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  • Location:London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:9 hours (approx.)

London Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

See the best that England’s capital has to offer on a full-day city tour of London! After an early access visit to the UNESCO-listed Tower of London to see the Crown Jewels and more, watch the must-see Changing of the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace. Sit back and relax on a sightseeing cruise down the River Thames and then explore St Paul’s Cathedral with a guide. If you want to see even more, upgrade to one of two must-do activities: an afternoon tea at Westminster Park Plaza, or a London Eye flight.


  • 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

Start your day with a pickup from your central London hotel or Victoria, and then travel east by air-conditioned coach to the Tower of London, a former prison, fortress and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Head inside for a walking tour, led by one of the tower’s distinctive Yeomen Warders – the guards more commonly known as Beefeaters. Before the tower opens to the general public, visit sites like Traitor’s Gate, the Torture Exhibition and, of course, the glittering Crown Jewels – a collection of irreplaceable and historic items.

Leave the Tower of London, and head to the Mall outside Buckingham Palace to watch the legendary Changing of the Guard ceremony. Accompanied by a military band, soldiers from the Queen’s Foot Guard march in time to drumbeats, performing a ceremonial ritual that dates back centuries.

After taking photos outside the world-famous palace, travel to the riverside and hop aboard a sightseeing boat for a short trip down the River Thames. Cruise down the river, looking out for the top London attractions such as St Paul’s Cathedral and Shakespeare’s Globe, and then step out onto dry land in time for a traditional pub lunch (own expense).

Revitalized after your lunch break, return to your coach and travel to Westminster Abbey where Prince William married Kate Middleton in a lavish royal wedding ceremony in 2011. Pose for photos outside the Gothic crowd pleaser, and then finish your sightseeing trip with a tour of St Paul’s Cathedral, including visits to the famous Whispering Gallery and the crypts.

Finish your tour back at the start point or alternatively, upgrade to finish on a high note with one of two optional activities. Options include an afternoon tea at Westminster Park Plaza (see Itinerary below) or a must-do London Eye flight, for picture-perfect views over the capital. Both activities include transport to the attraction, but no transport back.

Please note: If your tour falls on a date when the Changing of the Guard ceremony is not taking place, you will stop at Buckingham Palace for photos


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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Interesting tour guide, full of great detail. Sometimes over-dramatic, but fun.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Everything went exactly as planned. Our tour guide was great we forgot her name but she was from the Czech Republic. She was very knowledgeable and helpful. The tour ran on time and we never felt rushed except there was only about 50 minutes for lunch. However, that still allowed time for a quick sandwich and resume our tour at St. Paul's Cathedral. The coach was very clean and comfortable. Overall, this is a great way to see a number of top London sites in a day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We had an amazing tour with more than an adequate time at each stop. The Tower of London was incredible and since we were among the first groups there were no crowds to deal with. Access to the Crown Jewels was almost private. We enjoyed the cruise on the Thames even in the rain. St. Paul's Cathedral was beautiful. Only advice to give is to book on an even number day if going after September 1 as there is no changing of the guards on odd days. Easy hotel pick up and drop off on the South Bank gave us time to explore that area and have dinner before going back to the hotel.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great tour guide. He was very knowledgeable. The only complaint is we had a hard time hearing the guide at times due to the size of our group. Tour company should consider purchasing a microphone for the guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great Tour - will use Viator again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Wonderful guide made a rainy day enjoyable..High tea was wonderfulEarly visit to the Tower of London was an excellent move..

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We had a great time on this tour and would highly recommend this tour. Our coach driver and guide Frank and Malcom were knowledgeable and entertaining, if you are lucky enough to have them as your guides you are going to have a fun day. The coach is comfortable, the sites you see are marvellous. We particularly enjoyed watching the changing of the guard with its full pomp and pageantry. St Pauls Cathedral is a highlight and unforgettable. Concluding the day on the London Eye was the perfect end to a fabulous tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Pretty good. The guide had a big job to do and did it well considering that some of the tourists seem to think that we are happy waiting for them. He had a steady stream of information to tell us and it was a fun day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our Tour guide was wonderful and informative.

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