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OMG, Marnie is an expert! You want her as your guide. She is a font of FYIs about all things Royals + London history. Overall (for us, healthy sixty-somethings) the walking pace was an easy stroll. Marnieâs timing was superb, walking us to several perfect spots to witness different elements of the hour long changing of the guard ceremony. Her advice + care for her âTeam Marnieâ was awesome...even handed out 20p coins for the public park Loo! She gave great âhow toâ advice for best use of our precious allotted tour time @ Buckingham Palace, which was invaluable in light of slow security check-thru that ate up time! Marnie gave an excellent walking tour of significant historic sites along the way to tea...I never would have found these places. Our tea was at the St. Erminâs hotelâit was delicious and lovely. Timing Note: book your evening theater event or fancy dinner for a different day!...no-fault time delays can occur. You will regret having to rush through Tea, which several in our tour group had to do. Our day was not a â2pm Tea time + done by 3â experience. If this is your desireâbook high tea as a solo event. We waited to order tea + then waited for food servedâitâs not American âfast food.â They even gave me a take-away box for Tea sweets I couldnât finish. Wonderful!!Our full tour day ran from 10am to 4pm. Truly a wonderful tour experience for us. Again, time delays must be expected and taken into stride w/ this this tour package. Well worth the money.
Recommend this tour.. the guide was good
The tour was fabulous. The changing of the guard ceremony is a must see. The self guided tour was perfect for anyone because you were able to walk at a comfortable pace while learning the history of the palace and the royal family. The atmosphere of the afternoon tea was superb.
We had a very knowledgeable guide!! She kept us entertained the entire time with wonderful facts and fiction. We got to see the changing of the up very close. I would recommend this tour to everyone
Amber was an amazing guide. She was enthusiastic and knowledgable. Brought history to life thru her innovative explanation of the lineage of the Monarch and its future succession. Loved the afternoon tea at St Ermin’s Hotel. Very tasty!!!
Danielle was awesome. Very funny, informative and got us to the best places for the best pictures. :-)
Tea time was fun and the tour was very informative and Buckingham Palace is a must see for anyone going to London!
Palace tour and walk in through the park with our guide Nathan was faublous and weather was perfect, the tour lacked when we particiapted in Afternoon Tea. We had walked so much and then we had to walk 20 more minutes from the palace to get to Tea. The Tea was weak, coffee cups for tea, the restuarant did not look anything like a tea house, no llnen table cloths, since we were sharing tea with people we did not know , the clotted creame and jam was given to group of four and the bowls held 1 tbsp each so there was not enough and it was uncomfortable to share with the strangers. Food was good but atmosphere lacked, I would re commend only the Palace tour
My family of four greatly enjoyed the Buckingham Palace tour with afternoon tea at the St Ermins. Our guide was friendly and efficient and knew exactly where to take us for access to great pictures of the changing of the guard. (We previously attempted to see the changing of the guard on a prior London trip, our own, and were almost completely unsuccessful due to crowds).
This is #1 on our London Holiday. Our guide Julia was absolutely delightful, knowledgeable, and thorough. We started with the changing of the horse guard, moved onto St. James Palace, and from there walked through St. James Park, and to Buckingham. All along the walking tour, she pointed out historical sites, times and people in history. She also added commentary current with today's royal family and how it differs from the past. We strolled up the Mall, and went right into Buckingham Palace, and used the audio tapes throughout. It was GRAND, being among all the grandeur, inside the palace and all that history. We concluded the tour with afternoon tea at a local hotel. It was the highlight of my entire London visit.
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