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Magical London: Harry Potter Guided Walking Tour

1. Magical London: Harry Potter Guided Walking Tour

Walk in the footsteps of your favorite wizards (and witches) around Muggle London. Your Harry Potter enthusiast guide will be armed with weird and wonderful trivia all along the way.  Meet your guide and start your adventure by finding out which Hogwarts’ House you belong in. Compete against other Houses in an interactive quiz as you see the sites that inspired J.K. Rowling, from Shakespeare's Globe to the London alleys that inspired Knockturn Alley. Highlights include passing The Leaky Cauldron, the secret wizarding inn. Explore the real Diagon Alley, where Harry buys his first wand. Even see the bridge destroyed by the Death Eaters in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince".  For part of your guided tour, choose either a short boat trip down the Thames or take the world-famous London Underground. Both the boat and Underground options follow this itinerary:  1. Southwark Cathedral 2. 800-year-old Borough Market 3. Sir Francis Drake's world-famous Golden Hinde 4. Winchester Palace 5. 900-year-old Clink Prison 6. Shakespeare's Globe 7. Millennium Bridge 8. Daniel Radcliffe's School 9. The London Eye 10. River Thames 11. Sherlock Holmes' Pub 12. Great Scotland Yard 13. Gringotts Wizarding Bank 14. The world's smallest police station 15. Trafalgar Square 16. Knockturn Alley 17. Diagon Alley 18. Palace Theatre

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River Thames: Uber Boat Hop-On Hop-Off Pass

2. River Thames: Uber Boat Hop-On Hop-Off Pass

Thames Clippers are the fastest and most frequent fleet on the river, with departures from key London piers every 20 minutes. The fleet of 18 high speed catamarans link London’s attractions, offering an alternative way to see the river sights. On board you will find climate controlled indoor cabins, an outdoor deck and licensed coffee bars. Take in London’s attractions with your 1-day hop-on hop-off ticket and experience the best that the city has to offer. Boats depart every 20 minutes from key central London piers, including London Eye, Embankment, Tower, Greenwich and North Greenwich. Sit back and relax on board and download the free audio guide app to learn more about the city’s sights. Enjoy a unique perspective of top London attractions and spectacular views of the Houses of Parliament, London Eye, Shakespeare’s Globe, Tate Modern, the Shard, Tower of London and many others.

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The London Pass with Access to over 80 Attractions

3. The London Pass with Access to over 80 Attractions

See all that London has to offer while saving both time and money with the London Pass. With its wealth of history and culture, London always has plenty to offer visitors, though it is not always the easiest or cheapest of experiences. The London Pass is a complete sightseer credits package allowing you access to more than 80 top attractions, tours, and museums.  Access a huge range of the top landmarks and attractions including the Tower of London, London Zoo, Windsor Castle, and many more.  Take a ride on a 1-Day Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus tour with over 60 stops across London including Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, and Piccadilly Circus. The pass is valid for a full working day across 3 routes. You'll also get access to special London Pass holder perks including discounts at gift shops at select attractions.  The London Pass allows access to over 80 attractions including: POPULAR ATTRACTIONS• The View from the Shard• Tower of London• 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour• Thames River Boat (Uber Boat by Thames Clippers - 1-day Hop-on Hop-off) • Windsor Castle• Westminster Abbey• London Bridge Experience and London Tombs• Tower Bridge Exhibition• ZSL London Zoo• Kensington Palace PLACES OF INTEREST• Shakespeare's Globe Theatre• Royal Albert Hall• Royal Observatory Greenwich• Old Royal Naval College• Cutty Sark• Kew Gardens• Hampton Court Palace• Apsley House• Beefeater Gin Distillery Tour• Benjamin Franklin House• Eltham Palace• Jewel Tower• The Monument to The Great Fire of London• Golden Hinde• Southwark Cathedral• Wellington Arch• Chelsea Physic Garden• London Wetland Centre MUSEUMS & GALLERIES• London Transport Museum• Foundling Museum• Household Cavalry Museum• Charles Dickens Museum• Guards Museum• Cartoon Museum• Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art• Wernher Collection at Ranger's House• Fan Museum• London Canal Museum• London Museum of Water and Steam• Garden Museum• Museum of Brands, Packaging, and Advertising• Museum of London Docklands (with guidebook)• Queen's Gallery• Pollocks Toy Museum• The British Museum (with Vox Audio guide)• The Postal Museum TOURS & EXPERIENCES• ArcelorMittal Orbit• Arsenal FC Stadium (Emirates Stadium)• Chelsea FC Stadium Tour• Curzon Bloomsbury• Curzon Mayfair Cinema• Curzon Soho Cinema• 30+ London Sights Tour - Top Sights Tours• Palaces and Parliament Tour - Top Sights Tours• Jason's Original Canal Boat Trip• Kia Oval Ground Tour• London Bicycle Tour• London Bicycle Hire• Brit Movie Tours• QUEENS Skate, Dine & Bowl• Twickenham Stadium Tour & Rugby Museum• Wembley Stadium Tours

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London: Go City Explorer Pass

4. London: Go City Explorer Pass

Save time and money with a London Explorer Pass, your digital sightseeing credits package, and create your own itinerary in the city. Redeem your Explorer credits against 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 attraction visits from a selection of over 65 monuments, tours, cruises, dining experiences, and more. Save up to 30% on regular door prices. Each attraction visit equals 1 credit used. It’s that simple. Choose from a host of participating venues, including the Tower of London, the Shard, and St. Paul's Cathedral. Get a handy digital guide with instructions to plan your itinerary. There’s no need to decide what attractions you want to see in advance, as you’ll have 60 days to use your attraction credits starting with your first choice. Choose any 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 attractions from the following list: POPULAR ATTRACTIONS• 1-day Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus tour• Tower of London• The View from the Shard• Kensington Palace• Shakespeare’s Globe Exhibition & Theatre Tour• St Paul’s Cathedral• Thames River Cruise (City Cruises Thames River Pass)• Tower Bridge Exhibition• Westminster Abbey• The London Bridge Experience• ZSL London Zoo TOURS & ACTIVITIES• ArcelorMittal Orbit• Arsenal Stadium Tour• Beefeater Gin Distillery• Benjamin Franklin House• Brit Movie Tours• Chelsea FC Stadium Tour & Museum• Curzon Cinema Bloomsbury (Renoir)• Curzon Cinema Mayfair• Curzon Cinema Soho• Kia Oval Ground Tour• London Bicycle Tour• Twickenham Stadium Tour & World Rugby Museum MUSEUMS & PLACES OF INTEREST• Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew • Royal Observatory Greenwich • London Transport Museum • Cutty Sark• Florence Nightingale Museum• Freud Museum London• Hampton Court Palace• Household Cavalry Museum• London Bicycle Tour - Hire• Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising• Museum of London Docklands• National Maritime Museum Greenwich• Old Royal Naval College• Pollock's Toy Museum• Royal Albert Hall• The Garden Museum• The Guards Museum• The Monument to The Great Fire of London• The Postal Museum• Wembley Stadium Tour• Apsley House• Eltham Palace• Jewel Tower• Wellington Arch

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London: Tootbus Must See Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour + Cruise

5. London: Tootbus Must See Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour + Cruise

Hop on board the Must See London tour, sit back, relax, and (re)discover the city from a whole new perspective. See the best bits of London on this tour designed to see the most famous sights and incredible views of the city. Enjoy a tour past London's top attractions and landmarks including; Tower Bridge, Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, London Eye, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, National Gallery, and Downing Street. Start the tour at any of the bus stops. Be welcome on board whether you are a first-time visitor with just a few hours in town and want to get a taste of London or a Londoner who wants to experience the city differently. Download the Tootbus app to easily find your way around, follow the buses in real-time, and enjoy self-guided walking tours to help you explore more of London.

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East End: Street Art Walking Tour

6. East End: Street Art Walking Tour

Take a walking tour of one of London’s most vibrant areas, and discover the alternative scenes of fashionable East London. Meet your guide just outside the City of London (London’s historic financial district). Learn the history of the East End as you walk down streets covered in street art. Gain unique insights into the urban art and graffiti scene of the area from your knowledgeable guide. Wander through areas such as Spitalfields, Brick Lane, and trendy Shoreditch, and discover works from dozens of artists, depending on the option chosen. Street art by its nature constantly changes, which in turn means that these tours evolve on a regular basis and that you’ll get a unique experience.

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London: Vintage Bus Tour and London Eye Ticket

7. London: Vintage Bus Tour and London Eye Ticket

Travel back in time on a 4-hour tour of London. The combined sightseeing tour includes a ride on a vintage double-decker Routemaster bus and a short trip along the River Thames. End your excursion with spectacular views of the city from one of the panoramic pods of the London Eye. Head off for a tour of the city onboard a vintage double-decker bus. Pass historic attractions such as the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and the Tower of London. Admire Sir Christopher Wren’s iconic St. Paul’s Cathedral. Swap land for water and take a short trip along the River Thames, looking out for Shakespeare’s Globe, HMS Belfast, London Bridge, and much more. Back on dry land, re-join the bus and head for Buckingham Palace, home to the British royal family. You will arrive in time to see the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony, as soldiers dressed in their iconic scarlet tunics and busbies march to military music. Complete your London excursion with spectacular views across London’s rooftops as you enjoy a full circuit of the London Eye, the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel. Settle into one of the 32 high-tech glass capsules, which take approximately 30 minutes to completely revolve, and see Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey from a unique, elevated perspective.

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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Guided Tour

8. Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Guided Tour

Your expert guide will bring this extraordinary open-air theatre to life in a 50 minute guided tour of the auditorium. Listen to colorful stories of the 1599 Globe, the reconstruction process in the 1990s, and how the building works today as an imaginative and experimental theatre space. Admire the architecture of the playhouse, an accurate reconstruction of the building where Shakespeare worked, and for which he wrote many of his most famous plays. Take a seat within this wooden O and listen, absorb, and ask questions as the secrets of the Globe unfold.

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London: Harry Potter Walking Tour

9. London: Harry Potter Walking Tour

Start at the Monument to the Great Fire of London, discover how a baby dragon destroyed 80% of London, how magic was used to put out the fire, and how an innocent muggle was accused of starting the fire. After this, marvel at the stunning Victorian Leadenhall Market, a famous filming location thanks to its beautiful neo-gothic architecture, stunning color scheme, and cobblestone streets, and hear how dragons have a special place in the heart of modern-day London. Next, cross London Bridge and take in the sights, such as the Shard, The Tower of London, and HMS Belfast. Whilst on the bridge, hear how a daring driver crossed Tower Bridge in a double-decker bus as it was opening, with the bus full of passengers. Stroll along the river Thames visiting some of Bankside's most famous muggle and magical attractions, including Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, where some of the most powerful words in the English language have been performed on stage. Walk across Millennium Bridge and take a moment to close your eyes and feel the bridge swaying in the breeze. Once across the bridge, learn why it sways, and why death eaters attacked the bridge in the opening moments of The Half-Blood Prince. Carry on to St Paul's Cathedral and listen to how this site of religious worship goes back to the Romans, how the medieval church was once used as a stable, and how it survived the bombings of the London Blitz. Find out which famous wizards stood on the roof of this iconic building. From here, take either a bus or the train, with your guide, and journey from the City of London to the neighboring City of Westminster. Once in the City of Westminster, visit some of the magical places which inspired the writer J. K. Rowling to create the magical world of Harry Potter. Along the way, see Trafalgar Square and identify some of the fantastic beasts which live here, and how and why the square was used for the Harry Potter film premieres. Finally, explore some of the City of Westminster's most memorable filming locations from the Harry Potter film series before taking the underground train to visit Kings Cross, home of Platform 9 and 3/4.

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London: Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts with Platform 9 ¾

10. London: Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts with Platform 9 ¾

Join your tour wizard for a magical unforgettable 3-hour journey through the London locations of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts "Crimes of Grindelwald"! Starting your magical journey in the City of London, you’ll meet your Wizard Guide who will make sure that everyone is ready for an extraordinary adventure. Together, you’ll follow in the footsteps of your favorite Harry Potter characters such as Harry, Hermione, and Ron or Magizoologist Newt Scamander who finds himself waving farewell to New York in the “Crimes of Grindelwald” movie. You’ll enjoy unique access to some of the most famous London locations, including Diagon Alley, Leadenhall Market and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Your very own magical tour guide will help you to discover the real-life movie magic used to create the beloved Harry Potter prequel and original film series while visiting famous, real-life London locations.  Get the inside scoop on the London attractions that inspired J.K. Rowling’s vision, and see how real-life London magically merges with her invented world. Sights visited: • Harry Potter Platform 9 ¾  • Warner Bros Official Souvenir Shop at Kings Cross  • Diagon Alley – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter awaits • The Bank of England  • The Royal Exchange  • Dickens Lane in City of London  • The 14th century Leadenhall Market  • The Monument  • London Bridge  • Southwark Cathedral – 1,000 years old • The 13th century Borough Market – London’s oldest • The 16th century ship: Golden Hinde  • Winchestor Cathedral Archaeological Site  • The 12th century Clink Prison  • Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre  • The Death Eaters Millennium Bridge  • City of Westminster School - where Daniel Radcliffe went to school)  • St Paul’s Cathedral

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What people are saying about Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 12,808 reviews

We attended this tour with our daughters ages 10 & 7 on 12/27/21. Our tour guide Ana was a lovely person who really made the experience fun for the kids (and mom). They are excited to watch the movies again so that they can spot the filming locations we visited. It would be fairly impossible to find some of these locations on your own unless you are very familiar with London. I highly recommend this tour if you are visiting, especially with kids (or any HP fan, really). We finished around lunch time and still had time to make it to Windsor Castle for the afternoon tour there.

Whilst we live in London, we found this tour super fun and informative. We were taken to places that we didn't even know existed! Hagrid/John, our guide, is extremely knowledgeable and engaging throughout. Highly recommend this tour to all - locals or visitors!!

We really enjoyed our experience with Anais! She was a great tour guide and taught us a lot about the city and films. Definitely recommend!

Everyone had a good time. It was interactive and entertaining.

Great for all ages - an interesting tour of central london