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

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

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

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Very good - tea is very nice and good view.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great tour guide, fully licensed and knowledgable about London and The Royals. Well organized highly recommended for newbies and experienced tourists. Early entrance to the Tower is worth the ticket.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Well laid out and a bit disappointing that there was no photo opp at Westminster Abbey as described int he tour description - only a drive by. So we just had to plan a trip there on our own and actually went inside which was awesome!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

outstanding--guide was exceptional and you could not pour more into a day if you are on limited time. Don

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Excellent day!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Very informative

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This is an amazing tour filled with history, city facts, and an enjoyable Tour Guide Barry who provided insight, fun and enjoyment for my family. Barry and our driver Stephen provided wonderful details of our plans, the sights and its history around us, placed us at less crowded location for the changing of the guard, and was so helpful in responding to questions throughout the day. Barry was well spoken and at each stop we were given options for the sights to see. He corralled us, kept the tour organized, and consistently made the best use of time on and off the bus. Ending the day on the London Eye was a fantastic closure to our introduction to London. We're now more comfortable getting around the town, understanding the City and its Boroughs, key locations, and appreciating all we'll enjoy for the coming week.
We highly recommend this Tour to anyone desiring to see the sights of the City and able to appreciate its history, heritage, and contribution to so many throughout the world.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great tour to see a lot of London in one day! Our guide was a lot of fun and got us a great location to see the changing of the guard.

robertp5050
United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

tour well done - guide excellent - english guy - wish I'd gotten his name he had 2 young daughters - stops at several of the highlights changing of the guard, st paul's cathedral - his dialogue helpful and knowledgeable, especially in st paul's - he got the group a great spot for pictures of the guard at Buckingham Palace - do the london eye at the end - well worth it

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

An excellent opportunity to get an overview of London sights. Took this tour the second day in London so it helped to see the layout of the city. Our tour guide John kept us all together and kept things moving smoothly which totally amazed me.

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