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Hobnob Tours

#184 of 1,538 Tours in London
London, United Kingdom
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About Hobnob Tours
Hobnob Tours provides fun and entertaining tours of Hampton Court Palace and the City of Westminster bringing history to life through storytelling. Tours of the City of Westminster include the areas of St James', Westminster and Mayfair. Tours at Hampton Court Palace explore Henry VIII's and William III's palaces including Henry's splendid apartments, his vast kitchens, the gallery haunted by the ghost of one of his wives and William's sumptuous state apartments. Adult and family groups are equally welcome and content is adapted to keep all parties completely enthralled! Hobnob Tours is owned and run by Sandy Rhodes who is a fun and entertaining guide - her relaxed style and storytelling technique has prompted some to say: 'it is like exploring with a close friend'.
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Hampton Court Palace - fascinating private walking tour with a qualified guide

Swap the hustle and bustle of central London for a day exploring the magnificent Hampton Court Palace complex. By exploring the palace with a guide—ensure that you don’t miss any important highlights, such as the beautiful gardens, the Haunted Gallery, and an ancient grapevine. Your guide entertains you and enhances your experience with stories about Henry VIII and William III, palace etiquette, and the palace hauntings too.
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3 hours
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Private Walking Tour of St James', London's Royal Village with a qualified guide

Follow the path of the British monarchy on a tour of St. James’s Park, known as London’s ‘Royal Village’ thanks to the ring of palaces surrounding this leafy retreat. Hear what goes on inside Buckingham Palace and other regal residences, and window shop at exclusive boutiques favored by the royal family. A top-rated guide reveals that there’s much more than meets the eye in this ritzy enclave.
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150 to 180 minutes
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Fascinating Private Walking Tour of St James' & Mayfair with a qualified guide

Visit two of London's glitziest districts—St. James' and Mayfair—and see where the British royals and other glamorous London residents shop and dine. See landmarks like St. James' Palace, Shepherd Market, and St. James' Park during this half-day walking tour and enjoy the variety that these neighborhoods have to offer. Window-shop in the elegant windows that line the streets and hear fascinating stories about the royals and English aristocrats through the years.
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180 to 210 minutes
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Amazing Buckingham Palace, St James's Palace, Hampton Court Palace Private Tour

During this full-day private tour, you’ll visit three historic palaces belonging to Britain’s royal family. Listen to personalized commentary as you get a first-hand peek at Buckingham Palace—or perhaps even the iconic Changing of the Guards. Then, head by train to Hampton Court Palace, the stunning one-time residence of Henry VIII, William III, and George II. Other sights include Green Park and St. James's Palace.
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7 to 8 hours
from US$576.05

Private Walking Tour of Mayfair, London's famous aristocratic village

Mayfair may be one of London’s poshest neighborhoods, but that wasn’t always the case. On this 2-hour walking tour, learn how Mayfair went from being a playground for the aristocracy to a debaucherous red light district and back to being a respite for the UK’s wealthy upper class. Pop into upscale boutiques and admire some of the oldest trees in London along the way.
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150 to 180 minutes
from US$194.84
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mallorylmeans wrote a review Mar 2020
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Sandy gave my husband and I a 3-hour personal tour of Hampton Court Palace and she was fabulous! She is super friendly, engaging and made us feel comfortable right from the start. She tailored the tour to our interests - it was extremely informative and entertaining! She was happy to answer our questions and shared lots of details / stories we wouldn’t have learned on a self-guided tour. We had to reschedule our tour multiple times due to unforeseen circumstances but she was incredibly flexible and accommodating. Going beyond the tour, Sandy shared plenty of travel tips, recommendations and provided directions on how to get to and from Hampton Court from our hotel. We hope to book her for more tours on our next trip to London! Highly recommended! Thanks so much, Sandy!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Sandy R, Owner at Hobnob Tours
Responded 17 Mar 2020
Hi Mallory and David, I am so pleased you enjoyed our time together having gone through so many permutations to arrange the tour! You were so determined to get to see Hampton Court that the least I could do was to make sure you made it! There is so much to see at Hampton Court and your interest in history meant that I could add in lots of additional information knowing that you would be interested for example, why the Queens wore so many layers of clothing! When you return to London let's do the St James'/Mayfair tour and maybe by then, my new tour around Southwark will be up and running too! So pleased you made it home without a hitch. Keep well. Sandy
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Betsey L wrote a review Jan 2020
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Sandy is an excellent tour guide! Thorough, professional, knowledgeable. She made the tour at our level of understanding and was personable. Answered our questions and made relevant recommendations for follow up.
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Response from Sandy R, Owner at Hobnob Tours
Responded 15 Jan 2020
Hi Betsey, it was an absolute pleasure to take you and Danny around Hampton Court. We were lucky with the weather and you managed to navigate your way to the palace without a hitch - so glad you asked for directions! Maybe next time we can continue the Henry VIII theme and explore St James' in central London together. Thanks again. Sandy
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Jay W wrote a review Dec 2019
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Sandy provided our family of 7 (ages 14-75) with a great introductory tour of the St. James area. She was able to accomodate all of our requests and discuss our collective interests in the area on a wide range of topics from architecture to cuisine to the royal family. She was timely, efficient and pleasant to spend time with. I would highly recommend her.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from Sandy R, Owner at Hobnob Tours
Responded 1 Jan 2020
Hi Jay, thank you so much for a lovely review. It was a pleasure guiding the three generations of your family around the historic St James' area particularly as they seemed so interested in the history. Whether it was the tales of how St James' Palace became the focal point for so many Royal events or the stories associated with Buckingham Palace and its long line of residents, your family lapped them up! Do let me know when you are next in London - perhaps we could explore Mayfair, the home to the aristocracy! Thanks again Jay. Sandy
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devonfoldesy wrote a review Sep 2019
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Our tour of Hampton Court Palace with Sandy was amazing. She was able to connect with my three children (7,9 and 13) and keep them engaged as we made our way back to Henry VIII's court. The kids loved the ghost stories and I loved chatting with Sandy. Her knowledge of the Hampton Court Palaces and the courts that occupied them was amazing. Lots of details and stories we would not have gotten on our self-guided tour. Amazing!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Responded 3 Sep 2019
Hi Devon, it was a delight to guide for you and Owen, William and Eliot Jane at Hampton Court and, indeed, two days later in the centre of London as well. It was lovely to have the recommendation from your sister and I'm glad to have met your expectations! I cannot believe your time of 4 minutes to get into the middle of the Maze; that is really fast. Well done to the family! It was helpful to have visited Hampton Court before doing the combined St James'/Westminster tour as there are a number of cross over points which make more sense in London if you have done the Hampton Court tour first of all. Hope to meet you again when you are next in London. Regards. Sandy
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AnneA wrote a review Sep 2019
Barton under Needwood, null, United Kingdom6 contributions3 helpful votes
Sandy’s personalised tour of Hampton Court Palace certainly exceeded our expectation as an extremely interesting, informative and entertaining tour which we will be recommending to others. It was a present for my brother’s birthday, a self-taught history fanatic who really enjoyed the in-depth insight Sandy provided. Thank you so much, Sandy, and we look forward to taking other historical tours with you at a later date
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from Sandy R, Owner at Hobnob Tours
Responded 2 Sep 2019
Hi there, it was a pleasure to guide for you today and I'm delighted your brother enjoyed his birthday present! Do look me up the next time you're in London and perhaps we can explore the delights of Mayfair, St James' or Westminster together! Thanks again. Sandy
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