Category Archives: Luxury London Tours

Windsor Castle

windsor castle uk private toursWindsor Castle is one of HM The Queen’s official residences, and one of the jewels in the crown of England’s heritage.

Located about 20 miles west of London, it was established as a defensive fortress by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, making it the oldest inhabited castle in the world. By the 13th century the castle had become an alternative home for the kings and queens of England because of its location on the River Thames, making it accessible from London. Since then it has grown in size and prestige to become also the largest continually inhabited castle in the world.

Today, The Queen still enjoys many weekends here with the Royal family. During most of the year, even when she is in residence, one can still visit the sumptuous state apartments used for formal entertaining by Her Majesty. These apartments, and the beautiful St George’s Chapel, are an expression of England’s greatness as a world power, and a testament to the wonders of medieval architecture.

Hampton Court

Hampton Court PalaceKing Henry VIII also used Windsor Castle but lavished huge sums of money in developing another royal palace, Hampton Court.

Let our Blue Badge guide escort you around the original Tudor kitchens where over 600 meals were prepared and cooked every day! See also Henry’s magnificent Great Hall where his court was fed, before viewing the chapel where he married the last of his six wives, Kateryn Parr. Henry and his court are at the palace most days to welcome you and involve you in the scheming of sixteenth century court life!

Much of Henry’s apartments were demolished in the seventeenth century to allow for the extensive remodeling by Sir Christopher Wren of the palace for King William and Queen Mary in the English baroque classical style. Their apartments overlook the formal Italianate gardens, part of the 60 acres of formal gardens that can be enjoyed during your visit, and for the young at heart there is also the seventeenth century maze that can be visited. On your journey home to central London your guide will journey through the 2000 acre Richmond Park, formerly used for hunting, and now home to over 600 red and fallow deer.

8 hour Windsor castle and Hampton Court tour £525/£550

The cost includes the use of a driver guide and his vehicle and is NOT the rate per person. The lower price is for up to 4 passengers and the higher for 5/6 passengers. All parking charges are included but admission fees are additional.

‘When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life’. Samuel Johnson 1777 Many writers have been inspired to write about London and its inhabitants, due to the variety and complexity of the metropolis. The earliest of these is the father of English literature, Geoffrey Chaucer, who, in the late 14th century related… Continue Reading

Royal Greenwich Royal Maritime Greenwich is a World Heritage site with over 600 years of history, its significance being its royal and maritime heritage. One of the most dramatic ways of visiting this site is by boat from central London. The Palace of Placentia, as it was known, was built close to the River Thames… Continue Reading

Art The art collections in London are unsurpassed anywhere in the world, and accessible to the public often free of charge. Despite only being open since 2000, Tate Modern gallery now boasts being one of London’s top attractions with over 6 million visitors per year, to see the very best in twentieth century and contemporary… Continue Reading

Private London Tours London is arguably the most vibrant, multicultural city in the world. It is a place that has continued to reinvent itself during its history of over 2000 years. As a qualified and experienced Blue Badge tour guide I will reveal both its historical past, and its status as a modern economic hub… Continue Reading

A tour of London for American Visitors This tour of London is inspired by the friendship between America and England. Ever since the original colonists arrived in New England on the Mayflower in 1620, there have been cultural and spiritual ties between our two nations. Your Blue Badge tourist guide will be pleased to share… Continue Reading