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

London Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

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

Elena K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great tour! A must for anybody in London for the fist time!

Jmcc8322

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Amazing day, incredible tour guide, who new all the London secrets. Highly engaging day. Absolutely recommend.

David K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Awesome Day in London

premidaran

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Our guide Carole was exceptionally good, her diction clear and her facts fascinating. We fortunately had a small group on that day and that made the whole tour a memorable one. The Tower Of England was imposing with history and the Thames river ride was fun.
Highly recommended..

alohagrimm

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This was a fantastic tour! It was a great way to see the city, crown jewels without crowds and climb to the top of St.Paul's for the view. We had a fantastic guide, who knew exactly where to place us for a fantastic view of the changing on the guard without having wait there for hours. The London Eye was the perfect ending to a great day of sightseeing, I highly recommend this for families that want to make the most of their time in London without having to wait in lines. Loved it!

Luigi C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

OTTIMO.

Deborah R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Great tour and our guide, Dan, was terrific. Educational and we learned a lot. A lot of walking and a long day but worth it!

Denise T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

The tour guide was very knowledgeable on all points of interest throughout the city. She gave very keen information on the use of the underground as well as other sources of entertainment in the city. I can't remember her name but she and the driver of the coach Robert were AWESOME!!!

Maiquel C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Steve was great as a guide and Paul was the best driver yet in London tours. Really had an excellent time with my daughter 8yrs and the rest of my family. Steve keeps the kids in the mix of things. Keeping the kids happy. Will. Definitely recommended it and will do it again in my next trip

maria.ronquillo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was a great tour! Our Guide Steve was above and beyond the call of duty! I loved his humor and he got us to the best place to view the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. He is extremely knowledgeable and he gave us a GREAT tour of St. Paul's Cathedral.
I would recommend this to all!

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