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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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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

Leslie B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Our tour guide was very informative and got the group placed in the perfect spot to view the changing of the guard. She made sure everyone in the group was accommodated. The tour of Buckingham palace was spectacular. Amazing that you can tour the royal home. We added the high tea option and truly enjoyed the explanaiton from our guide and the tea was very special.

Debbie F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Buckingham Palace visit is one I would recommend to all. From the start our trip was well organised. We were fitted with individual ear sets which allowed us to hear the guides commentary easily. Our guide well very well informed, had great local knowledge and made the tour very interesting. One of the advantages of being part of this tour was that we were well placed for photographs in all major spots, being given enough time to organise ourselves for those important shots. The priority lane for access to Buckingham Palace was great and even though unescorted the self guide sets provided useful commentary for us to wander unaccompanied. We had quite a walk - which I enjoyed - to our High Tea venue. The background information around the High Tea was interesting and High Tea itself was delicious. Good walking shoes are recommended for this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our guide I think his name was Philip took us to the changing of the guard at just the right spot to see everything and practically touch the guards. He talked all the while we were walking to tell us a lot of behind the scenes information. Buckingham Palace is beautiful but the tea was the highlight. Our guide was funny, informative and made the tour so much more that I expected.

Catherine M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great tour provided by Josh. He was excellent. His tempo and pace was perfect. He shared great stories and history along the way.

Barbara B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. Buckingham Palace is breathtaking, it is so beautiful and the display of the Queens clothing and hats was incredible. It was an unforgettable trip.

Charli S United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

our tour guide was awesome. Give us a lot of information and give us a lot of time exploring and shopping. just be prepared a lot of walking and be sure to bring umbrella or raincoat the ever changing london weather. otherwise we really have a good experience.

Constance J.. L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Even though it was raining , Gavin gave us a great tour. The changing of the guard was altered and expected because of the rain. This was explained to us in advance. The tea at the end of our tour was exceptional! Gavin answered all our questions and spent time with all of the individual tables at the tea. This was definitely a 5 star tour.

Robert G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The tour was excellent and the guide was well informed

Tina H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Augusta was a fabulous guide. She ensured we had 'front row' seats for the changing of the guards, helped us move quickly through lines and provided a lot of valuable information about the sights we were seeing and experiencing. I would highly recommend Viator and Augusta to ensure you see the best of Buckingham Palace, Changing of the Guard followed by an elegant afternoon tea!

Stephany G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Loved it, well worth the money just for the entry in to the Palace alone

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