5 star rating: Highly Recommended 29 Reviews

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  • Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:  6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

This was absolutely the best tour I have ever been on, and it was all due to my excellent tour guide, Leslie. She has a passion for architecture and the history of London, and she shared so much knowledge while keeping everyone engaged and entertained. Be advised that this is a walking tour, so only the able bodied need show up.

For the price of admission, we got to be the first people who entered the Tower of London, and we were allowed to witness the ceremony of the keys before the Tower was open to the general public. We saw the crown jewels without having to wait in the long lines as well.

Then we walked to St. Paul's Cathedral, where we got a behind the scenes look at the library, lofts, and other rooms not open to the general public. From the crypts all the way to the very top of the dome, I was allowed to explore on my own for a bit between guided tours.

I can't say enough about this tour. If you do nothing else in London, go do this tour! And hope that you get Leslie from the local tour company. She was the best tour guide I've ever had.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

This was great as it included witnessing the opening of the Tower which is not normally vowed by the public. Our guide was very informative.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

The tour was great! An absolute highlight of my trip to London and well worth the money. Deborah was a great guide and her knowledge of both the Tower of London and St. Paul's Cathedral just scratched the surface of her greater knowledge of London and her history. Thank you!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

This was a very well done tour which allowed enough time to visit both the Tower of London and St. Paul's Cathedral. The early access to the Tower was beneficial and the small number of clients on the tour made the experience much more pleasant. Our guide was very knowledgeable and pleasant not to mention remarkable spry. We enjoyed this tour greatly.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

Fabulous guide, worth doing even if you have been to the Tower and St. Paul's before as have we.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

This was one of the highlights of our trip. Our guide was fantastic!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

This tour was the best I have ever done! Our tour guide was very knowledgable and helpful. If I could choose only one thing to do in London, this would be my only choice.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Had a grest time seeing all the history and the guides were very knowledgable. I def will recommend it

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

We found the meeting place for the start of the tour with no problems and it started on time. Leslie was very informative and we walked and saw many things, not only at the two locations, but in walking to them. The included lunch was good and it is a good way to see these two sites. Just keep in mind that a lot of walking is required.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

Awesome tour from start to finish! Our tour guide, Cousette, was knowledgeable, interesting, and very accommodating. This VIP tour ranks at the top of our London tours. Thank you, Viator!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

Wonderful day with a guide with a firm grasp of her material.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

This tour was absolutely magnificent!!!! I was able to see so many amazing things that the public diid not have access to. Our tour guide was incredible and so knowledgeable. I will be raving about this tour for years to come!! It is definitely a must do!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

Very much enjoyed this tour. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgable. She was also passionate about the subjects we toured and her personality was perfectly entertaining as a tour guide. The name of the tour speaks for itself: "VIP: Exclusive Access". We were especially given VIP access at St. Paul's Cathedral. Next time I visit London I would definitely consider taking a tour with the same company.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2013

Excellent day. Cannot recommend the tour highly enough. It was far more than expected, with outstanding tour guide very knowledgeable and lots of behind the scenes contacts. Such a good day. Warning!! This tour is not for those unable to undertake many kilometres of walking. We certainly appreciated the finish of the tour late in the afternoon.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2013

Excellent tour and tour guide. The small group (6) of us were really able to see many things that others do not have access to and talk casually to the guide. She gave us lots of information about English history and modern day news. A good experience with a lot of walking involved.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

This tour was a highlight of our week in London. Even our three teens enjoyed themselves without complaint, even with all the walking (and there's a lot of walking between the sites). The pre-opening access to Tower of London to see the small opening ceremony and avoid the crowds was worth it all by itself. The thorough tour of St. Paul's was the highlight, though. Seeing the storage floor closed to the public, followed by access to the St. Paul's library with its many books hundreds of years old, were true treats.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

Taken where most people are not allowed to go and avoided crowds by early admission. Only suggestion is to have a formal meeting place established at the Tower of London. Viator will be under the yellow sign by the gft shop (as an example), all of us were walking 100's of feet back and forth to find the guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2013

A fantastic walking tour of London. There is a lot of walking involved (Around 40 minutes from one attraction to the other) but the guides commentary kept everyone entertained. A great combination of modern and old London, plus lots of other London icons seen along the way. Great guide with lots of useful and interesting facts about the history of London an how it shaped the modern city today. Had a fantastic day!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2013

Outstanding tour!! Loved the behind the scenes and the stories, especially the changing of the guards at the Tower.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2013

Excellent tour, wonderful and informative guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2013

This was my favorite tour booked through Viator in London. I would recommend updating your description to ensure people know it is a WALKING tour for the entire day! Some people were not aware and ended up taking taxi's inbetween destinations...but they missed out on the walk, the history of the area and the various buildings/attractions along the way. Our tour guide was fantastic.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2013

The guide was spectacular. The private access to St. Paul's library was great. Highly recomend this.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2013

This was a highlight of my trip to London. Seeing the changing of the keys, the oldest continuos military ceremony in the world, inside the Tower of London with only our group of 10 while hundreds of people waited outside was pretty awesome. Seeing the Crown Jewels early when no crowds was great – I had done this years ago on a normal tour and it was so crowded I could barely see them and just wanted to get out of there. The St. Pauls private viewing of the Triforium and the ‘secret’ library was also cool. Such amazing history. It actually rained part of the day but I didn’t mind walking between the locations. One couple did and took a taxi but I’d recommend sticking with the tour guide as Sheila, ours, was fantastic and shared lots of fun facts during the walking portion through the old city. Highly recommended

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2015

Great self guided tour. Our tour guide knew her history and kept us on time.

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2015

Great guide and interesting subject! I did not give teh 5 starts because it was a lot of walkig and it was raining.

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