• Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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Delight in the quintessentially English culture of London on a 4.5-hour tour that combines three iconic British experiences. With a knowledgeable guide, watch the incredible Changing of the Guard Ceremony outside of Buckingham Palace, and then embark on an audio-guided tour of the residence’s lavish State Apartments, only open for two months of the year. Then, head to a prestigious hotel in central London and pleasure your palate with an appetizing array of finger sandwiches, soft scones and aromatic cups of English tea. Book now to avoid missing the few dates that Buckingham Palace is open to the public.

Highlights

  • 4.5-hour royal London tour including afternoon tea, led by an expert local guide
  • Stroll through St James's Park and watch the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace
  • Use a prebooked ticket to visit Buckingham Palace, a landmark only open to the public for two months each year
  • Explore the ornate palace on an audio tour and learn about Queen Elizabeth II and the British Royal Family
  • Learn about England’s famous afternoon tea tradition from your guide
  • Finish with afternoon tea at either Rubens at the Palace or St Ermin’s Hotel in central London

What You Can Expect

Buckingham Palace Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony and Afternoon Tea

Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea after your Buckingham Palace tour

Greet your guide at a central London location and take a picturesque stroll through St James’s Park to Buckingham Palace, the magnificent official residence of Her Majesty the Queen. Stop in a prime position either along The Mall, by Horse Guards Parade or in front of the palace to behold the Changing of the Guard, a colorful and traditional ceremony that combines vibrantly dressed soldiers and rhythmic drum beats.

Then, prepare to enter one of Britain’s most iconic cultural institutions. Listen to illuminating commentary from your guide as you stroll to the entrance of the regal residence, only open for two months of the year. Pop in your audio guide and embark on a fascinating discovery of the luxurious chambers; marvel at opulent accessories like suspended chandeliers, classic artworks and sumptuous furniture as you explore the gorgeous State Apartments.

When your tour of Buckingham Palace concludes, head to either Rubens at the Palace or St Ermin’s Hotel in Westminster to pleasure your palate to an enticing array known as afternoon tea. Indulge in this 18th-century tradition in the elegant surroundings of your hotel dining area and enjoy scones smothered with sweet preserves and thick clotted cream, and dainty finger sandwiches filled with fine ingredients.

Bid your guide farewell inside the hotel, where the tour concludes. 

Please note: if there is heavy rain on the day of your tour, the Changing of the Guard ceremony will be replaced with a visit to the Guard’s Chapel.

Customer Reviews

RoseHucke

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

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.

Kelly

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

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.

David W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

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.

Turpins

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

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.

wally

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

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

Sean A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

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.

Maria C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

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.

Dale F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

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!

Laurinda L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

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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