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Downing Street

The home of some of the most important members of the British Government, including the Prime Minister himself.

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Don’t expect much more than a view of the front door - security is tight, and only designated visitors get to see inside!

A seat of power

Downing Street is known the world over as home to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom: ‘Number 10’ has been the official ministerial residence for almost 300 years. Less famously, the Chancellor of the Exchequer lives just next door at Number 11; other senior members of the Cabinet, like the Chief Whip, frequently reside there in Number 9 or Number 12.

Downing Street was built in the 1680s and named after its Anglo-Irish creator Sir George Downing, 1st Baronet, who had amassed a substantial fortune as a soldier and spy for Oliver Cromwell and later King Charles II. He purchased the land near St. James’s Park which once held the Hampden Mansion, a townhouse and a cottage, which he tore down in order to build a set of townhouses for esteemed British noblemen – or ‘persons of good quality’.

In later years the houses served not only as official residences but also as the offices of certain branches of government such as the Treasury Office, the War Office, the Privy Council Office and the Colonial Office. Number 10 has always been home to the First Lord of the Treasury, which since 1735 has been a role fulfilled by the Prime Minister (though before 1787 it was actually Number 5).


A ‘vast, awkward house’

The modest front edifice of this Georgian building - unchanged since the 18th century - belies an interior of around one hundred rooms. A portrait of Sir George Downing hangs inside the door of Number 10, though the Baronet probably never actually lived on the street at all, spending his remaining years in Cambridge. The building’s longest-standing resident, William Pitt the Younger, fondly called it ‘my vast, awkward house.’

As the residence of the Prime Minister it serves an important political function, and the beautiful state rooms have received some of the most important figures in world history as guests - though its status as a seat of power has also attracted protestors. In recent years it has been adopted as the official Twitter handle of David Cameron’s office, @Number10gov.

Interestingly, the door to Number 10 cannot be opened from the outside, so there is always someone waiting indoors to open it, as well as at least one policeman posted outside the door at all times. The distinctive white lettering of Number 10 has featured in many films, including Love Actually, where Hugh Grant’s down-to-earth Prime Minister dances his way through its halls and finds love (actually!).

Today, Downing Street is gated and there are armed security guards standing by; yet you will always see tourists peering through the iron bars at this famous London cul-de-sac. A visit provides a thrilling glimpse at the heart of the English Government - and, of course, at one of of the most famous doors in the world.

Nearby Attractions

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Big Ben
The iconic Victorian clock tower of London, which has become a symbol of the city itself.
Horse Guards Parade
An old tournament ground that now serves as an area for royal and military ceremonies.
Churchill War Rooms
A fascinating underground museum preserving the bunker from which Churchill's government directed the war effort.
The 40 Elephants Bar
The hotel's cocktail bar is inspired by the Victorian 40 elephants all-female gang, which operated in the area for over 75 years.
Great Scotland Yard Hotel Artwork
The GSY is known for its outstanding artwork. The hotel's owners have partnered with the Koestler Trust, which works with prisons in the UK, using art and creativity as part of the rehabilitation process.
Great Scotland Yard Hotel
Tracing back to 997 AD, with 5 centuries occupancy by Scottish royalty (think Margaret, Queen of Scots) and later serving as HQ for the Met police - the GSY hotel is home to over a millennia of stories waiting to be told.

Related Tours

London's Full Day Highlights including London Eye Ride
This full-day tour is the perfect way to see London's iconic sites and experience a ride on the London Eye, as well as a Thames cruise. 

  • Start with a visit to the Tower of London, the oldest palace, fortress and prison in the whole of Europe.
  • Enjoy the wonderful scenery of Central London with a relaxing cruise down the Thames.
  • See London’s most famous buildings including St James’ Palace, Buckingham Palace, Horse Guards, the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben.
  • Visit London’s Gothic architectural marvel: Westminster Abbey.
  • End your tour with a relaxing ride on the London Eye, which offers the best views of the entire city at a thrilling 135m.
Tower of London:

What a day to remember! Learn more about the great city of London and explore its fascinating history with an expert guide. Your guide will collect you from where you are staying and take you to the famous Tower of London, where you will discover the many stories of one of the oldest buildings in London, and experience where some of the greatest events in English History occurred. Best of all, you will be able to admire the stunning Crown Jewels. 

River Cruise, Buckingham Palace, St James’s Palace & Park:

On leaving the Tower you will travel to Westminster by river cruise for 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. If you're lucky you might catch the Changing of the Guards ceremony, which is full of pomp and ceremony (this is dependent on the day and weather).

Westminster Abbey & London Eye:

After lunch in Westminster, you will continue your day with a private tour of London’s royal church, Westminster Abbey - the site of 38 coronations and the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Learn about the Coronation ceremony and enjoy the beauty of this 800 year old treasure. After a day crammed full of history and culture, the best way to end your highlights tour is with a relaxing ride on the London Eye (one of the world's biggest Ferris Wheels), which offers spectacular views across London.

The Very Best of London: Crown Jewels and Big Ben
 Experience a full-day tour of London's spectacular landmarks with a private and knowledgeable Blue Badge guide.

  • Start with a visit to London’s castle: the Tower of London
  • See the stunning Crown Jewels
  • Enjoy the wonderful scenery of Central London with a relaxing cruise down the Thames
  • Stroll around Westminster and take in the stunning sights: from Big Ben to the marvelous architecture of Somerset House
  • Learn about Westminster’s political history and see the outside of the Houses of Parliament
  • Look at the Prime Minister’s residence at 10 Downing Street
  • Experience the famous Trafalgar Square before wandering down The Mall to Buckingham Palace
    
    
 Tower of London
 
 
Your guide will collect you from where you are staying and take you to a spectacular castle. Here you will discover the many stories of one of the oldest buildings in London, and experience where some of the greatest events in English history occurred. Best of all, you will be able to admire the stunning Crown Jewels which are kept here behind extensive security in the aptly-named Jewel House.

River Cruise and Lunch

On leaving the Tower you will travel to Westminster by a scenic river cruise. Travelling by river is the most relaxing (and often most efficient) way of getting through the centre of the city. You'll pass under London and Waterloo Bridge, spy the London Eye, and view Somerset House on your right-hand side. After docking at Westminster Pier under the watchful gaze of Big Ben, your guide will recommend a number of restaurants and eateries where you can have a quick or leisurely lunch.
 
 Westminster and Buckingham Palace
 
 
The second half of the day will be dedicated to walking around Westminster and taking in the grandeur of Buckingham Palace. 
 
 First, you will be guided around the outside of the Houses of Parliament, with a lengthy stop outside Big Ben, and learn about the political history of Parliament Square. This will be followed by an exhibition of the outside of Westminster Abbey and, if time permits, you will be able to go inside (entrance tickets not included). This is London’s royal church which has been the site of 38 coronations and was where the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton took place. Your guide will then take you on a walk-up Whitehall to No. 10 Downing Street, the Prime Minister's residence, ending up at Trafalgar Square.
 
 Finally, we will walk down to take in the view of Buckingham Palace and then up and down The Mall, where jubilant crowds have historically greeted the news about the royal family in this scenic tree-lined avenue.

We built this tour because 
it invites travellers to explore London's sites with a Blue Badge guide, with plenty of space for adaptability and personal preferences! 
City of Spies Private Tour; Espionage in London (+ Churchill War Rooms)
Let us bring to life the enigmatic espionage history of London. 

Capital to the worlds largest empire, thriving centre of international trade and finance - London has long attracted spies . 

This exciting experience has been created exclusively to bring you on a fascinating journey through London's role in the Cold War, the origins of MI5, MI6 and Churchill's role in bringing down the Nazi regime. 

  • Experience the worlds of fiction and reality, uncovering hidden places, bunkers, luxury hotels, and fall in love with the romance and betrayal of spies.
  • Walk by the famous Caxton bar where the Cambridge Five often met their Soviet Handlers and handed over classified documents. 
  • See where Ian Fleming wrote part of the James Bond series, while working as a naval intelligence officer nearby and learn the hotel's unique spy history.
  • Discover London's rich history of espionage at St Ermin's Hotel, with meetings such as Winston Churchill's 'Setting Europe Ablaze’ occurring here in 1940.
  • Hear stories of double agents and plots to overthrow the government at some of the most powerful institutions in Westminster, including Downing StreetWhitehall, Westminster Palace, MI5, and MI6.
  • Follow in the footsteps of key double agents in the Cold War, such as Kim Philby, Donald Maclean,  Guy Burgess, and George Blake - and ask if there truly was a 'Fifth Man'.
  • Learn about the extraordinary life of Sir Mansfield Cumming, the first director of the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), known as MI6. 
  • Visit the Churchill War Rooms, the stage from which Britain's World War 2 strategy was directed.

On this unique experience you will walk by and learn about many of the protagonist buildings and sites where these world changing events have taken place. Your guide is an expert in spy history and will mesmerise you with stories that seem more like Le Carré novels than real life. Of course, these stories are not confined to the Second World War and Cold War History, as Russian operatives in London continue to make splashes across global headlines.

Venture out onto the streets of Westminster and discover the area's colourful history of espionage, dirty politics and death. The toppling of regimes, battle against ideology and revolution have all been orchestrated and exercised along these streets. Revisit the setting of infamous covert operations, traitorous meetings involving double agents and murder plots. See the headquarters of MI6 secret service and New Scotland Yard past and present.  At the end of your tour, visit the Churchill War Rooms, where the wartime Prime Minister planned Britain's defiance of the Nazis.

Come enjoy this unique experience but please be discrete; the information given on this tour is classified...
Private Family-Friendly Tour of London
Perfect for those families who would like a full experience of London in a day. See London’s unmissable attractions, parks and finest Royal sites with an expert guide. Learn about fascinating English history, British tradition and London's incredible past. From the plague, the great fire of London to the Blitz. You will experience everything that London has to offer on this fantastic tour.

  • Enter the Tower of London, see the Crown Jewels and visit the old prison.
  • Board a river cruise and enjoy jaw-dropping panoramas across the City and its sites.
  • Pass Tower Bridge,  the iconic London Eye, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Somerset House.
  • Disembark at Westminster - London's grand governmental district. See Whitehall and 10 Downing Street.
  • Next visit Buckingham Palace, and Westminster Abbey via the beautiful St James Park and Trafalgar Square.
  • Safely navigate the City, avoiding traffic and busy crowds. 
  • Our team will match the perfect guide to entertain and inspire all ages

Keep even the most easily distracted entertained! We know how important it is to inspire all ages, and work hard to ensure a perfect match of guide.  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, the many attempts to steal the Crown Jewels. And the infamous 14 year old cat-burglar caught stealing Queen Victoria’s underwear. Hear tales of Shakespeare, Charlie Chaplin and Winston Churchill. And learn how their lives intertwined with this fabulous City.
Also see London’s famous palace guards, royal cavalry and maybe even the Queen herself if you are lucky!

Avoid the rush and business of a group tour and take centre stage with your guide. There are no other groups or noise to drown out the experience. As such, you will also enjoy a pace adjusted to you and your family. Your personal guide will help you easily navigate the City, and ensure you have the smoothest, most enjoyable day possible. Enjoy a day out that is fun for the whole family!
Private Walking Tour of Westminster
Perfect for those who would like a full experience of London.  See London’s unmissable attractions, parks and finest Royal sites with an expert guide. Learn about fascinating English history, British tradition and London's incredible past—from the plague and the great fire of London to the Blitz. 

  • See Whitehall and 10 Downing Street, the Houses of Parliament,  Somerset House and Big Ben.
  • Next hear stories as you visit the outside of Buckingham Palace, and Westminster Abbey via the beautiful St James Park and Trafalgar Square.
Reveal the secrets of power and politics on our exciting tour of Westminster, visiting some of the most recognisable landmarks. Visit the Houses of Parliament, the supreme legislative body of the United Kingdom, and be inspired by its mighty history. Gain insight into the centuries old Westminster Abbey, the setting for every coronation since 1066, many royal weddings and the final resting place of 17 monarchs. Find out the secrets of the underground bunker where Churchill won the Second World War. View the fascinating statues and memorials on Trafalgar Square, Parliament Square and Whitehall, dedicated to some of the greatest politicians and monarchs of the British Empire. Amble through the fabulous gardens and sights of St James Park and witness the Changing of the Guards in front of 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 & Queens, who turned the British Empire into the most dominant power on Earth.

Begin exploring the heart of London’s parliamentary district. This was the brain and nerve centre for British and Allied forces in Europe and abroad. See the Winston Churchillmemorial, and learn about his adolescence, personal life and fascinating rise to government. See partially destroyed buildings from the blitz and visit The Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the Prime Minister's residence. Next visit The iconic Cenotaph war memorial, special service headquarters and Ghurka memorial.

Westminster and Buckingham Palace

First, you will be guided around the outside of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben and learn about the political history of Parliament Square. Then, you'll be shown around the outside of Westminster Abbey, and if time permits you'll be able to go inside (entrance tickets not included).  This is London’s royal church which has been the site of 38 coronations and was where the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton took place.  Following this will be a walk up Whitehall to No. 10 Downing Street, the Prime Minister's residence, ending up at Trafalgar Square.

Finally, we will walk down to take in the Prospect of Buckingham Palace and then up and down the tree-lined Mall, where thousands of jubilant crowds have greeted news about the royal family for generations.
Winston Churchill & War Rooms Private Tour
This enriching and emotionally stirring experience is led by an expert in this field. Gain an extensive insight into Wartime London, and be humbled by the resilience of its people.

  • Begin in the heart of London’s historic parliamentary district.
  • Learn about the impact WWII had on the English Capital and its people.
  • See the Winston Churchill memorial and partially bombed buildings from the blitz.
  • Visit The Houses of ParliamentWestminster AbbeyDowning Street and The Cenotaph.
  • See the Old War Office, MI6 headquarters and the Gurkha Soldier memorial.
  • Finish at the fascinating and spectacular Churchill War Rooms.

Begin exploring the heart of London’s parliamentary district. This was the brain and nerve centre for British and Allied forces in Europe and abroad. See the Winston Churchill memorial, and learn about his adolescence, personal life and fascinating rise to government. See partially destroyed buildings from the blitz and visit The Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the Prime Minister's residence. Next visit The iconic Cenotaph war memorial, special service headquarters and Ghurka memorial..

Part ways with your friendly guide and descend into the subterranean Churchill War Rooms. An underground network of bunkers that functioned as British wartime offices, planning and map rooms. It was here that much of Allied intelligence and strategy was discussed and planned in WWII. As well as a place of refuge and shelter for government during the blitz. A truly incredible experience.

Licensed to Thrill: James Bond Spy Mysteries Tour (with your private black cab)
Thought Christmas only comes once a year? Well... think again. Our 007 experts will whisk you through the key James Bond film sites- from 'Dr. No' to 'Spectre'. 

London has played host to some incredible Bond movie scenes over the past 55 years – and you can step in the footprints of 007 actors Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton. Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig with your own special agent.

James Bond fans not only get to see those movie scene sites - but also most of London's iconic landmarks plus a special visit inside one of the world's most famous spaces, the National Gallery.

London is a city unlike no other in respect of its long associations with the world of espionage - the spies, double agents, traitors, heroes and villains from every continent played out their cloak and dagger games of cunning, deceit and treachery on the mean streets that we shall traverse. Delve into the world of espionage with Bond, James Bond. 
City of Spies Group WalkingTour; Espionage in London (+ free drink)
It was once the heart of the world's largest empire. It bridges the East and West. As a result, London has been the stage of many of the greatest espionage and spy stories in history. This exciting experience has been created exclusively to bring you on a fascinating journey through London's role in the Cold War, the origins of MI5, MI6, and Churchill's role in bringing down the Nazi regime.

Delve into the worlds of fiction and reality, uncovering hidden places, bunkers, luxury hotels, and fall in love with the romance and betrayal of spies. Pass by some of the most powerful institutions in Westminster, including Downing Street, Whitehall, Westminster Palace, MI5, MI6, and the Churchill War Rooms. Follow in the footsteps of Sydney Reilly, known to be the Ace of Spies. Learn about the key double agents in the Cold War, such as Kim Philby, Donald Maclean, or Guy Burgess. Hear about the extraordinary life of Sir Mansfield Cumming, the first director of the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), known as MI6.

On this unique experience you get to walk by and learn of many of the key buildings and sites where events that changed the world took place. Your guide is an expert in Spy History and will mesmerise you with stories that seem more like Le Carre novels than real life. Of course, these stories are not confined to the Second World War and Cold War History, as Russian operatives in London continue to make splashes across global headlines. The experience ends with a special treat as your guide will explain the significance of Morpeth Arms pub in London's rich espionage history.
Power and Politics in Westminster: From Empire to Brexit
The ideal tour for those interested in Britain's power and politics, amidst the uncertainty following the pivotal 2016 vote. This group walking tour will take you through London's unmissable attractions, parks, and finest Royal sites, as you uncover Britain's traditional past and uncertain future. 

  • Explore the heart of London’s parliamentary district
  • Uncover how Brexit has its roots in the British Empire
  • Discuss the lead-up to the EU referendum of June 2016 and the social discontent since
  • Question Britain's status in an increasingly uncertain environment 
  • Evaluate the possible outcomes regarding Britain leaving the EU
Since the 23rd June, 2016 referendum - where 51.9% voted to leave and 48.1% voted to remain - Brexit has remained a contentious and confusing topic. Statistically, conflicted votes were generationally and demographically divided, with Scotland and Northern Ireland predominantly voting to remain, whilst England and Wales voted to leave. Regardless of the contradictory opinions regarding Britain's relationship with the European Union, one thing is certain- nobody really knows what the consequences of the Brexit deal will be. 

Britain's History  

The narration and historiography of the British Empire are complex, multifaceted, and continually evolving. At its peak, the British Empire was the largest empire that the world has ever known- covering one-quarter of the earth, and governing over one-fifth of its population. The consequences of this imperial state were far-reaching, and still, steer Britain's position in the 21st century. Uncover the nuances of the British Empire, as you navigate through the history of British royalty with your guide, passing timeless architectural landmarks such as Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey.

Britain's Future 

The links and debates regarding the British Empire and Brexit are extensive. Whilst some argue that Brexit can be seen as Empire 2.0, others attest that Brexit being a result of imperial nostalgia is a myth. Regardless of what you believe, it is unquestionable that both the British Empire and Brexit are vital regarding Britain's global position in the 21st century. Your guide will therefore invite you to dwell on the past before you examine Britain's uncertain future; forming a political narrative where the intricacies of both Empire and Brexit entangle. 
Westminster Classic Private Driving Tour (in a traditional London Black Cab)
Explore the hub of British politics in the quintessentially British black cab, with an expert guide to narrate your journey with stories highlighting the significance of this fascinating area. See all of Westminster’s iconic landmarks, including the Houses of Parliament, Downing Street, and Westminster Abbey, as well as 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and 2 Tudor Palaces - among many other sights (full list below). 

  • 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 both iconic and lesser-known places including Downing Street, Central Methodist Hall, Banqueting House, Horse Guards, and the National Gallery
  • Hear stories of how sights earned their claims to fame, including Trafalgar Square, Nelson's Column, Marble Arch, Wellington Memorial, Lambeth Palace, the London Eye, and the River Thames.
  • At the end of your tour, your final set-down point can be any preferred Central London location.

On your black cab tour, discover the real London – from a well-informed cabbie who knows London like the back of his hand, with many hidden secrets for you to discover!  Westminster has been home to many of our fundamental political institutions for hundreds of years, including Parliament, the monarchy, and the judicial system. No other area in the UK is so powerful and influential in the forming and implementation of laws. Amidst the uncertainty of Brexit, as well as the possible collapse of our essentially 2-party system, there is no better time to delve into the world of politics. 

Whether you are interested in the British monarchy's royal palaces or the UK Parliament and Brexit, your expert guide is more than happy to spill all of the gossips, alongside the history of any topic which may interest you. If you would prefer to hear more about the Second World War and Churchill's magnificent speeches, or the 2000-year-old architecture and London's modern skyscrapers, then feel free to ask questions along those lines. Your guide is ready to discuss anything you throw his or her way - including filming locations for Harry Potter, James Bond, and Downton Abbey, amongst many others. In short, for any curiosity, you may have about London today and British history as a whole, you're in great hands for a conversation to leave you reeling for hours after your tour has ended. 
City of Spies Private Walking Tour; Espionage in London (+ free drink)
On your private tour, let us bring to life the enigmatic espionage history of London.

Capital to the world's largest empire, thriving centre of international trade and finance - London has long attracted spies . This tour will explore their stories

This exciting experience has been created exclusively to bring you on a fascinating journey through London's role in the Cold War, the origins of MI5, MI6 and Churchill's role in bringing down the Nazi regime. 

  • Experience the worlds of fiction and reality, uncovering hidden places, bunkers, luxury hotels, and fall in love with the romance and betrayal of spies.
  • Hear tales of Ian Fleming wrote part of the James Bond series, while working as a naval intelligence officer nearby and learn the hotel's unique spy history.
  • Hear stories of double agents and plots to overthrow the government at some of the most powerful institutions in Westminster, including Downing StreetWhitehall, Westminster Palace, MI5, and MI6.
  • Follow in the footsteps  of the key double agents in the Cold War, such as Kim Philby, Donald Maclean,  Guy Burgess, and George Blake - and ask if there was a undiscovered 'Fifth Man'
  • Learn about the extraordinary life of Sir Mansfield Cumming, the first director of the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), known as MI6. 
On this unique experience you will walk by and learn about many of the protagonist buildings and sites where these world changing events have taken place. Your guide is an expert in spy history and will mesmerise you with stories that seem more like Le Carré novels than real life. Of course, these stories are not confined to the Second World War and Cold War History, as Russian operatives in London continue to make splashes across global headlines.

Venture out onto the streets of Westminster and discover the area's colourful history of espionage, dirty politics and death. The toppling of regimes, battle against ideology and revolution have all been orchestrated and exercised along these streets. Revisit the setting of infamous covert operations, traitorous meetings involving double agents and murder plots. See the headquarters of MI6 secret service and New Scotland Yard past and present. 

Along your walking tour, you will retrace the steps of Britain's most famous spies, enjoy the remarkable tales that later inspired Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels, and hear of the extraordinary success of the Cambridge Spy ring.

Come and enjoy this unique experience but please be discreet, the information given on this tour is classified...
Group Tour - Magic Amongst Muggles: Harry Potter in London
Whether you're fanatical about your Hogwarts house or whether you're a muggle ('non magic folk'), we will bring to life the magic of the wizarding world of Harry Potter.  Experience the myths, mysteries, and hidden gems on this fascinating 2.5 hour tour of London.

  • Discover places that first inspired J.K Rowling and visit many film locations.
  • Visit the Leaky Cauldron, Durmstrang's traveling ship, and Diagon Alley before seeing Millennium Bridge - the site of the muggle killings by Death Eaters. 
  • Hop aboard the muggle underground to visit the entrance to the Ministry of Magic and the muggle Prime Minister's home.
  • Hear the spellbinding stories behind the characters, the author, and the actors.
  • Learn lesser known facts, trivia and insider knowledge about the books and films.
Whether you're merely a muggle harbouring a belief of the wizarding world's existence or whether you  remember He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, this tour will take you through several of the filming locations for the story of the boy-who-lived. 

Prepare for your own sorting ceremony and be sure you know which magical creature you want to bring with you to Hogwarts. In just three hours, you'll traverse many of London's hidden passageways and filming locations for the iconic 8 films. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for Ernie Prang and Stan Shunpike navigating the Knight Bus throughout the city. 

Visit the beloved literary and cinematic landmarks of Harry Potter as you amble through the muggle-run streets of London. Our fun, expert guides are sure to excite the Potter fan in everyone. See Diagon Alley, the Leaky cauldron,  and other spellbinding places. Enjoy fascinating trivia on the series and gain a lesser known insight into the characters, author and actors. Hear tales that even the most dedicated fans and Potterheads will not have heard before!  With wands, quizzes and prizes, you will enjoy a unique wizarding experience. 

We promise even if you're not enough of a Potter-head to understand a single reference made in this tour, your guide is used to dealing with muggles and educating them on the magic of the wizarding world! 

Let's unlock the magic and your guide may even show you some tricks- Alohomora!

Note: If you would like to visit Platform 9¾ after the tour to hop aboard the Hogwarts Express, your guide will be happy to direct you to King's Cross. 
Private Tour Magic Amongst Muggles: Harry Potter in London
Whether you're fanatical about your Hogwarts house or whether you're a muggle ('non magic folk'), we will bring to life the magic of the wizarding world of Harry Potter.  Experience the myths, mysteries, and hidden gems on this fascinating 2.5 hour tour of London.

  • Discover places that first inspired J.K Rowling and visit many film locations.
  • Visit the Leaky Cauldron, Durmstrang's traveling ship, and Diagon Alley before seeing Millennium Bridge - the site of the muggle killings by Death Eaters. 
  • Hop aboard the muggle underground to visit the entrance to the Ministry of Magic and the muggle Prime Minister's home.
  • Hear the spellbinding stories behind the characters, the author, and the actors.
  • Learn lesser known facts, trivia and insider knowledge about the books and films.
Whether you're merely a muggle harbouring a belief of the wizarding world's existence or whether you  remember He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, this tour will take you through several of the filming locations for the story of the boy-who-lived. 

Prepare for your own sorting ceremony and be sure you know which magical creature you want to bring with you to Hogwarts. In just three hours, you'll traverse many of London's hidden passageways and filming locations for the iconic 8 films. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for Ernie Prang and Stan Shunpike navigating the Knight Bus throughout the city. 

Visit the beloved literary and cinematic landmarks of Harry Potter as you amble through the muggle-run streets of London. Our fun, expert guides are sure to excite the Potter fan in everyone. See Diagon Alley, the Leaky cauldron,  and other spellbinding places. Enjoy fascinating trivia on the series and gain a lesser known insight into the characters, author and actors. Hear tales that even the most dedicated fans and Potterheads will not have heard before!  With wands, quizzes and prizes, you will enjoy a unique wizarding experience. 

We promise even if you're not enough of a Potter-head to understand a single reference made in this tour, your guide is used to dealing with muggles and educating them on the magic of the wizarding world! 

Let's unlock the magic and your guide may even show you some tricks- Alohomora!

Note: If you would like to visit Platform 9¾ after the tour to hop aboard the Hogwarts Express, your guide will be happy to direct you to King's Cross. 
Private Walking Tour: The Temple of Detection in the Heart of Power
Beginning over one thousand years ago, the Scottish Royals made themselves at home in London where the Great Scotland Yard Hotel now stands; it also served as the first home for the Metropolitan Police, with infamous criminals being held —including suspects of the Jack the Ripper crime spree — in what is now the hotel bar. Immerse yourself in the hotel’s history on a private walking tour of one of the world’s most famous and storied neighbourhoods. On your private tour you will: 

  • Learn about the hotel’s history through its artwork — including the role the curated art plays in prison rehabilitation programs today. 
  • Step out into the neighborhood and hear about the originals of the Met Police and Whitehall’s connection to the Sherlock Holmes saga.
  • Enjoy centuries of tales of espionage including at Benjamin Franklin’s last home, where his mission was infiltrated by a British agent. 
  • See where the entrance to Harry Potter’s Ministry of Magic is set – and maybe even experience some magic yourselves! 
  • Discuss the crosshairs between which power and the British monarchy are often found — and how the stories playing out today echo back through time. 
  • Along the route, enjoy the iconic sites of the city— the Horse Guards Parade, the Palace of Westminster, 10 Downing Street, and the Churchill War Rooms - all while delighting in the  chronicled anecdotes of plots, scandals, secret passageways under the city, and war. 
  • Return to the Great Scotland Yard Hotel and venture to the 40 Elephants and enjoy a signature house cocktail. 
  • Your tour ends with a signature cocktail at the 40 Elephants Bar in the hotel, where you will be apprised of the illustrious history from which the bar has taken its name. 
Located just blocks from Trafalgar Square to the north, the Palace of Westminster to the south, and Buckingham Palace to the west, it’s of little wonder that over a thousand years of England’s history has triangulated on The Great Scotland Yard Hotel. Your starts and ends at the hotel itself, medieval seat of royalty, then home to elite civil servants and in Victorian times the Central Office of the detective unit of the Metropolitan Police, where the beautiful artwork specially commissioned by Hyatt Hotels for this celebrates famous figures, police, criminals and even modern prisoners and politicians.

 Within its walls, kings and queens have slept, criminals have been held, and spies have operated without detection. On its doorstep, the entire city of London has played out its history, as centuries of stewards have made use of the now-hotel. You will explore the creation of the modern police force, some of the heinous crimes (real and fictional) investigated on this site, and the local connections both Royal and Political here, the centre of power in the UK for many centuries. Join Travel Curious guides on a walk of world history as told through the peculiar and one-of-a-kind history of the Great Scotland Yard Hotel. 
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