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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.
  • 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

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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.

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, Aug 2018

Tour guide was great. Able to see the 3 stages of the changing of the guard. Palace was spectacular.

, Aug 2018

Wonderful tour and great guides. I learned a lot about Buckingham Palace and the changing of the guards was certainly impressive.

, Aug 2018

The tour was great but note that there is A LOT of walking. First stop is at St James’ Palace to watch inspection of the old guard. Then a brisk walk to see the change of the mounted guard followed by another walk to see another change. This is all done within proximity of St. James Park but is essentially 2 hours on your feet. After the changing of the guard, off to Buckingham palace for the tour. We had about 2 hours to walk through the palace and enjoy the grounds. After the palace, we had a 20 minute walk to afternoon tea. All in all, the tour was fantastic. As a tourist, we would never have known to go to all the spots to see the full change of the guard. However, it was over three hours on our feet. If you can’t tolerate this, the tour is not for you.

, Jul 2018

Would of been a 5 star BUT the guide didn’t alert us of the BRISK 20 minute walk to the afternoon tea after the palace visit. The guide was very good, the palace was wonderful. The highlight was the tea at the (old 50’s spy) hotel. Tons to eat with the tea and it was amazing.Neede to take a cab from the palace to the hotel.

, Jul 2018

Our guide Robert, he was very knowledgeable, and he was a pleasure to have as a tour guide. He even made sure we knew where we were going after tea before he left. Americans approve. :)

, Dec 2017

I only found out about this tour a couple of weeks before our trip to London. I am thrilled I was able to get tickets. My 14 year old daughter and I took the tour. We loved everything about it. It was wonderful to consider the very rooms we were walking through are part of the Queen's home, not a museum! We particularly liked the gifts from other countries and bought the book as a memento. The grounds are absolutely beautiful and we enjoyed our walk. Our tour guide was funny and very informative. My only, very small, complaint was the distance from the Palace to the afternoon tea. It was, what seemed at the time to be, an extremely long walk. However, once we arrived at the hotel we saw it had been worth every step. The hotel was gorgeous and the afternoon tea, our first in England, wonderful! We enjoyed the tea so much we took my younger daughter to afternoon tea the following day.

, Dec 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.

, Dec 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.

, Dec 2017

Buckingham was beautiful, but not as many rooms open as you thought. The promise Diana exhibit very minimal. Walk was very vigorous to tea, and wait staff a bit rude.

, Nov 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.


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