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Speedboat through the heart of London
See many of the city's greatest sights the way they were meant to be seen - from the river, on board the Thames' biggest speedboat, fitted with suspension seating. You'll be welcomed at Tower Bridge Quay by your expert skipper and a personal tour guide for lifejackets and a safety briefing. The sound-system will be fired up with great British tunes and we'll cruise down to Tower Bridge for the best of all selfies. Then hold tight as we take you on a 10 mile high-speed blast to the O2 Arena and back to Tower. We'll throttle back and while you catch your breath take in the sights of the spectacular city. ​ Some of the sights you'll see Tate Modern, St Paul's Cathedral, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, the Golden Hinde, London Bridge, The Monument, The Shard, Old Billingsgate Fish Market, HMS Belfast, The Tower of London, Tower Bridge, historic Wapping, Canary Wharf, Greenwich, the Cutty Sark and the O2 Arena. PLEASE NOTE THE LENGTH OF THE ACTUAL TRIP IS 45 MINUTES We offset the CO2 produced by paying for Carbon Credits. We buy these on your behalf and believe the small addition to our operating cost is a price worth paying. Please ask if you'd like more information Other things to note You can bring small bags with you but please don't bring large items of luggage. PLEASE ARRIVE AT TOWER BRIDGE QUAY AT LEAST 15 MINUTES BEFORE DEPARTURE TIME.
Explore Harry Potter's London Tour
Join me as we venture into the magical wizarding world of Harry Potter in London! On this walking tour of London's streets we will watch clips from the movies while I regale you with behind-the-scenes stories of those locations and how they were used in the film series. Our first stop will be the entrance to Diagon Alley, before we pop down to see the Ministry of Magic, and find out which Leaky Cauldron has the best tacos, as well as others I don't want to spoil here. I will also share some of the strangest, funniest non-HP facts I've learned about London along the way. We will finish at Borough Market, London's top street food destination, with King's Cross just a separate Tube ride away. PLEASE be aware the tour is offered in English only, and it is largely story-based, so a better-than-basic conversational grasp of English is essential. While witches and wizards of all ages are welcome, due to the amount of walking and the content, I more recommend it for ages 11+. Strictly one person per slot. No exceptions. Step-free route for wheelchairs available This London street walking tour is not affiliated with the WB Studio Tour at Watford. Other things to note Every person (over 11yo) will need an Oyster card or contactless payment method with at least £2.40. The tour contains about 90 minutes of brisk walking so make sure little legs are up for that!
Craft a gemstone ring with a jeweller
Unleash your creativity in this experience by attending our gemstone ring making workshop. On this experience you will create a beautiful 5-6mm sterling silver ring, from a choice of three styles, using an ancient wax carving technique, and then make the setting for a 3mm gemstone. During the 2 hour workshop, you will use jewellers wax and a selection of professional tools to carve and create your unique ring. We will show you how to make a bezel setting for the gemstone in wax and show you how to add elements, such as textures and granulation to your ring design.  Once cast, we will professionally clean, polish and set your stone for you. Your beautiful sterling silver gemstone ring, will be delivered to you within 2-3 weeks. For international delivery, an additional £12 will be charged. Please bring cash on the day. This experience is ideal for making a wedding ring, engagement ring, or an anniversary ring for your loved one. Gemstones available to choose from: Peridot Citrine Amethyst Blue Topaz Moonstone Garnet Other gemstones are available at an additional cost. Please feel free to check out my other experiences on Airbnb and my Instagram: amia_ah Other things to note Please note that casting in 9ct or 18ct yellow gold and rose gold is at an additional cost.
Hidden Pubs of London
Join us for a 3hr historical stumble down the "street of shame". Starting in the shadow of the iconic St.Paul's cathedral, we explore the tiny backstreets and rambling courtyards the ancient City of London is famous for. We follow in the drunken footsteps of literary greats including Dickens, Shakespeare, Pepys & Johnson whilst pausing for a drink in at least 4 of the most historic pubs dating as far back as the 1500's. From discovering art nouveau gems to glamorous Victorian gin palaces we enjoy a variety of pub styles and breweries along the way. It's not a prescriptive tour, so you choose & pay for your drinks along the way. We're here to offer recommendations, and you can often "sip before you sup" with a few tasters on request from the bars along the way. This allows you to indulge as much or as little as you desire! Non-drinkers can soak up the history, and wine & gin-lovers are also well catered for. We usually finish up on the edge of Covent Garden perfect for theatre-land, restaurants and of course more pubs including one that claims to be the most haunted in London! Other things to note Guests are recommended to be over 18 years of age to enjoy the walk at its best. Anyone lucky enough to look under 25 years of age should bring photo ID. N.B. We have a small number of hosts running these walks so you might be meeting up with Chris, Mark, Wil or Kevin
Retired Royal Guard Central London Walk
I invite you to join me to see Royal palaces and other iconic royal sites, hear personal stories of my experiences with members of the Royal Family and even get to see a piece of Prince William's and Kate's wedding cake! We will start at Trafalgar Square and hear about its history and then move on to see the pomp and pageantry of the Changing of the Queen's Life Guard. We then walk along The Mall to St James' Palace and Clarence House where I will tell you tales of Princes William and Harry the night before William's wedding. Next is a short walk to Buckingham Palace where you will have more opportunities to take photos and hear stories of the Royal household. We then walk into picturesque St James' Park where there is a chance to pause (kiosk available for drinks) and look at gifts presented to me by members of the Royal family. On the way to Parliament Square I will tell you all about the Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament and Big Ben). The final part of the walk takes us along Whitehall, past Downing Street (home of the Prime Minister) and then to the spot where King Charles 1st was executed. We will finish back at Trafalgar Square Other things to note If on the 2pm walk we will see a shortened Guard change at 4pm. We will have an opportunity on the way for a short stop for you to buy drinks and visit a toilet.

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Natural Lipstick Making Workshop
Well, at Token studio, you can attend London’s very first lipstick making workshop, with edible, natural ingredients - you will never have to worry about what’s on your lips! How the course is run: During this workshop, you will be using completely natural ingredients, creating your very own lipsticks from scratch. Then Jing will also help you to explore and create your personal colour to match your skin. There will be a whole range of colours to choose from, including metallic, matte, and glitter. You will be guided through the different types of wax, introduced to all the equipment, melting the wax, selecting the colour, and moulding the lipstick. The lipsticks or lip balms that you create will also be perfect for moisturising your lips to protect you from those upcoming cold winter days. This workshop can roughly last between 60 minutes to 90 minutes. IMPORTANT: Please be aware that the workshop is scheduled to start at its scheduled time. Any lateness by 5 minutes will result in rescheduling by the studio with a cost of £10 per person. Lateness can be highly disruptive to other people attending the class as well as the studio. Other things to note All Materials Provided
Private Balcony Football Experience
You will experience the match VIP style and watch the match from the comfort of a first floor private balcony with uninterrupted views of the all the action. You will have the luxury of a private bathroom and a kitchen for drinks (BYOB) and nibbles (provided). You will also have access to a big open plan living space for a half time chill out. The balcony is close to the home stand on the first floor! You can have access to the fridge to chill any beverages. You can arrive 30 minutes before the match Due to social distancing measures a maximum of 6 people on the balcony* Other things to note Bring a camera to capture all the action!
Sip and Paint in the City
Sip, paint and make new friends! Bring your old ones or make some new ones! Our artist Abigail will be guiding us step by step through a painting- although feel free to go off piste! We will be using acrylics on canvas with occasional use of mixed media such as collage. No expertise necessary, this workshop is purely for the pleasure of creating with likeminded people. Ticket price includes the use of all art materials. London E1 6AA United Kingdom
Kintsugi Japanese Pottery Class For Beginner's
1. ) Intro Information and knowledge of Kintsugi, teaching them art of how Japanese philosophy believes that imperfection is beauty. 2. ) Process How to break pottery, what is the safest way to manipulate the ceramics into not overdoing the cracks. Beginners will be using a hammer and drill when dealing with pottery technique. 3. ) Gold Highlight Using micro metal mix with epoxy resin, making sure beginners can enjoy and expand their knowledge into creative techniques with pottery. 4. ) Ending Students will take home 1 piece of they're own kintsugi pottery by the end of the class FOODSAFE only as a fruit display not for other foods use, not use for microwaves, ovens or the dishwasher.
Learn Calligraphy with Alice Gabb
Oh hello, it's me, Alice! Come and join me for a joyous morning on the cobbled streets of East London learning how to create your very own beautiful lettering. We'll start off with a cup of tea while introduce you to the world of Modern Calligraphy. I'll share all my most important tips and tricks, how to use my most favourite supplies, then we'll get to the most important bit, practicing! This is a beginner's workshop, starting from scratch, we will start with practice exercises, then move on to letterforms and by the end of the session I'll show you how to connect the letters and write your name, it's very relaxing to learn! Everything you use in the class is exactly the same as what I professionally use, and you get to take it all home so you can practice your new skill. Alice even provides her 'Master List' of favourite stores and websites to give you plenty of inspiration and a wealth of calligraphy secrets. Please note that we will be learning 'Modern Calligraphy', which is a form of Copperplate lettering. Alice also teaches the same class at a different venue, 'Cake and Calligraphy with Alice Gabb'. To see more of my work do visit @alicegabb or www.alicegabb.com Accessibility: The class takes place on the 1st floor of an old Town House and there is unfortunately no lift access. Toilets are on the 2nd Floor.

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Pan-n-Ice, The Ultimate Masterclass in Ice Cream Roll Making
Come and join the fun at Pan-n-Ice's Ice Cream Roll Masterclass! It's the perfect party activity for kids who love ice cream rolls. Our friendly instructors will show you how to make these delicious treats from scratch, and you'll learn all about what ice cream rolls and why its the best way to make ice cream! You'll also get to experiment with different flavors, decorations, and toppings. And the best part? You'll get to take home a batch of free ice cream rolls that you made yourself, along with a recipe book and a certificate of completion to show off to your friends and family. This masterclass is perfect for kids who love ice cream or want to try something new and fun. So, grab your friends and sign up for Pan-n-Ice's Ice Cream Roll Masterclass today! You'll have a blast while learning how to make delicious ice cream rolls.
Speedboat through the heart of London
See many of the city's greatest sights the way they were meant to be seen - from the river, on board the Thames' biggest speedboat, fitted with suspension seating. You'll be welcomed at Tower Bridge Quay by your expert skipper and a personal tour guide for lifejackets and a safety briefing. The sound-system will be fired up with great British tunes and we'll cruise down to Tower Bridge for the best of all selfies. Then hold tight as we take you on a 10 mile high-speed blast to the O2 Arena and back to Tower. We'll throttle back and while you catch your breath take in the sights of the spectacular city. ​ Some of the sights you'll see Tate Modern, St Paul's Cathedral, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, the Golden Hinde, London Bridge, The Monument, The Shard, Old Billingsgate Fish Market, HMS Belfast, The Tower of London, Tower Bridge, historic Wapping, Canary Wharf, Greenwich, the Cutty Sark and the O2 Arena. PLEASE NOTE THE LENGTH OF THE ACTUAL TRIP IS 45 MINUTES We offset the CO2 produced by paying for Carbon Credits. We buy these on your behalf and believe the small addition to our operating cost is a price worth paying. Please ask if you'd like more information Other things to note You can bring small bags with you but please don't bring large items of luggage. PLEASE ARRIVE AT TOWER BRIDGE QUAY AT LEAST 15 MINUTES BEFORE DEPARTURE TIME.
Halloween Ghost Tour
We meet outside Aldgate underground station which is haunted. Then we stop at an old church which is haunted and you will be shown photos of the ghost. Next stop is one of the Murder sites of Jack the Ripper which also is haunted. After we visit Diagon Alley from the Harry Potter movies and then a haunted pub where there are spirits behind the bar. See a barber shop which is linked to Sweeney Todd and would have been a Quack doctor. We will also visit a graveyard from a famous Zombie movie. And the pub from the Johnny Depp movie From Hell. Then the pub frequented by the Elephant Man and some say Jack the Ripper also. Other things to note Minimum age is 10 years old. Children must be with a paying adult 18+. Fancy dress is optional. May not be suitable for people who get scared easily. May encounter witches and werewolves and zombies.
Discover London Secret Bars
By joining us, you agree to our ethos that 'Secrets are meant to be shared not revealed'. Ideal for solo travelers, groups or couples. Come one come all :) Follow us into London’s historic streets as we discover secret bars often unknown to travelers and locals. The bars we will visit have hidden passages, some require passwords for entry whilst others can only be accessed by appointments only. We will travel back in time to charming speakeasy bars, tasteful 1960s decor, unique themes, dim lights, and enjoy quality cocktails that also experiment with taste and textures. Some of the bars we will visit have exclusive cocktails that have been designed to experience the history of cocktails through time. (Ask us about this, trust me you'll like to try it after you join us). Come explore something different with me and my friends. We provide a relaxing atmosphere that makes you feel like a local. Please note that drinks are NOT included. *PRIVATE BOOKINGS & ALTERNATIVE DATES ARE AVAILABLE: Feel free to get in touch!*
No Diet Club - Best food in East London
- All food is included / The tour is by walk / Tastings may vary with the seasons This is our second food tour in London with the same spirit as the first one, but in a different neighborhood : East London ! No Diet Club Adventure began in 2017 at London's street food markets before growing across Europe. You often hear you're not eating badly in London, but they're crazy. This multicultural city is full of delicacies and updatesamazing fusions. Local cheese, local ice cream, the best chai in London, our favourite bakery and surprises :) (VEGETARIANS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME) ⇨ IG: @no_diet_club ▶ What we're offering ✔- Many tastings to share - Gras - Fun - A beautiful walk in London - Jokes as nil as ever - Smiles - A list of London recommendations - New friends from around the world
Ultimate London Sightseeing Walking Tour
See 30+ of the best London sightseeing spots on the ultimate London walking tour! On this exciting London walking tour you'll start in the City of London and explore 2000 years of history with famous London sights including: Tower of London, St Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Bank of England, Monument, Leadenhall Market, Royal Exchange, London Bridge, The Shard, City Hall & more. After a quick lunch stop (own expense) you’ll then take a journey on the famous London Underground to visit Westminster and see even more of the best London sightseeing spots including: Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Houses of Parliament, London Eye, Downing Street, St James’s Palace, Clarence House, The Mall & more. Led by a local London tour guide, the tour uses photos to bring the stories of London to life in a relaxed atmosphere (no boring lectures!) allowing everyone to participate in the tour with questions, trivia, great photo opportunities and a lot of fun! --------- This tour runs Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday - please do ask if your preferred date is not showing as available - we may still be able to take you on the tour! --------- Max. 18 per tour --------- IMPORTANT: Please note this tour uses the London Underground. A valid Oyster Card, Contactless Credit/Debit Card, Apple Pay or Travelcard is required for each customer.
Experience a Tottenham Hotspur fc game with a Londoner
Experience a Tottenham Hotspur F.C. game with a Londoner! We'll meet at White Hart Lane station tube station from where we'll walk to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium game to watch a Premier League game at Tottenham’s home. Before the game, we will visit a local fan's pub to soak up the pre-game atmosphere and learn a little more about the club and its history. Tickets are included in the price of the experience, and you'll have access to seats only available to season ticket holders who can book well in advance of before they go to public sale. The brand-new Hotspur Stadium (opened in 2019) is a state-of-the-art stadium that is certainly one of the most beautiful stadiums in Europe. There are 19 home games throughout the season and European matches, so you will have the opportunity to see some of the best players in the Premier League and Europe. List of the games : *Tottenham v Arsenal 15/01 *Tottenham v Manchester City 05/02 *Tottenham v Westham 19/02 *Tottenham v Chelsea 26/02 *Tottenham v AC Milan 08/03 *Tottenham v Nottingham Forest 11/03 *Tottenham v Brighton 08/04
Create A Custom Silver Ring with Wax
This is a fun craft experience, were you will get to create a beautiful 5-6mm sterling silver ring,  from a choice of 3 styles, using an ancient wax carving technique. During the two hour workshop, you will use jewellers wax and a selection of professional tools to carve and create your unique silver ring.  Once cast, we will professionally clean, polish and transform your creation into a beautiful bespoke sterling silver ring, which will be delivered to you within 2-3 weeks. For international delivery, an additional £10 will be charged. Please bring cash on the day. This workshop is ideal for couples or small groups who want to create something truly unique. No experience necessary, just an imagination for creativity. Feel free to check out my Instagram: amia_ah for ring inspirations. Please feel free to check out my other experiences on Airbnb.
In search of The East India Company in the City of London
Join me on a fascinating tour of the City of London, discovering the places linked to the East India Company. The Company of adventure merchants - some might say the Pirates of the Indian Ocean - was the world’s largest multinational company and the architects of Empire. It changed what we ate, drank and wore. We will start our story in 1600 and finish in present day. This walking tour gives a unique insight to the East India Company. As a Governor of St Helena between 2016 - 2019, I was fortunate to live on an island which the EIC owned until 1854. I was the first, and so far, only woman Governor of St Helena in 500 years of St Helena’s history.
North London Craft Brewery Tour
London has a fantastic craft beer scene with over 130 breweries based in the city. Our Walthamstow beer tour will in the best breweries and tap rooms of the city's latest ' Blackhorse Lane beer mile'. Groups of up to 14 will be personally be guided by me to 4 tap rooms enabling the inquisitive traveller to easily engage with my city's craft beer scene. This is a great event for private groups who qualify for discounts
Historic Bridges of London Tour
Welcome to London’s most exciting Bridge tour that you’ll ever experience!! As a local I believe that so many come to this great city without truly experiencing it and since made it my mission to not only educate you on the history of London but do it in a fun and exciting way. This walking tour will get you seeing wonderful sights, see new things and take paths never taken before. The tour will start at Bank Station and you’ll visiting all of London’s most famous landmarks and bridges. Starting with the Royal exchange in Cornhill. You’ll then be continuing to view more important landmarks including; the Roman Amphitheatre, the Museum of London, St Paul’s Grand Cathedral, Shakespeare’s Globe, Tate Modern, Borough Market, The Shard and many more. You’ll find out all about the complex history behind the monarchy and also historic figures in London which have impacted Today’s society. Finally I’ll show you this beautiful city’s oldest and grandest historical Monuments, including; the Tower of London, London Bridge and Tower Bridge and once our lovely tour has come to an end, you can choose to come with me for a small lunch at a traditional British cuisine to discuss anything else you would like to know about London and its Locals.
Explore Harry Potter's London Tour
Join me as we venture into the magical wizarding world of Harry Potter in London! On this walking tour of London's streets we will watch clips from the movies while I regale you with behind-the-scenes stories of those locations and how they were used in the film series. Our first stop will be the entrance to Diagon Alley, before we pop down to see the Ministry of Magic, and find out which Leaky Cauldron has the best tacos, as well as others I don't want to spoil here. I will also share some of the strangest, funniest non-HP facts I've learned about London along the way. We will finish at Borough Market, London's top street food destination, with King's Cross just a separate Tube ride away. PLEASE be aware the tour is offered in English only, and it is largely story-based, so a better-than-basic conversational grasp of English is essential. While witches and wizards of all ages are welcome, due to the amount of walking and the content, I more recommend it for ages 11+. Strictly one person per slot. No exceptions. Step-free route for wheelchairs available This London street walking tour is not affiliated with the WB Studio Tour at Watford. Other things to note Every person (over 11yo) will need an Oyster card or contactless payment method with at least £2.40. The tour contains about 90 minutes of brisk walking so make sure little legs are up for that!
Craft a gemstone ring with a jeweller
Unleash your creativity in this experience by attending our gemstone ring making workshop. On this experience you will create a beautiful 5-6mm sterling silver ring, from a choice of three styles, using an ancient wax carving technique, and then make the setting for a 3mm gemstone. During the 2 hour workshop, you will use jewellers wax and a selection of professional tools to carve and create your unique ring. We will show you how to make a bezel setting for the gemstone in wax and show you how to add elements, such as textures and granulation to your ring design.  Once cast, we will professionally clean, polish and set your stone for you. Your beautiful sterling silver gemstone ring, will be delivered to you within 2-3 weeks. For international delivery, an additional £12 will be charged. Please bring cash on the day. This experience is ideal for making a wedding ring, engagement ring, or an anniversary ring for your loved one. Gemstones available to choose from: Peridot Citrine Amethyst Blue Topaz Moonstone Garnet Other gemstones are available at an additional cost. Please feel free to check out my other experiences on Airbnb and my Instagram: amia_ah Other things to note Please note that casting in 9ct or 18ct yellow gold and rose gold is at an additional cost.
Natural Lipstick Making Workshop
Well, at Token studio, you can attend London’s very first lipstick making workshop, with edible, natural ingredients - you will never have to worry about what’s on your lips! How the course is run: During this workshop, you will be using completely natural ingredients, creating your very own lipsticks from scratch. Then Jing will also help you to explore and create your personal colour to match your skin. There will be a whole range of colours to choose from, including metallic, matte, and glitter. You will be guided through the different types of wax, introduced to all the equipment, melting the wax, selecting the colour, and moulding the lipstick. The lipsticks or lip balms that you create will also be perfect for moisturising your lips to protect you from those upcoming cold winter days. This workshop can roughly last between 60 minutes to 90 minutes. IMPORTANT: Please be aware that the workshop is scheduled to start at its scheduled time. Any lateness by 5 minutes will result in rescheduling by the studio with a cost of £10 per person. Lateness can be highly disruptive to other people attending the class as well as the studio. Other things to note All Materials Provided
Bubbling Pub Crawl in London Shoreditch
Enjoy My best pub crawl in East London on this night-themed tours for all that love to party!!! As a local that has lived in this great city for so many years, not many would understand the innerworkings of London better than me. While visiting the London Eye and other famous monuments on your holiday is a must, some on the best parts of London you can only get to see after lights out. This exciting pub crawl starts at Old Street Station and you’ll go on to explore Shoreditch; the best place in London for those that enjoy the night scene. you’ll be visiting 12 pubs including; starting with Craft Beer, you’ll get to see what’s exciting about a night out drinking in London. you’ll also make our way around to the Angel, the Three Crowns, Bounce old street, Old Fountain, the Old Blue Last, Old Street Records, Golden Bee, Calloh Calley, Ten Bells, The Eagle Hoxton and Goose Island Brewpub. This tour is filled with quirky, fun and shocking visits like you’d have never experienced before and I’m sure you’ll enjoy every minute of one of London’s trendiest towns. This pub crawl will be an iconic adventure which is just as stunning as it is fun and after the tour is finished you will have the opportunity to enjoy the rest of your night at any of our visited destinations. Other things to note don't forget ID as many Pubs have very strict policies!!
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