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clock-o4 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
ticket-oMobile ticket
commentOffered in: English

Overview

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.
  • 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 an elegant venue
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 an elegant venue 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.

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P
, Oct 2018

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. Marnie’s 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 “Team Marnie” was awesome...even handed out 20p coins for the public park Loo! She gave great “how to” 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. Ermin’s hotel—it 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 “2pm Tea time + done by 3” experience. If this is your desire—book high tea as a solo event. We waited to order tea + then waited for food served—it’s not American “fast food.” They even gave me a take-away box for Tea sweets I couldn’t 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.

s
, Sep 2018

Recommend this tour.. the guide was good

B
, Sep 2018

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.

R
, Sep 2018

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

J
, Sep 2018

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!!!

M
, Sep 2018

Danielle was awesome. Very funny, informative and got us to the best places for the best pictures. :-)

P
, Sep 2018

This was a great tour, the guide was knowledgeable. The only problem was that the whisperers kept breaking up and you couldn’t hear her when she walked. The palace and tea were so worth it! And the guide knew exactly where to go to get the best views of the Changing of the Guard.

o
, Aug 2018

Tea time was fun and the tour was very informative and Buckingham Palace is a must see for anyone going to London!

F
, Aug 2018

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

K
, Aug 2018

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).


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