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Get to know London in one day on this sight-packed, full-day tour with an expert guide. Traveling by air-conditioned coach, see top London attractions such as St Paul’s Cathedral, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, and then visit the Tower of London, the medieval palace-fortress where many English royals met a bloody end. Break for a pub lunch during your guided tour of London, and receive a ticket for a Thames River sightseeing cruise to use after your tour or another day.

Highlights

  • Full-day London tour including Tower of London visit
  • See top London attractions like Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and St Paul’s Cathedral, on a coach tour
  • Watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace
  • Explore the Tower of London independently or choose to join a complimentary tour (dependent on timing) led by a Beefeater
  • Make use of a ticket for a River Thames cruise from the Tower of London

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

If you have just one day in London, this tour shows you all the must-see attractions like St Paul's Cathedral, the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London.

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What You Can Expect

London in One Day Sightseeing Tour including Tower of London Entrance and Changing of the Guard

Take a tour of the Tower of London with a Beefeater guide

Begin in central London when you hop inside your comfortable, air-conditioned coach. Meet your friendly, local guide, and then sit back and enjoy the sights on a panoramic drive around the heart of this historical city.

See the iconic Big Ben and Houses of Parliament in Parliament Square, and snap pictures of Westminster Abbey where Prince William and Kate Middleton were married in a grand ceremony in April 2011.

See the handsome government buildings along Whitehall and pass Downing Street, the London base of the British Prime Minister. Then, gaze up at Nelson’s Column in buzzing Trafalgar Square, and drive to Buckingham Palace, the official London residence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Walk to the palace gates to watch the Changing of the Guard. Look on in delight as the soldiers of the Queen’s Foot Guard, clothed in red tunics and bearskin hats, exchange duties to the regal music of a military band, and learn about this centuries-old ceremony from your guide.

Next, continue by coach to a cozy London pub in Trafalgar Square. Sit down to a tasty lunch (own expense) and then pick up your tour again in the City of London. Located east of the West End, and famous for its financial institutions, this history-steeped district is home to the Bank of England and St Paul’s Cathedral.

Admire the stately buildings, and then pay a visit to the Tower of London, the medieval prison-fortress that stands on the north banks of the Thames River. Head inside to explore independently, and learn about the tower’s blood-soaked history. Founded in the 1080s by William the Conqueror, this imposing complex has served as a palace, armoury, prison and execution site, and is known for its ravens and colorful Beefeater guides.

If you wish, join one of the complimentary Beefeater tours that run every 30 minutes from inside the gates. Learn about the famous events that took place here, and hear some of the mysteries that still haunt the complex.

Before your tour ends, receive a complimentary ticket for a sightseeing cruise on the River Thames, from the Tower of London to Westminster Pier. You’re free to use the ticket when you wish up until March 31, 2016.

Customer Reviews

Herbert C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Brian W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was a good tour however. This was not the right time to visit and do this tour. It rained continuously and it was the Queen's birthday so we couldn't even get to close to the Palace. But nonetheless the places we managed to see were beautiful.

John K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Lynette B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent, our tour guide was excellent. Saw everything we needed to see. Picked us up at the hotel. Took excellent care of us. Thoroughly enjoyed the day, good value for the money.

Keara A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our tour guide, Debra, was fabulous. She answered questions about the royal family as well as many other questions. She took us through St. Paul's Cathedral and it was just beautiful. We even went down into the crypt. She pointed out many things and we had plenty of time to look around. Also went to The Tower of London and saw the crown jewels. Crowds were very minimal during our trip which made it more enjoyable. Just wish it hadn't rained because the Changing of the Guard was cancelled then.

JUDITH Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was a whirlwind tour! So much to see and do. The guide was so informative and the bus driver was awesome getting around London. We spent 10 hours on this tour and would do it again, although very tired at end.

Andiliy L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

It was awesome. We were able to relax on the bus and let them shuttle us around. The tour guide was very informative and we learned a lot. I would recommend anyone going to London to take the tour!

Steven G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

I enjoyed the tour tremendously.

I especially want to commend Deborah guide for her outstanding work! She was bright, knowledgable,
funny and kind. She took especial care of me I'm disabled. I lost her and the group at theTower of London it was not her fault.

If you would say thanks and hello for me to Deborah, I would be very grateful.

Paula V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

It was a whirlwind tour covering most of the major highlights of London. Our tour guide, Lesley, was very knowledgeable. She was passionate about her city and included as much as the day would allow, well beyond the printed description.

Gunter S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Very nice, excellent tour guide. Money well spend. All this days before the Queen's 90th birthday. To bad we could not meet her for a cup of Tea and bring best wishes from Canada.

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