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One of the world’s most captivating cities, London is the perfect destination for a stop-off en-route to or from your McKinlay Kidd holiday.

Few places on Earth come close to matching London’s blend of medieval and modern, tranquil and turbulent, classical and cutting-edge. Genuinely world-class art, museums, theatre, dining, architecture, parks, shopping and accommodation combine to make an intoxicating blend – and we’re here to help you get the most from your visit.

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Immerse yourself in London’s royal history, with palaces and pageantry unlike any you’ll find the world over.

Uncover hidden corners of London’s many markets, sampling fabulous street-food and browsing flowers and vintage clothing.

Take a bespoke, personal tour of the city’s finest food-and-drink experiences, sampling cuisine from around the city and all over the world.

Revel in our specially designed London art trail, avoiding the crowds at the busiest galleries and discovering genuine hidden gems.

See London’s amazing museums during night-time sessions, enjoying a glass of something special while you peruse the remarkable collections.

Discover the most authentic London pubs, boasting centuries of sometimes hair-raising history.

Escape the hustle and bustle of the centre by taking the River Bus on the Thames: float east to majestic Greenwich, or west to Kew.

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Things To See & Do

You could visit London every day for a whole year and never see the same thing twice, so exhaustive is the list of experiences on offer. First-timers might like to begin with some of the city’s classic attractions, taking a number 15 Routemaster bus to the Tower of London, scene of so many era-defining moments, then a stroll across Tower Bridge for one of the world’s most famous views and on to the South Bank, past Shakespeare’s Globe towards the vast edifice of Tate Modern.

Cross the River Thames again on the Millennium Bridge and maybe take the River Bus towards the West End, alighting at Westminster for the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey, the Cabinet War Rooms and Trafalgar Square. Discover the maze of back-streets around Covent Garden, where you’ll find some of our favourite restaurants, then walk dinner off with a brisk stroll up the Mall towards Buckingham Palace.

But our mission at McKinlay Kidd is not only to show you the classic city sights, but also the London you might not discover via Google search or guidebook, either under your own steam or via expert private guides – or a combination.

With art, history, architecture, museums, theatre, designer shopping or authentic markets, food from across the globe, breath-taking parks and a wealth of hidden corners, the hardest thing about visiting London is deciding what to leave out… and figuring out when to return.

Why not check out Co-Founder & Director Heather McKinlay’s blog about Greenwich and why it’s worth a visit.

Travelling To & Around

London is served by several airports and major railway stations, so getting here is down to a matter of personal preference, and we’re happy to give you as much advice and help as you need.
Although vast, the city is easy to get around by public transport, via its world-famous red buses and black taxis, as well as the Tube (the underground railway) the River Bus, overground trains and the forthcoming Crossrail system connecting east and west via a cutting-edge tunnel-bound railway.

But our favourite method of getting around London is on foot, overwhelmingly the best way to really get a feel for the atmosphere and geography of the city, and we’ll give you all the information you need to make getting around as simple and enjoyable as possible.

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