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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

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

Westminster Park Plaza Afternoon Tea:
  • Selection of finger sandwiches and cakes
  • English scones with clotted cream and preserves
  • Glass of chilled Champagne and a pot of tea

Customer Reviews

Seema M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

That was amazing. The guide John was excellent. the whole experience was wonderful. So much so that the guide John.. was making sure every one had a proper arrangement to go back home / hotel. He was even giving guidence / directions how to reach back to your hotel. This added a very personal touch to the whole / wonderful/ amazing experience.

Bonita B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Full day of sightseeing....guide was excellent and very knowledgeable.

Don B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very positive experience! Great tour guide!

Rick

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Derrick was wonderful . Told us about everything . And a few jokes thrown in for good measure . I would recommend this for anyone wanting to see the highlights of London .

Angela C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent introduction to London, and a great way to start our week in the city. Worth the money!

Bonita F Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

London is a fantastic place to visit with too much to see in one day, but this tour gave us a great start.

Dan P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

A great tour with wonderful stops in the city. It was very well organized and flowed smoothly. A long day but the only way to see everything. The tour guide was knowledgeable. Great tour !

sarah B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

A wonderful 8 hours of cross London to top sights. Excellent tour guide

Gail H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great tour. I especially enjoyed getting into the Tower of London early-no lines to view the crown jewels. Tour guide was very knowledgeable. We were able to see so very much in our short visit to London. No dallying here!

Rachel M H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Julie was such an awesome tour guide! She was so knowledgeable and friendly! I would 100 percent recommend this tour to everyone! You get to see all the major highlights of London and learn so much along the way! Such a great tour!

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