Jump aboard your vintage double-decker bus at Victoria Coach Station in central London, and set off to begin your sightseeing tour of England’s famous capital. Watch out for top London landmarks like Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar Square, and gain insight into each site’s history from the entertaining onboard commentary.
Hop off your bus and head down to the banks of the Thames River for a photo stop outside the Tower of London. Hear how this formidable and ancient castle is now home to the world-famous Crown Jewels, and admire the smartly-dressed Beefeater guards who protect them.
Walk along the river to Tower Pier and board a Thames River sightseeing boat for a leisurely cruise to Westminster. Soak up the sunshine out on deck or relax in the comfy seats in the saloon, and listen to audio commentary about all the sites that you pass on route. Cruise under London Bridge, gaze at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and take in beautiful views of the London Eye just across the river.
Continue onward to the Queen’s London residence — Buckingham Palace — and pause for a photo opportunity in front of the imposing palace gates. Look on as her guards perform their duties in the palace forecourt, dressed in their eye-catching red tunics and bearskin hats.
Leave Buckingham Palace behind you and travel by coach to Criterion Restaurant in Piccadilly Circus for afternoon tea. No visit to London would be complete without sampling quintessentially British scones with jam and clotted cream, finger sandwiches and rich pastries, and the Criterion Restaurant is the perfect place for it! Fans of Downton Abbey may recognize the restaurant’s lavish Neo-Byzantine architecture and glittering mosaics — it was here that Lady Edith and Michael Gregson shared their first kiss.
Your tour finishes here so sit back, relax and enjoy your sumptuous surroundings before heading onward to enjoy the rest of your day at your leisure.