Private tours of London, Windsor, Hampton Court, Stonehenge and Oxford with transfer services to and from Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport, City Airport, as well as the Cruise Ports of Southampton, Harwich and Dover. Perfect for visitors on transit and layovers to maximise their visit.
As the original pioneers of the Layover Tour, we are aware of how important your time is while on transit. Whether it be that you only have a few hours in between journeys or that you just want the safety and comfort of a London Magical Tour after a flight, cruise or train journey, we can help.
Avoid all travel worries and hassles during your layover. With our meet and greet service, the tour begins from the moment you arrive in London. You will be welcomed inside the arrivals hall at Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport, City Airport or the Cruise Port by a representative carrying a London Magical Tours sign, before being chauffeur driven to your destination to begin your guided tour.
Following the tour you can be returned to a central London hotel or if on a layover, back to the airport, train station or port to continue with your journey. Simply choose from any one of our tours to London, Windsor, Hampton Court, Stonehenge and Oxford, all of which are available as a layover option, including the popular Harry Potter London Tours.
Tour times are offered according to your layover schedule and our dedictated team are happy to advise accordingly. Tours are available in most languages and outside working hour services are also available on request for late arrivals.
Collection and return is available directly from your terminal of arrival and return to your departure terminal at Heathrow Airport following your tour. The terminals at Heathrow Airport are numbered 1 to 5.
Collection and return is also available directly from your terminal of arrival and return to your departure terminal at Gatwick Airport. The terminals at Gatwick Airport are called North or South.
Our layover tour services are also available directly from London City Airport. London City Airport only has one terminal.
Tours are also available if you have a mixed airport layover, that is where you arrive at one airport and depart from another. Collection is also directly from your arrival terminal at one airport and return to your departure terminal at the other following your tour.
As a guideline for the London airports, allow approx. 40 minutes to clear Immigration and Customs to begin your tour. Check in for flights to Europe is at least one and a half hours before your scheduled departure time and two hours for long haul flights. Our customer service team is happy to advise on the best option according to your schedule.
For further information on airport layovers, including useful tips on baggage and terminal information, please see our London Airport Information Guide Blog entries.
Passengers on layovers will normally have their luggage forwarded to their final destination by their airline, meaning you will only have your carry on bags in London. Passengers are able to bring one item of carry on luggage each with them onboard the tour vehicle. If you will have greater luggage requirements please let us know the number of full size bags and hand luggage and we will be happy to advise accordingly.
Tours are available according to your schedule. To see our range of tours, all of which are available on layovers, please see the London tours page. We will be glad to recommend tour times according to your flight/train schedules.
Tours are also available in most languages through our specialist multi-lingual guide team, including Spanish, French, Russian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin and Cantonese. Language surcharges apply.
We are proud to welcome guests on our Layover Tours on a daily basis at the London airports. Please take a moment to read a selection of our London Tour Reviews, including comments from single travellers, couples, family visitors, corporate visitors, missionary groups, universities, ambassadors and Heads of State.
We are on occasion even able to arrange a personal hello from Her Majesty the Queen during your layover - as our clients at non-profit health organization Oldways were only to happy to share! Read more about their layover tour experience with the Queen on the Oldways Blog.
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There are no hidden extras: prices include your own private driver-guide or team of a tour guide and chauffeur (at VIP levels), private vehicle, parking fees, collection and return to your London airport of arrival and departure and all taxes.
Sample pricing below based on the Private London Half Day Tour plus return transport from and back to Heathrow Airport (4.5 hours total), with layover saving rate.
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More than 6 passengers? Benefit from our group savings for 7 to 100+ passengers: please see Private London Group Tours.
On transit through London? See Our London Layover Tours
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Our driver and our guide were super nice and friendly. It was so much fun for my sister and I to do this on our layover at Heathrow Airport - our parents enjoyed it too!
The Michaels Family, USA