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  • Westminster and Big Ben
  • Tower of London, England
    Tower of London
  • Buckingham Palace, London, England
    Buckingham Palace
  • Marching guards, London, England
    Royal Guards
  • Photographing St. Paul's from the Millennium Bridge, London, England
    St. Paul's Cathedral
  • Windsor Castle
  • Borough Market
  • Tower Bridge, London, England
    Tower Bridge

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Best of London in 7 Days Tour

from $2,195 per person + air

Single Supplement $875

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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-long stay in London, your Rick Steves guide will lead you on a magical history tour along the Thames and through the Tower, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's, historic neighborhoods, 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

You'll get at least 18 group sightseeing events — at no extra cost!

Here's what you'll see and do on our Best of London tour:

  • London neighborhood walk and Tube orientation
  • Visitor Oyster Card for Underground (Tube) and bus transportation
  • London panoramic bus tour
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Whitehall walking tour
  • Churchill War Rooms
  • Opening ceremony at the Tower of London
  • Tower of London "Beefeater" tour
  • "City" walking tour
  • Afternoon tea
  • British Museum
  • Windsor day trip
  • Windsor Castle
  • East London food tour
  • St. Paul's Cathedral
  • Globe Theatre
  • South Bank walk
  • Borough Market

Plus you'll get all this, too.

  • 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 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
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (when available) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2022
  • 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 your tour

Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions for important details regarding everything listed above.

Group sightseeing events subject to change.

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to London

We'll meet at our hotel in central London at 3 p.m. to get acquainted. Then we'll set off on a neighborhood walk before stepping aboard our very own vintage double-decker bus for a panoramic tour of "The Old Smoke" (London). We'll finish the evening with a "Welcome to London" dinner together.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs.

Day 2: Westminster and Whitehall

After an Underground/Tube orientation, we'll wander through the City of Westminster. Our walk will take us past Buckingham Palace — punctuated by the smartly dressed, stony-faced Queen's Guard — and through St. James Park, a favorite for its resident pelicans, on our way to the majestic Westminster Abbey. We'll enjoy a guided tour of the abbey, where England's kings and queens have been crowned and buried since 1066, and continue with a history-laced walking tour along Whitehall. 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 World War II.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain.

Day 3: The Tower and The City

This morning we'll head out early to witness the opening ceremony at the medieval Tower of London. Our early arrival will leave us first in line to join a Yeoman Warder "Beefeater" for an entertaining tour and a close-up look at the UK's magnificent collection of crown jewels. This afternoon, we'll take a walking tour of The City, the oldest part of London and today one of the world's key financial centers. Then we'll rest our feet and enjoy that quintessentially English experience — afternoon tea — before we explore the treasure-packed British Museum. This evening is free and perfect for the theater (book a popular show in advance online or pick up a ticket in London).

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain.

Day 4: 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. Tonight, join your guide and fellow tour members for a pint at a local pub and share the stories of your day's experience. This is another good night for the theater.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Train: 2 hours.

Day 5: East London and St. Paul's

Today we'll venture out to the culturally diverse East End of London, where we'll find our lunch on a food tour. The tour will guide us through the history of the East End, tasting the influence of cultures along the way — from a traditional English bacon butty to Indian curries to the beloved London takeaway, fish and chips. Once we've had our fill, we'll continue on to 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 World War II. Your evening is free — consider staying near St. Paul's to hear evensong.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain.

Day 6: Borough Market and the South Bank

We'll begin our morning with a tour of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, the half-timbered and thatched-roofed replica of the original theater that was home to the playwright's productions in the late 1500s. Then we'll take a walking tour along the South Bank of the Thames. We'll see the Tower Bridge and Southwark Cathedral, and learn how this side of the river has evolved since Roman times. We'll end our tour at Borough Market, one of the oldest and largest food markets in London, with colorful produce and the wafting scents of grilled-cheese and duck-confit sandwiches. The afternoon is yours to enjoy lunch at the market, visit the Tate Modern, hop on a Thames River cruise, or take a ride on the London Eye. Tonight, we'll meet for our "last supper" and raise a toast to London and new friends. Cheers!

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs.

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 taxi 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.

Physical Demands

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

Linda

San Diego, CA

Tour: 12/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Totally enjoyed London with Jeanie Carmichael. She was a hoot and I enjoyed all of her stories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the food tour. I also LOVED seeing SIX at the theater. The theater was not from the tour. But it was great. The food tour was outstanding. Love the history of the area and the food."

Malcolm

Modesto, CA

Tour: 12/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jeanie was a first-rate guide; her knowledge of both traditional London history coupled with "insider" facts and anecdotes helped create an engaging, thought-provoking interaction that allowed each day to be both adventurous and meaningful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Without doubt, an easy tie: having already visited many of London's famous sites and museums about six years ago, I richly enjoyed the traditional British afternoon tea time and our touring of the New Old Globe. An honest confession: I teach AP literature and am a huge Shakespeare fan (Yes, I've read and watched all 37 plays!) Nevertheless, the Globe tour was crisply, intelligently presented."

Ernest

San Diego, CA

Tour: 12/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed having a variety of London experiences. The last time I was in London was 1976.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Enjoyed the food tour; food and local history."

Sinde

Modesto, CA

Tour: 12/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jeanie was first rate. I really enjoyed her as our tour guide. There was so much to see in so short of time. The people on the tour were a great to get to know.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the east side eating tour. We were able to learn the history of food and try many new foods."

Ralph

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 12/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded my expectations. We have taken 20 of your tours and, therefore, have fairly high expectations. It was a very busy tour but we saw an incredible variety and number of places. I feel like we saw everything I had hoped for.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Christmas decorations."

Barry

Glen Allen, VA

Tour: 12/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Paul's cathedral"

Pam

Richmond, VA

Tour: 12/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

London during the holiday season was dazzling! We saw all the traditional sights, our guide was amazing and witty, and made the whole trip a pleasure. From the food tour, to a tour of Windsor and the castle, everyday was a new adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We attended evensong at St George's chapel on Sunday evening in Windsor, listening to a choir from Australia."

Clair

Portland, OR

Tour: 12/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about our trip ran like clockwork and was very easy. The tour was very easy to sign up for and the information we received was very good and easy to follow. The trip was educational, delicious, and a delight. We were able to see most of what we were hoping to, and now have a list of things we'd like to go back to see on another trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment from the tour came from our walking in the City of London. The architectural contrasts were really impressive and not something I'd ever thought about before. Gillian spoke about how Paris may be more unified in architectural style and may be perceived as more beautiful, but London has this wonderful eclectic mix of styles, from sections of Roman walls, ruins, and modern buildings all right next to each other."

Todd

Tampa, FL

Tour: 12/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another fabulous RS tour that totally lived up to its reputation The tour had the perfect formula for success, great European destination ( excuse me.. LONDON !!), clean hotel in trendy area near public transportation, a robust itinerary of food, museums, history, and culture led by a delightfully caring, witty and savvy Blue-Badge Guide ( thank you Gillian you were fantastic). Gillian skillfully ensured an amazing and memorable experience was had by all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A late night picturesque stroll across the Millennium Bridge during a crisp, clear December evening. Spectacular panoramic views afforded of the illuminated London skyline, ST. Pauls Cathedral, and a series of bridges whose pastel lights create breathtaking and shimmering reflections in the River Thames that bedazzle the eye and nourish the soul. The perfect romantic evening was complete, by continuing along the south bank of the Thames, with a final lap across the iconic Tower Bridge. Magical !"

Mary

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 12/15/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was fine. Learned a lot of information.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Windsor Castle."

Ann

Portage, MI

Tour: 12/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second Rick Steves tour, so I had an idea of what to expect. This trip met my expectation and more!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Rosetta Stone in the British Museum."

Melanie

Medford, NJ

Tour: 12/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of London in 7 Days Tour exceeded my every expectation. The assortment of experiences gave this first-time overseas traveler a thirst to return to London as soon as I can. I appreciated the balance between group activities and free time, to pursue individual interests and form friendships with other tour participants. The hotel location was very convenient. I would absolutely take another RSE tour if finances/scheduling allowed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lighting a candle and saying a prayer in St. Paul's Cathedral."

Dave

Osprey, FL

Tour: 11/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

London weather, London crowds, London queues all masterfully orchestrated by conductor Roy. All the local guides were outstanding in their knowledge and communicative abilities to educate and possibly enlighten us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It wasn't planned, but the lockdown in Southwark Cathedral due to an incident on the nearby London Bridge created a certain "rush" effect akin to a "Wow" moment. The Globe Theater tour segment provided a superb experience."

Dana

Osprey, FL

Tour: 11/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

London was most enjoyable surprise. The accessibility of theater and musical entertainment was amazing. When I win the mega million lottery, I plan to buy an apartment to become a part year London resident.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moment such as seeing the Vindolanda tablets at the British Museum and Queen Elizabeth 1's tomb at Westminster. But my "blue bird of happiness" moment was sitting chatting with tour members at the George Inn while drinking my warm mulled cider with a bit of vanilla rum added."

Jean

Wilmette, IL

Tour: 11/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great introduction to the city and its history, and it struck a good balance between group activities and time on our own. We got to know the Tube really well, so it was easy to get places during free afternoons and on the days we stayed in London after the tour ended. I came to realize that we had barely scratched the surface of a few of London's neighborhoods and sights, but it was enough so that I know I want to return to London.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Churchill War Rooms, hands down. The rooms and furnishings themselves were fascinating, and the videotaped interviews of people who had lived and worked in those rooms for years gave the site a startling authenticity. By the time I left there, I felt I had lived through part of WWII myself in those rooms. It's hard to believe that these were the conditions under which Churchill and his advisers planned British war strategy. The rooms seem so primitive."

Ronald

Nevada City, CA

Tour: 11/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

good mix of tour activities and free time.

Kristie

Fernandina Beach, FL

Tour: 11/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour is an excellent way to experience many facets of London in a short period of time. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and fun. The group excursions and local guides were well-timed and interesting. I like that we had a variety of tours - history, art, culture, food, music - so each day was different. The holiday lights & attractions made this a terrific time to visit. Our group members embraced the "No Grumps" attitude. So glad we did this tour, at this time, with the group we met!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The holiday decor, lights, music, and spirit wowed me! How special to see Windsor Castle, Harrod's, and the markets decked out for Christmas. A true delight!"

Linda

Roseville, CA

Tour: 11/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first time travelling out of the country. I was anxious but had a very pleasant time. I appreciated the informative info from Roy all along the way. It was a very busy trip including so many sites to see. It was helpful to have break times for coffee or toilets. The free afternoon times were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! I loved Windsor Castle and the village shopping. Always having the audible device was great! I never felt lost."

Kerry

Wimberley, TX

Tour: 10/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was expecting to really enjoy this tour, but I absolutely LOVED it! I loved the knowledge of our guide Tom, who could answer any question, give an impromptu history lesson and inject humor throughout our travels. It should be known, that one needs to be in pretty good shape to do this particular tour. We walked 8-12 miles/day including uneven terrain, slopes, hills and countless steps. We saw all of the major sights, and surprisingly had fabulous food throughout London.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was completely "wowed" by Windsor Castle, especially the Chapel. The architecture, craftsmanship and history/age of the buildings is just mind-boggling. I also loved our morning Food Tour including the Bacon Sandwich. On one our free afternoons, we took a "Street Art Tour" and that was amazing. I would recommend that as a suggestion for free time. Many on our tour saw our pictures, and said that they would have liked to have done that."

Christine

Bedford, NH

Tour: 10/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jammed packed tour! Great overview of everything London has to offer. Itinerary was a bit strenuous, but we really got to see the major sites. Tom was a terrific guide, enjoyed his witty and clever narratives. Hotel was in a perfect location to the underground, restaurants, and many of the major sites. Wonderful group of people on this tour, everyone was punctual and conscientious. Overall a great week!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Churchill museum and war rooms, seeing the State rooms Windsor Castle and visiting St. George's Chapel, going back in history to Tower of London, and St. Paul's Cathedral was an unexpected surprise. Visiting the Globe Theater was a nice way to end the week."

Suzann

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 10/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour experience was excellent. I learned so much about British history and was informed in entertaining ways by our guide Tom. The other tour guides were very good and knew their subjects.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was the British Museum. The Egyptian, Roman, Greek and Assyrian galleries were amazing! I've wanted to visit the museum for as long as I can remember and finally did so."

Thomas

Bedford, NH

Tour: 10/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Climbing 528 steps to the Golden Dome of St. Paul's Cathedral was my WOW. The views from up there are stunning."

Christopher

Valley Village, CA

Tour: 10/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful experience. The tour closely matched the description. (exactly basically) Very well organized; appropriate activities. Good food and options. By far the best part and the glue that held the tour together was the guide Tom. Extremely knowledgeable, the perfect mix of valued and fun information without too much, kept the group together, on time and aware without nagging - and a fantastic (British) sense of humor. The guide went out of his way to value each member of the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many "wow" moments, but I especially enjoyed the East End Food Tour. It was a more hands-on, personal experience a little different from touring a church or museum. A great chance to see a different yet vibrant part of London, with wonderful stories and - as we discovered - a variety of tasty treats."

Thomas

Valley Village, CA

Tour: 10/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was action packed and top of the line. I felt that the tour allowed us to see all of the important sites in London and did not feel rushed or overwhelming. I think the group activities balanced well with the time to explore on your own. The tour guide was exceptional and kept the group entertained and on point for the activities. Overall, very impressed and pleased with the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Honestly, my favorite wow moment was going to the British Museum. I enjoyed seeing the Elgin Marbles from Greece. I liked viewing the Rosetta Stone and that after a long day our tour guide Tom allowed for history on the stone and then let us explore the museum on our own."

Patricia

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 10/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time in London. It was my first trip to Europe. We went to so many interesting places & learned so much history it was a bit mind boggling! We got to be pros on the Tube! I loved the fact that we stayed so close to St. James, Green & Hyde parks. I loved walking through them when we had a little bit of free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I didn't know how much I would enjoy Churchill's War Rooms or Shakespear's Globe tours."

Chris

Temple Terrace, FL

Tour: 10/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall tour experience was outstanding. We covered a lot of territory in a very short period of time and yet we still had more than enough "down time" to cover those things that we wanted to see which were not covered as part of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to mention but foodie tour in the East End of London was a highlight."

Dennis

Wimberley, TX

Tour: 10/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall tour was wonderful. London is a exciting and easily navigable city. Tom, our guide, was fun and informative, offering insights we wouldn't have discovered on our own. The hotel we stayed in was upscale and in a convenient central London location.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite part of the tour was the East End foodie tour. Food, history, street art - what more could you ask for?"

Sara

Springfield, OH

Tour: 10/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The London tour had an excellent mix of structure with free time with each of the areas. My favorite activities were: the bus tour, changing of the guard, Tower of London, St. Paul's, Windsor Castle, Globe theatre and Borough Market. It's amazing that we got to see so very many things in a week's time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St Paul's was incredibly beautiful certainly with much detail. In my opinion, it will be the most beautiful church that I ever see. Going for Evensong was spiritual. 12 choir members filled the church with the most beautiful sound that I've ever heard. Following the service, there was an outdoor presentation on the church of those people that watched over the church during the bombings- "Where Light Falls". emotionally inspiring!"

Barbara

Meridian, ID

Tour: 10/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour hit all the highlights of London while still allowing individual time to explore or relax. I would emphasize that this is indeed a strenuous tour with lots of walking, standing and stairs. Those that aren't in decent shape or have "bum knees" will definitely feel it. The thrill of being in London and the distraction of all that history (plus some ibuprofen) helps to manage the aches and pains. I wouldn't hesitate to do it again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the chapel to the American Armed Forces in St. Paul's Cathedral. It serves as an eternal tribute to those who gave their all for the freedom of the U.K., Europe and democracy. The sight of Tower Bridge was just what I needed to tell me "Yep, this is London "! Sadly, Big Ben was behind scaffolding."

Wendy

Longmeadow, MA

Tour: 10/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a trip of a lifetime! Superseded any expectations I could've had.The sites were planned out methodically.We never had to wait in line. The days flowed very easily. All the guides at the particular sites were superior!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were there on the first day of the opening of parliament. Our tour guide Roy adjusted our schedule so we could see the Queen and her entourage leave from behind Parliament.It was such a special opportunity to witness such a historic all event."

Kathryn

Boise, ID

Tour: 10/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our week in London was filled with memorable experiences thanks in large part to our great tour guide, Roy. The breadth and depth of his knowledge of history brought the sites we visited to life. He was an exceptional leader! The itinerary was a great mix of group sightseeing and time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments, but two that really stand out for me were Roy's great tour of some of the treasures in the British Museum and a wonderful walking tour of the Borough Market."

Linda

North Kingstown, RI

Tour: 10/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

London was exquisite. I was struck by the graciousness, the polite responses I received from everyone from store personnel, hotel staff and the stranger on the street. The hotel was perfect - centrally located within easy walking distance to public transit and major attractions. Roy was an excellent guide, providing a thorough orientation to the city and expanding on the historical significance of everything we experienced from the British Museum to Brexit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We got a glimpse of the Queen leaving Parliament in her gilded carriage on the day she addressed that body. Although we were behind barriers, we could see her profile along with Prince Charles and his wife. This was only because our guide for the Westminster Abbey tour (Brian) offered to take us to the corner where he knew the carriage would pass when we completed our Westminster tour. He went out of his way to give us that opportunity and it was delightful!!"

Alan

Naperville, IL

Tour: 10/13/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good London coverage and we learned a lot. A very hectic tour but good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Beefeater tour at the Tower. Hilarious!"

Stephanie

Naperville, IL

Tour: 10/13/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Roy was great! Hotel was great! London was very crowded, more than I expected. This made my experience less than outstanding. I enjoyed seeing London but I do not think I would go back.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Tower of London was #1 with the crown jewels!"

Christopher

Boise, ID

Tour: 10/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour met my expectations. The tour guide, Roy was informative and entertaining.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was the tour of the Borough Market. Even though the tour did not stop at the market, the walk through was interesting. After walking through the market, Roy provided a short historical context of the market and the adjoining neighborhoods."

Jennifer

Nevada City, CA

Tour: 10/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very organized. I felt safe and was very happy with the accommodations. Our guide, Roy, was fabulous. It was a phenomenal trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We got to see the queen in London!!! Evensong at St. Paul's Climbing the spiral stairs at St. Paul's The Food tour of London!"

Rose

Leawood, KS

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very educational and thoroughly fulfilling

Favorite "WOW" moment

"windsor"

Mary

Pewaukee, WI

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a wonderful experience in London with Jeanie Carmichael. We were impressed by how much we saw and did in seven days. Jeanie was very positive and lots of fun. She was so knowledgeable about London and it's history. Rick Steve's tours are the best!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Tower of London and Windsor Castle were amazing!"

Ken

Leawood, KS

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 2nd Rick Steve's tour, so we new every day would full of information and amazing sites. What really set this apart was our tour guide Jeanie. She is a life long resident of Britain, with passions for history, the arts, people, great food and drinks. With our headsets, she would talk to us every step of the way from the hotel thru the Underground and every site we visited. You simply cannot get that insight from reading a tour book or a recording!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day in London! Ultimately we had no idea of the grand expanse and beauty of Windsor Castle. Plus Rick Steve's tour groups have reservations and all fees are handled by our Guide, so we can walk right in and enjoy site."

Robin

Dallas, TX

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was very convenient having The tour planned for us and having tickets arranged ahead of time to all the sites we would have wanted to see without having to wait in long lines to get in. The schedule was sufficiently busy with the right balance of free time to explore on our own. And Jeanie, our guide was fantastic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's difficult to nail down one "wow" moment, but the overall sense of history in London, from Westminster Abbey to Windsor and the Tower, and realizing you were walking where Kings and queens had lived and died. Incredible."

Kate

Troy, MI

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Visiting the UK has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl, and this experience was everything I hoped for and more. We were so fortunate to have Jeanie as a guide with her extensive knowledge, profound kindness, and delightful wit. One of the best things about London is that you can be in the middle of traffic and busy commuters, turn the corner, and all of a sudden, you're in a quiet churchyard or a serene park. It was my second Rick Steves tour--hopefully of many more to come!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed the entire week, but visiting Westminster Abbey was the highlight. To finally be in the presence of such incredible history and see so many eminent figures honored there was completely awe-inspiring. The beauty of Westminster Abbey struck me as well, especially the fan vaulted ceiling. I was flooded with so many emotions. On my own time, I also saw Hamilton as well as A Midsummer Night's Dream at Shakespeare's Globe. It was a dream come true to see such incredible theatre!"

Thomas

Kahului, HI

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tour of London saw many sights and enjoyed the "free time " during the week.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tower of London"

Marion

Kahului, HI

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's tour and my husband and I were not disappointed! The Best of London in 7 Days provided a comprehensive, wonderful London experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was Windsor Castle and attending the evening service in St George's Chapel sitting in ornately carved pews beneath the armor of knights while listening to the beautiful voices of the choir boys - magical. My husbands was visiting the Tower of London."

Julie

Racine, WI

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an fantastic tour start to finish! Jeanie was an amazing guide. She was cheerful, patient, enthusiastic, and incredibly knowledgeable about everything London. The sites were fantastic, the hotel was clean and conveniently located, and, overall, it was an incredible week.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Windsor Castle, Tower of London, and Westminster Abbey. The doubledecker bus tour, Globe Theater and East End tour were also great."

Joyce

Salem, OR

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second Rick Steves Tour (the other a 7 Days in Rome) Gillian was outstanding. She knows her history and has a great sense of humor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have an uneducated interest in architecture and I loved the day we walked around The City and saw all of those fabulous buildings, the Shard, Walkie Talkie and inside out building. I love the imagination and design of these and other buildings I saw."

Barbara

Cotati, CA

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Gillian did a great job as tour guide in London.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tower of London."

Cathy

Campbell, CA

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized and everything ran as scheduled. The choice of activities seemed very good at giving an introduction to the city of London given the short time we had there. Gillian was an excellent guide with informative history and stories about Britain. Status of strenuousness on the itinerary was correct. I was ready to relax/collapse by each day's end !!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the Westminster Abbey tour. The Abbey is an awesome vessel for eons of history and remains of historical figures. Walking through there I "felt" the spirits of history."

Catherine

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful week touring London. Gillian was gracious, efficient, and a marvelous, knowledgeable resource for a first time visitor to the UK. There was a perfect balance of group time and free time to explore on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many-but as a retired English teacher I loved the tour of The Globe and seeing the locales where Dickens, Shakespeare, Chaucer, et. al. lived and worked."

Lynn

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our fifth Rick Steves tour and first city tour. Loved being able to unpack for the week. The pace is brisk, but broken up with some afternoons and evenings to do as you wish. Great balance of history, culture, and sightseeing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tower of London and Windsor Castle stand out as favorites."

Lori

Peoria, AZ

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Seven days is just not enough time to fully experience everything London has to offer. However, this tour provides a good overview of some major sights. It will inspire you to learn more about British history and monarchy and to brush up on your Shakespeare. The visits to local pubs, restaurants, and markets are fun and interesting. Be prepared to walk and to navigate the Tube!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As always with Rick Steves tours, there are a lot of "wow" moments, especially if this is your first visit to London. However, the visit to Windsor Castle stands out. The interior and exterior of the castle is beautiful, including St. George's Chapel and the view of the English countryside. Even if you are not interested in royalty, the history there is quite impressive."

Clarice

Duluth, MN

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great seeing places and things I have read about for years. Gillian is a super tour guide, helpful, explaining, filling us in on amusing historical information (and she does a wicked impersonation of the Queen). Good selection of planned sights, plus saw a lot during our free time. I want to go back again to see more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many moments! Windsor Castle unbelievable. Liked the whole atmosphere of London."

Carol

Champaign, IL

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was as described but I was not prepared for the ACTUAL level of activity (amount, distance, pace). It was fast-paced and pretty exhausting! I was concerned about the hotel, as it did not get great reviews on-line. But, it was a nice place and centrally located for tube travel. Having Shepard's Market across the street was AMAZING, especially when the weather was bad or we were too tired to go too far from the hotel for dinner. The group was a good mix of singles vs couples.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I am not sure I had any "wow" moments but what I appreciated on a daily basis was how what Gillian told us would happen, actually DID happen. We visited all the sites as expected; got there the way were were told we would; felt prepared once there. The group was friendly. I did like the tour of the Globe and walk to Bourough Hall."

Richard

Buckeye, AZ

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very knowledgeable tour guide in Tom with great personal insight.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Riding the tube (underground) and East London and Churchill war room."

Melanie

Saginaw, MI

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Went beyond expectations

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We did a lot of extras (Buckingham Castle, Hamilton play, seeing Downton Abby movie, tea at Ritz that were all awesome) but I must say I was impressed we were able to enterTower of London early. Loved Windsor Castle Impressed we never wasted time in line."

Timothy

Oak Lawn, IL

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was out first trip to Europe. We had multiple concerns about everything from transportation to local customs, food and lodging. The people with Rick Steves set our minds at ease and had simple answers to all of our questions. Our experience could not have been more enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment had to be the stop off near Buckingham Palace when the queen's horse guard was slowly returning to their barracks and the marching guard was coming out to attend to the "changing of the guard". They crossed paths right in front of us. Our guide told us that was a rare moment."

Susan

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The London Tour book included in the tour kit was so helpful. I felt prepared to explore safely and comfortably during the two days I spent solo before meeting the group. This was my first Rick Steve's tour. In fact, this was my first time as a solo international traveler. The tour group members were very welcoming, which added to my enjoyment of the tour. I liked the amount and variety of activities scheduled each day, especially since I like walking a lot. I look forward to future RS tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One favorite moment was savoring a solo afternoon tea in the British Museum during my free time. Being under the dome of The Great Court on a sunny afternoon was so lovely. Another favorite moment was feeling empowered enough to walk from The Cburchill Museum through St. James Park, Green Park, and Hyde Park into Kensington Gardens to photograph the Peter Pan statue. Feeling inspired, I walked on to Paddington Rail Station to photograph the Paddington Bear statue then rode the Tube to the hotel."

Hideo

Campbell, CA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All in all, it was a very educational trip which I enjoyed in many ways - the historical sites (and the history), the local customs and the food. Even the weather, which was mostly sunny and warm,cooperated except for a brief downpour on my last day. Our guide, Tom, our guide, was excellent and all of us marveled at his mastery of the history of the sites we visited. His (droll? sly?) sense of humor was captivating and had us hanging on to every word he said.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The east end tour, where we got a close-up look at the neighborhood was great. The waves of immigration that took place over the years and the way the character of the area changed over time makes one want to learn more about London besides the popular tourist areas. The food was so much better than what I remember from my first trip to England thirty years ago. Yes, the English know how to use salt and pepper (and other spices)."

Lilace

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed the tour which exceeded my expectations for a guided tour. Daily activities were thoughtfully organized to acquaint us with different areas each day. We saw the major sites but didn't feel rushed enjoying them. It was helpful to have the admission process to various sites taken care of by our guide and seemed to save time as well. There was enough free time left in the day to explore each area on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the food tours and the exposure to food and vendor markets in different areas."

Dillon

Newport Beach, CA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We has the most delightful guide and fellow travelers. Well organized and delivered on the agenda as described! It was a nice balance of sight seeing and cultural experiences. Traveling throughout London on the public transportation system as a group was exciting and gave another authentic experience of modern London.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our guide gave us such good presentations that prepared us for our experiences. This made everything so much more meaningful and interesting. He seemed to always be available later to talk in more detail about particular points of interest."

Lester

Salado, TX

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Bravo!! Our second RS tour - first being Italy 18 day a few years back. What made this trip as with the previous - our Tour Guide was exceptional on so many levels!!! Tom set the tone, tempo, spirit and love for discovery of all things London! Agai , Bravo!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"London was a melting pot of the world cultures!!!!"

Karen

Blaine, WA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

If I had been feeling better I would have rated the tour as outstanding. But my hip and back decided otherwise. However, I made every day but one. Getting left at the tube station by myself when the train's doors shut leaving me with no money, ticket, or I.D. while my husband was stuck on the train was unnerving, However, several very kind citizens helped me find my way. By the way, this happened before the tour started.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Easily it was the Tina Turner Review and the second row seats. That would never happen in the states. On the tour, being given V.I.P. treatment at Windsor Palace because I was limping and using a cane."

Lawrence

Goldendale, WA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time. Two things stood out. One - public transportation was great. Two - the locals were very polite, friendly, and helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Even though it was not part of the tour, attending a musical and getting seats in the second row was fabulous. Of the itinerary on the tour, I think visiting the Shakespeare Theatre was a pleasant surprise."

Peggy

Long Beach, CA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed another great travel experience due to great weather in London, a witty guide, and a bunch of travel mates who embraced the RS philosophy of adventure & community building. It was our first city tour and it was more strenuous that we anticipated and we're in good shape. It kicked our butt...but we wanted to soaked up all we could, including The riotous Book of Mormon. Luckily we followed it with the Heart of France tour that included extended bus/rest rides!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are so many memorable experiences, but I was surprised that I enjoyed seeing the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London. I took the round trip viewing 3 times!"

Sharla

Salado, TX

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tom, the tour guide, was wonderful. Enjoyable personality, great knowledge of the area and an all around good guy. Everyone in the tour group was pleasant and easy to work with. We saw so many wonderful sites. I have to look at my pictures to remember it all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the bus ride around London. You were able to see so much on the city. All of the beautiful buildings and architecture. Help me to see not only how beautiful the city was but to orient myself as to where things were for future walking trips."

Kenneth

Orinda, CA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tom's tour of London was fabulous, exceeding all expectations! Tom was knowledgeable, entertaining, fun and patient. He knows his stuff and is a real people person, making us all feel welcome and the week enjoyable. We liked the mix of activities and the opportunities to do things on our own. The farewell dinner on the final night at About Thyme was really very good and we felt like we were parting with old friends. This was our first Rick Steves tour and we'll be back!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The trip to Windsor and the tour of the Castle were definite highlights. While we were there the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was rehearsing in the Chapel and that was real treat to sit and listen to amazing musicians practicing. The food tour of London was also very good."

Susan

Lincolnwood, IL

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour. Loved traveling on the trains & buses. There was a good balance of structured touring time and our independent time was quite ample.

Jill

Salem, OR

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful trip! Loved immersing ourselves in the city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That we were free to go anywhere. Once we learned the public transportation system we had the confidence to truly see London. This new found confidence is fueling us to take on Paris next!"

William

Springboro, OH

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent as expected, our fourth RS tour. Looking forward to the next ones..

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Jeannie showed us how to do our own "amazing race" transfer from Windsor to the Harry Potter studio tour... Tom the Train, tube, train, bus and we made it! What fun."

Marc

Pacific, WA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Food tour"

Gayla

Corona, CA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was great! I loved seeing all the different sites and experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Tower of London. The Crown jewels, raven and opening ceremony."

Richard

Indian Land, SC

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had always wanted to visit London and the tour far surpassed my expectations. My wife and I have already planned another trip next year to London. We plan on staying in London, then taking a cruise for 12 days around England, Ireland, and Scotland, and then another 3 days in London. Can't wait.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One evening we purchased tickets to a show. Along with the tickets included a dinner. We found the restaurant and sat down for dinner. An elderly couple sat next to us and for the next 90 minutes talked to us about being in London as children and experiencing the bombing of London in WWII. It was an experience that I will never forget as long as I live. Also the show we saw was COME FROM AWAY and it was unbelievable."

Bonnie

Indian Land, SC

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and were greatly impressed with the entire experience! Excellent attention to all details which made the trip easy and enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We attended a play on one of our evenings on our own. Feeling comfortable getting to the theater and back to our hotel( on our own!) and interacting with people along the way was fantastic! Plus theater in London is an incredible experience!"

Jeffrey

Waukesha, WI

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

London was awesome, fascinating and rich in history Our guide, Jeanie was super and made the tour and unforgettable experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are several, in 7 days and nights there's plenty to do and see The rich vibrant history of the Tower, the fantastic 360 degree view from the garden roof top, and St. Paul's cathedral"

Linda

Duluth, GA

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an absolutely wonderful tour! The hotel was within walking distance of the Underground and other sites of interest. Jeanie was an outstanding tour guide who was so knowledgeable and fun. She took us to the best places to eat and drink. We saw so many great historical places. I enjoyed myself so much that I would take it again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the changing of the Horse Guard was magnificent; the pageantry was breathtaking. Since it is not nearly as crowded as Buckingham Palace, it was far easier to get up close and feel the experience. Also we got to see the Tower Bridge open across the Thames, not an everyday occurrence."

Grant

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jeanne was a fantastic tour guide- knowledgeable, entertaining, witty, friendly and a pleasure to be with. Highest accolades to her, an absolute gem of a guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our fondest recollection will always be of how we were introduced to London through Jeanne, with thoughtfulness, intelligence and a love for all the sites and experiences she made available to us."

Charlotte

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and it did not disappoint. It was a perfect way to see London as I had come alone. I arrived in London 2 days prior to the tour and stayed at a hotel recommended in the 2019 London guide book. It was a good choice for me. Unfortunately, I would not return to the hotel that was selected for the tour. While the hotel location was perfect, the rest not so much. Jeanie was the perfect guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many "wow" moments during this tour. St.Pauls Cathedrals and The London Tower were full of "wow" moments for me. I learned so much history."

Sherry

Arlington, TX

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good guide and pace. Excellent hotel location with close by cafes and stores.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"British Museum which could have been longer or at least had the option of staying longer."

Geraldine

Henderson, NV

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful! I loved every place we visited - from Windsor Castle to the Tower of London as well as the Afternoon Tea experience to the Taste of London tour. Our tour guide, Jeanie Carmichael was so knowledgeable and extremely funny! She patiently educated us on how to use the tube, the bus and the above ground trains to get acquainted with London, even though we were all very apprehensive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was very hard to come up with just one "wow" moment for this tour! My favorite "wow" was ALL the interesting and funny stories that our fabulous tour guide, Jeanie Carmichael told us. She was full of information and humourous stories for all of the sights that we saw and all the experiences we had."

Teresita

Wailuku, HI

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Me n my husband did a back to back Paris and London tour. The Paris tour exceeded our expectations and we are hoping we will see as much in London . The tour guide is excellent and very knowledgeable but must be limited by the itenaries . It still a good tour, we just hoping they added more interesting places in the itenary. We appreciate how swiftly we are able to go inside and not falling in line , it's organized

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the Westminster abbey followed by an afternoon tea was a treat, the Windsor castle and the food tour that was good"

Wilson

Wailuku, HI

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

It's a good tour, can be better

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Westminster abbey , Windsor castle , afternoon tea , food tour"

Denise

Tulsa, OK

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Gillian was great. She was personable and knowledgeable. I enjoyed the pace and diversity of things we saw and did. The food choices were fantastic! We had a good group of folks - slightly older age group than I expected based upon our previous Rick Steve's tour but as it turns out, a very active and friendly group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The East End of London food tour - specifically, the very best curry I have ever had. Other wow moment was the huge contrast between the new architecture and old in London - especially the financial district buildings. Gillian did such a great job getting us to spots where we could take great pictures! Third wow - seeing the friezes from the Parthenon at the the British Museum. Amazing!"

Marilyn

Marana, AZ

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first time in London, extremely pleased with the experience. Our guide Gillian was wonderful sharing stories and history while seeing all the sites. This is a perfect trip for people who have never been to London before.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Theater in London, getting to see Hamilton, WOW! The day at Windsor Castle, another WOW!"

Zadra

Mancos, CO

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The London Tour in 7 days was amazing! We had a very knowledgeable tour guide in Gillian! She is just a fountain of knowledge. Gilliam is a Very patient, kind and generous person! I enjoyed each and every days experiences! I would highly recommend it to all my friends and family!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Westminister Abbey was such an amazing Church filled with soooo much history and beauty. It was impossible to absorb it all! There were actually "wow moments" daily! I loved it all!"

Rodney

Tulsa, OK

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour guide very knowledgeable of London and its history

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the Churchill war museum very fascinating"

William

Potomac, MD

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Gillian was great! Nice balance of history, art, and local communities. Very good hotel location in Mayfair near Buckingham Palace. Pay close attention to Rick Steve's warnings on thieves and pick pockets. There are plenty of artfull dodgers around. We came away feeling we had a solid knowledge base of London

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, and St Paul's!"

Colleen

St Petersburg, FL

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the London City tour. I really was able to see a good mix of what London has to offer. We combined the tour with our own Musical Tour. It worked out great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think seeing Windsor, Buckingham and finally the Crowned Jewels were at the Tower of London! The jewels were being cleaned last time I went. Loved the tour of East London and the City of London."

James

Loveland, OH

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A nice enjoyable tour with very friendly people, BUT, there was either a website mistake or we weren't given 1 of the dinners. We rec'd 2 dinners, 1 on first night and one on last night. Website info under "What is included" said we would receive half our dinners, which would be 3 dinners. I emailed about this earlier; waiting for final reply from you. Someone should correct/clarify website about the London tour dinners.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Difficult to pick one....... maybe the view from the top of Tate Modern. Westminster Abbey, train ride to Windsor Castle, Churchill war rooms."

Ben

Westminster, CO

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Well done since we were touring a city of close to 9 million people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Shakespeare's Globe Theater."

Lynne

Boca Raton, FL

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was beyond my expectations. Our tour guide, Jamie, was wonderful! Not only was he very knowledgeable about London, he made our trip fun and interesting. I definitely plan on going on another Rick Steve's tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments on the tour. While I loved seeing all of the sights and museums, I have to say our "food tour" was really special and a unique way of experiencing London."

Valerie

Westminster, CO

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our group of London adventurers, with our fearless leader, Jamie, found our Green Park Mayfair location ideal. We made excellent use of the Underground and many sights afforded lovely walks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This was my third visit to Westminster Abbey, but the tour guide, Christine made it the best. Her story telling brought the history to life."

Lori

Wauseon, OH

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my fourth Rick Steves tour but my first city tour. It was definitely a quicker pace than the other tours I experienced. I loved feeling like I didn't miss any sites because we maximized every minute of every day. There was enough time on our own that if you wanted a rest you could.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the walking tour of the East End and the Churchill War Rooms. The history behind the war rooms and their discovery was a real "wow" moment for me. Of course seeing the writing on the walls in the Tower was also a "wow" moment. Unimaginable that they have survived for so many years."

Karen

Dedham, MA

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I toured many historic sites, learned an amazing amount of British history and enjoyed the camaraderie among the tour group. There was just enough free time each day to allow for individual exploring such as gardens in local parks or the theater. Our tour guide, Jamie, knew a massive amount of Information. He was successful in getting us all to places on time either by walking, the Tube, bus and the train. Very impressive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! Walking right next to Queen Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots tombs was very moving. I'll never forget seeing the Tower of London gates that Anne Boleyn traveled through, the writing on the walls there and, of course, the Crown Jewels. Visiting Windsor Castle and St George's Chapel was amazing. I also took a day on my own to tour Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace to learn more about Queen Victoria. They were beautiful."

Doug

Boca Raton, FL

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first guided tour and it could not have been better. We saw things we would never have seen or even known about had we been on our own. Jamie our guide knows his stuff. Very knowledgible and professional. He had everything organized and on schedule. The hotel was very nice and in a great location. Others who guided us on the walking food tour and at the Shakespeare Globe theater were also excellent. The audio system used on the tour was excellent

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The unexpected variety of architecture."

Carl

Thomasville, NC

Tour: 08/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful- Jillian especially was an outstanding tour guide. Despite having done this tour many times, Jillian still had the enthusiasm of first time tour guide. She was fun to be with and extremely knowledgeable. The fellow travelers were also a joy to get to know . We liked the balance of the time together as a group and the time alone to explore as we wished. Our least favorite spot was the Globe theater, just because Shakespeare theater is not our thing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We especially enjoyed the Tower of London and the beefeater!"

Candice

Mukilteo, WA

Tour: 08/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

hotel: not that great, but adequate

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gillian's running commentary regarding the history of each place we visited"

Wes

Colorado Spgs, CO

Tour: 08/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a good tour group and we enjoyed meeting everyone. Gillian was an excellent guide and made it enjoyable. We felt like we saw a lot in the time we were there and also enjoyed our free time to do some additional activities. I thought the bus tour at the beginning was a little long but I'm not a big fan of bus tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Nothing in particular stands out. I didn't really have a wow moment."

Sara

Kenmore, WA

Tour: 07/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

this tour was exactly how I had hoped it would be...Tom delivered the information so well that when I wanted to yawn after 5 hours of touring I didn't because I was so engaged in what he had to say

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everyday I was saying WOW on what I was learning and seeing...Tom delivery was so entertaining so I'd have to say TOM!"

Linda

Middleburg Hts, OH

Tour: 07/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the variety of experiences and sites. Our tour group was congenial and fun. Our tour guide Tom was knowledgeable and funny. The hotel was centrally located and the daily breakfast was wonderful. The tube was nearby and very easy to navigate. I like having some free time to do a few things that were not part of the tour such as seeing shows in the evening. I feel like I saw the most important things in London, but I am ready to return to do some things we did not have time for.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The crown jewels were amazing. The size of Windsor Castle surprised me. The whole tube setup was excellent. You can go anywhere in the city very easily and the trains run all the time. The attendants were very helpful."

Patrick

Charlotte, NC

Tour: 07/28/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Very pleasant, well-paced tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Close-up viewing of the both the Foot Guards and Horse Guards marching at the Mall near Buckingham Palace."

John

Littleton, CO

Tour: 07/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The London trip was not my first choice nor my second or third, but it was one of my favorite trips that I have ever been on. The way that Rick Steves tours are designed take all of the guesswork out and enable us to see more than we could possibly do on our own. I was out voted by the rest of my family on our 2019 vacation choice and I'm glad I was. In my mind London was just a big city with just a few things to do. Boy was I mistaken London is a fantastic city with a huge amount of history

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My personal favorite was not actually on the tour although there were a lot of wow moments on tour. My favorite was a little pub that our tour guide Tom suggested we go to. We told him we wanted to go to an authentic British pub and that's exactly what we God it was so much fun, the bar staff and the people were fantastic. There's no way we would've known about this little out-of-the-way Jem Without somebody like Tom. He was a fantastic guide and he is an awesome human being"

Frank

University Heights, OH

Tour: 07/28/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I thought that the tour was very good to excellent. My only issue was with the Windsor Castle portion of tour. Otherwise, I was very happy to have been on this tour with Tom as our guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several. The wow was based on the sum of the parts. Using the subway daily with a large group of people who were always on time and never getting lost was incredible, in my opinion. Tom knew how to keep everyone together and he also had a wealth of knowledge about London and England in general."

Jerry

Edmonton, AB

Tour: 07/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe, and the experience way exceeded my expectations. It felt comprehensive in that we experienced a lot of history, locations, culture and local color in a fairly short time. We also did some things that felt off the beaten path that added to the local flavor both figuratively and literally: Visiting the local markets, sampling local food. The tour was quite well organized, and from my perspective, went off without a hitch!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to single out one, but I remember a moment in the plaza outside Westminster Abbey, looking up at that magnificent facade and thinking, I'm really here; I did this! I loved the abbey and St. Paul's, and how it survived the blitz. The Churchill War Rooms were something I've wanted to see for years and they were excellent. Heading to Heathrow by train after the tour, I felt that I really had been given the tools to visit London again and explore on my own!"

Julie

Littleton, CO

Tour: 07/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

great guide, great fun, great tour

Favorite "WOW" moment

"all of them"

Maria

El Paso, TX

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed having Jaime as our knowledgeable guide. The traveling group was perfect and we made new friends. However, the reason I didn't rate my experience as outstanding is because there wasn't time when we visited "shopping" areas in the morning, while the shops were still closed, to stay a little after and actually shop. (This was food tour day) We seemed to be whisked off to another location rather quickly. Understandably, this was to keep the schedule but I feel that day should be revised.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Globe Theater. ??"

Regina

Houston, TX

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good hotel and location. Concierge good, but could have been some what more helpful in providing info, e.g., that taxis were not available before theater times, and what alternative travel might be more helpful. All good travelers in our group. Metro worked very well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Churchill rooms and the Globe theater. Would have loved to see aShakespeare performance. The British, but would have liked much more time here and some guided tour opportunities - less at churches."

Rashi

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first you with RS group. I enjoyed the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"First day - Neighborhood walk , vintage double-decker tour and dinner!"

Ethan

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was mainly along for the ride and always found myself very interested in what we were doing as a group each day. The tour was very immersive and really gave us a chance to participate and enjoy the culture. Overall I loved every aspect of the tour. It was very chill most of the time even when were in a group traveling through the city it felt pretty relaxed but organized. I averaged about 10 miles walking per day, and half of that was with the group the other half was on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Honestly I didn't have a particular wow moment. I just thought the whole experience was really immersive and in depth. So the wow moment would be at the end of the tour when we realized how much we had actually accomplished in one week. Lots of amazing sights and stimuli for all of the senses."

Tim

Apple Valley, MN

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Love, Love, Loved Jeanie!Although our tour group had 12 people that frequently traveled together, Jeanie did her best to make this an inclusive trip for all. Additionally, our son was the youngest of the trip (12) and Jeanie treated him with great respect - not talking over him, or dumbing down the content. She gave us information in a very authentic manner, and we are sincerely greatful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Westminster Abby was the first wow, but certainly not the only. Our week in London was unseasonably wet, but Jeanie indicated we pushed through with "a true British spirit." We really felt special in that Jeanine was able to share some of her personal preferences and experiences with us - incuding a particular roof top. Very Wow!"

Linn

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The hotel was nice. However, my bed the first night had a sprung mattress. The hotel put me in a different room, not as new and nice, but at least comfortable. It seemed we missed going to the Tower of London. That was disappointing. I did enjoy the trip, though very much and thought the guide was great and the restaurants we were taken to, and we saw a number of different areas of the city. I would definitely take Rick Steves again.

When To Go & Weather

Any time between April and December is a good time to visit London. However, the months of April, May, September, and October are best for combining the convenience of peak season with generally good weather and lighter crowds. Summer has its advantages, with long days and the best weather (though never guaranteed). November and December offer fewer crowds and the festive fun of the holiday season.

England/London

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

In case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations, the contact information for the tour's hotel is included in your tour confirmation email as well as in the Itinerary section of your tour account. One month prior to the tour departure, you'll find the directions to your tour hotel in the Documents section of your tour account.

Flights

Our tours don't include airfare, so your flight arrangements and transfers are completely up to you.

Most tour members arrange to fly in and out of London's Heathrow (LHR) or Gatwick (LGW) airports.

We suggest arriving a day or two before your tour begins to allow ample time to get over jet lag and be well-rested for the first few days of your tour. For more information about transportation options for getting to and from your tour, see your Rick Steves London guidebook.