's Tour for me. It was wonderful. Great guide. Mostly good choices for visits and experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was seeing some of the incredible exhibits at the British Museum of the ancients and touring Bath which was much too short of a visit. Definitely a destination to return to. Of course, going on the Eye and seeing the lay of the land and putting all into perspective was also great - and to to it at the end of the week was the perfect choice for timing."

Cynthia

Chula Vista, CA

Tour: 09/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My Hotel Chelsea is top notch! Great location for getting from Heathrow using the tube, and for catching nearby buses, as well. Roy is an amazing man...so passionate about what he has to share, and so caring to each of us with him. Our family of 24 always felt safe, well-directed, and bonded very quickly with each other. When we first booked the tour, the London Eye was not included. So, we went ahead and booked and paid for, and could not get a refund on it...boo hoo!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved the Indian dinner and Windsor Castle/Tower of London the best. We also did Kew Gardens on our own, and did a play...The Play that Went Wrong! Both were wonderful! I tried to write the following in Box 1, but could not get it to work: We did the Best of Europe 14 day right after the London tour, and felt that My Hotel Chelsea was the best of all our hotels... food was superior....breakfasts, superb, and we had a wonderful Italian dinner there, too. Staff printed maps for us ."

Judy

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 09/21/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a wonderful tour in many ways. I had been to London before but not since 1997. I needed a refresher course. I learned that London now is not the same London of the '90s but that it has changed in ways that still make it one of the most diverse cities in the world. The trip was also a celebration of a significant birthday (okay, 70). If I have any criticism, it is that the trip was too short and too densely scheduled with not enough free time. I would have liked one more day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick one: I was amazed by the Churchill's War Rooms, loved the view from the Eye, and felt awed by St Paul's survival."

Carl

Federal Way, WA

Tour: 09/21/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very informative and educational. Good overall experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Windsor Castle."

Melissa

Santa Rosa, CA

Tour: 09/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Second time to London but it has been twenty years. RoystonJohn lead us through the Tube like a champ. Being a Brit, knowing the city and country history at length made the trip educational, and fun spirited. His college archeology major really added to the British Museum day. A true gentleman to boot....

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On a side "wow" note, a retired friend from the States gave us 50 pound notes dated 2003. No one would take them after four attempts to exchange. Finally the post office said the Bank of England would help. That's our Fort Know where all the gold is housed. On The City day tour in financial area Roy pointed it out. Later after a terrific lunch at The Counting House pub, we entered their Bank of England and walked out with fresh notes. Roy learned something new that day. Where to get new money"

Marie

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Roy Nicholls is a great guide with tons of interesting information. His additional details on the sights we viewed enhanced the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The British Museum had a display on the Assyrian Empire which had figures from their temples and bas reliefs. I had only seen pictures of them so to see them in real life was quite a thrill"

Ed

Houston, TX

Tour: 09/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour with the 26 year experienced guide Roy. We covered the British Museum and Library, the London Tower, Windsor, and the London Eye, just to name a few; and had some excellent dinners. Overall it was a fantastic experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Once again the tours break new ground with the opening ceremony of the London Tower. Although not as long and full of ceremony as the closing, it was very educational with the Beefeater guide and we beat the lines to the Treasury and the Crown Jewels. Just another way the Rick Steves tours beat the competition. Another Wow moment was the food. Having heard rumors of bland food, the restaurants that we attended were very good and nothing like the bland food I had been told about."

Karen

Helena, MT

Tour: 09/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first ever tour with any company so I was apprehensive about being in a group and led around for a week. But enough free time was provided to give us a break from too much togetherness and to explore on our own. The guides were all terrific and we saw and experienced several things we would not have on our own. I also liked that we saw neighborhoods and really got into the city rather than riding around on a bus seeing all the popular sights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Churchill War Rooms just as they were during the war."

Terry

Rockville, MD

Tour: 09/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was everything I had hoped for. I was able to see all of the major sites and explore different neighborhoods.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were VIPs for the day by being allowed to enter the Tower of London before the general public. We were able to observe the opening ceremony and visit the Crown Jewels with no crowds to contend with. Fantastic!"

Andi

Franktown, CO

Tour: 09/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As always

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The poppies at the Tower. Beautiful and moving display. One for me should be arriving next Jan or Feb! A lovely remembrance of this tour. It was wonderful seeing the Opening of the Tower and being up front and personal with the Crown Jewels! And then there was the "group-in-a-pod" ride in the London Eye.........Nice touch."

Martha

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/07/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Robert was a terrific guide. The hotel was lovely, swank central neighborhood was pleasing. Enjoyable selection off the mind-boggling possibilities available in Londontown.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Westminister Abbey was a jaw dropper. Robert made a point of tweaking the Steves itinerary and taking us there when it wasn't absurdly crowded. The one and only female Beefeater at the Tower enjoyed my husband's T-shirt (Custom printed with "At a cellular level I'm very busy") so much that she requested permission to take HIS picture. Quelle hoot!"

Peggy

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 09/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour and our first time to travel with other people. We were happily surprised that we were with a very cohesive group who got along well and seemed to enjoy each others company. Our tour guide, enabled us to be independent and navigate the city on our own with confidence. A very good experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One in particular was at Westminster Abbey- I didn't realize that you could see the "death mask" of the various queens who reigned. To be able to see their features so clearly helped me realize that they were once "real" people."

William

Martinez, CA

Tour: 09/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Liked the tour a lot, especially the tour guide's knowledge of not only the sites, but current culture and events. With the exception of one issue, the pre-tour information and materials were very useful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Riding the London Eye."

Marcia

Coaldale, AB

Tour: 09/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded our every expectation. This was our first trip to England (or any part of Europe) and there was a certain amount of apprehension on our part. But thanks to our brilliant guide, Robert, we sailed through the tour in fine form, being transformed from timid tourists to confident "locals".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were so overwhelmed by being in London and England and seeing everything we heard about all these years that we can't pick out any one "wow" moment. As Canadian monarchists we were thrilled to be in the Mother Country."

Vincent

Coaldale, AB

Tour: 09/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded our every expectation. This was our first trip to England (or any part of Europe) and there was a certain amount of apprehension on our part. But thanks to our brilliant guide, Robert, we sailed through the tour in fine form, being transformed from timid tourists to confident "locals".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were so overwhelmed by being in London and England and seeing everything we heard about all these years that we can't pick out any one "wow" moment. As Canadian monarchists we were thrilled to be in the Mother Country."

Danielle

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Robert, helped make the entire week in London a WONDERFUL experience. He is a true British gentleman & a historian. His love and respect for his country was clearly evident. He taught us how to get anywhere in London on our own, and helped us avoid crowds at every major attraction. The restaurants he took us to (Indian, the Counting House & the farewell dinner one...too much wine to remember the name...were all EXCELLENT. Thank you SO much, Robert, for a fantastic tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So MANY such moments: walking into the awe-inspiring Westminster Abbey for the first time, seeing the Tower of London early on a beautiful morning with the special WWI centennial red poppies installation, viewing the Magna Carta & original scores of so many composers at the British Library, seeing the Rosetta Stone at the British Museum, viewing the opening guards parade at Windsor Castle, experiencing the exquisite production of Phantom at Her Majesty's Theatre ...."

Lee

Sonoma, CA

Tour: 09/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Robert was great, very personable, articulate and fun. He certainly kept us on our toes, literally. He is very knowledgeable which was why I was there. I did have some trouble keeping up but that was not his fault. I am 72 and over estimated my abilities but I do not regret doing the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The little alleyways, gates and streets he showed us opening on to Green Park and everything we saw at Windsor Castle."

Sheila

Rocklin, CA

Tour: 09/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Tour of London was fantastic. It was fast-paced but not overwhelming[INVALID]still had plenty of time to eat and sleep! I liked the fact that we had time to venture out on our own. We especially liked our tour guide, Robert. He was very knowledgeable, spoke clearly and made us feel safe and comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ride on the London Eye was a great chance to look at many of the places we had visited."

Mark

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 09/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was hesitant to do a tour but this was great. The pretour info was very informative. The people we were with were great, no grumps, Robert was great and we now feel that we could go back and could go around London on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have two. As an architect, mine was see the great architecture of London, especially the Gherkin, City Hall, and the Tate Modern. It was exciting to see the juxtaposition of being in the Tower of London and seeing the Gherkin up the hill. My other was the changing of the guard at Windsor Castle. The British do pomp well."

Tiffany

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed the sites we visited, I thought they were well chosen. I loved the aspect of walking and public transport as our means of getting around. Our guide, Robert Halkett, was superb. Robert was informative, personable, and got us to all the right places early so that we could be the first tour on the spot. For example, we were the first group to see the crown jewels at the Tower of London, the first at the British Library, and the list goes on. Loved my trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I know it sounds so obvious, but Westminster Abbey blew my mind. I was awestruck by seeing so much history right in front of my eyes. From Elizabeth I's tomb, to Darwin, Chaucer and Dickens I almost burst out in tears of joy from it all."

Jack

Lynwood, WA

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tom is why this tour is rated outstanding. He is a very knowledgable about London and shares a wide variety of stories. He gets to know every individual personally with their likes and dislikes. During our free time Tom will work with every individual to make sure they know where they are going and if not will provide clear, precise directions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tom arranging for the group to go on the eye together."

Joyce

Tualatin, OR

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Being 65 and this being our first overseas tour I wasn't sure just what to expect. I couldn't have imagined a better time!! I give TOM our tour guide the credit. His vast knowledge of English history combined with his humor and people skills made this experience exceptional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The morning we were to visit St Paul's Cathedral, I bought a rose from a street vendor to lay at the memorial to WWII Americans in the cathedral. When we neared the memorial, Tom said quietly to me that our guide would unlock the gate leading to the altar and allow me to lay the rose on the altar and have a few minutes to remember my father. It was personal involvement like this from Tom, our tour guide, that made these events come to life for me."

Gregory

Glen Ellyn, IL

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third tour. We had a great group, wonderful weather and Tom. Everything was great. As with the other tours, you delivered more than promised.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a tough question. It could have been Westminster Abbey. But then we visited the British Museum and British Library. That morning was something else."

Deborah

Roseville, CA

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful time on our tour. The hotel was good and located close to the underground and places to eat. It is so nice to walk to dinner and shopping. Tom was fantastic. Not a question was asked that he couldn't answer. We started the first night with a laugh and continued laughing the entire week. The whole week was filled with entertainment, education, new experiences and making new friendships. The smaller groups is so nice. You really have a much better overall experience

Daniel

Roseville, CA

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

London is a fantastic city to visit. There is so much to see and experience. Although the tour covers a lot it really is just a taste of this great city. However, the greatest part of the tour was being able to have Tom as our tour guide. He is extremely knowledgeable, personable and has a terrific sense of humor that everyone on the tour thoroughly enjoyed. I know everyone in our tour group thought highly of Tom and very much appreciated having him as our tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Since I had been to London previously, although many years ago, I'm not sure I has any one particular "wow" moment. With that said riding the London Eye on our last evening was clearly a highlight."

Debbie

Lynwood, WA

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour met my expectations... which is that I enjoy every Rick Steves tour that I take. This was a little different in that we stayed in 1 city the whole time, thus a lot more walking. Tom made us feel very comfortable in taking the London Tube on a daily basis. My husband was not excited about just staying in London, but he says the tour exceeded his expectations also and he enjoyed it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Unexpected ride on the Eye. My husband and other people, who had a fear of heights, etc. all seemed to enjoy it also. Tom purchased tickets ahead of time so that we did not have to wait in line."

Sheila

Groveport, OH

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the London tour. This was my second trip to England, the first being the England and Wales tour in 2011. As usual, the trip was great! The people on the tour were friendly and everyone had a wonderful time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "wow" moment has to be the London Eye. What a great experience that was, and the view was spectacular."

JoAnn

Kent, WA

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well organized--everything top notch. The people were very friendly and Tom Hooper was extremely knowledgeable and personable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The day spent at Windsor Castle was one of my favorites."

Harold

Port Townsend, WA

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Don't see how it could have been much better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many. The Cy Twombly room at the Tate Modern was pretty great."

Judy

Maple Valley, WA

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations in content and quality of the information provided by our guide, Tom. My only problem is that I was exhausted by the end of the tour, probably because I didn't want to miss a minute of it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The London Eye"

Patti

Port Townsend, WA

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As with our first tour (Paris and the Heart of France with William), this tour with Tom was excellent. Our fellow travelers were fun and interesting, the hotel accommodations were pleasant and in a good location (by South Kensington Underground station), and there was just the right balance between guided tours (to the Tower of London, Windsor, etc.) and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My Wow moment was at a restaurant that Tom suggested (right behind the South Kensington station). It was a Polish restaurant founded in 1947. I kept thinking of my mother being Polish, and her father moving to Nebraska to try to make a living. I thought of my father being shot down in WWII and spending time in a Polish POW camp before being bailed out by a British officer. The food was great, the service excellent, the photos on the wall of Polish resistance officers were moving."

Silvia

Cypress, CA

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The weather was great, the sights were awesome, the tour group got along fabulously & our guide was the very best! Indeed, what made the trip most memorable was how Tom Hooper brought our travel team together so that we became fast friends & were comfortable with each other. Getting around on our own via the tube was one of our favorite experiences once we got over the scare of getting lost. History became alive while covering all the sights & loved skipping the long queue lines!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Windsor Castle, Westminster Cathedral & the London Tower were our top super "wow" moments. Another wonderful feeling was the whole royalty aura, the love of the English people for their queen & its pomp, tradition & grandiosity. London was more than expected & we have fallen in love with this city!"

Carol

Kennewick, WA

Tour: 08/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first international tour and I was thoroughly satisfied and in many instances, my experience exceeded my expectations. I enjoyed the MyHotelChelsea and spent a lot of time walking in the neighborhood. I enjoyed the proximity to the church, store, and park and especially enjoyed the unique eating establishments that were only a few minutes away that served outstanding meals and had a very friendly environment. I felt comfortable with the walking and the schedule that was provided.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Saint Paul's Cathedral, I walked to the very top and was able to take in London in a 360 degree panoramic view. The history and the architecture was incredible and awe inspiring. A very memorable time and I will never forget those that are buried there and memorized."

Diane

Lansing, MI

Tour: 08/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As usual, with a Rick Steves Tour, the tour members were "the best!" Add an excellent tour guide and how can you go wrong? { We won't mention periodic downpours!} For such amount of time in a huge city, we hit all the highlights-a nice mix of group time and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was hard to choose one "Wow" moment out of many special sights and experiences-Poets Corner at Westminster with burial sites of musicians/authors that you'd only read about, World Famous paintings at the National Gallery, world changing documents and monuments at the British Library/Museum, and of course the head-spinning décor at Windsor Palace. It was a nice "cherry on top" ending to our trip to have the group gathered in a London Eye "pod" to review the London sights we had seen together."

Janet

Roseville, CA

Tour: 08/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 2nd trip to London. It was even more enjoyable this time. Being able to see everything we studied in school was amazing. We took a side tour to Buckingham Palace which was incredible. I was able to see even more historical sites than I did during my first visit. I've never walked so much in my life but it was fun and very interesting to say the least.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Tower Of London has always been a favorite of mine. The Crown Jewels were unbelievable and beautiful. Each crown and jewel has so much history."

Su

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 08/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

London was a lot of fun - so many great sites to see. Our tour guide Tom did an excellent job of rallying our group thru a very busy city in an unrushed manner with very clear instructions. He was very knowledgeable and his sense of humor kept us laughing. He was personable with each individual and was one of the best parts of the tour. It was a great city tour and we found London an easy city to get around, especially since we share a common language.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A memorable day was coming up from the tube and seeing Big Ben and hearing the bells at noon. The day at Windsor Castle was great and it's hard to imagine someone actually lives there. Tour of the Tower of London with all its history was "crowned" off by seeing the impressive Crown Jewels. And seeing St. Paul's Cathedral still standing after all the trials and fire of WWII was amazing. Loved being able to use the Tube and get around a new city on our own."

Deborah

Poulsbo, WA

Tour: 08/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

OUTSTANDING, OUTSTANDING, OUTSTANDING!! And I even came down w/food poisoning (probably from a takeaway lunch) & missed 2 tour days (but I got to spend it watching British TV in my hotel room, which was also interesting!). I LOVED the London tour - & would love to return; because my guide (& your company's model)empowered me to feel confident to do so!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't think of just one! Walking the steps & aisles of St Paul's, hearing Big Ben chime for the 1st time, paying for something with Brit currency, learning about Churchill at the War Rooms, "minding the gap", remembering to "look right" before crossing the road, & one VERY special moment on our own (achieved w/Tom's advice on how to get there): using the crosswalk at Abbey RD while posing like the Beatles (& then spending about an hour watching other travelers do the same)!"

Michael

Poulsbo, WA

Tour: 08/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Brilliant tour. Orchestrated by the best tour guide I've ever had. Tom is a passionate, caring, personable light of the tour. I seriously doubt any other tour will surpass...but I hope to be mistaken. Tom's blend of walking, "Tubing", bussing, training, not only provide the group a tour of the city but also taught us how to get around independently. Tom's humble manner and extraordinary knowledge of the city created a wonderful exchange of thoughts between the group. Overall: The best tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Finding the half-hidden element in Hans Holbein the Younger, The Ambassadors, 1533 at London National Gallery. It really is a duck. Also, becoming confident quickly to tour the city without Tom on our free time. We did Abbey Road."

Eva

Van Wert, OH

Tour: 08/24/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent tour. We got to see all the "must see" sights and learned enough to go find things specific to us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taking the London Eye. I'm afraid of heights but it was worth it to see the view."

Francis

Boyne City, MI

Tour: 08/17/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I was not real excited about going on this tour to London, but after experiencing the city, with a first class tour guide, I would return in a heartbeat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Churchill war rooms. I'm kind of a WWII history buff, and Churchill is my WWII hero."

Amy

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 08/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Robert was excellent! He definitely made it a wonderful week for our family. We were very happy with our choice to do the tour rather than using the guide book to visit London on our own. We wouldn't have wanted to miss out on all of Robert's knowledge and commentary as we walked. The tour is very well done. We will definitely consider another tour in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from the top of St. Paul's Cathedral!"

Steve

Danville, CA

Tour: 08/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We felt that we got a good overview of the city of London, seeing the important sites and historical buildings. Learning the history of the city and those who were instrumental in its development as a world center was important to us. We also feel that we have a good understanding of the current culture as well. It's a great city and we are very happy to have gotten a chance to become a part of it, if only briefly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Westminster Abbey and Saint Paul's cathedral were significant, as was Windsor Castle."

David

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 08/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Robert was great he knew lots of local information. Was never in a real hurry and always seemed to know the pace the group needed to get from place to place. I never felt like I needed to skip a part or hurry to catch up. At one point we lost track of one of the kids he stationed himself at the exit while I went back thru the tower till we found him. I think my oldest and myself bored him to tears with pointing out all the exotic sports cars along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to say. Having never been to Europe before I think whole thing is a wow moment."

Edward

Tallmadge, OH

Tour: 08/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Given the time and money invested, my expectations were quite high. On virtually every count, the tour exceeded my expectations. Our tour guide Robert was nothing short of extraordinary. His knowledge, personality and guidance enabled us to truly enjoy and experience London. Equipping us with the skill to negotiate the Tube and Bus systems allowed us to venture easily on our own and make the best use of our available free time. I would heartily recommend this tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several "wow" moments, but Westminster Abbey, Windsor Castle and the British Library have to rank as the top three. Poet's Corner in the Abbey and viewing the literary and historical documents on display at the Library were a near spiritual experience for me."

Debra

Tallmadge, OH

Tour: 08/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It met all by expectations and beyond. Accommodations were great and the location was very good. Robert exposed us to so much in the week we were there. The tour was very well rounded.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was definitely more then one "wow" moment. I think my favorite is actually walking the steps or grounds where the Queens and Kings of the different times actually walked."

Edwin

Carmel, IN

Tour: 08/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was our first Rick Steve's Tour and it was great. It was great largely due to Robert Halkett's expertise, understanding of London's history, his ability to explain it and relate to our group. He is definitely a keeper for your organization but I suspect you know that.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Tower of London, its history, its magnificent contents and the surrounds around the tower commemorating those that died in WWI."

Mary

Carmel, IN

Tour: 08/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our London trip was our first Rick Steve's tour. I was apprehensive until I met our tour guide Robert. He was knowledgeable and personable as well. He made all of us feel like a big family. The tours were all fabulous under his lead. I felt safe too. He helped us all maneuver The Tube effortlessly. Most importantly, he gave us all the best of memories of London, city and countryside. We can't wait to schedule another Rick Steve's tour! Mary Banta

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tower of London. All the history there! Loved the Crown Jewels and touched by the red poppy memorial to World War I soldiers."

James

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was a "Bucket List" item for Judy. I loved being able to see all of the things that were important to her. I was reading a John Gailbrath (aka JK Rowling) book and got to see many of the places mentioned in the book, including the hero's office site and favorite local pub. Your maps were invaluable in tracking his comings and goings. Especially appreciated not having to wait in lines and extra stuff like the opening of the gates @ the London Tower.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to pick just one, but two that stand out are the climb and view from the top of St. Paul's and going on the Eye. A close third would be Windsor Castle and hanging out in Windsor for the afternoon. Loved the long walk."

Katherine

Everett, WA

Tour: 07/20/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The trip met or exceeded all of my expectations. The location of the hotel was ideal (near Buckingham Palace), and I really appreciated the breakfast buffet provided in the dining room each morning and the little mini-mart across the street where I could get water and snacks. We had a nice group of 20 friendly people from various parts of the country, and representing a variety of ages. Our guide Robert was very knowledgeable and helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I most enjoyed the boat trip down the Thames River, because you get a good perspective of where things are located in relation to one another, and you can see some of the sites that aren't on the tour, like the Globe Theatre. The weather was hot and sunny the whole week (mid-July), which made the cool breezes of the water all the more enjoyable. One of the crew members on the boat gave a wonderful narration of the sites along the way."

Dale

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 07/20/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Wonderful intro to London and coverage of all the major tourist attractions. Especially enjoyed the relatively early tours to the Tower of London and the British Library as we beat the crowds :) Appreciated Robert's detailed backstory of the history of the various buildings in the districts we visited, brought the area to life. I hadn't really thought about the long term effect on London from the Blitz, the current juxtaposition of old/new really brings that out.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Crown Jewels at the Tower of London"

Betty

Libby, MT

Tour: 07/20/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The people in Great Britain and London are so friendly and warm making the trip wonderful. We traveled to Bath for two nights prior to the tour and stayed two extra nights going to see Shakespeare at the Globe and a train trip to Cambridge. The trip was a gift for my grand daughter upon her graduation from high school. My youngest son and travel partner also came along on the trip. We had a wonderful trip spending quality time together and experiencing London, and the theatre.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Windsor Castle. The furnishings and the atmosphere were so great. We were able to see the changing of the guard prior to our tour of the castle, which really set the mood. We loved all things British, the Tower of london, with the unlocking of the gates in the early morning before all the other tourists arrived, the crown Jewels, and the Beefeater tour was great."

I-Wen

Baltimore, MD

Tour: 07/20/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This is my third Rick Steve's tour. My previous tours were multiple cities (Hear of Italy and France), therefore I reckon the experience should be different from the single city tour. London had surpassed my expectations! I always thought that there is no place like New York City, but boy, London really topped it! We traveled by public transportation and on foot, just like the locals. After learning the public transportation system, we were able to go to places on our own in ease!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"MY most memorable moment from the tour was the visit to the British Library for the exhibit of manuscripts. The range of collection was impressive and being a musician it was surreal to see Mozart, Bach, Chopin's (and more) notations."

Ann

Roanoke, TX

Tour: 07/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a fabulous time. The hotel was wonderful, our tour guide was very good. I very much liked the fact that we walked so much of the time, took the Tube and city buses, rather than be on a tour bus. On the Rick Steve's web page describing the tours it The sight selected a that we would see were perfect. My favorite was the boat ride. The restaurants chosen were also excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite was the boat ride on the Thames. It showed the vastness of London, and was very relaxing. The captain gave a narrative, and he was quite funny."

Mitzi

Oakland, CA

Tour: 07/20/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the trip however when you say there is a lot of walking, you are not kidding. I think a couple of people dropped out because it was just too much. I don't think it is necessary to walk for an hour or so to two museums where you will walking around for another four hours or more, and then another walk home.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I found the British Library very moving. Loved the British Museum, but it was very hot and crowded. The Tower of London was great, and Robert got us there early enough to see a few things before the crowds came."

Angeline

Frackville, PA

Tour: 07/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is the answer for #3, sorry! 1.Seeing the Crown jewels in the Tower of London almost alone, right after being the ONLY people present for the opening of the gates with the Queen's keys will be an experience I will remember forever!!!WOW! 2.The Tour de France was a bonus to an already fabulous time. Another experience of a life time being there in front of Buckingham palace at the finish line!Hip-Hip-Hooray! 3. Westminster Abbey and the stellar job Tom did with that tour! Need more than 500

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Overall the entire tour was exceptional: 1.Loved the time with Tom at the helm guiding us with such fervor through the sights of London. 2. The hotel was lovely and everyone was so kind and helpful there. 3. The food was good, I wasn't a personal fan of Indian food. Had a bad experience with the food for lunch at the Counting House,other than that is was better than I expected. 4. Loved the London Eye! that was an unexpected surprise since it wasn't on the itinerary. Thanks!"

Kelvin

West Des Moines, IA

Tour: 07/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was spectacular in every sense, and our tour guide, Tom, added tremendous value that one could not have experienced visiting the same sites and events on one's own. That is the real value of the Rick Steves' tour. The itinerary was well planned and covered a tremendous amount of ground during the seven days in London, however, adequate time was spent at each venue, and there was still time available for individual exploration.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Spending everyday surrounded by a historic but vibrant city accompanied by a knowledgeable guide who significantly increased my appreciation for everything I was seeing and experiencing."

Audre

Neenah, WI

Tour: 07/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour with your company and it was truly a great trip. Of course it might be that it wa with my granddaughter. You certainly run a first class tour and I have no complaint. Just to let you know, I have been on several other tours with others. I am always impressed how great you get us through to the nicest places at the shortest amount of time. I liked the "buddy" system or is that just Tom's idea? To sum it up, I could have stayed another week w/o any trouble.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Since I experienced some of WW II, I think the Churchill Museum was one of my favorite places. I admire how the British revere the people who were in that awful war, and how they have honored them. Churchill was a great statesman and it made me happy to see that he is still remembered in such a great way. I have to say that I loved seeing the Queen's jewels on display. Windsor Castle was awesome and it is hard to imagine all those events that are hosted there."

Shannon

Round Rock, TX

Tour: 05/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 3rd Rick Steves tour, and it was just as amazing as my previous tours! I loved every minute! My guide was great, my hotel was great, my group was great. Every tour keeps getting better and better!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Spending the last evening riding the London Eye with our group before we went to our last dinner, it was a great experience!"

Margaret

Lafayette, CA

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was exactly what I wanted. Nice people, excellent lodging and a great guide. London is daunting for a single traveller and this is a wonderful intro to the city, I feel confident I could go back and I will. It was well paced with enuf time for us to relax now and then.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Enjoyed "the eye", Churchill war rooms and the cathedrals. I saw several churches in London and my after trip.. Each one were wonders to behold! I didn't realize how special our entrance to the Tower of London was until I saw a show on PBS recently. It was so GREAT not standing in line at all the places."

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Pre-Tour

We've put together some specific information on what you should know about this tour before you go. You'll also find more general information about "Getting Ready for Your Tour" on our Tour FAQ.

Trip Resources

Learn more about London: Check out a collection of Rick's TV shows, radio interviews and articles, plus find a list of recommended books and movies.

Transportation

Prior to your tour departure, you will receive detailed directions on how to get from the airport to your tour hotel, as well as contact information for your hotel in case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations.

Many tour members arrive a day or two before the tour begins — and those who don't, wish they had. This allows you ample time to get over jet lag and make the most of the first few days of the tour.

London is a major transportation hub, making additional travel before or after your tour quite easy.

For information about flying within Europe, ask your travel agent or check Rick's list of European budget airlines

For information about traveling by train, read Rick's train travel and rail pass tips to decide if your travel plans merit a rail pass.

If you need more information about additional European travel or for specific questions about your tour, contact the Tour Department at 425-608-4217 or email tour@ricksteves.com.

Sightseeing On Your Own

If you arrive in London before your tour begins, use Rick Steves London guidebook to get oriented. Ride the public transportation and get over your jet lag with lots of fresh air and exercise.

Here are a few suggestions for sightseeing in London that we will not do as a group: Houses of Parliament; Tate Galleries (British or Modern); Imperial War Museum; Shakespeare's Globe Theatre; Victoria and Albert Museum; Kew Gardens; day trips to Cambridge and Oxford.

Many tour members like to attend a play or a concert while in London (see Rick Steves London guidebook for details on how to buy tickets). Your guidebook will also have plenty of ideas for any extra time you may have. Your guide will be happy to help you with post-tour plans.

Packing

For advice on what (and what not!) to pack, see Rick’s packing tips.