The Grand Tour

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The Grand Tour™
Not for the faint hearted, this is the 'meat, two veg and a Titian' tour. Taking in all 45 paintings scattered across London's lively West End. Why not make a day of it and take in some of the city's best boozers, coolest cafés and hottest people watching spots along the way?
 
The Heavy Hitters Tour
This tour does exactly what it says by taking you straight to the big guns. Taking in da Vinci, Gainsborough, Rubens, Boticelli and Van Gogh (among others), it's a real 'who's who' of European painting.

These guys have got a lot to compete with, because you'll find most of them hanging around the bright lights and tempting window displays of Carnaby Street and Covent Garden. If it all gets too much for you pop into The Shaston Arms on Ganton Street for a quick stiffener, or check out one of Covent Garden's newest kids on the block, Progreso, for an ethical cuppa downstairs in the Thomas Neal Centre.
 
The Lovers' Tour
If you're looking for that killer first date idea, or just want to while away the hours with your loved one, then this is the tour for you. Featuring newly weds, passionate lovers, and more naked flesh than you'll see in Soho, our Lovers' Tour will get London in the mood for romance.

If you're really pulling out all the stops, then work your tour around one of the top romantic hotspots you'll pass on the way. For the sweetest afternoon tea in town take a little detour near Bronzino's 'An allegory with Venus and Cupid' and pop into Maison Bertaux, or if you're taking your tour in the twilight hours share a bowl of slurpy noodles at Wagamama's on Lexington Street. And if things are going really well you could always pop into Coco de Mer on Monmouth Street when you're passing through Seven Dials
 
The Escape the City Tour
When the sun is beating down and everyone in London but you is packed onto Brighton Beach don't sweat, we've got the perfect solution. Follow the Escape the City Tour to get your fill of stunning views, peaceful ponds and frolicking Gods and Goddesses. Ice Creams optional.

If this tour gets you in the mood to go al fresco, you could pick up a feast fit for Bacchus and Ariadne and hunker down in Soho Square or Golden Square, or if all those open spaces are making you nervous head to the subterranean safety of Two Floors on Kingly Street.
 
Lunchbreak Tour 1: Oxford Circus
This whistle stop circular tour crams in some of the biggest names in painting. Hop off the tube at Oxford Circus and fight your way through the lunchtime shoppers onto the relative peace and quiet of Great Marlborough Street. If you've got this far the rest is easy.

There are a million and one places you could grab a salad, a sandwich, a pint or a pie on this route. Check out the John Snow on the corner of Lexington Street and Broadwick street for a cheap pint and a bowl of curly fries, or for a healthier option pop into Leon on the corner of Great Marlborough Street for really good fast food.
 
Lunchbreak Tour 2: Piccadilly Circus
The ultimate culture tour, this walk takes you through Theatreland, Chinatown and Soho. From flowers to flesh and fighting to fields these attention grabbing paintings take centre stage.

If you have the time, this tour is the perfect excuse to hit Chinatown for sustenance. The choice is huge and everyone has a favourite, but old timer The Golden Dragon is hard to beat. If you're looking for a more liquid lunch, De Hems on Macclesfield Street will be hard to beat, followed up with strong a coffee and the world's most famous bunch of Sunflowers from Caffé Nero on Frith Street.
 
Lunchbreak Tour 3: Covent Garden
Subtitled 'The High Heel tour', this one covers the most paintings with the least amount of walking. Visit some of Europe's most beautiful paintings hanging in one of London's prettiest areas, and if you're quick you might be able to fit in a quick drink before you head back to work.

Every Londoner knows that Covent Garden + summer = tourist hell. But the streets around Seven Dials are largely free from street performers, coach parties and middle-aged men in Bermuda shorts. This tour is worth doing as much for the shopping as the amazing paintings, and when you've had your fill of old masters, new designers and shoe shops, check out Canela on Earlham Street for a Portuguese custard tart, Food for Thought (Neal Street) for great veggie meals, or hit The Crown in Seven Dials for a good old fashioned pint.