The Palace of Westminster

The Palace of Westminster is the political heart of the United Kingdom and the meeting place for the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

TravelCurious Tip

As one of London’s most popular attractions, it is worth arriving at the palace early to beat the crowds.

More commonly known as the Houses of Parliament, the Palace of Westminster is one of London’s most recognisable and visited attractions. Marked by Big Ben at its northern edge, and sitting across the water from the London Eye, the palace sits at the epicentre of London’s sightseeing scene, but also has a more profound importance for the nation as a whole, and is often referred to as “the heart of British politics”.


Medieval Beginnings

The Palace of Westminster has been the seat of the English government since the middle of the 11th century. When the two-house parliament was created in 1265, it was at first only the House of Lords which sat in the palace, and it was not until 1547 that the House of Commons moved here permanently, thus cementing the palace’s importance to the national government.


Out of the Ashes

A devastating 1834 fire destroyed most of the palace, and Sir Charles Barry was commissioned to draw up its replacement. The new structure took almost thirty years to complete, but Barry’s neo-Gothic design was widely admired, with his new clock tower, now known as Big Ben, being a particular favourite. The sharply-fluted formal structure particularly impressed Claude Monet, who painted a series of canvases of the palace in different lighting conditions.

If you’re interested in the Palace’s interior, there are several intriguing areas inside which are open to the public. Besides the debating chambers of the Lords and the Commons, you can explore the wonderfully historic Westminster Hall, one of the few parts of the palace to survive the fire, which has a stunning vaulted ceiling.


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Thames River Boat
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Thames River
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Winston Churchill Statue
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Westminster Tube Station
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Tower of London & the Heart of Westminster: Private Half-Day Tour
Explore the home of the British Monarchy in the heart of the city and discover some of Royal London’s most popular landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Westminster, and Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben), including a visit to the Tower of London and seeing the exquisite Crown Jewels. 

On your private half-day tour, you will:

  • Meet your professional Blue Badge tour guide to start your journey at the Tower of London, a 900-year-old historic castle and fortress;
  • Marvel at the magnificent Crown Jewels, some of the most important symbols of the Monarchy still used today by the Royal Family;
  • See stunning views of London’s most popular landmarks from the water including Tower BridgeSt. Paul’s Cathedral and the London Eye;
  • Enjoy a walking tour that will take you to Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Parliament and Big Ben;
  • End your tour in Trafalgar Square, where your guide will recommend other must-see sites you don't want to miss.

Your tour will begin at the Tower of London where you will explore this 900-year-old castle and learn about the kings and queens who lived and died in the Tower and its role as a fortress, prison, zoo, and observatory. 

Before entering the Jewel House to see the famous Crown Jewels collection, your guide will tell you all about their religious and cultural significance and the many attempts to steal these beautiful diamonds! Important: Your guide will be accompanying you through the visit but is not allowed to give live commentary while inside the collection.
 
After visiting the Tower of London, you will commute like a true Londoner to Westminster where you will see some of the most popular sights from the water along the way, including Tower Bridge and the London Eye.

Once in Westminster, you will see the Houses of Parliament - the home of the British government, and the magnificent Elizabeth Tower known as "Big Ben". A short walk on, you will come to the exterior of the beautiful Westminster Abbey, where every English king and queen for the last 1000 years has received their coronation, and where Prince William and Kate Middleton were married. 

Walk along the Mall and learn curious facts about British kings and queens, who turned the British Empire into the most dominant power on Earth. 

Your tour finishes in Trafalgar Square, where your guide will show you the best places to spend the rest of your time exploring, dining, and shopping.
London in a Day: Private Walking Tour including the London Eye
This full-day tour is the perfect way to see London's most iconic attractions in a day, making the most of your time in the English capital by the hand of a professional tour guide who will share local stories and the history of the city.

On your full-day walking tour, you will: 

  • Spend a day in London with a Blue Badge tour guide who will share the history behind the most popular landmarks and hidden gems;
  • Get access to the Tower of London, and Westminster Abbey and take a ride in the London Eye;
  • Visit the Tower of London and see the impressive Crown Jewels, while learning about the Line of Kings and the Royal Family;
  • Stop for lunch at one of the many options near the Tower of London (Lunch not included);
  • Hop aboard a Thames River bus to see some of the best sites from the water, including St Paul’s Cathedral, the Globe Theatre, and Tower Bridge;
  • Explore one of the world’s most famous Gothic cathedrals, Westminster Abbey, and see the place where royal coronations take place;
  • Enjoy a walking tour of the city of Westminster, where you’ll see St James’s PalaceBuckingham Palace, the Horse Guards, the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben;
  • Conclude your tour at the London Eye, where your guide will give you Fast-track tickets to see the city of London from above.

Meet your guide at the Tower of London and explore one of the oldest buildings in the city where some of the greatest events in English history occurred. You will have the opportunity to admire the unmissable and stunning Crown Jewels which are kept here behind extensive security in the aptly-named Jewel House.

On leaving the Tower, enjoy a lunch break before travelling to Westminster by River Bus for a guided visit to Westminster Abbey, London’s royal church, the site of 39 coronations and the venue for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. You will learn about the Coronation ceremony and enjoy the beauty of this 800-year-old treasure. 

Your full-day tour will continue with a walking tour past some of London’s most famous buildings including St James’s Palace, Buckingham Palace, Horse Guards, the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben. 

After a day in London filled with history, culture and visits to the most iconic landmarks, it's time for a relaxing ride on the London Eye, one of the world's biggest Ferris Wheels for spectacular views across London that you will enjoy with your group.


Please Note: timing of the itinerary, including lunch and Westminster Abbey, are subject to change.
Royal London: Private Half-Day Tour with Horse Guards Parade
Explore London’s most popular sites on this Royal London half-day tour, including spectacular parks and royal sites in Westminster.

On your private tour, you will:

  • Experience the Changing of the Guard, one of the most popular attractions in the city;
  • Discover Whitehall and 10 Downing Street, the UK Prime Minister's office;
  • Walk by the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, an iconic symbol of London;
  • Hear fascinating British history and London's incredible past;
  • Walk around the Mall, St. James's Palace, and Horse Guards Parade;
  • Explore St James's Park, the oldest Royal Park created for sport-loving Henry VIII and a once-famous duelling venue;
  • See Buckingham Palace from the outside as you learn more about Royal History;
  • Finish your tour at Trafalgar Square, home to the iconic Nelson's Column, the National Gallery, and the National Portrait Gallery.

Please note: that the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace happens on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, but can be subject to change and weather conditions. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays you will see the changing of the Horseguards at Horse Guards Parade on Whitehall.
You can check the schedule here: https://changing-guard.com/dates-buckingham-palace.html

On your tour, your guide will reveal the secrets of the power and politics of Westminster, while seeing some of the most popular landmarks. Learn all about the Houses of Parliament, the supreme legislative body of the United Kingdom, and be inspired by its mighty history. 

Amble through the fabulous gardens and sights of St James's Park and have the opportunity to see the Changing of the Guard in front of magnificent Buckingham Palace, the official London residence of the UK’s sovereigns since 1837. 

This ceremony, seen by millions every year, is a must-see attraction in London. It takes place every other day between Buckingham Palace, St James's Palace and Wellington Barracks, and is the perfect reminder of the tight relationship between the armed forces and HM the Queen.

Walk along the Mall and learn curious facts about British kings and queens, who turned the British Empire into the most dominant power on Earth. 

Your tour finishes with a walk through Trafalgar Square, where your guide will show you the best places to grab a bite to eat in the area or direct you to some of the world's most famous artwork, located only metres away in the National Gallery. 
Family-Friendly Royal London: Private Half-Day Tour & London Eye
Discover the most popular sites in Royal London on this family-friendly half-day tour, where you will see London’s unmissable attractions, parks, and finest Royal sites with an expert tour guide while keeping your family entertained. 

On this family-friendly private tour, you will:

  • Explore London with a tour guide handpicked for leading family-friendly tours;
  • Pass by the Statue Of The Duke Of Wellington and walk under the famous Wellington Arch;
  • Admire the grandiosity of Buckingham Palace from the outside and discover the Victoria Memorial;
  • Visit St. James's Park and see the Pelicans donated to King Charles II by a Russian ambassador during a visit in 1664;
  • Walk past Whitehall and 10 Downing St, UK's Prime Minister's office;
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Westminster, where you’ll see Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and Westminster Abbey;
  • Finish your time enjoying panoramic views of the city from the London Eye, a family favourite!
This tour is ideal for those families who would like a taste of London in half a day and want to see London’s unmissable attractions and finest Royal sites in an exciting four hours. 

Whether your family is interested in history, nature, experiencing iconic British traditions or marvelling at beautiful Royal Palaces and Parks, this tour has something for everyone.

Get a peppering of tales, fun facts and stories about London, British Culture and tradition. Hear of the Secret tunnels which lie beneath Buckingham Palace, and the many attempts to steal the Crown Jewels. And the infamous 14-year-old cat burglar caught stealing the late Queen Victoria’s underwear. See London’s famous palace guards, the household cavalry mounted on their famous black horses, and maybe even members of the royal family, if you are lucky!

On this half-day tour, you will also avoid the rush and busyness of a group tour, and enjoy a more intimate, flexible experience. Your tour ends with an adventurous ride on the London Eye. 

Your personal guide will help you quickly navigate London and ensure you have the smoothest, most enjoyable day possible creating great memories with your family. 
The Best of Westminster: Private Walking Tour with Westminster Abbey
Discover the best of Westminster, and see some of London's unmissable attractions in a half-day tour including spectacular parks and royal sites with a Blue Badge tour guide. 

On your private tour, you will:

  • See Whitehall and 10 Downing Street, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben;
  • Enjoy a privately guided tour of Westminster Abbey, where 38 coronations have taken place;
  • Learn about fascinating English historyBritish tradition and London's incredible past—from the plague and the great fire of London to the Blitz;
  • Hear stories as you visit the outside of Buckingham Palace, via the beautiful St James's Park and Trafalgar Square.
Reveal the secrets of power and politics on your exciting tour of Westminster, seeing some of the most recognisable landmarks. Learn all about the Houses of Parliament, the supreme legislative body of the United Kingdom, and be inspired by its mighty history. 

Then, gain insight into the centuries-old Westminster Abbey (with entrance tickets included), the setting for every coronation since 1066, many royal weddings and the final resting place of 17 monarchs

Amble through the fabulous gardens and sights of St James's Park and admire the magnificent Buckingham Palace, the official London residence of the UK’s sovereigns since 1837. Walk along the Mall and learn curious facts about British kings and queens, who turned the British Empire into the most dominant power on Earth. 

Your tour finishes with a walk through Trafalgar Square, onto Covent Garden, where your guide will show you the best places to spend the rest of your time dining and shopping. 
The Heart of London: Classic Westminster Private 2-Hour Tour
Westminster is one of the most historic and well-known areas located in the heart of London. It has been home to many kings and queens, including Henry VIII and Elizabeth I and on this 2-hour private tour, you will have the chance to explore Westminster in all its glory.

On your private tour, you will:

  • Walk past Westminster Abbey, where every British monarch since William the Conqueror has been crowned;
  • See Whitehall and 10 Downing Street, where the prime minister lives and works;
  • Pass by the Houses of Parliament also known as the Palace of Westminster and the supreme legislative body of the United Kingdom so that you can see Big Ben up close;
  • See Buckingham Palace, home to the British monarchy since 1837 and hear about British kings and queens who turned the British Empire into one of the most dominant powers in history;
  • Take a stroll via the beautiful St James's Park, the oldest Royal Park at the heart of ceremonial London, and see St James's Palace;
  • Explore Trafalgar Square, where Nelson’s Column can be found in honour of Admiral Nelson, after his victory in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.
  • End your tour at Covent Garden, a shopping and dining hub in London's West End.

If you want to discover the heart of London, come with us on this private tour!

This 2-hour trip will take you through some of the most famous and beautiful locations in Westminster, including Whitehall and 10 Downing Street, where all the British government happens. We'll also take you to the Houses of Parliament, the supreme legislative body of Great Britain, Somerset House and Big Ben for the perfect photo opportunity!

You'll hear stories about fascinating English history, British tradition and London's incredible past—from the plague and great fire of London to the Blitz, and the secrets of power and politics on our exciting tour of Westminster while you visit some of the most recognisable landmarks in London. 

You will also take a stroll down St James's Park through its fabulous gardens and sights before heading over to Buckingham Palace.

Your tour will end with a walk through Trafalgar Square to see Nelson's column onto Covent Garden, where your guide will show you the best places to spend your time dining and shopping!
Build Your Own 9-hour Private London Tour in a Black Cab
At Black Cab Heritage Tours, we have a wide range of private tours and day trips from London, but our priority is to make sure you have a memorable experience, and that every detail of your tour is taken care of.

This “Build Your Own Tour” will allow you to work with one of our staff members to create the perfect customised tour according to your requests.

These tours have been designed to be delivered within the city of London. If you want to do a day trip out of town or to a different area, please reach out directly so we can reconfirm the duration and the itinerary for the day.
We look forward to welcoming you to London soon!

Please note
  • No entrance fees are included
  • Guides are not allowed to guide inside certain venues
  • Hotel Pick-Up & Drop-Off  is only included from Central London
Discover Westminster in an Iconic London Taxi: Private 2-hour Tour
Explore the hub of British politics, power, and royalty on this two-hour private driving tour of Westminster and Central London in an iconic London Black Cab. With your expert private driver-guide, you will pass by all of Westminster’s historic landmarks, including the Houses of Parliament, Downing Street, and Westminster Abbey.

On your private tour, you will:

  • See iconic sights including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, and the Palace of Westminster;
  • Marvel at the architectural wonders of St James' Palace, Westminster Cathedral, St Margaret's Church, and Westminster School;
  • Visit famous and lesser-known places including Downing Street, Central Methodist Hall, Banqueting House, Horse Guards, and the National Gallery;
  • Hear stories and scandals about Trafalgar Square, Nelson's Column, Marble Arch, Wellington Memorial, Lambeth Palace, the London Eye, and the River Thames;
  • End your tour with a drop-off at any preferred Central London location.

Discover the real history of power, politics, and monarchy in London on this express two-hour private tour of iconic London landmarks with an expert Cabbie who not only knows London like the back of their hand but is also a historian... with many royal and historic secrets to share with you!  

Whether you are interested in the British monarchy's royal palaces or the historic UK Parliament based at Westminster for over 1000 years, your expert guide is more than happy to spill all the gossip, alongside the history of any topic which may interest you. 

Learn about the ancient coronation rituals that have been taking place at Westminster Abbey since William the Conqueror on Christmas Day 1066 up to the late Queen Elizabeth II in 1952 and King Charles III. Admire the awe-inspiring Gothic architecture of the Abbey that has stood the test of time for over 1000 years. 

Your guide is ready to discuss anything you throw their way - including filming locations for Harry Potter, James Bond, and Downton Abbey, among many others. In short, for any curiosity, you may have about London today and British history as a whole, you're in great hands! 
The Heart of Royal London: Private Tour with Afternoon Tea
Situated just across Green Park from Buckingham Palace and other royal residences like St James’s Palace and Clarence House, the Sheraton Grand is perfectly positioned to enjoy the many stunning sites of London. The hotel has long enjoyed links with Royal London, and it is even rumoured that the late Queen Elizabeth II had dancing lessons in the Tudor Rose  room when she was still Princess Elizabeth. 

On your private tour, you will:

  • Set out along Piccadilly - famous for its gentlemen's clubs like Whites, iconic shops like Fortnum and Masons, and exclusive hotels including the Ritz; 
  • Walk across pretty Green Park passing famous royal residences like Clarence House and Buckingham Palace, picking up tidbits of royal gossip along the way; 
  • Stop outside St James’s Palace to watch the Changing of the Guard assemble and follow the guards as they play a medley of tunes and march down the Mall towards the majestic Buckingham Palace; 
  • Enjoy this famous spectacle (on days it is running) before walking up through St James’s Park and Birdcage Walk;
  • Admire the mounted Household Cavalry at Horseguards Parade on their black stallions; (Only on morning tours)
  • Walk around Parliament Square to see the magnificent Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben;
  • Learn about the coronations of the Kings and Queens since 1066; 
  • Hear about Guy Fawkes and the infamous Gunpowder Plot;
  • Learn about the House of Commons and House of Lords - and Charles Barry the architect (who also designed Downton Abbey - or Highclere Castle!); 
  • Stroll up Whitehall - the nerve centre of British politics, passing by the Cenotaph, the State Departments, and the Prime Minister’s residence at 10 Downing Street;
  • End your tour at the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane with a delicious Palm Court Afternoon Tea including sandwiches, freshly baked scones and delicate pastries hand-crafted by the talented pastry team.

Please note: that the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace happens on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays from August to May, but can be subject to change and weather conditions. On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays you will see the changing of the Horseguards at Horse Guards Parade on Whitehall. During June and July, the Changing of the Guard occurs daily.

The Sheraton Grand enjoys an unparalleled position in the heart of London, on Piccadilly just across from Green Park and Buckingham Palace. Our prestigious hotel is famous for its magnificent Portland stone façade and its Art Deco style - it's classified as a Grade II listed building.

Walking into the hotel feels like stepping into an episode of Poirot! Indeed the hotel has been used for several films and TV series including The End of the Affair starring Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore, and the Golden Compass starring Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman.  Learn more about the exquisite Ballroom, the Tudor Rose Room - where a young Princess Elizabeth had dancing lessons, and the Palm Court - the beating heart of the hotel (and a wonderful place to enjoy our award-winning Afternoon Tea) after finishing  your tour of royal London. 

You'll first walk across Green Park which connects the hotel to Buckingham Palace and the Mall. You’ll see many royal residences, as well as statues of former monarchs as you walk to the back of St James’s Palace to see the Changing of the Guard assemble. 

The Guardsmen are famous for their red jackets and giant black bearskin hats. You’ll have the chance to see them and follow them as they march along the Mall, accompanied by the military band playing a mixture of regimental and modern tunes, then watch the historic guard change at Buckingham Palace forecourt.  

Next, you'll stroll through Birdcage Walk and St James’s Park to Parliament Square - the heart of royal and political London. 

With your expert guide, you’ll learn all about the history of British politics and royalty in front of Westminster Abbey and the two houses that make up the Palace of Westminster, the House of Commons and the House of Lords. You’ll hear many stories from history - like Guy Fawkes and the infamous Gunpowder Plot, Oliver Cromwell and the Civil War, and the coronations of every monarch in the Abbey since William the Conqueror on Christmas Day, 1066. It is also where many royal weddings have happened, including the Queen Mother and George VI, and William and Kate - the new Prince and Princess of Wales

Stroll along Whitehall - the political centre of the UK, learning about the subterranean Churchill Bunker and war rooms. You'll pass the Cenotaph and other war memorials, and Downing Street - home to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and Prime Minister. (You might meet Larry the Cat - who has outlasted the last five prime ministers!)

At Horseguards Parade, you will see the smartly dressed soldiers of the Household Cavalry, with their famously shiny black boots and plumed helmets, sitting on King's Guard on their impressive black stallions. 

After the tour, you will be invited to experience a traditional British afternoon tea in the Palm Court! The Palm Court is just one of the original features of the hotel from when it was completed in 1927, with beautiful Art Deco interiors. 

The afternoon tea includes a selection of delicious pastries, sandwiches and freshly baked plain and golden raisin scones served with a homemade selection of seasonal preserves and clotted cream. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the heart of Mayfair!
Build Your Own 7-hour Private London Tour in a Black Cab
At Black Cab Heritage Tours, we have a wide range of private tours and day trips from London, but our priority is to make sure you have a memorable experience, and that every detail of your tour is taken care of.

This “Build Your Own Tour” will allow you to work with one of our staff members to create the perfect customised tour according to your requests.

These tours have been designed to be delivered within the city of London. If you want to do a day trip out of town or to a different area, please reach out directly so we can reconfirm the duration and the itinerary for the day.
We look forward to welcoming you to London soon!

Please note
  • No entrance fees are included
  • Guides are not allowed to guide inside certain venues
  • Hotel Pick-Up & Drop-Off  is only included from Central London
Build Your Own 8-hour Private Tour in a London Taxi
At Black Cab Heritage Tours, we have a wide range of private tours and day trips from London, but our priority is to make sure you have a memorable experience, and that every detail of your tour is taken care of.

This “Build Your Own Tour” will allow you to work with one of our staff members to create the perfect customised tour according to your requests.

These tours have been designed to be delivered within the city of London. If you want to do a day trip out of town or to a different area, please reach out directly so we can reconfirm the duration and the itinerary for the day.
We look forward to welcoming you to London soon!

Please note
  • No entrance fees are included
  • Guides are not allowed to guide inside certain venues
  • Hotel Pick-Up & Drop-Off  is only included from Central London
Downton Abbey Filming Locations in London: Private Half-Day Tour
Explore the city of London like a lord or a lady and follow the footsteps of your favourite characters on this Downton Abbey Filming Locations half-day tour.

Even though Yorkshire and Highclere Castle are the main Downton Abbey filming sites for the earlier episodes, central London started to hog the limelight as the show clocked its later innings, and on this tour, you will flashback to the popular scenes set in the city’s iconic landmarks.

Play guessing games to jog your memory as you see: 

  • Buckingham Palace, while not a regular setting, references are made throughout the series due to its importance as the residence of the British monarch;
  • Lancaster House, a neo-classical mansion used for filming historical dramas due to its opulent interiors;
  • Bridgewater House, a privately owned home symbol the exclusivity and wealth of its owner, reflecting the lifestyle of the elite during that era;
  • Belgrave Square, an affluent area in London;
  • Criterion Restaurant, the historic restaurant in Piccadilly Circus;
  • The Ritz London Hotel, built in 1906, 
  • Hyde Park and the Albert Memorial, one of London's largest parks served as a backdrop for strolls and social events;
  • Astor House
  • St. Pancras Station, is used in many scenes boarding trains or meeting others in London;
  • and these are just for starters. How many could you spot?

Be bowled over by a few secret filming locations, including Lord Grantham’s London stately home shared by your Professional Private Driver Guide who happens to be a Downton Abbey fanatic as well.

Brace for non-stop peppy conversation, not crisp commentary.

Ghastly Ghosts of Haunted London: Private Black Cab Tour
London is one of the most haunted capital cities in the world and on this Ghastly Ghost Tour, you will get your nerves tingling on a goosebumpy ride with our ‘gruesome’ guide. 

On this spooky tour, you will:

  • Shiver and shake along the hair-raising trail to hidden corners of our secret city;
  • Feel the adrenaline rush as we terrorise you with nightmarish stories and creepy characters;
  • Stumble upon headless queens and carriage drivers in dingy dark alleyways;
  • Bump into phantom highwaymen and grave robbers in cobblestone streets; 
  • Run into ghostly apparitions in traditional pubs, theatres, churches, dungeons and prisons;
  • Face your fears now in the most haunted house in London or scream your lungs out.. because there’s nowhere to hide.

Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Macabre of the Murdered Actor, Fred the Poltergeist, Casper the Cat or Scratching Fanny? Out with it. Which happy, sad, mad or bad ghosts made your heart slip, or skip a beat?
"Darkest Hour" Filming Locations in London: Private Half-Day Tour
"Darkest Hour" is a 2017 British war drama film with Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in the early days of World War II when he became the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom leading the country through "its darkest hour". The movie received 6 nominations for Academy Awards and an Oscar for Best Leading Actor, and on this tour, your driver-guide will take you to movie spots that will repeat the experience offscreen. 

On this half-day tour,  you will:

  • Travel back to 1940 in one of our traditional London Black Cab time machines, which doubled up as fire engines in WWII, when the wartime leader was under pressure to make peace with Hitler as his armies advanced across Europe;
  • Storm through the violence of ‘The Blitz’ with your private guide;
  • Feel the jitters as you visualise Nazi Germany threatening Western Europe and Great Britain’s very existence; 
  • See the Houses of Parliament, an iconic building where Churchill gave his famous speeches;
  • Discover Buckingham Palace, the residence of the British monarch is also featured in the film;
  • Pass by St. Paul's Cathedral, which plays a significant role in the film, as it was where Churchill attended a service to rally the British people during the war;
  • End your tour at the Cabinet War Rooms, the Imperial War Museum or Warship HMS Belfast. (Tickets not included)

Step into an iconic London black cab and immerse yourself in the history of the capital with a half-day tour of "Darkest Hour" filming locations. With an expert driver-guide at the wheel, you will visit some of the most iconic sites of the movie, from the Houses of Parliament to the Cabinet War Rooms. 

Pass by the places where Churchill stood and spoke to the people of Britain during the country's darkest hour and get a feel for the resilience and determination that helped shape the course of history. 

With a knowledgeable guide to provide historical context and entertaining anecdotes, this tour is a must-do for history buffs and movie lovers alike. 

Sit back and relax as you travel back in time in one of London's most iconic vehicles, taking in the sights and sounds of the city that Churchill called home during this pivotal moment in history.

Enjoy a Few Hours in London: Private Heathrow Airport Layover Tour
If you are in transit at Heathrow only for a few hours and you don’t know what to do, this London Layover tour will take you to the most popular landmarks and famous highlights in the time that you have.

Departing from Heathrow airport (approximately 25km away from the city), your professional driver guide will pick you up from your terminal to start your stopover experience in an iconic London Black Cab.

This fast-paced layover tour includes 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 2 Tudor Palaces and all the must-see attractions in the heart of London including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, London Bridge, River Thames, Tower Bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral and many more! 

All our tours are fully customisable, and the itinerary can be adjusted on the day of the tour according to your interests and you will have plenty of time for photos and new memories.

You can choose from:

  • Royalty and Politics
  • A Flashback into ancient history
  • Playhouses and Pubs
  • Movie and music site locations
  • The best of London

Your driver guide will make sure you are back in time at Heathrow for your next flight.

Light Up London: Private 2-Hour Night Tour in a London Taxi
As the sun sets, the city of London transforms into an enchanting display of lights with London's spectacular Illuminated River, a long-term art installation transforming that span nine bridges in the heart of London.

On your night journey through the illuminated heart of the city, you will:

  • Discover London's after dark beauty;
  • See London's massive Illuminated River art installation showcasing a lit up city even outside of the Christmas season;
  • Admire the vibrant colours of this 3.2 miles from Tower Bridge to Westminster Bridge of this art commission;
  • Get beautiful views of the River Thames and its various bridges;
  • Learn about the architecture and the history along the riverbank communities;
  • Travel in a classic London Taxi, driven by knowledgeable cabbies who will share their passion for the city;
  • Leave with memorable photos of the brilliance of the city.

Experience the captivating allure of London by night on our Black Cab Heritage tours Night Tour in a classic black cab. 

Showcasing the Illuminated River Project, this tour will take you through the city's magnificent landmarks for a mesmerising spectacle you won't want to miss. 

From the iconic Tower Bridge to Westminster Bridge, the River Thames and its bridges become the stars of the show as our knowledgeable cabbies share fascinating insights into the architectural marvels and social history along the riverbank. 

With your camera in hand, you’ll capture the brilliance of the city as it shines in the darkness, ensuring that this private tour remains etched in your heart and photographs for years to come.
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