The first records of Buckingham Palace date back to 1701, when it was known as Buckingham House. It was leased from Parliament by the Duke of Buckingham, who was known as Lord all Pride because of his arrogance! Unbeknown to many, when he avoided to pay the architect, the latter threatened to throw the Duke and his wife off the top of the building.
The Tower of London is officially known as Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London. The castle has been used as a prison from 1100 (Ranulf Flambard) to 1952 (the Kray Twins). Early on it was not just a prison but a grand Palace, and served as a Royal residence.
There were several phases of expansion, mainly under King Richard I, Henry III, and Edward I, in the 12th and 13th centuries AD. Despite some alterations, the layout today is similar to that of the 13th century. The Tower has also been a menagerie, used for the King’s Wardrobe, and also used for gunpowder storage.
The London Eye is a cantilevered observation wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames, and was the highest viewpoint in the United Kingdom until the opening of the Shard. On a clear day it is possible to see Windsor Castle from the top. Originally the Millennium Wheel was supposed to be here for one year only, but has proved to be so popular that it’s become the number one paid attraction in London, with over 3.75 million visitors a year. It has been used for many public events including New Year’s Eve celebrations. It has also been the venue for several weddings.
The bridges of London have a long history dating back to the wooden bridges of the Roman era. The historical old London Bridge was built between 1176-1209 and was the first stone bridge across the Thames. It was the longest inhabited bridge in Europe, measuring almost 906 feet, and hosted shops, houses, restaurants, and a chapel. Today we are looking at the third London Bridge.
Tower Bridge was built between 1886 and 1894. It is a combined bascule and suspension bridge; ‘bascule’ means see-saw or balance in French. People refer to Tower Bridge as the Wonder Bridge.
Albert Bridge connects the areas of Chelsea to Battersea. Its lighting is the most spectacular sight on the River Thames. There was a time when it was very unstable, which is why there is a sign at the foot of the north side of the bridge telling troops to ‘break step’. It is still known as ‘The Trembling Lady’.
Downing Street in London is the official residence of the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer. The Prime Minister lives at number 10 and the Chancellor of the Exchequer lives at number 11.
Downing Street was built in 1680 by Sir George Downing, and is situated close both to the Houses of Parliament at one end of Whitehall and Trafalgar Square at the other.
Max 6 people. If there are more than 6 people in your group, please add tour once for 6 adults and then again for remaining people. Checkout will show x2 (or more) tours.
Free Cancellation: You will receive a full refund if you cancel at least 24 hours in advance of most experiences.
Please note we do not enter main sites.
Entrance tickets to attractions is NOT included.
All airport, port and pick-ups more than seven miles from the centre of London will carry a surcharge.
Duration of Tour is 4 hours.
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