Benjamin Franklin House

Here in his last residence, Benjamin Franklin was infiltrated by British agents in the 1790's and had his secrets from his time in France was passed to the British secret services.

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American Heritage in London: Private Tour in a London Taxi

Discover London through a unique lens on this private half-day tour in an iconic London Taxi, delving into the rich American history embedded within the city’s sites. From the former residence of Benjamin Franklin to the American Embassy in Battersea, this tour offers an immersive experience that connects you with the pivotal moments and personalities that bridge London and America.

On your private tour, you will:

  • Pass by Benjamin Franklin's House and marvel at the only surviving residence of one of America's Founding Fathers, where Franklin lived and worked, shaping history;
  • Admire St. Paul's Cathedral, this iconic landmark hosted the memorial service for U.S. President John F. Kennedy, symbolising the enduring bond between the UK and the USA;
  • Hear about St. Mary Aldermanbury Church's history and it's connection with Missouri, USA, to honour Winston Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech, symbolising the transatlantic alliance;
  • Drive along All Hallows by the Tower and hear about the important figures that are linked to this ancient church;
  • Enjoy captivating stories about William Penn and Samuel Pepys from your knowledgable guide;
  • Visit Trinity Square and learn about the history of the atlantic convoys during WW2 and the tragic losses;
  • Discover the Mayflower Pub and delve into its connection with the departure point of the Mayflower Ship, which carried the Pilgrims to America in 1620;
  • Pass by the American Embassy a symbol of the bond between the USA and the UK serving as the diplomatic bridge for American interests in the UK;
  • See Norfolk House, the historic building which served as the headquarters for General Dwight D. Eisenhower, where D-Day was planned.

Begin your adventure as you depart in a quintessential London Taxi. Your knowledgeable driver-guide will escort you past Benjamin Franklin House, the only surviving residence of the renowned American polymath. Learn about Franklin's profound impact during his stay in London and his enduring legacy.

Next, marvel at the grandeur of St. Paul’s Cathedral, an architectural masterpiece that hosted the memorial service for President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The cathedral stands as a testament to the history and mutual respect between the United States and the United Kingdom.

Continue your journey to the St. Mary Aldermanbury Church, famously reconstructed in Fulton, Missouri, after Winston Churchill’s iconic Cold War speech. A stop at All Hallows by the Tower follows, where you will uncover the fascinating history of the marriage of John Quincy Adams, the sixth President of the United States. The church, with its deep-rooted connections to American history, offers a captivating glimpse into the past.

As you navigate through the bustling streets, hear the intriguing tales of William Penn and Samuel Pepys, two significant figures whose stories are interwoven with London's history. Pause at Trinity Square, once home to the Navy Board and the administration of the Royal Navy. Learn about the harrowing history of the Atlantic convoys during World War II and the tragic losses, as well as the role of Trinity House in managing lighthouses and the Liberty of the Tower.

En route to the historic Mayflower Pub, enjoy views of the iconic Tower Bridge. Your guide will share the compelling story of the Pilgrim Fathers, a group of Christians who, in 1620, embarked on the Mayflower seeking religious freedom in the New World. This inspiring tale of courage and determination is a cornerstone in American heritage.

Your tour continues with an external visit to the American Embassy in Battersea, a symbol of the enduring diplomatic relationship between the two nations. Next, travel to 23 Tedworth Square, the former residence of famed author Mark Twain and his wife Olivia. Your guide will recount tales of Twain’s time in London, offering a unique perspective on the beloved American writer’s life and works.

A stop at St. James's Square follows, where you’ll discover Norfolk House, the headquarters for Operation Overlord, the D-Day landings. Norfolk is home to the world’s largest naval base and the North American headquarters for NATO, underscoring the military and strategic connections between the nations.

As your tour comes to an end, you’ll be returned to your hotel, enriched with the stories and historical ties linking London and America. This exclusive tour offers a unique and comprehensive exploration of the American influence on London, providing a memorable and enlightening experience.

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