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Superb tour. I enjoyed hearing about the history of the various locations as our guide, Danielle, presented them in a lively and engaging manner. Also, we were fortunate to to be in London when the tour also included Buckingham Palace. The tour gives insight into the history of the monarchy, and touring Buckingham Palace was eye-opening with all the various pieces of artwork- from canvases, to sculptures, to China, etc.
Michael C Australia
This was one of the highlights for trip away. Not open all year round we were lucky to get tickets to the final day and what wonderful time we had. The guide was engaging and handled a few rouge people along the way, who wanted to join our group without a booking. He did this without missing a beat, very impressed. Our only complaint was the wait to see the changing of the guard as there wasn't anywhere to sit down. The Palace tour was everything and more would highly recommend.
Our tour guide was Alex. She was amazing, had a great personality, and shared her favorite stories/things about Buckingham Palace. We went inside Buckingham Palace, saw the Queen's gifts. The amount of time spent in Buckingham Palace was 2 hours, if I remember correctly. The Afternoon Tea was my favorite part of the tour because it tied everything together.
Awesome! Great guide, beautiful place. We lucked out and the weather was incredible. Had to do the high tea we're in England, right? but not really necessary.
So glad we were able to book this tour. Our guide, Amber, led us to where we could watch the horse guards parade nd changing of the guards. She provided informative and helpful commentary that we could hear very well through headsets. The tour of the state rooms at Buckingham Palace was self-guided and audio was provided. The afternoon tea at St. Ermin's was excellent.
This was a great tour..the man who did it was very knowledgeable and gave us lots of facts...but you have to walk to a hotel for the tea..and its along way
Everything on my trip to Buckingham Palace, from the directions on where to meet, to the spots we were told to stand to see some of the bigger moments, to the incredible hotel we had tea. My tour guide was Marnie. She was personable, knowledgeable and overall was an incredible tour guide. While we didn't get a choice of tour guides I'm glad I was put in a group with her.
When we got to the area where the guards on horses do their changeover she put us in the perfect position to get great photos of the horses coming by. When we went towards Buckingham Palace to watch the band and the changing of the guard, she put us in the optimal spot to see the band walk by. And when anyone had questions, not only did she have the answers, but she had humor to them as well.
My only piece of advice is if all you care about is Buckingham Palace and you are someone who likes to read every little detail, listen to everything on the audio tour and learn every little nugget you can, then I wouldn't do the afternoon tea. I spent 90 minutes in the Palace and could have spent another hour to hour and a half. I felt rushed towards the end to meet the group for tea. However, if you're someone who wants the full experience, have tea where they provide you with enough food that it could be considered a meal and don't care about every small detail in the Palace then I recommend doing this entire experience.
This was my first tour in a tour group and it was an A experience and an outstanding tour guide in Marnie.
We arrived at the meeting point a few mins late but the organizer waited for us to show up and we were escorted to our tour group.
Gavin, our tour guide was amazing, he is such a sweetheart, listen to him when he says to pick up the tour group pace as he's doing this to ensure that you arrive at the next portion to have the perfect view of things.
Expect a lot of walking
Afternoon tea was great, amazing hotel location with such history
Gavin provided a personal touch and connected with every member of the tour group, he really went above and beyond to make sure everyone was happy.
This particular tour was outstanding having started with a walk through St. James Park, having seen the 'changing of the guard', and on to Buckingham Palace. After skipping the lines we enjoyed a self guided tour of the palace, then we walked to St. Ermin's Hotel for tea. The tea was exceptional and a tremendous treat after the walking tour. Our guide was entertaining, and shared an extensive amount of history related to Buckingham Palace, with a few stories to remember. Just a great day!
This combination tour was we'll organise, with the guide initially paring us with a 'buddy' to protect against getting lost. We were directed to best vantage points and provided with a fun and informative commentary. From the stirring sounds and sights of the Changing of the Guard, to the splendour of the Palace and the delight of joining new friends for a delicious High Tea, this tour was definitely worth doing when in London.
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