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We were so glad we booked this tour - the guide truly did get us to the very best vantage points to view this spectacular event. Without the guide, we would have missed so much, and just been swallowed up with all the other tourists who didn't get to see what we did. In a couple of sections of this tour, you do need to be able to walk very quickly, but generally the pace was quite comfortable.
Well worth taking this tour - the guide does indeed get you to the very best vantage points to view this spectacular event - without the guide, we definitely would have missed most of the event and been swallowed up with all the other tourists who didn't get to see what we did. For sections of this tour, you must be able to walk quite quickly.
I'm in London, so changing of the guard is required. I knew the crowds in front of the palace would be huge in June and I wanted something more than just standing behind a fence in front of the palace. So I chose this tour.
First off, thanks to Amber. She was an excellent guide. Very knowledgeable and friendly. There is so much more to the changing of the guard than what goes on in front of the palace. From the changing of the horse guards, the guards exiting St. James palace and the relief parading from their barrack. Amber was great in explaining what was happening and who the participants were. This is definitely a tour you want to do, especially if it your first time.
Couple of things. This is a fast paced tour once the ceremony starts. You have to go from one location to the other very rapidly. You will have to cross a couple of streets and once the guards start to approach, you won't be able to cross. Amber had excellent timing, but people who are mobility impaired or have strollers may have issues. Also, you will not be able to see what goes on in front of the palace. By the time you get there, the crowds will just be to thick.
A fun walking tour with Jess, our very knowledgeable guide.The tour began at Piccadilly and finding the group and Jess was easy, as was getting there via the Tube. The tour covers a good bit of ground, but it is not strenuous at all. Jess knows his material well, is very engaging, and his tour management allowed us to be where we needed to be to easily see what we wanted. Jess kept us ahead of the crowds which was convenient and allowed him the time to explain what was or would be happening very useful and necessary. This tour is a must if you want to beat the crowds and actually see and understand all the intricacies of the changing of the guard. Highly recommended!
Jessie was our tour guide. Well informed and knew his stuff. A good walk and you need to be able to move quickly to keep up at times. If you want to be part of the action of the Changing of Guards you need to move when he tells you. We had the opportunity to take many photos of the guards at various times. From St James Palace, Buckingham Palace and then at Clarence House to finish off the tour.
A great experience and well worth the money. Would recommend these guys.
AWESOME tour! Danielle is the greatest! She showed up promptly at the designated meeting site. She was prepared, knowledgeable in her local history and we made several stops along the tour. She was professional, polite and super friendly. She knows the best spots to stand, she knew how to make the tour enjoyable. We had the best spots for pictures :- . Well done Danielle!!!
This was our very first tour and we had a BLAST!! Matt was so knowledgeable and funny. Each site we visited was relevant and interesting. The fact that they got us the best view of the changing of the guard at St. James' was the best part. People began on the wrong side of the street and were ushered away by an officer with a firearm, much to our delight, as we then had the best view. Walking with the change of the guard and the band to Buckingham Palace was so awesome. We didn't get right up to the gates of Buckingham Palace, but we were posted in an area where we could see the exchange of the key and the deployment of the new guard to relieve the old. Absolutely amazing. Don't bring a stroller though - high foot traffic area and a lot of stairs.
A great tour. Gavin, our guide, was funny and insightful. He had lots of great stories about the history and traditions. Gavin was excellent! He got us in position for perfect viewing and picture taking.
The tour was just excellent. Great value for money, would recommend it to everybody. Our tour guide Jess was a lot of fun, helpful and very knowledgeable.
The guide was amazing!!!!!! It was AWESOME. A definite must
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