Join our tours from London and embark on an adventure exploring England! Our small-group trips visit iconic sites like Stonehenge and famous cities like Bath. But we also travel along narrow country roads to find those lesser known gems.
London is one of the world’s greatest cities, and there is much to do for any visitor, like seeing Big Ben and Buckingham Palace. But perhaps you want to escape the hustle of the city, and see some of England’s beautiful countryside? A small-group tour from London can help you do just that! Join us and explore England…
Whilst human occupation along the river Thames dates back thousands of years, credit for the establishment of the first city goes to the Romans, who invaded Britain in AD43 and shortly after established their settlement of ‘Londinium’. The exact origin of this name is debated, but it is thought to be from an ancient language meaning ‘fast-flowing river’, a reference to the Thames itself.
However, with their empire struggling, the Romans departed 'England' in the early 5th century, and after followed several invasions (including the Angles and Saxons) with London gradually growing in importance as a trading centre. Next up to invade where the Vikings, before the Normans, and William the Conquerer, arrived in 1066 and soon made London England’s capital, constructing the Tower of London in the process.
By the Tudor reign several centuries later, London’s population was over 200,000 and continued to grow. But the city was densely packed and made for tricky living conditions. As a result, over ¼ of Londoners perished when the Plague hit in 1665, and then in the following year, 1666, over 80% of London was destroyed by the Great Fire. However, the city was re-built and by the 18th century London's strength had helped Britain become a powerful nation.
By the mid-1800's and the reign of Queen Victoria, London had expanded rapidly and, with Britain igniting the Industrial Revolution, became the heart of the world’s largest empire. During this period much of London's scernery was changing dramatically, with lots of housing constructed, plus iconic buildings and infrastructure like the Houses of Parliament and crucially, the London Underground.
With people able to travel quickly London’s rapid growth continued through the 20th century, and by 1940 the population hit 8.5 million. This growth was briefly halted by the significant damage suffered during in the Blitz during the Second World War, when 1/3 of London was destroyed. However, it wasn't long until London recovered and began the most intense and significant expansion in its history.
Now, in the 21st century, London has a population of nearly 9 million, and is one of the most diverse cities in the world. Iconic London sights like Big Ben and Buckingham Palace are known around the world, as are famous stories like the Gundpowder Plot and the exploits of Jack the Ripper. London is a place that's been immortalised story and even in song, from nursery rhymes about London Bridge falling down, to punk rock hits by The Clash, like London Calling.
If you would like to combine your visit to London with a trip to see more of England, then why not join one of our small-group tours from London? Our one and five-day adventures include the services of our professional Tour Leaders who are experts on the all of the places you'll visit. Tours start and finish in central London.
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