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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

Lisa P USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Our all day tour was wonderful. We saw so much, there was a hiccup at the Tower due to a late opening but we still saw as much as we could. The guide, Frank was both witty and professional. We really enjoyed this tour. Well worth it!

Christopher P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This is how you do as much as possible in a day. Tower of London before the crowds which was amazing-river cruise-st.Paul's it was all amazing. What was even better was our guide who had more knowledge in his head than most books. He had a great sense of corney humor too-which helps on a long day and answered questions which kept the day moving. Two thumbs up. His knowledge of St Pauls Cathedral was awesome, and knowing what parts of the city were most affected by the war-was a great day as I only had one day for sight seeing and this made the most of it.

Kristen L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Very professional run tour. The perfect highlight tour if limited on time,as I was on a bus trip flight layover.I also opted for the London Eye, whic was definitely worth the long wait in line. The only disappointment is that the London Eye ticket was not for the Fast Track line. I waited nearly and hour in line even though I had my ticket. The tour was great and now I know where I would like to spend more time and also have time to visit other places for my next trip to London.

Cheryl F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Very good tour

Jjv912

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Steve was amazingly funny and did a great job taking us around London. I normally don and #39;t like large group tours but Steve did a great job. The river cruise is just a sort ride on the water taxi.

Kris I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and was extremely organized. We got plenty of time to take pictures and look around.

Amanda F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Our tour guide and driver were EXCELLENT! I wish I could remember her name short, short brown hair, purple doc maartens, red and black umbrella, but she was incredible! We are so glad we booked this tour to see the main sights of London in one day.

lida m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Awsome!Steve was great!

Thera H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Fantastic tour - covered alot in one day which makes this great for those who are pressed for time and do not want to think about anything else but enjoying new memories!

The best part for me is the thames cruise which was a new and huge private catamaran. There were only 4 of us who went out into the outdoor deck which was odd because we had a nice sunny day and enjoyed taking photos from there.

I did the afternoon tea and not the London eye option which was fantastic as we had tea with the view of the Big Ben - amazing service and staff there. We were only two who chose this option which made this option more appealing as I was tired of the people traffic we ran into the whole day specially at Buckingham Palace. I highly recommend this to anyone who'd want to do a full day tour without having to think of arranging anything!

Elisha C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent tour and guide!

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