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  • Location:London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:8.5 - 9 hours

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

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

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.

deeannholt

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Excellent guide...

Anita R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The host was very informed and knew his subject. A great day

Maria A. B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We had an excellent experience! Our tour guide, Sheila, was very knowledgable and this is a must take tour if you are visiting London for a short time 1-3 days. Highly recommended!

FERENC S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Correct Sightseeing, very nice guide

Joyce S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our guide Richard enhanced this wonderful tour. Just as advertised Several places for a one hour lunch were plentiful. Highly recommend it

cebrickey0604

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

I did not do this tour, but the ladies that did enjoyed every minute of it.

sasso

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

SAW A LOT. GREAT TOUR GUIDE WHO WAS VERY INFORMATIVE. STRONGLY RECOMMEND.

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