We've just come home from a fabulous week in London, UK! We booked several walking tours because there's so much to see, and we wanted to get a good taste of everything. Our first 2 tours were Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and Essential London. Our guide for Changing of the Guard was Phill Pym. Phill is absolutely great! He brought us to the best viewing locations for fully experiencing the Changing of the Guard (which is not standing in front of the gates of Buckingham for 2+ hours, or jostling for position by the Victoria Memorial). Phill shared great stories & history, and tips for sightseeing throughout the rest of our trip.
Our second walking tour that day was happily also led by Phill, and as it was kind of a cool & dreary day, my husband & I were the only folks who turned up, so it was a private tour of Essential London sights. Phill took us through Trafalgar Square, past the National Gallery, down Whitehall to Westminster, again brimming with the history behind all the sights along the way, and tips for the rest of our trip! His recommendations for the Beating the Retreat ceremony, and viewing the Churchill War Rooms were excellent! Thank you Phill!
On Sunday, we took another walking tour - this time Unmissable London, which started out in front of St. Paul's Cathedral. This afternoon, our guide was the awesome Augusta Harris who guided us from St. Paul's, across the Thames and along Bank Side, past Southwark Cathedral, the Clink Prison & The Globe Theater (among other sights). Augusta told us fascinating stories of the history of all these places, from the year 1066 through to present day. We were the only people who showed up for this tour once again, so it was a very personal experience.
Both Phill & Augusta are warm, funny & SMART, and you can tell they really enjoy sharing the history of London with their clients. We never felt rushed and both guides actually took a little more time that the stated time of the tours. When we come back toLondon, we will definitely be booking with Fun London Tours & taking in the sights with Phill & Augusta!
We had the most incredible tours with Matt while visiting London and would highly recommend these tours to anyone visiting London. We started our trip with theUnmissable London Tour. We got a great orientation of the city with lots of facts highlighted by Matt's fun stories. Our group was small and he was happy to answer any questions. The next day we went on the Buckingham Palace tour. It was the best way to see the changing of the guards. We all had so much fun while keeping up with the procession. We even had the chance to hear the band play one of my favorite songs, 'Summertime.' These are the best tours because they make it personalized and add an element of fun to the experience!