Luxury Cultural Tour of London

At a Glance

Join us for a fully guided cultural tour of England’s incredible capital city.

With one of our hand-picked local guides leading the way, let us take you off the beaten track, ensuring you see all the sights while immersing you in a London enjoyed only by those who know it best.

Enjoy a luxury boat ride on the River Thames, passing landmarks such as the Tower of London, Shakespeare’s Globe and the London Eye. Marvel at some of the world’s finest treasures in the Tate Modern, National Gallery and British Museum. Catch one of the glittering West End’s very best shows and musicals or explore internationally-renowned shopping destinations such as Oxford Street to Seven Dials.

While you’re in the city, don’t miss the chance to visit London’s beautiful green spaces. Stroll through Greenwich Park to the Royal Observatory, or Kensington Gardens to Kensington Palace. Paddle on the Hyde Park boating lake, see Buckingham Palace from St James’s Park, meet the animals at London Zoo or spot deer at Richmond Park and Bushy Park.

Whether this is your first visit to London or your fifth, an Active England tour is certain to show you a side of London that you’ll never forget.

Your Itinerary

Upon arriving in London, a chauffeur will meet and drive to your hotel. With the rest of the day to find your feet, our local Active England guide will be on-hand to stroll with you down to bustling Soho and the world-class shopping facilities on Oxford Street. Or if you’d prefer, we can take you for a leisurely afternoon in one of London’s picturesque parks. On each evening of your trip, our guide will make dinner reservations, helping you make the absolute most of the city’s thriving culinary scene.

Today we enjoy a private boat ride along the iconic River Thames. Travelling from Embankment down to leafy Greenwich, pass some of London’s most recognisable landmarks, learning along the way about the city’s rich history, heritage and architecture. Leaving the river behind, we drop in at the breath-taking Royal Observatory and introduce you to one of London’s best pop-up eateries, before exploring Greenwich’s famous arts and crafts markets. On our way back, we visit the south side of the Thames, pausing to admire the Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe. In the afternoon, we have the opportunity to visit the Notting Hill, famous for its antiques shops, or pop into the picturesque boroughs of Chelsea and Kensington. If you’d like to end your day with an evening at the theatre, our Active England guide can arrange tickets on your behalf. Wherever your London adventure calls you, we’ll be more than happy to lead the way.

We set out on a morning visit to Westminster, home to some of England’s most famous landmarks. Step inside Westminster Abbey, the 1,000-year-old Gothic church used for coronations and royal weddings, and admire the Palace of Westminster, where the Houses of Parliament meet. Delve deep underground to explore the Churchill War Rooms, a secret subterranean base used by the Prime Minister during the Second World War, before coming face-to-face with Buckingham Palace, the London residence and administrative headquarters of the monarchy. During the afternoon, there’ll be opportunity to do some further exploring on your own. As the evening approaches, top off your final day with a classic cocktail, glass of wine or pint of locally-brewed beer in one London’s favourite pubs and bars.

After checking out from your hotel, your guide will be more than happy to take you to the airport or train station for your onward travel. To complement your time in the city with a taste of the English countryside, be sure to check out our luxury walking and biking trips. With the Cotswolds, the South West or even the Lake District just a few short hours away, don’t miss out on your chance to explore some of England’s most treasured regions.

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Handpicked Accommodation

3* Option - London

3* Option - London

County Hall
A Grade II Listed building located on London's South Bank. Next to the London Eye, opposite the Houses of Parliament and walking distance from West End and Theatreland.

4* Option - London

4* Option - London

Kimpton Fitzroy
A 19th-century beauty meets the London of today. From the outside, the landmark building, which occupies a full block along the eastern side of Russell Square in Bloomsbury, looks every bit the part of grande dame. Inside, though, contemporary interiors beckon the discerning traveler to settle in and stay a while.

5* Option - London

5* Option - London

The London EDITION, Fitzrovia
The London EDITION offers both a reinvention of its landmark building and the luxury hotel experience. Located in Fitzrovia on the edge of Soho, the boutique hotel blends thoughtful design and intuitive service with excellent dining and nightlife in a space that boldly brings together the past with the present.

What our guides say...

London is full of history, culture and art so let us take you along the backroads to soak it all up.

Gaby
  • All accommodation as indicated on the itinerary
  • All breakfasts and 2 x dinners (excluding dinner drinks)
  • Walking poles
  • GPS routes, provided via RideWithGPS (app available for Apple or Android)
  • All special events, iconic points of interests and entrance fees
  • All transportation from rendezvous to farewell locations
  • All baggage transportation
  • All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
  • Services of professional local guides

We have handpicked the best family run, independent and country hotels, pubs and guest houses. Cosy and with informal dining, these country hotels are friendly and relaxed, with great menus with locally sourced food and ales. Our handpicked accommodation is 3* with the option to upgrade to 4* for an additional cost.

This tour is rated moderate, meaning it’s appropriate for guests who enjoy a good walk or cycle ride and can handle an incline. Our time spent exploring the city is an excellent way to prepare for some of our more vigorous countryside itineraries. Alternatively, the gentle activity on this tour is an ideal way to slow down before your journey home.

We’ll provide all equipment needed such as walking poles.

Our holidays are designed to be completely relaxing, with the start of our tours sitting within easy reach of major transport hubs. As the rail networks are the quickest, most convenient way of travelling from the airport into central London, we will advise you on which train to catch ahead of your arrival. Alternatively, we can arrange a private transfer directly from the airport to your hotel.

End-of-tour location: Heathrow or Gatwick Airport

Why go on a guided holiday?
Our guides are the beating heart of our tours and can make all the difference to the enjoyment of your walking holiday – so we make sure to choose them VERY carefully! They are driven, knowledgeable, know how to have A LOT of fun and importantly will take you on the ‘road less travelled’ and know the best spots for making your tour truly different and truly magical!

What’s the weather like? 

We’d always recommend preparing for sunshine and showers so remember to bring your waterproofs as well as your suncream!

Make this trip private

Our private tours offer complete freedom to customize your trip. Base your tour on one of our scheduled departures, or tailor a bespoke experience to match your every expectation. We love combining our knowledge of England with our expertise in planning and delivering the best adventure trips.

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Carbon Footprint

What’s the Number?
Nearly everything has a carbon footprint. Together with ecollective, we’ve measured the carbon impact of not only every tour we operate but our entire business. We’ve taken into account greenhouse gas emissions across the business including office, travel, website, vehicles, accommodation, activities, food, suppliers…

What does the number mean?
We’re going to improve this by measuring and reducing our footprint each year. That means working with our suppliers to make changes that have a more positive impact on us and the planet. What does this look like in reality?

  • Redesign trips to reduce our carbon impact
  • Working closely with all our suppliers across England to join us on our decarbonisation journey
  • Switching up our vehicle fleet to electric
  • Investing in projects that permanently remove carbon from the atmosphere for any emissions that remain.

We’ve got a long way to go but we’re on our way to net-zero
We’re committed to reducing our impact on the planet and working towards a sustainable future. We’ve taken ownership of our carbon footprint and are on a mission to reduce our emissions year on year.

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