Big Ben to Covent Garden

Experience iconic London with the perspective of a Local Host, enjoy the less well-known side of this glorious city.
  • Big Ben and Westminster Abbey
  • Admmiralty Arch
  • Change of the guard
  • Neils Yard
  • St James Park

Area Overview

Loved by locals
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Tourist hotspot
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Average prices
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Child friendly
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Shopping
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Places to eat
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Bars
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Nightlife
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Culture
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Sightseeing
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Not a lot
A lot

Iconic, Historic, Beautiful

This tour is essential to anyone who is serious about exploring the best of London. With your savvy Local Host you can rediscover the original charm and lively character of this extremely vibrant part of the city. Travel through the best parts of two royal parks, which connect Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace, stopping along the way at the best pubs and cafes used by real Londoners and not tourists. Stroll down an impressive street for shopping, taking in the world-renowned shop names that are known for being frequented by members of the royal family and their staff. Take in the stunning views of the surrounding areas while you sip on a tasty G&T at a swanky bar. Then allow your Local Host to lead you towards the charming, old-style covered market that is Covent Garden, stopping to see the Royal Opera House and other exciting venues. This tour is great for all ages.


London Deans yard door
London Admiralty arch
London Buckingham Palace
London Deans yard entrance
London Covent Garden
London Covent Garden
London Eye from Westminster Bridge
London Neals Yard Covent Garden
London Piccadilly
London St James Park flowers
London St James Park pond
London Trafalgar Square
London Westminster Abbey

Itinerary

Here is a suggested itinerary to allow you to experience as much of the area in a few hours. After booking we can adapt the tour to suit your interests and preferences.

From Price: £45.00
10:00

Take in the sights of Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey & Buckingham Palace

  • Join your Local Host to explore this iconic part of London where you will get to see the famous sights of Big Ben & the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace as well as a charming square that is hardly known by most visitors. If there is a Change of the Guard at Buckingham Palace on that day, your Local Host will guide you to try and get a good spot so that you can witness the legendary ceremony.

11:30

Wander around the oldest of London's Royal Parks

  • The oldest of the capital's eight Royal Parks, St James' Park is a real gem at the heart of ceremonial London. If it's a sunny day, your Local Host will guide you to a spot where you will have the opportunity to capture some wonderful photos of the London Eye and the Horse Guards Parade in the background

12:15

Sip on a cocktail or coffee whilst taking in some of the best views of Central London

  • Your Local Host will take you to one of central London's best rooftop bars which offers some breathtaking views of the capital. Surprisingly, not very many visitors knows about this spot!

13:00

Check-out one of the most famous shopping streets in the capital

  • Your Local Host will guide you towards the famous Piccadilly Circus where you will undoubtedly want to snap some photos. You will then have the chance to explore one of London's most famous shopping streets and your Local Host will be able to suggest the best places for you to shop depending on your preferences and budget.

14:00

Visit the charming Covent Garden market

  • Follow your Local Host along a less touristy path to discover the many charms of Covent Garden which go beyond the main market and the Royal Opera House


About this tour

Take in the well-known sights of Big Ben, Parliament, and Westminster Abbey. Witness Her Majesty’s swans idyllically gliding through the ponds of the royal parks. Stroll past the palace— before cutting up to Westminster’s best street for shopping! Wander past the upmarket grocers used by the Queen (actually used by her staff). Navigate through the numerous squares and backstreets that lead to Covent Garden, with its glorious covered market. The two floors of market shops and stalls are fabulous for discovering unique handmade or designer treasures to take home. Delightful musicians and street-performers frequent the market. Enjoy Westminster local style.

General Info
  • From £45.00 per person
  • Max 6 people per tour
Inclusions
  • 4 hours with one of our Local Hosts who is very familiar with the area
  • Additional time with our Local Host if you have added any extra time
  • Planning of a personalised itinerary
Exclusions
  • Food & drinks
  • Any transport other than walking (although this can be organised at additional cost)
  • Tickets to venues if you have selected any (can be organised if required)

Who are the Local Hosts

Our Local Hosts love showing visitors the best of the city and not as their main job. We have a handpicked community of Local Hosts that are all vetted and insured, all of whom are London residents that know their city intimately and want to share it with others, so for you it would be almost like meeting a friend that lives in the city who is going to show you around.

We have selected Local Hosts that know central London well and who will be able to make your visit exceptionally better than if you went on your own.

Meet our Local Hosts that love & know Big Ben to Covent Garden

  • I am a History student at Goldsmiths college and, having lived in London my whole life, I want people to fall in love with the city just as much as I have!

    Languages
    English
    Passions
    Museum, Concerts, Historical, Talks
    Locations
    Central, Brixton, Greenwich, Hampstead
  • I am an Architecture BA (Hons) graduate. Going to the gym, exercising and staying fit is one of my favourite hobbies; I enjoy working out similar to body building and trying to stay healthy. I also enjoy Mixed Martial Arts. Art is also a big interest of mine and in my spare time I produce my own to try and keep my artistic skills sharp.

    Languages
    English
    Passions
    Art, Nightlife
    Locations
    Central, Soho
  • I am a West London based Musician and Stage Manager, who enjoys all the cultural and artistic events London has to offer.

    Languages
    English
    Passions
    Art, Food, Music, Drinking
    Locations
    Central, Barbican, Belgravia and Knightsbridge, Brick Lane, Camden, Chelsea, Chiswick, City of London, Covent Garden, Dalston, Earl's Court, Fitzrovia, Fulham, Hammersmith, Hampstead, Highbury, Highgate, Hoxton and De Beauvoir, Islington, Kensington, Little Venice, Marylebone, Mayfair, Notting Hill, Pimlico, Putney, Richmond, Shepherd's Bush, Shoreditch, Soho, South Bank, South Kensington, St John's Wood and Primrose Hill, Victoria, West Kensington
  • Hi, I'm Jenni! I have lived in and around London all my life, and have loved exploring and getting to know the city while studying French and Italian at UCL. I love all things theatre and food.

    Languages
    English, French
    Passions
    Food, Culture, Outside Spaces, Child friendly, Musicals, Children 3-7, Children 8-11, Teenagers 12-16
    Locations
    Central, Fitzrovia, West End
  • I am a recent psychology graduate, with bubbly, outgoing personality! I love people and always find it rewarding when I can help them in any manner. Having lived in London my entire life, I understand how daunting and unfriendly it can be. However, once you get to know it, London is truly the greatest city in the world. I have lived in East, North and South-East London and have worked all across Central and South-West London. So I have a working knowledge of all those places, however I know South-East and East London the best.

    Languages
    English, Arabic
    Passions
    Food, Shopping, Drinking
    Locations
    Central, East, South East, Barbican, Brick Lane, Covent Garden, Crystal Palace, Dulwich, Elephant and Castle, Greenwich, Holborn, London Bridge, Peckham, Shoreditch, Soho, South Bank, Spitalfields, Whitechapel
  • My name is Holly and I'm a 25 year-old actress and musician. Music and theatre are my two main passions and my work takes me to the best dive bars, pub theatres, hidden gems of converted spaces, famous buildings and arenas all over the city. If you want to explore the trendiest neighbourhoods in London and discover the music and artistic scene of the city, from jazz, to rock and opera, I would love to show you around. I know Shoreditch and East London very well and I would be great company on an unscripted walk-around the area.

    Languages
    English
    Passions
    Food, Culture, Music, Nightlife, Theatre, Gigs, Concerts, Music, Zoo, Festivals, Spirits & Wine, Musicals, Opera, Drinking, Pubs, Jazz, Rock, Football (Soccer), Caribbean
    Locations
    Central, Barbican, Brick Lane, Camden, City of London, Covent Garden, Dalston, Farringdon, Finsbury Park and Manor House, Greenwich, Hackney, Haggerston, Hampstead, Highbury, Holloway, Islington, Kensington, Kentish Town, Kilburn, King's Cross, London Bridge, Marylebone, Olympic Park, Shoreditch, Soho, South Bank, Spitalfields, Stoke Newington, Stratford, West End, West Kensington, Westminster
  • I consider myself to be a true lover of London. After finishing my degree in History, I moved to the City as I could no longer live in Babylon or Rome.Let me show you the best side of London!

    Languages
    English, Spanish
    Passions
    Art, Food, Culture, Shopping, Music, Outside Spaces, Nightlife
    Locations
    Central, East, Borough, Dalston, Farringdon, Hackney, Haggerston, Shoreditch, South Bank
  • Hi! I am Esra, a passionate outgoing 22 year old from Amsterdam, and I experience London in a different way every time I step out the door. I am passionate about the urban culture of the city, the streets, shops, restaurants and art.

    Languages
    English, Dutch, Turkish
    Passions
    Art, Food, Culture, Shopping, Music, Nightlife, Drinking
    Locations
    Brixton, Shoreditch
  • I am an experienced tour guide, artist and designer, with a passion for London. I was born and brought up here in London, which is the most vibrant mix of old and new. It has three thousand years of history, yet is always re-inventing itself. So it remains the most contemporary and cosmopolitan in the world, brim full of art, design, architecture, theatre and music. My interests are mostly based around, and my background is largely in; the Arts. Particularly fine art, pop art, graphic art, street art and architecture. I have a university BA Hons degree in Art and Visual Communication and I am also a designer and artist. There are many human stories to tell, behind London, behind it's history and behind it's art.

    Languages
    English, French
    Passions
    Art, Culture
    Locations
    Central, City of London, Covent Garden, Richmond, Soho, South Bank, West End, Westminster
  • I'm a writer and former journalist who has lived in London for more than 30 years. I love meeting new people and showing them the most fun and exciting places that this city has to offer.

    Languages
    English
    Passions
    Art, Food, Culture, Nightlife
    Locations
    South West, Borough, South Bank, Westminster
  • I am a recent graduate from the University of Kent, having specialised in Law and English Literature. My interests include travelling (I travelled across eastern Europe), golf, history and Game of Thrones. Having lived in London my whole life, I have a thorough knowledge of the city!

    Languages
    English, Hindi, Punjabi
    Passions
    Art, Food, Culture, Nightlife, Live Events
    Locations
    Borough, Greenwich, London Bridge, Shoreditch
  • Hi, I'm Lila. I am bubbly, kind and very outgoing. I like a good time out and I love making people laugh. I love to write, listen to music and travelling hence why I love to show people around. I speak Portuguese, English and Spanish fluently and am currently working on my french.

    Languages
    English, Spanish, Portuguese
    Passions
    Art, Food, Culture, Shopping, Wellness & Beauty, Nightlife, Child friendly, Drinking
    Locations
    Central, Shoreditch, South Kensington
  • I am an undergraduate in Classics at Oxford University with interests in politics, classics and debate. I am a high-achieving student and self-employed speech-writer with experience of youth politics and research projects as well as an active sportsman.

    Languages
    English
    Passions
    Art, Culture, Sports, Drinking
    Locations
    Central, Covent Garden, Fitzrovia, Westminster
  • I am an architecture graduate. Despite not being born in London, I have lived here for over 10 years and know this beautiful city well. I still wish to discover more of what the city has to offer. I enjoy working out when I have the time to, either through Capoeira or weight training. I am an extremely outgoing person and love meeting new people, I believe everybody, no matter what background they come from, has an interesting story to tell.

    Languages
    English, Portuguese
    Passions
    Art, Food, Culture
    Locations
    Central, Camden
  • I am a responsible, committed, dedicated, open minded, sociable and friendly individual who believes that hard work pays off. Let me show you around the London I love!

    Languages
    English, Vietnamese
    Passions
    Food, Outside Spaces, Child friendly
    Locations
    Central
  • Hi there! My name is Maryam. I moved to London 3 years ago and I have been enjoying living here. For me, London is not only an amazing city, but also an experience. You will find something here that will interest you irrespective of who you are or where you’re from. Join me and let’s experience history, the present and the future all in this great city!

    Languages
    English, Farsi-Dari-Tajick
    Passions
    Art, Child friendly
    Locations
    East, West, Camden, Hampstead, Notting Hill

Customer Reviews

Average customer reviews:

We had a great time!

By Sungeun and Eugene, Korea on 17 Jun 2016

Thank you very much for your great tour guidance and nice photo. We had great time with you. I also recommend you to my friend who is going to London soon. My son, Eugene said the play with squirrel and pigeon in St. James Park was the best moment in this trip. Thank you for preparing nuts for the animals. You were the best guide in this trip.


We felt like Locals!

By Liz M on 13 May 2016

Lea Gilbert, our guide, was fantastic! I recommend seeing London with her. We felt like Londoners and not like tourists. Thank you Lea!


You must book these guys!

By Eric B on 21 Jan 2016

This is how I imagined London would be like and we would have missed it without this tour. All I can say is dump your guidebook and get these guys to show you around!


We just had the best trip thanks to this tour

By Liz M on 12 Feb 2016

We wanted to see all the main sights but having 2 kids was a little worrying as we really wanted them to enjoy the city as much as possible. We got to see what we wanted to see and more! Getting recommendations from our lovely guide Angela on what to do with the kids and seeing a London that was not in our original plan are what made our trip special!


A great idea! You should do it everywhere in the world!

By Charo M on 14 Mar 2016

After doing this tour I think all cities have to do the same thing! It was my second visit to London and this time it really made me see the city differently. I came with my boyfriend and it was his first time in London so he wanted to see Big Ben and the main sights and even though I had already seen them it was so much better this time because of our guide Sandro, who took us through cute little streets and showed us some things that no tourists were seeing, ( I don't know why) and we had lunch at the best French restaurant which was so beautiful! I want to go to Paris so please hurry up and do tours in Paris soon!


London is not like what you see in the guidebooks

By Paul B on 12 Apr 2016

I do this in Amsterdam all the time. People ask me where they should go and what they should see so it was my turn to ask someone to show me London from a Local Host's perspective. Lisa, our guide was amazing! I didn't think London was going to be too different to the London I already knew but I was wrong! Lisa showed us so many things that you just don't know about or you would have to spend hours researching to find out about them! I can now understand why people want to live in this city and I may have to consider moving over!



From Price: £45.00