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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

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.

Gracie S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Amazing tour! I accidentally got my tour guides mixed up in one of my reviews. My husband and I did the Stonehenge, Bath and Windsor Castle tour and accidentally said our tour guide was Chrissy, when in fact it was Mark...also a very good tour guide. Anyway, for this tour Chrissy was our tour guide. Lovely woman, gave very good details and information on everything we saw. We even got to see the Changing of the Guard up close as they made their way to Buckingham Palace. She also made sure we were in a great spot for pictures and such. The Tower of London is a must see, not only for the Crown Jewels, but for the history of that place. You should book this tour now if it's your first time in London.

MARIA T V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The tour was a nice introduction to London. A good stepping stone for the upcoming tours and visits to the other sites. Richard was a fun and knowledgeable guide. Would recommend to friends for their first time in London

Bernadette D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The tour was fine but what made it great was the guide Debra. She was constantly telling us all of the history of our surroundings and she would do it with such a joy. Above her deep historical knowledge, she was so funny which made the difference especially from somebody like me who was forced to attend your tours under pressure by my family. I would take any tours led by Debra any day of the week!

Kayla B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Rob and Lori the bus driver were fantastic and friendly. It was a great way to see London and the changing of the guard.

John W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Deborah was a wonderful, knowledge, friendly guide. The pace of the trip was easily manageable, and the itinerary was comprehensive. a GREAT way to spend the day.

Linda T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Another great tour with Wendy whose knowledge of London felt intimate and not read off a script. We received a great snapshot of the city. St Paul's Cathedral and the Horse Guards was a highlight. Reccomend this tour to anyone wanting a quick view of the city for a more detailed excursion later.

Cheri R United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

The best tour by far! Our guide, Leslie, knew EXACTLY where to stand to see the exciting stuff, the changing of the guards, the little tid bits of info that you would only get from a seasoned guide. She positioned us in the best places for photos that you just wouldn't have a clue where to stand to get the best shot. Most definitely do the whole day tour... VERY WORTH IT! Highly recommend it! If you are able, climb to the top of St.Paul's, the view is Amazing!

PatiD

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Excellent tour and tour guide.

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