It's a FREE tour! Ok you pay in the tip at the end based on what you got out of it. And it's well worth it!
This is the quick easy way to see all the big touristy things without spending a load of money. They take you to most the major spots, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, he guard stables, London Bridge, and even some lesser known historical spots. They actually have the only surviving beam from the bombing during the World War hidden in an alley! Speaking of alleys, you also get to go down the alley from the infamous Jack the Ripper murders.
The guides are super knowledgeable, super funny, and are a great time! The tour ends just down the road from the palace, so you can easily walk the main road from parliament to go see it. The guides will also point you in the direction of any other sites you want to see! I recommend this on one of the first days of your trip, or if you're there for a short time. You can knock the main picture spots out in a few hours!
I took the free walking tour, and it was a nice tour, but not super informative. There were children on our tour, whose parents did not care about keeping them quite or behaved, so the pace was far too slow as we were always waiting for the kids.
It was nice to hear fact about the city, but I don't think I learned anything that I couldn't have read on Wikipedia. If you're looking for a laid back, casual tour, this is great, although I would consider spending the money on a paid tour, as the tour guide begging for tips at the end meant this was exactly free...
This is my third tour now in Europe and one of the best ones I have done. Our tour guide (Andy) was awesome and gave all the British History you could possibly pack into the 3 hour tour. He was funny as well which helped too
We got a good tour of London going thru Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace, the British Museum, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and a few other sights along the way as well.
The History part like I said was great, I mean you get a crash course into British History and get the nitty gritty part of it as well. The tour flowed very nicely telling stuff about the queen, the history of the palace and other such important things as well. Ended at a really cool British pub where we ordered food and talked to the guide about other cool stuff to do while in town as well. Always a good thing to do these tours, 3 now and havent been let down yet!
Definitely a must do in London! We had Sonja and she was wonderful. She knew all of the facts, let us take bathroom breaks and was a born storyteller. It sounds lame but she was able to 'make the history come alive' and really made it fun to learn the history of everything we saw.
And best of all, it was free! You simply tip the guide however much you would like to give at the end. They are very good about the tipping as well, they don't say how much you should give or act pushy. Nice work.
A must do in London.
The free tour is awesome, a great way to see all the must see sights easily. The pace can be a bit quick but you get a lot out of the 2+ hours. Tour guide is knowledgeable and energetic.
A friend had told me about Sandemans before my recent trip to London, and when I saw an advertisement for the free walking tour on the back of one of my many travel brochures, I convinced the fam to try it out.
Our tour guide, Jo, was uber-cheery and knew a ton about the city's history. The group was fairly large but I had zero issues hearing or seeing or understanding. I learned far more in this 3 hour tour than I did from the hop-on-hop-off bus tour, and again it was FREEEEEE. I would highly recommend the tour to anyone going to London, and would definitely take one in any of their other cities.
I see nothing wrong with free tours. Sure they're cheesy and you're in a group following over-zealous individuals carrying flags, but they're engaging, provide a lot of knowledge, and the free Royal London tour is always a good starting point. Basically, I know the places I want to come back to on the rest of my trip after a free tour through the basic places.
I knew I wanted to come to evening choral service at Westminster Abby. I knew I wanted to go to the National Gallery and have lunch in Trafalgar square. I knew I wanted to spend a day reading a book in Green Park/Hyde Park. You don't need to reserve a place on the tour and they meet in very accessible locations (available in English and Spanish!)
I didn't go on the Old City tour since it was about 9 quid, but I used their suggestions to go to the Tate, Tower Bridge, St Pauls and a few other places.
But one of the best aspects of the New London Tours: the pub crawl (discount is you went to a free tour as well!)
They take you to 4 bars and 1 night club for about 11 quid. Free drink at some, drink specials at others and no cover/queue jump at the night club. Especially if you're traveling alone, it's a great way to meet new people for a fun evening.
In short, these tours offer history, cheap/free entertainment for travelers, nice walks in the city and copious amounts of alcohol. (Available in other cities as well) Does it really get better?
Home of the famous free tour!!!!
They offer 4 tours in London
-Royal London Walking Tour
-The Old City of London Tour
-The Grim Repers of London Tour
-Sandemans New London Pub Crawl
What's best about these tours are they don't require reservation and meet in four convenient locations. You learn a lot because the guides are full of knowledge and engaging They strive to keep you interested because they work off tips you give them at the end.
Don't forget to try their tours in other cities: Amsterdam, Berlin, Dublin, Edinburgh, Hamburg, Jerusalem, Madrid, Munich, Paris, and Tel Aviv
My girlfriend and I took the free your with John and a paid your with Jo. Both were brilliant! I am obsessed with all things Brit, the history, the sexy accent (hello!), the food is ok lol, and everything else. John was very helpful and answered everyones questions, believe it or not.
He took us all over the main touristy parts of London, some we Did already and some we didn't. It truly is helpful because you have someone telling you stories, both history and experience and it's funny or sad. So far, the tours we went on the guides were patient to allow us photos which I thoroughly appreciated as it was my first time out of the country.
After the end of the tour, tip well if it was free because my girlfriend has gone on many rubbish tours an paid loads for and she said these tours we went in we're the best ever, two of them being free people!!
Obviously I recommend these tours because you do learn a lot!!
Great free tour of all the must see sights
My friend and I took the free tour with John and the Old London tour with Jo. I think the former, free tour was excellent. The Old London tour was pretty good. We happened to hit the free tour during the changing of the guards which was perfect because I was sure my friend, this ring her first visit to London, would want to see it and this way we didn't have to make a special tip out there. John was exciting and knowledgable. He answered everyone's questions and seemed to be having fun. Jo gave us some good information but couldn't answer some question but she did a food job. The old London your involves a great deal of walking and a fewer number of stops then the free tour but I think they are both the best value around for the price.
We also took the sandman tour in Edinburgh which was brilliant as well. Win win for sandman tours. I will recommend them to everyone I know who travels.
Yay for walking tours! This is a great place to discover London and its vast wealth of history. Basically the tours are free but you should tip your guide after the tour because they work off tips (or so I was told).
My guide, Thomas, was a sarcastic and funny individual and was very well informed about London and UK history in general. What better way to teach history than via a funny guy. Thomas made the tour go by fast and definitely didn't made history enjoyable.
I thought this tour was far more interesting than the Old City Tour. Basically the Old City Tour just took you around New London and they explained what was in certain areas before. Not as enjoyable.
The tour started out at Hyde Park Corner. Me and my friend went to their Royal London Free Tour. I think the tour guides are usually some college kid.
We checked out Hyde Park Corner* Buckingham Palace * The Changing of the Guard** Churchill's War Cabinet Bunker* The Houses of Parliament* St. Martin-in-the-Fields* Westminster Abbey* Trafalgar Square* Nelson's Column* Wellington Arch* St. James's Park* 10 Downing St.* Horseguards* Whitehall* Big Ben
The tour is free, but it's up you. We donated in the end.
ive been to london twice and both times i took this FREE tour. how can you not like a free tour? the guides (i had giles - don't remember the name of the first one) are super friendly, helpful and knowledgable. they do this all on a tip basis and takes you around a very good part of london.
i suggest doing this the first day. this way you get adjusted to the area and see a lot of the major attractions, thus allowing you to decide where you want to go next and stay at longer the days after. this tour only gives you an overview and you dont stay at each attraction long, so if you want to go back you can decide which is worth to do so.
they have two tours each day once at 11am and once at 1pm. the 11am one might be a good choice since you'll see the changing of the guards which happens then. each tour is about 2.5 hours, so bring walking shoes!
Charles Dickens used to watch people on the bridge, sitting on one the niches on the bridge. I believe this was the first London Bridge. One the niches of old bridge can be seen by the public at Guy's Hospital.
As a commuter it just feels like a very functional bridge. Very fast paced, and hectic. Wide pavements, people looking miserable and rushing, trying to avoid the tourists. It is so wide and ugly it has an unattractive 'motorway' feel to it. Noisy, full of heavy traffic and cars and you wonder how long the bridge has got left with all that heavy traffic on. It was not designed for such heavy traffic. Very gray to look at, really needs brightening up with flowers, and perhaps some nice red tarmac. It needs a bit of a facelift.
It is much nicer on a Sunday evening when many people have gone, and a lot of the traffic, you can enjoy the views. On a windy, rainy day, it is very exposed. It is an exciting bridge, in its own concrete, exposed, hectic way..but not my favourite.
Bridge Addict: 4/10
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