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Tour code: 2452L02
See the English capital’s top landmarks on this most comprehensive of London magical tours. After an early-access visit to the Tower of London to witness highlights including the Crown Jewels, watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, enjoy a Thames River sightseeing cruise, and view Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Kate Middleton married in 2011. Then, take a tour of beautiful St Paul’s Cathedral, including the Whispering Gallery. Upgrade to cap everything with a London Eye flight or afternoon tea with Champagne at the Westminster Park Plaza.

Highlights

  • London full-day tour including Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral
  • See top city attractions like Westminster Abbey on a full-day city tour of London
  • Tour the UNESCO-listed Tower of London with a Beefeater, before the doors open to the public
  • Watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace
  • Relax on a River Thames sightseeing cruise and then explore St Paul's Cathedral with a guide
  • Upgrade to include an afternoon tea or a London Eye flight

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is a great tour to take if you've just arrived in London! Begin the day with a private tour of the Tower of London and end it with an elegant afternoon tea at the Westminster Park Plaza overlooking Big Ben, or take a breathtaking ride on the London Eye.

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What You Can Expect

London Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

See the Changing of the Guard outside Buckingham Palace

Select your tour option on booking. Then, after pickup from your central London hotel or meeting point, settle into your air-conditioned coach and head for the Tower of London, the 11th-century fortress that looms over the Thames River.

Gaze up at this forbidding UNESCO World Heritage Site, and then head inside for a tour guided by a Yeoman Warder – one of the colorfully dressed ‘Beefeater’ guards. Enjoy early access before the crowds, and stroll around history-steeped sites such as Traitor’s Gate. Inspect the gruesome torture exhibits at the Wakefield Tower, and ogle the Crown Jewels – the magnificent symbols of royal power that are still used by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Continue to Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s official London residence, to see the Changing of the Guard. Watch this centuries-old ceremony as the soldiers of The Queen’s Guard, dressed in red tunics and bearskin hats, exchange places with the new guard to military music.

After a short sightseeing cruise on the Thames, passing top London attractions such as Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and St Paul’s Cathedral; break for a traditional English pub lunch, and then stop to see Westminster Abbey.

Admire this outside of this 13th-century Gothic church, the site of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s marriage in 2011, and then drive to St Paul’s Cathedral, the Baroque church designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1673. Enjoy a tour of the awe-inspiring interior, and visit the Whispering Gallery, the famous walkway inside the dome, and the Crypt, home to the tombs of Lord Nelson and Wren.

Then, depending on your selected option, end your tour at the start point or drive to the location of your chosen activity — afternoon tea with a glass of Champagne at the Westminster Park Plaza hotel, or a flight on the London Eye for incredible views of London’s skyline. Your day trip then comes to a close after your activity at the location in question. See the Itinerary for a sample afternoon tea menu.

Please note: On days when the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace does not take place, you will simply enjoy a photo stop at the palace.

Itinerary

Westminster Park Plaza Afternoon Tea:
  • Selection of finger sandwiches and cakes
  • English scones with clotted cream and preserves
  • Glass of chilled Champagne and a pot of tea

Customer Reviews

Richard

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

A great way to see many of London's key points of interest, particularly if you don't have many days in your visit. Our guide, Steve, was truly great and provided a wealth of information that really made the day enjoyable. One warning..... I found this to be a very long day with some quick step walking required to get to events and to transportation links. Come prepared.

sanjeev

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Guide Dave was great. End of the tour with afternoon tea was the highlight.

Diane W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Our tour guide David was wonderful. He was most knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. We would highly recommend this tour as it was everything promised and we saw and heard about all the sites of interest.

Jeffrey B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

We loved this tour! We got to see so many wonderful sites in London. We even got to see the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and had a boat ride on the Thames River. Our tour guide, John was great! He knew so much history about all places we visited. This tour was fantastic and well worth it.

LouAnne R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

David was an outstanding tour guide. We visited all the important places with the exception of Churchill's war rooms, which we saw the next day and was very knowledgeable and informative.

JESSICA T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Awesome

LAAKEA M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This Tour was Great even though I was in London for about a week. But if you were there for only a few days this tour would show you a whole lot of London to see the city.

Marianne S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Great tour. Our tour guide was Frank, if you are with him you are in for a great day. The guide was informative, and Frank knew just where to go to put you in the best position. Would recommend this tour!

beaglescout

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Our guide was very knowledgable! She knew the city and answer all of our historical questions.

Debra R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

A very full day of siteseeing. Make sure you wear your walking shoes. The trip down the Thames was fantastic. Our guide John made sure we got to see everything and even pointed out the best spots for photo opportunities during the changing of the guard. The Champagne tea afterwards was just lovely.

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