Astral Travels UK sightseeingtours spacer graphic
SITEMAP. See the best of London with The Original London Sightseeing Tour. Board the famous open-top buses and enjoy entertaining live-guided commentaries in English or digitally recorded multi-lingual commentaries in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian or Japanese. You will receive a 24-hour hop-on hop-off ticket that can be used on all 5 of their tour routes and will also include a fantastic free Thames Cruise as well as the unique Kids' Club which provides an educational but fun alternative for 5-12 year olds. The Original Tour operates daily from 9am to 5pm except Christmas Day. The buses run every 20 minutes LONDON LINKS. A flight on the London Eye, the world's highest observation, is an unrivalled experience. As you rise to an incredible 135 metres above the River Thames, the 30 minute rotation provides stunning panoramic views of the city and reveals parts of London which are simply not visible from the ground. For a truly stunning view, visit at sunset or after dark and see the city awash with colour and famous landmarks floodlit. Each capsule is fully enclosed, air-conditioned and holds up to 25 passengers with bench seating provided. Enjoy a 40 minute sightseeing cruise on the Thames with fascinating live commentary presented by trained guides. Audio commentary also available in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Dutch, Russian and Japanese. Highlights include the Tower of London, Houses of Parliament, Shakespeare's Globe, HMS Belfast, the 'wobbly' Millennium Bridge and Tate Modern. The cruise departs from Waterloo pier at the London Eye. The boat has both in-door seating and a sun deck and is fully wheel chair accessible. Toilets are available onboard. 1st TIME 2 LONDON. Founded by William the Conqueror in 1066-7 and enlarged and modified by successive sovereigns, today the Tower of London is one of the world's most famous and spectacular fortresses and home to the Crown Jewels Discover its 900-year history as a royal palace and fortress, prison and place of execution, mint, arsenal, menagerie and jewel house. CONTACT W2L. Enjoy fast track entry to Madame Tussauds. At Madame Tussauds you will experience what it is like to be famous as you join a host of the world’s hottest celebrities with a range of interactive experiences. We’re giving you a VIP pass to join the celebs in Blush to sing, dance and perform with Beyonce, Britney, and Kylie and make J-Lo blush, Or can you put twinkle in Robbie Williams’ eye or give Brad Pitt’s bum a squeeze without him having you escorted off the premises! Have your say on international politics at a press conference with Tony Blair and George Bush and join the Queen for a private audience. Welcome2London Home.  Tourist Information
London is the place where the historic past and the vibrant present come alive. A blend of history, ground-breaking architecture and culture has created an amazing and constantly evolving city. TOURIST INFO. London is a very accessible city; it has five international airports, an efficient road network and extensive Underground, train, bus, and taxi services. The city is famous for a wealth of history and culture. Home to Britain’s national art collections, the Royal family and a host of major attractions, London’s rich history, striking architecture and over 200 museums offer a unique cultural experience.
LONDON SIGHTSEEING.  London is one of the world’s most remarkable and exciting cities. It has something to offer every type of traveller. This vibrant metropolis embraces the diverse cultures of its population, reflected through cuisine, shops, music and colourful festivals.
LONDON ATTRACTIONS. London is home to some of the world's most famous landmarks. Take a personal driver/guided seven hour tour around this ancient city taking in some of the most magnificent sights you can imagine. The gothic towers of London Bridge, the awe and splendour of the Houses of Parliament with its famous Big Ben tower, to the majesty of the Queen's home, Buckingham Palace and the lights and sounds of London's centre of nightlife, Piccadilly Circus.
Windsor Castle was described by Samuel Pepys as “the most romantic castle that is in the World”. Established in the 11th century by William the Conqueror, it has been remodeled by successive kings and queens. A visit to the Castle includes the magnificent State Apartments, lavishly furnished with treasures from the Royal Collection; St George’s Chapel, the Drawings Gallery, Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House and from October to March, Georges IV’s sumptuous private apartments. Kensington Palace has been a royal residence since 1689 and part of the palace remains a private residence for members of the Royal Family today. Visitors can explore the magnificent State Apartments and the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection, which includes dresses worn by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Diana, Princess of Wales. Package includes multilingual sound guide in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Tower Bridge has stood over the River Thames in London since 1894 and is one of the finest, most recognisable bridges in the World. At the Tower Bridge Exhibition you can enjoy breath-taking views from the high-level walkways and learn about the history of the Bridge and how it was built. You can then visit the Victorian engine rooms, home to the original steam engines that used to power the bridge. Enjoy fast track entry to the London Dungeons. A unique combination of real history, horror and humour bring gruesome goings-on back to life in the 21st century. The London Dungeon invites you to a unique feast of fun with history’s horrible bits. Live actors, a ride, shows and special effects transport you back to those black, bleak times. Are you brave enough to delve into the darkest chapters of history.
Astral Travels spacer graphic
» The London Tourist Calendar

We think London is at its best in the last two weeks of September. But there's actually plenty to do and see the year round. Weather is likely to be a major factor and it often surprises visitors to find that August is quite a wet month. The weather patterns have been shifting over the past few years so the 'Azores High' (this has nothing to do with drugs) which builds over the Atlantic and supplies Britain's summer has been happening later and later, and in 2008 didn;t happen - meaning no summer. It was quite grim and conversations came round to talk of emigration for a bit of sun.
For a list of military ceremonial events (there are a surprising number, not just changing of the guard) see the Army's Website. Actually it can be more fun to attend a rehearsal of an event such as 'Trooping of the Colour' consult the list before you come.   For the official public events calendar click HERE

London Calendar:

January: Often a pleasant month - not too cold, and not too wet. The very end of the month sees Atlantic gales blowing in. The Sales are on and everyone is shopping crazy. The theatres & concert halls are getting back to normal after the Christmas rush: good ticket availability. On the 1st a (crap) New-York style parade through the centre of town. Positive: sales, xmas theatre season still on, but easier to get tickets. Negative: people have the post-xmas blues, can be overcast.

February: Unpleasant. Not cold - but dull with low cloud and rain. Those in the know are off skiing. Little to recommend the month apart from low hotel prices. Theatre and music often quite good by compensation. Chinese new year celebrations (lunar, so shifts) in Soho - nice day out, if crowded. At end of month (depends on the lunar feast of Easter) there can be a half term holiday week for schoolchildren when things get chaotic - avoid.

March: like February, only less so. Unsettled weather: some sun but also wet and windy. Where there's an early Easter things get better: school half-term holidays can liven things up (movable feast). Oxford/Cambridge boat race usually last weekend. British Summer time begins end of March. Woefully optimistic.

April: weather getting better though often wet and windy. Some optimists hold 'Spring festivals' of theatre, music etc. asnd are usually disappointed. London Marathon. Watch out for Easter. Bank (ie public) Holiday 1st April.

May: most Brits vainly hope summer is upon them in May, and are cruelly disappointed. Although it is getting warmer and there is more sunshine, showers betray the foolhardy. Extremely hard to predict the weather. However, with changing weather pattens (see above) there has often been a 'window' of good weather late May/early June for a couple of weeks, before the 'monssoon' sets in. May day is celebrated in Oxford and sometimes in London (eg Hampstead, Greenwich) with Morris-dancing and other festive treats - eg sweeps day in Rochester. Football cup-final (usually). Coin Street Festival on South Bank. Chelsea Flower show. First Monday is a bank holiday.

June: Generally dry and sunny but can still upset as brief storms blow in off the Atlantic. Some venues like the Barbican can be beginning their Summer shut-down. Pub-theatres and other small venues begin their pre-Edinburgh run of comedy and short plays. Horse guards - trooping of the colour and beating the retreat rehearsals - first week. Royal Academy summer exhibition of dreadful painting. City of London Festival (good) of theatre and music, Covent Garden Festival. Wimbledon tennis championships. The Derby and Ascot horseracing.

July: It's summer and warm enough to wear just a tee shirt - usually. Don't forget that umbrella though as the storms are now coming in from another direction. Music drying up in preparation for the Proms. Hampton Court flower show (this one's actually for gardeners)

August: Dearth of theatre as most companies are up in Edinburgh for the festival. Proms are on every night suffocating other music venues. Countryside in bloom. Lots of tourists - hotel prices soar. Notting Hill carnival last weekend in August (avoid). Last Monday usually a bank holiday is a bank holiday.

September: The best time to visit London. Warm, usually dry, especially the latter half. Mayor's Thames festival (usually middle of month) and Open House weekend (usually its end) when you can visit buildings usually closed to the public (recommended). Theatre back from Edinburgh with a host of new shows. Proms ends with its last night and the new music. Opera and theatre season begins. Pleasant slightly misty evenings. Seafood festival in Hay's Galleria. Soho Jazz festival (good).

October: Like September but shorter days and less buzz. Or it can rain. Unpredictable. That Indian Summer is trying to work its way in but has to push out a lot of rainclouds to do so. Theatre and music good. In 2001 there were many, many days of warm, sunny weather, but one month's rain fell in one day, screwing up the rainfall averages and causing flooding in central and eastern Britain. British Summer time ends end of the month - expect a glum week as the nights draw in. The

November: truly Autumnal: the battle is on between the fading Indian summer and the next lot of wintery rainclouds. Rarely bad weather for more than a couple of days. Wear a jacket over your teeshirt. The 5th is Guy Fawkes night when Catholics are burned on bonfires across England (actually only straw dummies) and fireworks are let off. Lord Mayor's show (this is in the City.. not usually as good as the London Mayor's festival (London is actually tweo cities, The City of London and The City of Westminster, hence two competing Mayors - the former is in thrall to bankers and pampers to their every whim, the latter is political).

December: Chilly but often dry. Shopping frenzy pre-christmas. Most businesses do most of their trade in this month. Pretty lights in streets. Lots of very drunken office parties in latter half. Christmas week is dead. New Year's eve celebrations in Trafalgar Square. If able book the new year away, either out of London in Norfolk of the northwest of Scotland, or in North Norfolk - or on a mountain with good skiing.



Discount Tours of London - Great Value

Visit London Tourist InformationLondon Sightseeing PassApproved Tourist Website.

SPECIAL OFFERS. Discounts on the best of London sightseeing tours.
  London Tours - London is one of the world's greatest cities. Over the course of two thousand years it has generated a story which now encaptures millions of visitors every year. From the Romans to the Vikings, the Normans to the Tudors, all have left their mark. Artists as diverse as Shakespeare, Dickens, Turner, Mozart, Henry James and the Beatles have all found inspiration here.
 London by night tourist image


Astral Travels spacer graphic
Astral Travels UK sightseeingtours spacer graphic