4 Days in London Private Tour Itinerary
If you have just four days to spend in London, then our four-day itinerary plan delivers the best sightseeing and private tour opportunities our Capital city has to offer in your short time frame!
Our itinerary contains the perfect mix of private experiences and walking tours of London’s finest Royal Palaces, historic castles, iconic sites, and cultural hotspots. Read on for our suggestions or get in touch with our tour planners for a complimentary itinerary for your London tour, designed just for you.
Our 4 Day private tour of London includes:
Day 1: Iconic London Full-Day Walking Tour
We begin your London tour experience at one of the most famous addresses in the world, His Majesty the Kings’ official residence, Buckingham Palace.
A guided tour through the 19 lavish staterooms will leave you feeling like you have temporarily joined ranks of the British Monarchy as you enjoy the splendor on display and the artistic treasures contained in the Royal Collection, featuring exhibits by Rembrandt, Rubens, Canova, Chantrey to name just a few.
State Rooms visited on the Buckingham Palace tour include:
- The Throne Room
- Music Room
- White Drawing Room
- Grand Staircase
- Treasures of the Palace
To cap off this magnificent occasion you can explore the exquisite Royal gardens and enjoy the Changing of the Guard with the King’s Yeomen Warders, better known as “Beefeaters” before taking a relaxing stroll through the splendidly kept St James Park.
Houses of Parliament & Westminster Abbey Tour
Westminster Abbey is intrinsically linked to the history and culture of England, and by visiting the Coronation Chair you will be standing on the ground where every ceremony to crown a new Monarch since 1066 has taken place. Alongside the stunning Gothic architecture and symbolism on display in the artworks that decorate the Abbey, you can visit the altar which has hosted many key Royal Weddings over the centuries.
Your next destination, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament is just a short walk away.
The Elizabeth Tower – more famously known as “Big Ben” is probably the most famous clock tower in the world, and one of the most iconic sights in all of England. Attached to the tower is the seat of the British parliament, Westminster Palace. On your private tour of the Houses of Parliament you will see:
- Westminster Hall
- The King’s robing room
- Chamber of the House of Commons
- Chamber of the House of Lords
The London Eye
A short walk from the palace to the London Eye. Truly a fantastic way to end your first day of touring in the Capital, the wheel will take you 135 meters in the air to provide the most glorious views across the city.
Day 2: Tower of London - London Bridge - The Shard - Tate Modern Gallery
The next morning your guide for the day will collect you from your accommodation as you travel to the home of the Crown Jewels, The Tower of London.
Founded by William the Conqueror all the way back in 1078, the Tower of London has served as both a Royal Palace and prison throughout the centuries. Some of the most notable figures to have found themselves serving time here include Anne Boleyn, Guy Fawkes, and the infamous Kray Twins, that’s right, the Tower was a functional prison up to the 1950s!
Alongside enjoying skip-the-line access to the tower, your guide for this tour will be one of the King’s Yeoman Warders. Some of the most popular destinations on the Tower of London tour include:
- The Crown Jewels
- The White Tower
- Chapel of St Peter in Chains
- Medieval Palace
- Bloody Tower
- Torture at the Tower exhibition
- Fusiliers Museum
- Royal Mint exhibition
Tower bridge tour
Your next destination is Tower Bridge, an iconic emblem of London, the bridge was built in 8 years between 1886 and 1894.
Famed not only for its beautiful Victorian Gothic architecture style, but Tower Bridge is also a technological marvel. The hydraulic lifting sections of the bridge that enabled ships to pass through unrestricted made it the largest and most sophisticated of its type anywhere in the world!
On your tower bridge tour, you can enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views of London and peer down on the citizens of the city as you walk across the glass floor paneled sections of the walkway between the towers. You can explore both the North and South Towers with your private guide and discover the engine rooms where it used to take 80 men to operate the steam-powered machines used to lift and close the bridge during the Victorian era when it would be raised 20-30 times a day!
Lunch in the Shard
Having worked up an appetite, you will now ascend to the top of The Shard, the tallest building in London, for a well-deserved lunch.
Take the time to walk around and appreciate the dramatic London skyline from the 32nd-floor restaurant contained within the stunning 310-meter tall structure. 3-star Michelin food has never tasted as good as when it can be devoured whilst watching the sunshine over some of the country’s most beloved structures like St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London, the Tower Bridge, London Bridge station, and Westminster Palace.
Private Tate Modern Tour
Our final stop for day 2 of our four-day tour of London is an absolute must for any art lovers!
The Tate Modern houses Britain’s national collection of international modern and contemporary art. As well as the array of thought-provoking exhibitions, The permanent collection contains work by masters such as Pablo Picasso, Damian Hirst, Salvador Dali, and Andy Warhol among others too numerous to mention
There is no fee to enter the Tate Modern, however, a guided tour experience with your personal art historian will elevate the experience to a whole new level and provides the level of context and description required to gain a deeper appreciation of the works rather than confronting them cold.
Day 3: British museum - Camden town - Savile row - Harrods & Bond Street
Your third day in London has been designed to bring you a mix of quintessentially British culture. Starting with the British Museum which was the very first national museum in the UK, meaning that rather than falling under the rule of the monarchy or the Church – it belonged to the British public themselves. Onto London’s most famous street market Camden Town before visiting the famous tailors on Saville Row & shopping epicenters at Harrods and Bond Street.
British Museum Tour
Boasting a collection of over 8 million items, you could quite easily spend your whole vacation in the British Museum without exhausting the incredible array of attractions on display.
This is why a guided tour is essential to ensure that you spend more time with the exhibits that truly fascinate you, and to gain a deeper understanding of their significance and the myths, legends, and historic tales attached to them.
There are over 60 galleries to explore within the British Museum and some of the most incredible artifacts in the world await you in the Egyptian Gallery, Parthenon Gallery, Europe, and Britain Gallery, and much more besides.
Step inside the British Museum with your private guide and travel through thousands of years of human history and civilization contained in one incredible building!
The open-air market is somewhat of a tradition in England, and perhaps the most famous of all is Camden Market. Along with over a thousand stalls offering clothing, antiques, food and drink, crafts, music, and pretty much everything else you can imagine, Camden Town is regarded as the beating heart of London’s alternative and creative hub.
Besides the DIY stalls, within the maze-like labyrinth of the market, you will also find work on sale from some of London’s finest designers. Your private guide will help you navigate the maze and hopefully, you will find a treat or two to either take home for friends and family or as a keepsake from your London vacation.
From the hustle and bustle of the Camden Street market, your next stop will be the refined class and elegance of Savile Row, the first word in refined, tailored gentleman’s clothing. Indeed, it is often said that the term ‘bespoke’ as it pertains to tailoring is thought to have originated in Savile Row.
For any gents in your party, returning home with a tailored suit from Savile Row allows you to carry that undeniable air of distinction and classic style with you wherever you go.
Harrods and Bond Street
If Savile Row is synonymous with timeless style, then Harrods and Bond Street are most closely associated with luxury and opulence.
Whether designer brands, gifts for loved ones, or souvenirs of your London vacation you desire, simply inform your custom tour planner beforehand and your guide for the day will know exactly where you can find what you are looking for.
Day 4: National gallery- Afternoon Tea - Kensington palace
On the last day of your London tour itinerary, your private guide will accompany you to explore a 19th-century gallery that houses works by some of the most famous masters in history. You will then indulge in the distinctly English ceremony of an afternoon tea before completing your London tour itinerary with a guided experience of Kensington Palace.
The National Gallery
In Trafalgar square in the heart of London, your tour for the day will begin in one of London and England’s greatest institutions, The National Gallery.
Here your guide will introduce you to some of the most famous works from the Romantic period onwards, including:
- Sandro Botticelli, Venus and Mars.
- Vincent Van Gough, Sunflowers
- Paolo Uccello, Battle of San Romano. …
- Piero Della Francesca, The Baptism of Christ.
- Supper at Emmaus, Caravaggio
- Leonardo da Vinci, Virgin of the Rocks.
- Michelangelo, Entombment, 1500-01.
- Monet, The water Lilly Pond
- Raphael, Pope Julius II.
And much more besides.
Afternoon Tea at The Ritz
There is a well-known phrase in England that, “everything stops for tea”. Well, for you to enjoy the complete English experience on your four-day tour of London we have included the classiest Afternoon Tea available, so you can feel just like a classic London socialite!
Along with your choice of teas to select from, an Afternoon Tea will consist of sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream, pastries, and small cakes, usually served in tiers for you and your guests to select from. The history of the Afternoon Tea dates back to the 19th century and was designed as a social event where ladies in the high class and elite levels of society would dawn their long gowns, gloves, and hats and discuss the events of the day whilst enjoying the dainty snacks and tea.
The Ritz meanwhile, is perhaps London’s most iconic hotel, and its afternoon tea ceremonies have been a symbol of class and elegance for centuries. With18 different varieties of tea to choose from (or the option to add a glass or two of Champagne into the mix) we can think of no finer venue for you to enjoy your Afternoon tea before we conclude our tour at the final destination.
Kensington Palace Tour
The final destination of our 4-day London itinerary awaits you In the glorious grounds of Kensington Gardens. Kensington Palace has a Royal history dating back to the 17th Century – indeed, it was the birthplace of Queen Victoria, Princess Diana’s residence while William and Harry were growing up, and is the official London residence for William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
On your guided tour experience you will explore:
The Kings State Apartments: Where the Monarch would host events, meet dignitaries and courtiers
The Kings Staircase: The grand murals you see were painted in 1724, allow your guide to discuss the cast of characters and their exploits contained here with you
Diana: Designing for a Princess: An exhibition discussing the particular style that Diana became known for
Victoria: Woman and Crown and Victoria: A Royal Childhood exhibitions which were installed to celebrate the 200th anniversary of her birth here at the Palace
The Sunken Garden: The location where William & Kate choose to announce their engagement, take a moment to enjoy the wonderful flower arrangements on display.
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This itinerary was crafted as the perfect introduction to London for first-time visitors. Naturally, given that we specialize in hand-crafting London and England tours for our clients, we would love the opportunity to discuss with you how we could more perfectly sculpt a London tour based on your interests and desires.
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