The National Gallery, London

One of the most famous art museums in the world, it houses work spanning from the middle ages to the modern era.

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Parthenon Marbles
A collection of Classical Greek marble sculptures and architectural pieces from the Acropolis of Athens.
Turner's The Fighting Temeraire
The National Gallery houses several of Turner's larger than life paintings of seascapes and storms.
Van Gogh's Sunflowers
One of the National Gallery's 30 Must See Paintings, Van Gogh's Sunflowers is only one of his numerous paintings on display.
Bathers at La Grenouillere by Monet
Bathers at La Grenouillere, painted by French impressionist Claude Monet in 1869. Today the painting can be appreciated at the National Gallery, London
Mars and Venus by Botticelli
In1485 Italian painter Sandro Botticelli created Mars and Venus, today found at the National Gallery in London.
Caravaggio's Salome Receives the Head of John the Baptist
Caravaggio's is known as one of the masters of chiaroscuro techniques to capture the emotion of his subjects.

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The British Museum & London's National Gallery: Private Tour

London is renowned for its world-famous museums. The British Museum houses some of history's greatest treasures, and some of the greatest works of art hang in the National Gallery.

On your private tour you will:

  • Tour the British Museum, one of Britain’s preeminent museums for history and culture; 
  • Navigate the highlights of its millions of objects and artefacts from Ancient Rome, Greece, Egypt and Mesopotamia and around the ancient world;
  • See the Rosetta Stone, the Easter Island statue, and the Parthenon Marbles (formerly the Elgin Marbles);
  • Enjoy a scenic and easy walk from Bloomsbury to the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square;
  • Tour the National Gallery, seeing some of the world’s most famous pieces of art;
  •  See works from the Italian Renaissance, the Dutch Golden Age, the Romantics and the Impressionists;
  • Enjoy works by Raphael and Caravaggio, Rubens, Monet and Van Gogh and so many more.
  • Admire classical portraits of the aristocracy by the English painter Gainsborough, and extraordinarily dramatic naval paintings by Turner.
  • Finish your tour inside the National Gallery, where you can continue exploring on your own or ask your guide for local recommendations. 

Enjoy a private tour of two of London’s best-loved and largest museums, with an expert private guide to navigate you through these immense buildings and their vast collections. This is a great way to ensure you see the must-see highlights, as well as intriguing curiosities.

Your tour begins at the British Museum. One of the oldest museums in the world, it houses millions of items in over 70 galleries. Comb through some of humankind's greatest archaeological artefacts, and learn of their significance. See relics and artistic curiosities from lost times and ancient civilisations – from Egyptian mummies to Greek temples, priceless armour to marble busts and statues of long-dead rulers; see ancient coins, art and architectural marvels. Hear of their discoveries, by adventurous British explorers, medieval tomb raiders or as spoils of war.

You will see the Rosetta Stone, the Easter Island Moai, the Sutton Hoo, the Lewis Chessmen, and the Parthenon marbles, as well as many other remarkable objects as part of an unmissable day of discovery and mystery.

Then, you’ll enjoy a brief walk through central London, with your guide showing you the best spots to explore after your tour, as you walk to the National Gallery on Trafalgar Square, home to some of the world's most beautiful works of art.

Your guide will navigate you through the vast galleries - architecturally splendid in their own right. Delve beyond the superficial appearance, and gain a deeper understanding of the hidden meanings, mystique and coded messages in some of the world’s most iconic pieces of art.

With over 2300 paintings ranging over 7 centuries and works from some of the most prolific artists, including Da Vinci, Van Gogh, and Holbein, the National Gallery will not fail to ignite your imagination. From Monet's Waterlilies to Van Gogh's Sunflowers, from the Greats of the Italian Renaissance to the most famous equine portrait in the world, Whistlejacket by George Stubbs, you're sure to be bowled over.

Your tour ends inside the National Gallery, but your guide will also take time to tell you where to best spend the rest of the day exploring the area of central London around the gallery. 

James Bond Filming Locations in London: Private Driving Tour
Delve into the world of espionage with Bond, James Bond on a private tour of London to uncover many filming locations in the city of London that you have seen in your favourite movies for over 40 years.

On your James Bond filming locations tour, you will:

  • Travel in the comfort of a private and iconic London Taxi;
  • Relive your favourite spy flicks and their lead characters with an accredited London Driver Guide who's a 007 aficionado
  • Become a special agent of "His Majesty’s Secret Service" and explore the haunts throughout London where Connery, Lazenby, Moore, Dalton, Brosnan and Craig each brought Bond to life;
  • Explore the places behind the stories in Ian Fleming’s iconic novels and the subsequent films;
  • Learn about the real-life world of the Secret Service as you tour Westminster, Whitehall, Downing St, and 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. 

Like in real life, the city has played host to some incredible spy moments on the big screen, including in Bond film scenes over the past 55 years. Your 007 expert tour guide is here to take you undercover and whisk you through the film locations from ‘Dr. No’ through to ‘Spectre.’
 
James Bond fans will not only get to see those film 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.
The National Gallery of London: Private Half-Day Walking Tour
Enjoy a privately guided tour of London's Trafalgar Square and the magnificent National Gallery, a stunning museum housing a vast collection of celebrated masters from the Italian Renaissance through to the French Impressionists, situated at the top of Trafalgar Square in central London, gazing down Whitehall towards the Houses of Parliament. 

On your private tour of the National Gallery you will:

  • Begin at the majestic Trafalgar Square, home of Nelson’s column and learn about the famous battle and Britain’s naval hero of the Napoleonic wars;
  • Enter the magnificent dating back to 1824 and home to some 2300 masterpieces;
  • Enjoy a fully guided tour of this beautiful neo-classical building, and admire the vast range of art ranging from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance, the Romantics and Impressionists;
  •  See world-famous works by Botticelli, Da Vinci, Titian, Rubens, Vermeer, Caravaggio, Gainsborough and Reynolds, Turner, Van Gogh and Monet and many more.;
  • Learn about the history of the National Gallery itself, as well as the lives of the artists and detailed explanations of their work and influences;
  • Stop in front of Whistlejacket, the iconic horse by George Stubbs;
  • End at the National Gallery to continue exploring at your own pace.

    The National Gallery was first opened to the public in 1824 and is a magnificent neo-classical building, designed originally by William Wilkins whose vision was to create a "Temple of the Arts". It certainly looks like that from the exterior, but it has been added to and extended several times since its’ opening. It is now home to over 2300 masterpieces dating from the mid-13th Century to 1900. 

    On your private tour of its various wings, you will see some extraordinary works of art by some of the world's best-known and best-loved artists. Highlights include Da Vinci’s Virgin of the Rocks, the Rokeby Venus by Velazquez, and Mars and Venus by Botticelli. 

    You’ll see works by Raphael and Michelangelo, Caravaggio and Titian. Rubens, Rembrandt, Holbein, Vermeer, and Van Dyck including the famous equestrian portrait of the ill-fated King Charles I, The Fighting Temeraire by Turner, and then of course the mesmerizing wing housing the Impressionists including Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, Seurat and Monet. You’ll see works by Constable and of course the absolutely iconic portrait of the horse Whistlejacket by George Stubbs. 

    When you’ve satiated on some of the best art in the Western world, enjoy a warming drink with your private guide – and feel free to continue exploring the Gallery and gift shop at your leisure after the tour has ended. 
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.

"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.

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