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Richard, the tour guide, was very informative. We loved seeing the Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. You should definitely take this trip if you have limited time in London. You do see some of the major sights with a little history mixed in.
Our tour guide Julia City Wonders UK met us just outside Westminster tube station across from Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. It was a rainy day and we weren't sure if the tour was going to continue but through rain or shine, it did go on. Julia was very knowledgeable about World War II information considering that her native country is Austria! We would have liked to go inside Westminster Abbey as part of this tour instead of just stopping on the outside. However, the stops to House of Parliament, Big Ben, St. Margaret's Church, Cenotaph, Women in War Memorial, 10 Downing Street,Banqueting House, Horse Guard Parade, and the highlight of the tour, Churchill War Rooms made this tour a very informative history lesson on Churchill's role in WWII. Highly recommended for history buffs!
Augusta was fantastic! She was an excellent guide, giving clear historical perspective to the events surrounding WWII and Winston Churchill. We took an easy stroll around the outside of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall and ended up in the war bunker used by Churchill and his staff. Augusta's personality and approach were highly entertaining and very informative. We would very much recommend this tour to those wanting to discover a more in-depth examination of London's role during WWII.
Our guide Wendy did a really nice job. She was very informative, very pleasant, personable, gracious and she kept asking us if we wanted more information. It was especially nice to have it be a private tour for just our family. Westminster Abbey is beautiful and she did a nice job of giving us additional detail about the sites we saw between there and the National Art Museum, more than we had gotten our a driving tour covering some similar spots. She made sure we got to see all of the most famous artists and paintings in the galleries. I would recommend her and this tour to anyone.
We fully enjoyed our all-day tour of London, and highly recommend it to people who don't have a lot of time to navigate the city's major landmarks on their own. For us, the tour was the perfect way to get acquainted with the city before delving in to the more specific sights. Our guide, Norma, was delightful!! Unfortunately, we did not know ahead of time that Westminster Abbey is closed to visitors during mass on Sundays, so we'll have to go back another time.
Excellent experience. Really enjoyed the tour of Westminster Abbey and the National Gallery. Alison was an outstanding guide.
Please don't miss this opportunity to see London. I made the mistake of buying the one day and should have spent a few bucks etra for two days. Cruise around the first day to just look and see then use it to get on and off to see Westminster Abbey,St Pauls,Tower of London, Hyde Park,The London eye. There is no waiting and the buses are so frequesnt. Very well run. Take the Red line. Love this so much also did it in Paris!
Sheila, our tour guide, was great - she got us to the best spot for viewing the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace! Our visit to Westminster Abbey and St Pauls was memorable and the Tower of London where we saw the crown jewels and other historic features was informative and enjoyable even though it was on the hottest day in London for some years. We were well informed at all times and the boat trip on the Thames completed a great day. We would never have seen so many of the sights of London had we not opted for this tour. Thank you !!
B and E Yeo, NZ
Caught the bus from Marble Arch to St Paul's Church passing through Piccadilly Circus and Trfalgar Square and then walked from there to the Tower of London which was a highlight. Caught the cruise from there to Westminster for Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. Walked from there to Buckingham Palace and cut through Hyde Park to get to Hotel. Managed to pack a lot in one day.
Excellent tour. Both Westminster Abbey and the National Gallery are well worth visiting.
This was a wonderful tour. It visited all the sites in London that we have heard so much about and are so magnificent. We saw the changing of the guard at Buckingham palace. Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament were so impressive and the Tower of London just as impressive and crown jewels are a must see thing, out of this world. The ride on the Eye topped this tour off. The sites from the Eye are breathtaking.
Donna Lynne L Canada
This was a great tour and we saw a lot in a day. Most of the morning was spent in the bus seeing some of the sights like Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall, Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, Prince Albert's memorial and the Victoria and Albert museum, Harrods and more. Then we went to Buckingham Palace for the changing of the guard. Our expert guide Richard told us where to stand for the best view and great pictures. After lunch it was on to St Paul's Cathedral. Amazing! The wisteria was in bloom along one wall on our way in. The stained glass, the ceilings, the dome, the crypt - all fascinating. It is a Must See. Our next stop was the Tower of London with it's gory history, the ravens and their story and of course the crown jewels. Our boat cruise on the Thames ended the day with great views of Big Ben and the London Eye.
Kathleen R USA
My son and I went on the tour, which included an inside tour of Westminster Abbey and a motor coach tour around London seeing sites such as The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, St. Paul's Cathedral, and Big Ben. We were also taken to the Changing of The Horse Guards. We enjoyed a lovely lunch at a British Pub in the center of London. We also went on a boat which cruised up the Thames River. We then received a tour of The Tower of London and the Crown Jewels. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable about the history of London and all the sites we visited. We highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting London!
Andoni S USA
This tour gave us many of the experiences we had hoped to share with our daughter--the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, and visits to the Tower and St. Paul's Cathedral, for example--but not others. We had to go back on our own to see the inside of Westminster Abbey, and the originally promised cruise on the Thames was deleted from the itinerary after we had booked it. Nevertheless, as a general introduction to the city, this tour sufficed.
The stagecoach tour went about Central London to the major touristy destinations -- Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament, Elizabeth Tower (and Big Ben), London Eye, etc, etc. Then Buckingham Palace for the changing of the guards as advertised. However, because it is SO busy for the changing of the guards, our tour did not actually go into the palace square to see it. We sort of ran around to see the beginning march of the new guards and then the ending march of the old guards. After Buckingham, the half-day stopping point is Trafalgar Square (I only did the half-day tour). Very well informed tour guide and the coach drivers in London are absolutely amazing.
This tour was a good overview of the City. Edward informed of us a lot of history and current politics. I was a little disappointed that we did not get off the bus at Westminster Abbey. It was not clear from the tour desciption that we would see Big Ben and Westminster through the bus windows only. Over all the tour was worth it.
My wife and I went on this tour on Oct 4th of 2013. Leslie the tour guide in our opinion was a diamond in the rough! The timing on our arrival for the changing of the guards was a little late and we could not see very well. Wish also more attention was given to Westminster Abbey as that was kind of avoided in my opinion. However that being said we enjoyed our tour and for a one day shot everyone involved did a very nice job. One last comment the Tour Bus was state of the art! Very comfortable! Ned and Myrtle. Indian Rocks Beach, Florida. USA.
If you only have one day for sightseeing tour in London, then this is the best tour you can join. This tour would bring you to the important sights and places such as Prince Albert Memorial (opposite Royal Albert Hall), St. Paul Cathedral, Tower of London and Changing of the Guards. However, you can only view the BIg Ben and the House of Parliaments, Westminster Abbey, London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square on the bus (no stops provided to go down and take photos).
A good way to get all of the major sights under your belt in one day, although I was disappointed that the tour didn't include a stop in Picadilly Circus or Westminster Abbey (just drive by's).
Melissa G USA
Our guide was knowledgeable and funny. She had great background stories and tips for spending our time when the tour was over. Our guide did a great job getting us placed for the entrance of the guards at Buckingham Palace and then taking us to the general area for the actual changing ceremony. The place is complete chaos and only for dedicated fans but it's exciting to have been where so many people aspire to be. The only disappointing part was that the description of the tour mentioned Westminster Abbey and Big Ben and we never got close to these sights. In fact, we didn't get close to the river at all. We did, however, have a bit of time outside St. Paul's Cathedral with great tips from the guide regarding the best vantage point for photos. Overall, a great tour worth doing if your time in London is limited.
Alice G USA
The tour was an excellent way of getting an overview of the city. The pace was good; we visited the key sites of London. It avoided long lines and went straight to the attractions. The tour guide knew exactly where to take the group so that we could see the changing of the guard at the beginning of the march - perfect spot. He also showed us where to sit in the Thames cruise ship to be able to see the main attractions along the river. The guide was impeccably dressed with style and flair. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Instead of going to Westminster Abbey, this tour went to St. Paul. I wish we had gone to the abbey instead, but the visit to St. Paul was good, too.
Guide was helpful and knowledgable. Once we got to halfway point during the tour we got off for Westminster Abbey but did not reboard as it was later in the day. Since we spoke English getting on the bus was a nusiance because a representaive walked us several blocks to get on a live speaking bus instead of recorded one. best to get on the bus early to take advantage of the service.
This is what is says on the Viator site when you sign up:
Full-day London tour including Tower of London visit
See top London attractions like Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and St Pauls Cathedral, on a coach tour
Watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace
Explore the Tower of London with a Beefeater guide
Now granted, there was an Underground strike that day so the traffic was bad.
We did not go to Westminster Abbey. We did not go to Big Ben. We got time on our own at the Tower of London but it was not guided.
Nor did they tell us that the changing of the guard is only every other day in August and today was not our day.
The guide was informative about the history of the royal family.
Guide was okay could have been better, didn't really see the actual change of the guards. Just saw the new guards coming out a block away from the palace (this is were the guide asked us to stand). You need to be near the palace to see the actual change of the guards. Stopped at outside of Westminster Abbey but guide did not take us inside.
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