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See the English capital’s top landmarks on this most comprehensive of London magical tours. After an early-access visit to the Tower of London to witness highlights including the Crown Jewels, watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, enjoy a Thames River sightseeing cruise, and view Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Kate Middleton married in 2011. Then, take a tour of beautiful St Paul’s Cathedral, including the Whispering Gallery. Upgrade to cap everything with a London Eye flight or afternoon tea with Champagne at the Westminster Park Plaza.

Highlights

  • London full-day tour including Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral
  • See top city attractions like Westminster Abbey on a full-day city tour of London
  • Tour the UNESCO-listed Tower of London with a Beefeater, before the doors open to the public
  • Watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace
  • Relax on a River Thames sightseeing cruise and then explore St Paul's Cathedral with a guide
  • Upgrade to include an afternoon tea or a London Eye flight

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is a great tour to take if you've just arrived in London! Begin the day with a private tour of the Tower of London and end it with an elegant afternoon tea at the Westminster Park Plaza overlooking Big Ben, or take a breathtaking ride on the London Eye.

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What You Can Expect

London Full-Day Sightseeing Tour including Tower of London and Thames River Cruise

See the Changing of the Guard outside Buckingham Palace

Select your tour option on booking. Then, after pickup from your central London hotel or meeting point, settle into your air-conditioned coach and head for the Tower of London, the 11th-century fortress that looms over the Thames River.
Gaze up at this forbidding UNESCO World Heritage Site, and then head inside for a tour guided by a Yeoman Warder – one of the colorfully dressed ‘Beefeater’ guards. Enjoy early access before the crowds, and stroll around history-steeped sites such as Traitor’s Gate. Inspect the gruesome torture exhibits at the Wakefield Tower, and ogle the Crown Jewels – the magnificent symbols of royal power that are still used by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Continue to Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s official London residence, to see the Changing of the Guard. Watch this centuries-old ceremony as the soldiers of The Queen’s Guard, dressed in red tunics and bearskin hats, exchange places with the new guard to military music.
After a short sightseeing cruise on the Thames, passing top London attractions such as Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and St Paul’s Cathedral; break for a traditional English pub lunch, and then stop to see Westminster Abbey.
Admire this outside of this 13th-century Gothic church, the site of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s marriage in 2011, and then drive to St Paul’s Cathedral, the Baroque church designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1673. Enjoy a tour of the awe-inspiring interior, and visit the famous walkway inside the dome, and the Crypt, home to the tombs of Lord Nelson and Wren.
Then, depending on your selected option, end your tour at the start point or drive to the location of your chosen activity — afternoon tea with a glass of Champagne at the Westminster Park Plaza hotel, or a flight on the London Eye for incredible views of London’s skyline. Your day trip then comes to a close after your activity at the location in question. See the Itinerary for a sample afternoon tea menu.
Please note: On days when the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace does not take place, you will simply enjoy a photo stop at the palace.

Itinerary

Customer Reviews

kwg

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Great guide!

kachandler0

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

John of Premier Tours London was an absolute joy! He was so knowledgeable of each stop on the tour, as well as pointing out interesting places en route to each stop. Wonderful tour that hits a lot of the main sights to see!! A must for first timers!!
PS - Don and #39;t be fooled, the Crown Jewels are REAL

STEPHEN M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This was an excellent trip. Our tour guide, Danny, was wonderful in taking us around London. He was knowledgeable, funny and friendly. Yes, he and our bus driver had some issues thrown their way traffic but they persevered and provided a great experience to our group. Not only did we see the sights by motor coach and walking, the tour included a cruise down the Thames and we were dropped off at the London Eye to conclude our day with a ride at that magnificent Ferris wheel.

I highly recommend this tour!

Leslie Dawn P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

The London full day tour was exceptional in my mind. We got a great feel for the city, with a lot of information about history, tradition and culture. The Tower of London was fascinating and I enjoyed the history and seeing the Crown Jewels. Our Yeomen Warder, Moira, was also excellent. She gave us some great stories and history of the tower. I also really enjoyed being on the clipper that brought us back near the parliament buildings--we got a different view of some of the things we had seen from the bus. I really enjoyed St. Paul's cathedral as well. Such an important part of English history and culture. It was beautiful and I learned so much from our guide about it and it's significance during WWII. This was very meaningful for me as my grandfather served in England during the war, and my grandmother was a war bride.

Again--both our driver and our guide were excellent. My hats off to our driver who could navigate those crazy streets with all the crazy traffic, and our guide who never ran our of interesting information. It was nice to get commentary about the actual city of London as well as parliament square, Whitehall, Trafalgar Square, covent gardens, and many others as we passed by them on the bus. It was a busy, full day where we saw and experienced a lot, but we didn't feel like we had spent all day on the bus

Enid Marti D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Tour was amazing...David our guide was so pleasant..active..engaging and answered all questions...specially history facts and details.
We wish..more time in the city and hopefully with another guide like him....
Keep up good work.

herby711 Deutschland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

We really recommend this tour! The guide John was well informed, friendly and we saw a lot of things which we would never have seen without such a good guide. The tour took 9 hours and the time was gone so quick.

auntyannknits

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This tour was great. John was our guide and was very knowledgeable. We saw all the famous landmarks in London and I would recommend this tour to see as much as you can one day. We ended with the London Eye which gave great views of everything we saw during the day.

Dennis B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

fantastic tour guide and driver Julie and Jose - hit major stop like Tower of London first group in ahead of the crowds - HUGE, St Paul's Cathedral. Grab the add on of London Eye, amazing views of the city especially Big Ben/Houses of Parliament and River Thames

camtaywil

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our guide was amazing. She was like a walking encyclopedia of London history. She was very mindful of how busy the city can be and she made it a point to wait for every person in our tour. We were able to visit every site listed on the itinerary and there wasn't a wait. Skipping the line at the Tower of London was a great additional feature of this tour because the line was quite long when we arrived. We didn't get to see the changing of the guard because it wasn't a day that event is scheduled, so if that's really important to you -- find out in advance.

Amy S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent tour especially if you have limited time. It was a varied experience of the city and how to get around. Sites were gorgeous and lots of personality in the guides added so much! Not too taxing physically and you were able to make the most of the day this way. Julie was a fantastic guide!

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