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Best of London Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard, with a Cream Tea or London Eye Upgrade

Greater London, United Kingdom
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  • 9 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

See the English capital’s top landmarks on this most comprehensive of London magical tours. Take a tour of beautiful St Paul’s Cathedral, then make a photo stop at Westminster Abbey. Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and visit the Tower of London, where you'll have free time for lunch (own expense). Enjoy an extended river sightseeing cruise, and upgrade to cap everything with a London Eye flight or cream tea at Harrods.
  • See top city attractions like Westminster Abbey on a full-day city tour of London
  • Watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace
  • Relax on a private River Thames sightseeing cruise
  • Upgrade to include a cream tea or a London Eye flight

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This comprehensive tour includes many London highlights, plus pre-booked tickets and time-saving bus transit.

What's Included

  • Tours of the Tower of London and St Paul's Cathedral
  • Changing of the Guard ceremony (selected dates only) and photo stop outside Buckingham Palace
  • Private cruise on the River Thames (for tour group)
  • Cream tea at Harrods restaurant or London Eye standard flights (if upgrade option selected)
  • Friendly professional guide and air-conditioned vehicle with Free Wi-Fi on board
  • Hotel pick-up & drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Victoria Coach Station
    Victoria Coach Station, 164 Buckingham Palace Rd, London SW1W 9TP, UK

    Located on 164 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, London, SW1W 9TP, approximately 7 minutes walk from Victoria Underground and Railway station. Tour departs inside the building at Gate 19 at 7:45am (Boarding starts at 7.30am)

Start time

07:45 AM

End points

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What To Expect

Select your tour option on booking. Then, after pickup from the central London meeting point, settle into your air-conditioned coach and head for St. Paul's Cathedral, where you'll spend the morning exploring. Make a photo stop to see Westminster Abbey, where you can admire the outside of this 13th-century Gothic church, the site of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s marriage in 2011.

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.

Move on to the Tower of London, the 11th-century fortress that looms over the Thames River. Spend some free time in the area exploring or having lunch, then meet back up with your group for a tour of the forbidding UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll around history-steeped sites such as Traitor’s Gate, inspect the gruesome torture exhibits at the Wakefield Tower, and check out the Crown Jewels – the magnificent symbols of royal power that are still used by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Board a boat for an extended sightseeing trip down the River Thames. Cruise down the river, looking out for the top London attractions such as Tower Bridge, Shakespeare’s Globe, and then step out onto dry land. 

Finish your tour at London Eye or alternatively, upgrade to finish on a high note with one of two optional activities. Options include a cream tea with at Harrods restaurant or a must-do London Eye flight, for picture-perfect views over the capital. Both activities include transport to the attraction, but no transport back. Harrods cream tea includes Home-baked English Scones served with clotted cream and preserves, choice of tea from Harrods own tea gardens plus a glass of sparkling wine.

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.

Tower of London

Visit Tower of London and see the famous Crown Jewels

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Buckingham Palace

Take a photo stop outside Buckingham Palace and witness the changing of the guard

40 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult
  • Sunday tours are unable to include a tour of St Paul's cathedral due to the weekly service taking place; you will still be able to go inside the cathedral but there will be no guided tour
  • Please note: tour itinerary may change subject to Tower of London opening time
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 55 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Best of London Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard, with a Cream Tea or London Eye Upgrade?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

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It would be nice if it started a little later since it’s hard to find the couch gate.
The Eye of London is over sold, it is not that exciting and it is expensive.
A great way to see lot in London with limited time and a must if you're traveling in the summer, so crowded!
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Old and new historical London
Carolyn_C, Sep 2022
London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral and signing book for Queen Elizabeth funeral. Great tour! Great recap of history of area.
Avoid Viator
Mary_D, Sep 2022
Absolutely horrible company. The tour guide was nice and knowledgable but the company Viator treats its customers like garbage. Avoid at all possible cost!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Tour was great. On time....
Jacalyn_R, Oct 2022
Tour was great. On time. Guide was informative, however he only had conversations with people of certain ethnic backgrounds. Which was a little disturbing. Overall you get ti see alot if you only have a short stay.
Great tour
Sharon_H, Sep 2022
Our guide, Carol, was great. Very knowledgeable about her city. The tour was spot on to see the important sights of London. Highly recommend. We did the add on London Eye. FYI, The lines for Crown Jewels and London Eye were an hour long.
Wish I could have gone
Michael_B, Sep 2022
My back went out just before departure so I was not able to go but my wife went with our friends and had a wonderful time.
The extensive knowledge...
William_S, Sep 2022
The extensive knowledge of our guide about the history of London. This added so much to our tour of these historic sites.
Good Overall View
William_M, Oct 2022
Seeing London come to life through a variety of sites that we had only heard about before. Good over all view of the city.
Great day!
Sharon_H, Oct 2022
We had a wonderful tour and our guide was so pleasant and knowledgeable. The sites were lovely. The only thing I would have changed was the weather. The tea at Harrods was lovely!
Wonderful Tour!
Sade_T, Sep 2022
James was fantastic in giving us the history as we went along on this tour. His in depth knowledge and detail oriented story telling was engaging and entertaining to listen to during the tour. The only suggestion I have is for the detailed history at the Tower of London to be shortened. We had a good amount of time to spend there, but 10 or 15 more minutes of less history would have given us time to see more around it. Still, this tour was excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Also, the add-on option of afternoon tea at Harrods was a fantastic experience and we would highly recommend it it.
Had an entertaining tour!
Sujit_P, Sep 2022
The tour touches all the highlight point on interest. The driver Ricky was very nice. Tour guide, Frank & Peter (later) was very knowledgeable and funny. They did their best to main the excitement.
Really Good Tour
Thomas_O, Sep 2022
James, our tour guide, was excellent and provided lots of interesting information. He made the tour worthwhile.
The best of London tour
Karla_A, Oct 2022
A really good informative tour of the best sights in London. Loved the knowledge and history commentary of the sights on the tour.
1st timers
Keith_C, Sep 2022
We only had a couple of day in London so this was an ideal trip to get a feel of the city and see some of the major sites. Tour guide was very knowledgeable. We had a blast. It’s a looong day. And a little inefficient with the time at points… and it was an incredible day all the same. I would do it again.
A full day of London
Laurie_K, Sep 2022
Our guide, Carol, was so knowledgeable and shared so much information about every stop. Our itinerary needed to be adjusted due to road closures and restricted access following the passing of the Queen, but Carol kept us informed every step of the way and always had a plan B if needed. A very full day but we’ll worth the time and money. Be prepared for some walking but it was a comfortable pace.
Group size way too big. Dangerously big.
Michael_R, Oct 2022
Our tour guide was good. Great personality. Knows his history. However, the size of the group that was assigned to him was way too large to be managed by one person alone. It was hard to get the whole group together. It took forever for the group to get off the bus. We spent more time waiting then enjoying The tour. At one point, the tour guide was trying to shepherd people across the street. The light turned red and he ordered a group to stop. The group is too large to be able to hear him. Someone was nearly hit by a car. The group size was not only an inconvenience from a quality standpoint, but also a safety standpoint.
Would do it agai !
Mark_O, Oct 2022
We were only in London for 3 days so doing this tour made sense. We saw what felt like the whole city in a day. Our guide James was very knowledgeable and made the tour interesting, don’t hesitate and book this tour!
London in a Day
Rufus_G, Sep 2022
We had an outstanding time touring the best of London. We were really amazed with the back stories and historical facts shared by our tour guide, Carol!!!
Great tour guide and a...
Jennifer_L, Sep 2022
Great tour guide and a wonderful way to see london if you only have a couple days. Tour took us to all the hilughts
Excellent!
Jeanne_A, Sep 2022
Our tour Director Ben was the best! He made the Tour fun. Can’t believe how much we saw in one say. Highly recommend.
Great tour
Kimberlie_C, Sep 2022
What a great way to see London in a short time. Our guide was terrific and full of information. We had a fantastic time.
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