5 star rating: Highly Recommended 29 Reviews

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  • Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:  8 hours (approx.)
Get an insider look at the Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral on this incredible Viator VIP tour! With exclusive preopening access to the Tower of London, your tour includes the tower's historic opening ceremony and a look at the Crown Jewels with a Beefeater guard. Explore the normally inaccessible Triforium at St Paul’s Cathedral, alongside other highlights such as the Whispering Gallery and the Crypt. Stop for a 2-course lunch at The Restaurant at St Paul’s Cathedral.


  • Viator VIP tour including the Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral
  • Gain exclusive, insider access to two of the city's most iconic attractions with this Viator VIP
  • Enter the Tower of London before the general public and watch the historic opening ceremony
  • See the Crown Jewels with a Beefeater guard and explore the famous White Tower
  • Explore St Paul’s Cathedral’s Triforium and see the Dean’s Staircase, that featured in a hit Harry Potter movie
  • Visit the Whispering Gallery and Crypt, and then enjoy a 2-course lunch at The Restaurant at St Paul’s Cathedral

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What You Can Expect

Viator VIP: Exclusive Access to Tower of London and St Paul's Cathedral with Lunch

Explore St Paul's Cathedral on a VIP tour!

Your Viator VIP London tour starts at the Tower of London, which you'll enter before the public opening. Meet your guide as well as one of the tower’s Beefeater guards who will personally show you around. The formidable 11th-century tower was built to act as a fortress, palace and prison — terrifying Londoners and foreign invaders alike. Watch the historic opening ceremony, where members of the military escort march around the tower with the Beefeaters to open it for business.

On your tour of the tower, see the Crown Jewels — a dazzling collection of jewels and diamonds that are still used today by the Queen. Stroll along the East Wall Walk for a bird’s-eye view of the city streets, explore the White Tower, and see the ravens that have lived here since the reign of King Charles II. The superstitious king believed the tower would fall if the birds left.

Next, walk to nearby St Paul’s Cathedral, the much-cherished architectural icon that’s home to the Triforium, an area typically closed to the public but open to you! Standout features include the Dean’s Staircase (featured in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) and a medieval library. See both, and then marvel at the vertigo-inducing views toward the nave. In addition to the Triforium, visit the Whispering Gallery and Crypt, too. Finally, enjoy a 2-course lunch at The Restaurant at St Paul’s Cathedral (located inside the Crypt), and relax amid contemporary décor while dining from a classically British menu. Your experience finishes here.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Skip the line and early entry was great since we were able to see the ceremonial opening by the guards which has been done for centuries. We also were able to see the crown jewels before the large crowds came in. Very informative, humorous guide (Edwin?) who made the tour much more interesting than if we had gone on our own. He interjected much detail and history and moved at a good pace. St. Paul's was fascinating and we enjoyed the behind the scenes tour with lots of insight to Christopher Wren's attention to detail. We were able to see the library upstairs and even met the cathedral's 2 seamstress - who were delightful. The lunch in the basement was good, but not what we had anticipated and one large ravioli was not very filling. Good desert. We also walked over the new London bridge and saw the Globe theatre. Our guide so most helpful and even guided us on to the correct subway. Long, but very interesting day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Tony Matthews made this a 5 Star Tour! Fanastic job -- what a day -- fun -- informative -- interactive -- I do think this is one of your best offerings and by far the best tour I had during this visit and others in the past. I think tour leaders like Tony really do make the experience! He was a lot of fun yet had a depth of knowledge that provided intersting history and stories -- very impressive -- the walking tour after the tower of London - was great - I really felt I got a sense of the history of the area and some of the local color as well. St Pauls -- to be able to go "behind the scenes" and have someone from the church take us on the exclusive part of the Church tour - made it worth it - (The lunch -- not a big fan -- give us choice of some good hearty food -- we have been doning a lot of walking!) One other note -- on a tour like this -- it might be a good idea to have the leader take a few minutes at the top of the tour and have people do some quickef intros - name - from...
If you had more personalized tours like this one -- I certainly would sign up! Again -- Tony ----"Bloody" Fantastic!

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