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Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace
Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace | © Britainonview

Educate, inform and entertain your family with a Guidelines tour of London's surprises and delights. Our child-friendly guides understand how best to unlock London's worlds of literature, music and history — always with the emphasis on fun!

Showing your children the pageantry and magic of London is a special assignment. The Crown Jewels, the London Zoo penguins, Harry Potter's Diagon Alley, the Queen's Guards, Princess Diana's Peter Pan playground — our guides are more than ready to lead you on an enchanting tour of children's London.

Teenagers will enjoy the vintage shopping, boutiques and attractions that Londoners their own age flock to see, and will return home with first-hand knowledge of places behind the history and literature they are reading at school.

Vehicles for family tours come with safety seats for the little ones and great visibility, so everyone can relax and watch as London unfolds just for you.

Child-friendly attractions in London

  • London Eye

    The London Eye

    The London Eye, the giant ferris wheel on the south bank of the Thames, stands 443 ft tall and provides amazing views across the city.
  • World-famous London Zoo

    A trip to London Zoo is perfect for people of all ages, with over 750 species of animal to see. No Harry Potter fan will want to miss the Reptile House!
  • Madame Tussauds (pre-booked tickets required)

    See how you measure up next to wax figures of pop stars, world leaders, sporting heros, Hollywood stars and famous historical figures.
  • Tower of London and the Crown Jewels

    The Tower of London has been standing guard over the city for nearly 1000 years. As a Royal Palace, fortress, prison, place of execution and jewel house, it has witnessed many great events in British history.
  • Changing of the Guard or the Mounted Soldiers at Horseguards

    Watch the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony in front of Buckingham Palace, or see the horses and soldiers at nearby Horseguards.
  • St. Paul's Cathedral

    Climb to the top of the Dome for some amazing views, and be amazed at the acoustics in the Whispering Gallery.
  • Dinosaur

    The Monument to the Great Fire of London

    Climb all 311 steps to the top of the Monument for fantastic views across the city, and a certificate to mark your achievement.
  • London Transport Museum

    London Transport Museum has many vehicles on display, ranging from underground steam trains, horse-drawn and electric trams, to tube trains and classic buses, plus many fascinating exhibitions and exhibits.
  • The London Aquarium

    Home to one of Europe's largest collections of global marine life, London Aquarium features a glass tunnel that allows visitors to walk underneath a tropical ocean.
  • Trafalgar Square

    Home to Nelson's Column, and the giant Lion statues.
  • Brass Rubbing

    For something a little different, why not try brass rubbing — a great way to get hands-on with history!
  • Covent Garden

    Covent Garden is great for lunch stops, street entertainers and shopping in small boutiques and market stalls.
  • Hamleys Toy shop or 'teen friendly' shopping districts

    Hamleys toy shop on Regent Street opened in 1881 and continues to wow children with five floors of toys. Teenagers will enjoy the fashions in London's trendy shopping districts.
  • Harry Potter Locations

    Visit the locations used in the Harry Potter movies, such as Diagon Alley, the Leaky Cauldrons, Gringotts Bank, The Ministry of Magic, and Platform 9 and three quarters.
  • The gruesome London Dungeon

    The London Dungeon recreates many horrific and gory scenes from history, such as Medieval torture methods, the great plague of 1665, Sweeney Todd and Jack the Ripper, using live actors, special effects and rides to appeal to younger visitors.
  • Child-friendly River Trips

    Rib trip — a fast and wet speed boat trip, or the Duck Trip on an amphibious vehicle.
  • Guided Cycle Tours of London

    For the more energetic, a cycle tour of London is a great way to see the city.
  • HMS Belfast

    Princess Diana's Playground and Memorial Fountain

    The Princess Diana Playground and Memorial Fountain is a lovely, child-friendly area in Hyde Park.
  • Science Museum

    The Science Museum — with its fabulous hands-on, brains-on gallery 'Launchpad' — is both fun and educational.
  • Natural History Museum

    See the amazing collection of over 70 million items in this spectacular Victorian building, including its famous dinosaur skeletons and robot T-Rex.
  • H.M.S. Belfast

    Experience life on board a Royal Navy cruiser that fought in WWII. H.M.S. Belfast is part of the Imperial War Museum.
  • The Golden Hinde

    Board the replica of The Golden Hinde, the English galleon that sailed around the world in the 1570s.
  • The Royal Mews

    The Queen's horses, carriages and cars are displayed at The Royal Mews
  • Child at Legoland

    Legoland

    Legoland is a fantastic theme park a short distance outside London.
  • Hampton Court Palace

    Find out about the Palace's ghosts, then explore the famous maze, children's history trails, gardens and woodlands, and perhaps even see a display of knights jousting.
  • Museum of Childhood

    The Museum houses the national collection of toys and games, children's costume and dolls and doll houses, with plenty of hands-on exhibits.
  • Darwin's Down House

    It was at Down House that Charles Darwin researched and wrote On the Origin of Species, his theory of evolution. The house is preserved as a museum, with interactive multimedia tours, exciting experiments, a honey bee observatory, fun games inspired by Darwin's experiments and extensive gardens.

Tour Rates

Vehicle Seats Half day Short Day Full day
Executive Car Information about vehicles Up to 3 passengers £405 £477 £563
Prestige Car Information about vehicles Up to 3 assengers £450 £522 £630
Luxury MPV Information about vehicles Up to 6 assengers £450 £522 £630
Platinum - Driver, Luxury Vehicle and Separate Guide  Up to 6 passengers £522 £657 £801
Mercedes Minicoach Information about vehicles Up to 12 passengers £648 £756 £920

Rates are per vehicle, not per person. Entrance fees, parking, meals and refreshments not included.

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John was more than a match for our family and was an outstanding guide. Tommy said John is sooooo cool! Thanks for making our vacation! The boys still claim you're the coolest guy ever...high praise!
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