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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

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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

Jacquelyn K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The tour guide was excellent but walks a bit too fast! and it was a great thrill to be inside Buckingham Palace itself! The tea at St. Ermins was also lovelier than expected, all in all a very informative day. However, it is a LONG walk now to Tea from the Palace exit and several of us became quite ill afterwards from the heat. I'm not sure how this could be better handled, but at least ensuring we all had water would be a huge step.

Karen E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We really enjoyed this tour. Even though it rained that day, our guide Augusta from City Wonders went out of her way to help us get great photos of the changing of the guard. She knew the spots for the best photos when it is raining. She was very informative and not boring. She took care of her group so nobody got left behind. We've taken a lot of tours from Viator, and this was one of the best.

Cliff

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was over the top. Our guide, Agusta, was a marvel of facts and was able to position usfor excellent photo shots. Highly recommend!

Franky H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

I booked this tour because it included three things I wanted to do during my week in London but this tour made them more time efficient. The guide was very knowledgeable and funny. The afternoon tea was delicious even though I couldn't stay for long. I thought this tour was a great use of my time.

suzi d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Absolutely stunning and worth every cent. A tour like this comes down to the tour guide and we were lucky enough to score Amber from USA who has lived here in London for 16 years. She was wonderful, entertaining, fun, lively, is an absolute wealth of knowledge and looked after every single person on the tour. She remember our names and where we were from and there was 28 of us - awesome job Amber - couldn't recommend you enough!!! Suzi ad Rob Sydney

Monika M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

My parents and I loved this! Great tour guide and tea!

DEBORAH F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great experience. Loved our tour guide Augusta. She made it fun and informative. I will definitely book again

3fsandac

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

THANK YOU VIATOR!! Both my husband and I had an amazing time!! You are going to be our first contact for our next trip!!

Your online bookings were easy and we had no problems with anything!

As Londoners say, Brilliant!!

Marian Lee A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The tour was inspirational, historical, and memorable. Our tour guide Robert from Ireland made my experience one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life.

mjoh7428

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The tour was a fabulous experience right from the beginning and was enhanced by the knowledge of our guide Phil. The afternoon tea following the palace tour was spectacular and I would recommend to anyone considering this tour to include the afternoon tea option.

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